Jennifer Goltz is a soprano, music theorist, and music educator. As a vocalist, she specializes in music of the 20th and 21st centuries, and is a favorite among composers for her insightful and compelling premieres. Her 2007 release of Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire and Brettl-lieder, also the focus of her analytical work in music theory, is drawing international praise.
"One can almost imagine her on the stage of a smoky café, teasing the crowd with suggestive gestures and entrancing patrons with a voice full of subtle allure and sprightly energy. On disc, she is captivating.... [In Pierrot lunaire] she is brilliant again... it’s a charged performance."
- Gramophone, July 2008
"The idea of pairing the wonderful Pierrot lunaire with these songs is a stroke of genius.... Jennifer Goltz[‘s] Brettl-lieder [are] among the best.... Excellent performances."Full bio
- Audiophile Audition, 2008
Vocalist and music theorist Jennifer Goltz has returned to Ann Arbor after three years in Los Angeles as assistant professor of voice and music theory at Scripps College. As a soprano, Goltz specializes in the performance of new music and fin de siècle art song. She appears in residencies across the country with the new music ensemble Brave New Works, performing major works by, among others, Leslie Bassett, William Bolcom, George Crumb, and Bright Sheng; she has premiered works by Andrew Mead, Ching-Chu Hu, Kristin Kuster, and Forrest Pierce written for the group. At the invitation of the composer, she performed Luciano Berio's Circles with Klangforum Wien at the Salzburg Music Festival. She continues to premiere new works written for her by pianist-composer Logan Skelton; in summer 2009 the pair recorded two new cycles of Emily Dickinson settings on Blue Griffin Records. In recent years, Ms. Goltz has become known for her sensitive and elegant Mozart interpretations, including appearances as soprano soloist for the Mass in C Minor, Coronation Mass, and Requiem at the Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt, Austria and Stephansdom in Vienna. With French cabaret specialist Stephen Whiting she has given lecture-recitals on early European cabaret, most recently at the Chicago Humanities Festival. She can be heard on Evan Chambers' Cold Water, Dry Stone (Albany) and Logan Skelton's An American Circus (Centaur). In 2007 she released a recording of Arnold Schoenberg's Pierrot lunaire and Brettl-lieder with the Los Angeles-based ensemble inauthentica on MSR Classics; Gramophone magazine calls her performance here "captivating" and "brilliant.... a voice full of subtle allure and sprightly energy." This recording was informed by her doctoral dissertation in music theory, The Roots of Pierrot lunaire in Cabaret; her research on the French cabaret derivation of Pierrot lunaire's Sprechstimme was published in The Musical Times (Spring 2006). Ms. Goltz holds Master's degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Theory and a Ph.D. in Music Theory from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She currently teaches in the Music Theory department of the University of Michigan School of Music.
Ms. Goltz maintains a small private voice studio for teens and adults, focusing on the foundations of healthy vocal technique for young singers, with additional vocal training and performance coaching for adults. Lessons in musicianship and music theory also available. Contact
Ms. Goltz is curating a new concert series presented jointly by UMMA and SMTD that draws inspiration from the museum's exhibits. The series, which begins Fall 2009, will feature performances and lectures from SMTD's world class faculty and students. umma.umich.edu