Private Voice Lessons at OLCHS
We are so fortunate to have two incredible voice teachers on the OLCHS Choral Staff who provide voice lessons during the school day.
Meet our voice teachers...
Brad Jungwirth has been described by critics as “a muscular baritone with an evocatively dark instrument” and has been praised for his “dulcet and lyrical” voice and “no-holds-barred intensity.” He recently made his subscription concert debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Louis Langrée, performing Schönberg's A Survivor from Warsaw. These concerts were broadcast throughout the Ohio area, and recorded for digital release. He returned to the Cincinnati Symphony as soloist for concerts of music from Hollywood musicals for their summer Pops series in 2015. This fall, he will sing the role of the Prophet in the Chicago-area premiere of Nico Muhly’s opera Dark Sisters with the Third Eye Theatre Ensemble.
Recent operatic performances include his role debut as Don Pizarro in Beethoven’s Fidelio with the 2014 Shippensburg Music Festival conducted by Robert Trevino, Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen with Michigan’s Soo Opera Theater and in the Peter Brooks’ adaptation, La tragédie de Carmen, for Chicago’s CUBE Ensemble. Other roles include Wilfred Shadbolt in The Yeomen of the Guard, Dr. Engel in The Student Prince, the title role in Walton’s The Bear, Marcello in La Bohéme, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, and Morales/Dancaire in Carmen. He returned to the 2016 Shippensburg Music Festival, singing the Marquis D’Obigny in Verdi’s La Traviata.
Concert performances include the baritone soloist in Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem with the DuPage Chorale, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (as a guest artist with the University of Wisconsin, Parkside Symphony and Chorus), Dvorak’s Te Deum, Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, and numerous works of J.S. Bach, including cantata 82, “Ich habe genug.” He was the baritone soloist for the 2009 premiere of Jacob Bancks’ Missa Omnium Sanctorum, presented by the Soli Deo Gloria foundation.
Mr. Jungwirth is an avid performer of contemporary music, and has been highly praised for his performances of Peter Maxwell Davies’ monodrama 8 Songs for a Mad King; his performance of this demanding work at the 2008 Jusqu’aux Oreilles contemporary music festival in Montréal was hailed by the Montréal Gazette as “prodigiously convincing.” He received much acclaim for his portrayal of multiple roles in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s GREEK with Chicago Opera Vanguard, and performed a fully-staged production of Schubert’s Winterreise with the company in 2010.
He has premiered a number of new works, including Kyong Mee Choi’s multimedia opera The Eternal Tao, which was released on DVD through Ravello Recordings in 2013. Of his performance in The Eternal Tao, Voix des Arts stated, “The standout performance among the vocalists comes from baritone Brad Jungwirth, whose strong, handsome voice rings out dashingly even in the most complicated passages. Voices are employed as instruments in the ensemble, and Mr. Jungwirth unflinchingly manages lines with great rhythmic complexity.” In March, 2011 he made his debut at Chicago’s Harris Theater for Music and Dance with the Fulcrum Point Music Project as the baritone soloist for the premiere of Vivian Fung’s Yunnan Folk Songs.
Kay Rutherford is a lyric soprano whose dynamic voice is as colorful as it is expressive. She is equally at home with classical repertoire and musical theater styles, especially comedic characters.
Ms. Rutherford is an International performing artist recently premiering at the Shaw Theater in London and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the production of Jane Austen’s Persuasion with Chamber Opera Chicago. The show has toured Great Britain for four consecutive years and has performed in over a dozen U.K. cities.
With Chamber Opera Chicago she has previously appeared locally as Mrs. Bennett in Pride and Prejudice: A Musical, a featured artist in Te Amo and The Menotti Tribute, and has also appeared in productions of Amahl and the Night Visitors, Hansel and Gretel, Vanessa, and Carmen. She has performed in recital on such stages as New York’s Alice Tully Hall and the Odilien Institut in Graz, Austria. Ms. Rutherford sang the role of Jennie in the Midwest premiere of Ronald Perera’s The Yellow Wallpaper with the Chicago College of Performing Arts. She also performed as Jezibaba in the Opera for the Young touring production of Rusalka. Her artistry has been recognized in competition as the recipient of the Dorothy Darr Foundation Scholarship and as a semi-finalist in the renowned Meistersinger Competition in Austria.
Ms. Rutherford is an esteemed and respected faculty member at the Glencoe Academy of Music. She holds her MM from Roosevelt University in Voice Performance and Pedagogy, and BM from the Eastman School of Music. Ms. Rutherford uses a natural approach to enhance the singing abilities of her students, giving each a unique vocal technique that can be applied to most singing styles. Many of her students have continued their studies in notable colleges and universities around the country in genres of Jazz, Musical Theater, and Classical.
Aside from music, Ms. Rutherford recently began a career in Early Intervention Speech Therapy.