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Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek

Host, Sounds Choral

Dr. Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, mezzo-soprano, is a singer, conductor, educator, and composer. Dr. Horner-Kwiatek holds a D.M.A. from The Juilliard School and is on the Performance Faculty at Princeton University where she teaches voice. She is also the Director of Early Music Princeton Singers and is Associate Director of the Vocal Consort Certification Program. In addition, she is on the voice faculty at New York University and teaches music history and appreciation classes at The Juilliard School Extension Division.

She is in demand as a clinician and gives masterclasses and ensemble technique workshops all over the U.S., including her vocal pedagogy for composers seminars which have been presented at universities and conservatories all over the US, including Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, Duke University, Montclair University, and SUNY Binghamton.

She was a member of the world-renowned vocal quartet Anonymous 4 from 2000-2015. She recorded twelve award-winning CDs with the group, including American Angels which twice topped Billboard’s classical music charts, and The Cherry Tree, one of the top selling classical CDs of 2010. Anonymous 4′s performance of the Irish lament “Caoineadh” on Christopher Tin’s album Calling All Dawns, with Jacqueline as featured soloist, led to two Grammys for Best Classical Music Crossover Album.

She is currently Artistic Director of ModernMedieval, an organization that offers workshops, clinics, and masterclasses for singers and composers. ModernMedieval Voices is a women’s ensemble dedicated to creating programs that combine early music with new commissions. MMV has given performances and residencies throughout the U.S., including NYC Ecstatic Music Festival, Notre Dame University, The National Museum for Women in the Arts, Dumbarton Oaks and The National Gallery, D.C. and Princeton Sound Kitchen. Their first recording is The Living Word which features chants by Hildegard of Bingen along with new pieces inspired by her life and music composed by Caroline Shaw and Caleb Burhans, amongst others.

Dr. Horner-Kwiatek has been a guest soloist with many renowned ensembles and opera companies, including English National Opera, Washington Bach Consort, Royal Opera Covent Garden, The Folger Consort, Richardson Chamber Players, Distinguished Concerts International New York, Ensemble Modern Frankfurt and Ensemble InterContemporain Paris, performing at many of the world’s leading venues, including Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and Disney Concert Hall in the U.S.

As a composer, Dr. Horner-Kwiatek has had her music performed by Locrian Chamber Ensemble, The Folger Consort, ModernMedieval Voices, Early Music Princeton, and Constellation Men’s Ensemble, amongst others.