Jonathan Beyer

Friday, November 18, 2016
7:30 PM
Christ United Methodist Church

Music for Young People

Music for a Great Space is proud to host Music for Young People events by our visiting artists. Students and their teachers may attend free of charge. All student attendees will receive a complimentary family voucher to attend the evening performance.

Jonathan Beyer will be giving an open masterclass/educational presentation on Friday, November 17, 2016.

Advance reservations are required. Please see below for more information.

Artist Bio

JONATHAN BEYER, baritone, has been hailed as having "the luxury of a robust, handsome voice" and "attentive phrasing and coloration" (Washington Post.) Beyer made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Wagner in a new production of Faust and debuted Carnegie Hall with Stravinky's Canticum Sacrum with American Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with the Oper Frankfurt, Dallas Opera, Hong Kong Opera, Teatro Petruzzelli, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera de Montreal, Royal Opera House in Oman, and Chicago Lyric Opera among others. He has also appeared with the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, and Festival at Aix-en-Provence.

Beyer was a National Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition. He was the 1st Place Winner at the Marian Anderson Prize for Emerging Classical Artists. He has also won prizes from the Geroge London Foundation, Sullivan Foundation, Philadelphia Orchestra Competition, SAI Competition, American Opera Society Competition, Arts Foundation Competition, and the Bel Canto Foundation. He has also received awards from the Lissner, Jensen, and Solti Foundations, Zachary, Dalis, Liederkranz, Orpheus, Liederkranz, Neue Stimmen, Palm Beach Opera, and Lynam Competitions, Sosenko, Lanza, Iturbi, Gari and Puccini Foundations, National Opera Associations.

An avid recitalist, Beyer has performed in recital through the Vocal Arts Society, Marilyn Horne Foundation, Carnegie Hall Foundation, Chicago Cultural Center, Judith Raskin Foundation, Bertlesmann Foundation, Huntsville Chamber Music Guild, Pittsburgh Concert Society, Van Cliburn Foundation, Over the Rainbow Foundation, Astral Artists, and the Marian Anderson Foundation. He has degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.

Pianist SUSAN NOWICKI is a faculty member of the Curtis Institute of Music where she coaches for the Vocal Studies Department. She has appeared throughout the United States as a soloist and a collaborative pianist and frequently performs with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. An avid performer of contemporary music, Ms Nowicki has premiered and performed works with Philadelphia's Network for New Music and Orchestra 2001 and has recorded contemporary music for the Albany, Capstone, De Haske and North-South labels. Her 2016 CD with trumpeter Paul Futer, Running at the Top of the World, is available on MSR Classics. She has also produced and performed on a release of chamber works by Jan Krzywicki for Albany Records.

Ms. Nowicki is in demand as an adjudicator and clinician for music festivals, conferences, and competitions. She maintains private piano and coaching studios in Philadelphia, and is an instructor for The Well Balanced Pianist programs, intensive courses for pianists which combine the study of coordinate technique with performance mindset strategies and learning styles awareness ( She is also on the faculty of the Global Summer Institute of Music hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University.




  • Flickan kom ifrån sin älsklings mote Op. 37 No. 5 Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) Var det en dröm Op. 37 No. 4
    Hjärtarts morgon Op. 13 No. 3


  • Lonesome Man from Blue Mountain Ballads Paul Bowles (1910-1999)
  • Lonely People Jean Berger (1909-2002)
  • Lonely Room from Oklahoma Richard Rodgers (1902-1979)
  • Someone to Watch Over Me from Oh Kay George Gershwin (1898-1937)


  • The waves break into a spray Op. 46 No. 1 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) When the Ripening Cornfield Gently Sways Op. 40 No. 1
    Prophet Op. 49 No. 2


  • Swallow, Swallow from Three Tennyson Songs Jonathan Dove (b. 1959)


  • Das ist ein Brausen und Heulen Charles Griffes (1884-1920) Mein Herz ist wie die dunkle Nacht
    The Lament of Ian the Proud
    An den Wind


  • Selections from Old American Songs Aaron Copland (1900-1990) At the River
    Simple Gifts
    The Walls of Zion

Program subject to change at the discretion of the artist(s).