Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek Performance Faculty: Voice

Dr. Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, mezzo-soprano, is a singer, conductor, educator, and composer. She was a member of the world-renowned vocal quartet Anonymous 4 and recorded twelve award-winning CDs with the group. Anonymous 4′s performance of the Irish lament “Caoineadh” on Christopher Tin’s album Calling All Dawns, with Dr. Horner-Kwiatek as featured soloist, led to two Grammys for Best Classical Music Crossover Album. 

At Princeton she teaches voice, both classical and musical-theater repertoire, to a wide variety of students from different musical backgrounds and experiences, from beginners to those with professional aspirations. She conducts the Early Music Princeton Singers and is co-director, along with Gabriel Crouch, of the Vocal Consort, part of the Minor in Music Performance. Dr. Horner-Kwiatek has been on the voice faculty at NYU, Fordham and Columbia University. She has also maintained private studios in London, New York and Washington, D.C. Former students include Pulitzer-prize winning singer and composer Caroline Shaw, award-winning soprano Michele Kennedy, and actor Barbara Dana. Her students have been accepted into programs at Yale, NYU Tisch School for the Arts, Manhattan School of Music, UCLA and Oberlin, amongst others. They have appeared as soloists at leading venues such as Carnegie Hall, Davis Symphony Hall, Washington National Cathedral, and Lincoln Center. They sing in renowned ensembles such as Roomful of Teeth, Lorelei, Seraphic Fire, Washington Bach Consort, Pomerium, and Trinity Wall Street Choir. They have also used their love of music and their knowledge of vocal techniques to enter careers in related fields such as speech therapy and arts administration as well as continuing to pursue singing, composing, and conducting opportunities.

She has taught music history and vocal pedagogy at The Juilliard School and Columbia University and gives talks on vocology and vocal health. She is in demand as a clinician and gives vocal masterclasses and ensemble technique workshops, 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, Princeton University, and SUNY Binghamton.

Dr. Horner-Kwiatek has been a guest soloist with many renowned ensembles and opera companies around the world, including English National Opera, Washington Bach Consort, Royal Opera Covent Garden, The Folger Consort, 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, The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and Disney Concert Hall in the U.S.

She is currently Artistic Director of ModernMedieval, an organization that offers workshops, clinics, and masterclasses for singers and composers. This includes ModernMedieval Voices, 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, Liquid Music new music festival, The National Museum for Women in the Arts, the MetLiveArts series at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Princeton Sound Kitchen.

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. 

B.A. Joint Honors, English and Music, Queens University, Belfast, N. Ireland

M.A. Music and Music Education, Columbia University Teachers College

D.M.A. Voice/Music History, The Juilliard School

Member of Anonymous 4 1996-2015. Toured both nationally and internationally and recorded 14 award-winning CDs, including American Angels which twice topped Billboard’s classical music charts, and The Cherry Tree, one of the top selling classical CDs of 2010.

Founder and director of ModernMedieval, a vocal trio specializing in early and new music. Dr. Horner-Kwiatek is joined by members of Roomful of Teeth and Pomerium. Performances and residencies throughout the U.S., including NYC Ecstatic Music Festival, MetLiveArts, Liquid Music, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and Princeton Sound Kitchen.

Soloist with early music ensembles both in Europe and the U.S., including The Washington Bach Consort DC, The Sixteen, The Bach Sinfonia, Carmel Bach Festival, St. Thomas Church NYC, Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity Lutheran NYC, Baltimore Consort, Bach Festival of Philadelphia, Armonia Nova, The Folger Consort, Parthenia, Sonnambula, and Abendmusik.

Soloist with new music ensembles both in Europe and the U.S., including Ensemble Modern Frankfurt, Ensemble Intercontemporain Paris, Continuum, Washington Square Contemporary Music Society, Ixion, Ekmeles, and Locrian Chamber Ensemble.

World premieres include Bacchant inThe Bacchae (John Buller) for English National Opera London, Monk in Gawain (Sir Harrison Birtwistle) for The Royal Opera Covent Garden, Overseer in Sweat by Juliet Palmer at National Sawdust for Centre for Contemporary Opera, Alcina in Jonathan Dawe’s Cracked Orlando for Juilliard’s Centre for Innovation in the Arts, and Gertrude Stein in Daniel Thomas Davis’s Six.Twenty.Outrageous for AOP at Symphony Space.

Also premiered the mezzo solos in Richard Einhorn’s oratorio The Origin, based on the life of Charles Darwin at SUNYOswego, and in Irish composer Philip Hammond’s Requiem for the Titanic, a performance that was broadcast live from St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast, throughout the whole of Ireland.

Double Grammy winner, featured soloist, Calling All Dawns

Adams Fellow, Carmel Bach Festival


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