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2015 High School Division Faculty


Summer Music Academy faculty consist of current Ithaca College faculty, top music educators from across the country, and renowned guest artists. Additional faculty and guest artists will be announced periodically. 

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Deborah Lifton, VoiceDeborah Lifton, Voice
Internationally renowned soprano; MM Manhattan School of Music; BM, University of Michigan

Recipient of the Joy in Singing Foundation Award, 2nd prize winner of the 2011 Young Artist Award from the National Federation of Music Clubs and a winner of the David Adams Song Competition, Soprano Deborah Lifton is emerging as one of today’s most interesting and versatile young singers.

“Her high notes were thrilling, her diction clear, and her concentration never wavered as she skillfully conveyed the meaning of each song," wrote The New York Concert Review of Ms. Lifton’s recent debut recital at New York’s Merkin Hall. "She is a fine singing actress whose expressivity always seems to come from within…”.

An active recitalist, Ms. Lifton has also performed at Trinity Church, the Kosciuszko Foundation, Lippes Concert Hall, Yamaha Showroom, and Aspen, Colorado’s Harris Concert Hall.

Upcoming engagements for 2011-2012 include the role of Millicent in the world premiere opera "The Secret Agent" at the Szeged National Theater in Szeged, Hungary (broadcast live on Mezzo televsion) and the role of Elle in Poulenc's one-woman opera La voix humaine.

Deborah has performed leading roles with Encompass New Opera Theater’s production of two one-act contemporary operas composed by Philip Hagemann at New York’s Symphony Space. Other operatic appearances include both Susanna and Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro, Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Beth in Little Women, Ellie in Showboat, Elisa in Il Re Pastore, and Catherine in A Death in the Family (Albany Records), as well as title roles in Bastien und Bastienne, L’enfant et les sortileges, and Armida. Ms. Lifton has appeared with Mercury Opera Rochester, The Natchez Opera Festival, The Ash Lawn-Highland Festival, The Aspen Music Festival, The Bronx Opera Company, and Ridotto Opera and Center for Contemporary Opera.

Ms. Lifton regularly performs on sound tracks for documentaries and nationally televised commercials. She has also been heard on WQXR and was featured in Young Opera, a new series on PBS.org.

She holds degrees in music from the University of Michigan and the Manhattan School of Music. She has taught at New York University, Mannes College of Music (prep division) Syracuse University, Cornell University and Ithaca College.

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