Dr. Jennifer barnickel-fitch
Dr. Jennifer Barnickel-Fitch, soprano, is very honored to join the prestigious group of artists and teachers at The J. S. Bach Academy. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan under the guidance of Lorna Haywood. She is best known for her ability to teach strong, healthy technique through a variety of musical styles including, classical, musical theatre, pop, and jazz, while also fostering and promoting a sense of confidence and positivity in her students. She has been teaching for 27 years and throughout her career, she has worked with both college level students on vocal performance and music education tracks, as well as having worked extensively with award winning show choir programs. She has helped many students gain acceptance into some of the top musical theatre and vocal performance programs in the country including, Oberlin, Cincinnati Conservatory, New England Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, Baldwin Wallace, Belmont University, Indiana University and the University of Michigan to name a few. She has worked as a clinician for musical theatre intensives, show choir competitions, and for solo and ensemble festivals. She is a member of The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and AGMA. She is currently adjunct faculty at College of Dupage and a vocal instructor for Naperville Public Schools in district 204.
Along with her love of teaching, she continues to perform. Her operatic roles include, Ann Putnam, The Crucible; The Widow, The Boor; Lady Billows; Albert Herring; Madame Lidoine, Dialogues des Carmélites; Countess Rosina Almaviva; Le nozze di Figaro; and the title role in Aida. She is a frequent recitalist and her oratorio works include, Messiah, Handel; Requiem and Mass in C, Mozart; Mass in G and Mass in B flat, Schubert; Missa solemnis and Mass in C, Beethoven; Elijah, Mendelssohn; Magnificat, Rutter and Requiem, by both Verdi and Brahms. Dr. Barnickel-Fitch has won awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Counsel as well as Milwaukee Bel Canto Chorus and the Ann Arbor Musical Society and was a member of Chicago Symphony Chorus, Lyric Opera Chorus and has been broadcast on WFMT.