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Mezzo-soprano Andrea McGaugh is a versatile musician with a wide variety of creative interests. An advocate for collaborative music making and authentic storytelling in all its forms, Andrea is a dedicated concert soloist, stage performer, recitalist, and ensemble singer.

Andrea’s deep love for oratorio and choral music has led to many concert engagements across Western New York. Recent performances include Duruflé’s Requiem with the SUNY Geneseo Symphony Orchestra and Festival Singers, Bach’s Magnificat with the Eastman Bach Cantata Series, Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody with the Eastman Philharmonia, Handel’s Messiah with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, and Bach’s Mass in B Minor, St. John Passion, and St. Matthew Passion with Voices Chamber Choir. As an ensemble singer, Andrea regularly performs with Rochester choirs Voices, First Inversion, Musica Spei, Scivias Medieval Ensemble, and the Christ Church Schola Cantorum. 

A dynamic stage performer, Andrea recently appeared in The Pirates of Penzance (Ruth) and Die Fledermaus (Prince Orlofsky) with Rochester Summer Opera and Into the Woods (Jack’s Mother) with Eastman Opera Theatre. Other EOT credits include Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town, Miss Todd in The Old Maid and the Thief, and Hunter 2 in the Rochester premiere of SiHyun Uhm's mini-opera Sammy & Remmy. Local opera performances include Mozart’s Così fan tutte (Dorabella), The Magic Flute (Third Lady), and Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Geneva Light Opera, Handel’s Alcina (Ruggiero) with the Rochester Baroque Vocal Consort, and Howard Hanson’s Merry Mount (Desire Annabel) with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Equally at home in comedic opera and musical theatre, favorite roles include Doris “the Goddess of Wire-Walking” in Kevin Puts' Elizabeth Cree, Jack’s Mother in Into the Woods, Mrs. Paroo in The Music Man, Ilona Ritter in She Loves Me, and Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd. Andrea looks forward to making her Ohio Light Opera debut in the summer of 2024 as The Duchess of Plaza-Toro in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Gondoliers and Lady Battersby in Noel Gay's Me and My Girl. 

 

Known for her quick wit, compelling acting, and attention to detail, Andrea is committed to bringing multifarious characters to life on the stage and in the recital hall. In 2015, Andrea sang the Rochester premiere of Benjamin Britten's dramatic cantata Phaedra, and in 2016 self-produced a staged performance of Robert Schumann's Frauenliebe und -leben for the Rochester Fringe Festival. Her passion for art song has led to numerous recitals in Rochester and throughout the United States. In December 2019, Andrea was a guest recitalist with the SouthEastern Young Artists in Gainesville, Georgia, performing a series of vocal chamber music concerts, and in June 2023 was a Professional Fellow at SongFest in Nashville, Tennessee, singing in numerous recitals and masterclasses with faculty pianists John Musto, Javier Arrebola, Roger Vignoles, and Martin Katz. Recent song cycle performances include Ginastera's Cinco Canciones populares Argentinas with Gina Hyunmin Lee, Frauenliebe und -leben with Cynthia Chun-Hsin Liu, Hannah Harnest, and Maeve Berry, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with Javier Arrebola, and Dominick Argento's From the Diary of Virginia Woolf with Gregory Smith. Andrea has been a finalist in both the Jessie Kneisel German Lieder Competition at Eastman and the Marcella Sembrich International Voice Competition in New York City, and in October 2021, she sang Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the Eastman Philharmonia as winner of the school’s annual Voice Concerto Competition.

 

In addition to her love for performing, Andrea is a skilled arts administrator and teacher. She has taught 4th and 5th grade chorus in the Webster Central School District and on the voice faculties of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the Rochester Academy of Music and Arts, and the Rochester Musical Theatre Academy. Andrea has held administrative internships with Finger Lakes Opera and Pegasus Early Music, and is a proud founding board member and teaching artist for What is Opera, Anyway?, a non-profit education program cultivating a love of opera in diverse audiences. Since 2017, Andrea has spent most of her days working as the Choral Assistant in the Eastman Ensembles Library, where she oversees the school’s choral activities behind the scenes.

 

Andrea holds degrees in Voice Performance (MM ‘22, BM ‘15) and Music Education (BM ‘15) and an Arts Leadership Certificate (‘22) from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied voice with Kathryn Cowdrick and Jan Opalach. When not singing, Andrea can be found baking, reading, and spending time with friends and family. A recreational pedal harpist, Andrea enjoys revisiting Britten’s Ceremony of Carols on a yearly basis and hopes to one day make a self-accompanied recording of her favorite hymns and art songs. Soli Deo gloria.

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OPERA & MUSICAL THEATRE

Bock, J.

Gay, N.

Handel, G. F. 

Hanson, H.

Lalande, M.

Menotti, G.

Mozart, W. A.

Poulenc, F.

Puts, K.

Rodgers, R.

Rorem, N.

Sondheim, S.

Strauss, J. 

Sullivan, A.

Uhm, S.

Verdi, G.

Wilson, M.

She Loves Me (Ilona Ritter)

Me and My Girl (Lady Battersby)

Alcina (Ruggiero)

Merry Mount (Desire Annabel)

Les Fontaines de Versailles (Latone)

The Old Maid and the Thief (Miss Todd)

Così fan tutte (Dorabella)

Die Entführung aus dem Serail (ensemble)

The Magic Flute (Third Lady)

Dialogues of the Carmelites (ensemble)

Elizabeth Cree (Doris) 

The Sound of Music (Frau Schmidt)

Our Town (Mrs. Gibbs)

Into the Woods (Jack's Mother)

Sweeney Todd (Mrs. Lovett)

Die Fledermaus (Prince Orlofsky)

The Gondoliers (The Duchess of Plaza-Toro)

The Pirates of Penzance (Ruth)

Sammy & Remmy (Hunter 2)

La Traviata (ensemble)

The Music Man (Mrs. Paroo)

CONCERT & ORATORIO

Bach, J. S.

Beethoven

Bernstein

Brahms

Britten

Buxtehude

Duruflé

Handel

Haydn

Josquin

Mahler

Marazzoli

McDowall

Mendelssohn

Mozart

Pérotin

Vivaldi

BWV 4: Christ lag in Todes Banden

BWV 21: Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis

BWV 34: O ewiges Feuer, o Ursprung der Liebe

BWV 65: Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen

BWV 106: Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit
BWV 140: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme

BWV 161: Komm, du süße Todesstunde

BWV 182: Himmelskönig, sei willkommen

BWV 227: Jesu, Meine Freude

BWV 232: Mass in B Minor

BWV 243: Magnificat

BWV 244: St. Matthew Passion

BWV 245: St. John Passion

Mass in C Major, op. 86

Chichester Psalms

Alto Rhapsody, op. 53

Ceremony of Carols, op. 28

Hymn to St. Cecilia, op. 27

Phaedra, op. 93

Membra Jesu Nostri

Requiem, op. 9

Funeral Anthem for Queen Caroline

Messiah

Missa Sancti Nicolai

Missa Pange lingua

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

La Vendemmia

Everyday Wonders: The Girl from Aleppo

Elijah, op. 70

Requiem in D Minor

Viderunt omnes

Gloria, RV 589

ART SONG & CHAMBER MUSIC (selected)

From the Diary of Virginia Woolf

Six Elizabethan Songs

Zigeunerlieder, op. 103

Zwei Gesänge, op. 91

A Charm of Lullabies, op. 41

Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac, op. 51

7 Mélodies, op. 2

Cinq Melodies de Venise, op. 58

La Chanson d'Ève, op. 95

Cinco Canciones populares Argentinas, op. 10

Sechs Gesänge, op. 48

12 Schottische Volkslieder

What I Miss the Most

Glorified and Sanctified (Mourner's Kaddish)

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

Lieder, op. 12

Frauenliebe und -leben, op. 42

Sechs deutsche Lieder, op. 154 

Heine Liederzyklus (excerpts)

Mignon: Kennst du das Land?

Argento, Dominick

Brahms, Johannes

Britten, Benjamin

Chausson, Ernest

Fauré, Gabriel

Ginastera, Alberto

Grieg, Edvard

Haydn, Joseph

Heggie, Jake

Issacson, Michael

Mahler, Gustav

Schumann, Clara

Schumann, Robert

Spohr, Louis

Tyberg, Marcel

Wolf, Hugo

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