School of Art & Design Speaker Series

Our annual Speaker Series brings internationally-recognized artists and art professionals to inspire, awe, and challenge our students and community.
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Julie DeBoer & Nicholas Phillips

April 21, 2022 | 7:00 p.m.
315 Applied Art (In-person)

Mezzo-soprano Julie DeBoer and pianist Nick Phillips will give a recital and discussion of the collaborative process. As faculty members at UW-Eau Claire, DeBoer and Phillips have performed together frequently since 2015. Featuring songs by Brahms, Caplet, and Florence Price, their presentation will explore the interactions between voice and piano in art song.

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Julie DeBoer

Mezzo-soprano Julie DeBoer joined the faculty at UW-Eau Claire in 2015 after singing professionally in Chicago for several years. She has performed both as an ensemble singer and as a soloist with many acclaimed choirs in the Midwest, including Chicago Symphony Chorus, Grant Park Chorus, Music of the Baroque, Bella Voce, Transept Consort, and South Dakota Chorale. Recent operatic roles include Third Lady in The Magic Flute at Aspen Music Festival, Zita in Gianni Schicchi at Bay View Music Festival, Prince Orlosky in Die Fledermaus and Nancy in Albert Herring, both at Northwestern University.

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Nicholas Phillips

Described by the New York Times as a “talented and entrepreneurial pianist” and an “able and persuasive advocate” of new music, Nicholas Phillips’ playing has been praised for its “bejeweled accuracy” (Fanfare) and as “razor-sharp yet wonderfully spirited” (American Records Guide).  He is active as a soloist, having performed all across the United States and abroad, and has released several CDs. His newest release, Shift (Panoramic Recordings, 2019), features world premiere recordings of works by eight living women composers.