Music Department

Amy Cochrane

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Biography

Soprano Amy Cochrane made her Carnegie Hall debut in 1998 singing Gabriel and Eve in Haydn's Creation under the direction of John Rutter. She has since returned to Carnegie Hall to sing Creation again, and as a soloist in the New York premiere of The World of the Spirit by Benjamin Britten. Critically acclaimed performances with the Madison Opera and Symphony Orchestra include Gilda in Rigoletto and Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 2, "Lobgesang," as well as Adina in The Elixir of Love. Cochrane has returned as soloist with Chicago's prestigious Music of the Baroque, most recently in Handel's "Dixit Dominus", under the direction of Nicholas Kraemer.

Her several performances as soloist with Music of the Baroque include Bach's Cantata "Wachet auf," Vivaldi's Gloria, Monteverdi's The Coronation of Poppea, Schubert's Mass in G and Cavalli's La Callisto. Also she joined Chicago's Rembrandt Chamber Players in a concert of works by bassist and composer, John Deak. She has performed the set of songs by Messiaen, Chants de Terre et de Ciel, three times with pianist Dr. Joseph Dechario — at Nazareth College, SUNY Geneseo, and for the WXXI Live from Hochstein series.

Locally Cochrane sang as Constanze in Mercury opera's production of Mozart's Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, and then Violetta, with the Oswego Opera and their production of La Traviata.

Cochrane has been an adjunct professor in voice at Nazareth — where she completed a nationally acclaimed voice teaching internship sponsored by the National Association for Teachers of Singing — since 2004. She also teaches voice at SUNY Geneseo, Rochester Institute of Technology, and in her home studio. She founded the Genesee Valley Children’s Choir in 2008.

In 2016, she was awarded the Arts in Education Award by Livingston Arts at its annual gala, recognized for nurturing so many aspiring singers, performing in Finger Lakes Opera productions, and forming the Genesee Valley Children’s Choir.

Departmental Responsibilities

  • Applied Voice

Education

  • New England Conservatory of Music, MM
  • Oberlin Conservatory of Music, BM