Martha Guth

Assistant Professor, Music Performance
School: School of Music
Speciality: Classical vocal technique, Entrepreneurship, Diction, Art Song, Opera, Concert music

Martha Guth joined the voice faculty of Ithaca College in the fall of 2018. As a teaching artist her goal is to create a nurturing environment where students feel confident, curious and empowered in the practice room, the classroom, and the performance hall. Her strengths lie in making students more aware of their own body as instrument, not allowing physical tension to get in the way of artistic intent, so that the one can tell a complete and compelling story on stage.

Martha’s recital performances include Wigmore Hall, the Leeds Lieder Festival and the Vancouver International Song Institute with Graham Johnson; the Liederkranz with Dalton Baldwin; recitals in NYC with Malcolm Martineau, and numerous appearances throughout North America and Europe with long-time collaborators, pianist Erika Switzer and pianist Spencer Myer. Her recitals have been broadcast by the CBC Radio/Radio Canada, NPR, the BBC, and the WDR in Germany. Recent concert performances include The National Cathedral in Washington D.C., Sacred Music in a Sacred Space in NYC, The Flagstaff Symphony, the Newfoundland Symphony, the Richmond Symphony, the Columbus Symphony, and the Toledo Symphony. Recent recitals include performances in Berlin, Worms, Hannover, NYC, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa, and Norfolk, Virgina. Her operatic credits include The Canadian Opera Company, The Santa Fe Opera, Opera Lyra, and the Grazer Oper. She has performed under Maestro’s Seiji Ozawa, Robert Spano, Helmut Rilling, John Nelson, Richard Bradshaw, Alan Gilbert and others.

Martha’s growing discography includes a JUNO nomination for 'Summer Night' put out on Centrediscs, the Latin GRAMMY nominated recording of Roberto’s Sierra’s song cycle ‘Beyond the Silence of Sorrow’, recorded with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Puerto Rico for Naxos. She has also recorded a solo disc of Schubert songs with fortepianist Penelope Crawford for Musica Omnia, John Fitz-Roger’s ‘Magna Mysteria’ for the Innova label, and the Five Borough’s Song Book for GVR records. She was a founding faculty member of the Vancouver International Song Institute and co-director of its Contemporary Performance Studies program.

 With friend and frequent collaborator, pianist Erika Switzer, she is the Co-Director of Sparks & Wiry Cries, a global platform dedicated to art song spanning publication, live performance, and commission of new works. Sparks is the force behind the popular regional songSLAM’s that are presented in partnership with other small art song orgs. and presents its own songSLAM Festival weekend every January in NYC. Martha Guth, received her DMA from the University of Michigan, her Meisterklasse from the Augsburg Hochschule für Musik, her M.M at Cincinnati College conservatory of Music, and a B.M. Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She is on The Artistic Administrative team and the faculty at Songfest in L.A. and is a teacher, lecturer, and performer with many of the national training programs that celebrate art song.  More information can be found www.marthaguth.com & www.sparksandwirycries.org