Jessica Timman Schwefel, Voice
Dr. Jessica Timman Schwefel, mezzo-soprano, is an Adjunct Professor of Voice at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin Madison (DMA and MM) and the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire (BME). Her article “Effective Strategies and Suggestions for Writing Your Studio Policy” was recently published in the 2016 January/February edition of the NATS Journal of singing.
She has performed in over thirty operatic productions with the Florentine Opera Company, Madison Opera, Candid Concert Opera, Opera for the Young, Fresco Opera Theatre, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Stoughton Opera, UW Opera, among many other professional engagements. A number of her operatic credits include the roles of Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Erika (Vanessa), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), Meg Page (Falstaff), Cecilia March (Little Women), Zita (Gianni Schicchi). Dr. Timman Schwefel is currently a member of the Florentine Opera Chorus, and was Madison Opera’s Studio Artist for their 2012-2013 season. She has been a regular soloist with the Florentine Opera for their summer concert series “Florentine at the Lake” and their outdoor concert “Live at the Peck” at the Marcus Center. She will be performing the role of “Minnie” in their world premiere of the opera Sister Carrie in October 2016. She will also be appearing with the Madison Choral Project for their concerts during the 2016-2017 season.
An accomplished soloist, Dr. Timman Schwefel has performed solo works the Oshkosh Chamber Singers, the South Shore Chorale, Waupaca Civic Orchestra and Chorus, UW Choral Union, UW Symphony Orchestra, UW Oshkosh Choirs, and the UW Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra. Her singing has also been heard on WPR programs such as “University of the Air”, "On Higher Ground" and "The Midday."
In 2014, she was one of 11 teachers chosen to attend the "The Naked Voice Institute" at Northwestern University studying directly with Prof. W. Stephen Smith. As a clinician, Dr. Timman has given master classes and presentations at UW-Eau Claire, UW-Whitewater, as well as many high schools across the state of Wisconsin. Dr. Timman Schwefel has over fourteen years of teaching experience and also teaches privately out of her home studio in the Madison area, The Timman Music Studio. Her prior teaching experiences include the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and UW Summer Music Clinic, and Madison Academy of Music. Additionally, Dr. Timman Schwefel is an active promoter of music by the composer Paul Bowles. She has produced a critical edition of Bowles’s unpublished songs, presented lectures about Bowles’s musical output, and performed many of his works.
Dr. Timman Schwefel has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Voice Excellence Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship, Opera Props award, and Dara Welty Memorial Award at UW. She was also a recipient of a UW Oshkosh Professional Development Grant in 2014. Dr. Timman is a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). She serves as member-at-large on the board of the Wisconsin Chapter of NATS.