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Recent recordings:

Locklair: Symphony of the Seasons
(Naxos, August, 2007)
Songs of the Cotton Grass: Tann (Zimbel)
Dan Locklair: Chamber Works (Albany, 2004)
The Shining Place (Elmgrove, 2006) So Much Beauty (Elmgrove, 2004)
Living Mysteries (Elmgrove, 2002) So Great a Joy (Elmgrove, 2001)

    Janeanne Houston has been praised by the Seattle Times as a “radiant voiced and very communicative” singer, by Gramophone as “Unfailingly responsive and dedicated”, by Classical Voice of North Carolina as a “magnificent singer” with “a beautiful voice and stunning interpretive skills” and The Journal of Singing remarked “such praiseworthy singing”  and  “a flawless sense of style.”   .
    One of the region’s busiest artists, she has worked under the batons of many fine conductors including,  Gerard Schwarz, James DePreist, Sidney Harth, Dean Williamson, Charles Bontrager, Christophe Chagnard, Fusao Kajima, British conductor Hilary Davon Wetton, Richard Sparks, and Miguel Harth-Bedoya, with whom she sang the Mater Gloriosa in the first Oregon performance of Mahler's Eighth Symphony in 2002. Her recent opera roles have been Elisabetta in Don Carlo in 2010, Countess Almaviva in Nozze di Figaro for Helena Symphony in 2009, and Konstanze in Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio for Tacoma Opera in November of 2005.  Other recent performances include Tacoma Symphony’s performance of Rachmaninov’s The Bells, multiple performances of Verdi’s Requiem, Mahler’s Symphony No. Four with Orchestra Seattle, Lake Union Civic Orchestra’s  Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Carmina Burana with Choral Union and Rainier Symphony, Messiah with the Helena Symphony, Bellevue Philharmonic, and Messiah Festival in Kansas, and for Bremerton Symphony, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Beethoven’s 9th, and  Brahms’ A German Requiem.   She has been a guest artist with many distinguished choral and orchestral organizations which include Seattle Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Northwest Chamber Orchestra, Northwest Sinfonietta, Eugene Symphony and Opera, Great Falls Symphony, Helena Symphony, and Spokane Symphony.  Among the works she has performed most frequently are the Verdi Requiem, the Brahms Requiem, Haydn’s Creation, Poulenc’s Gloria, and Mozart’s Mass in C-Minor.  
    She sang the role of Mary with the late Jerome Hines near the end of his career, in his Biblical opera I am the Way and has also shone in other operatic roles which include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Violetta in La Traviata, Blanche in Dialogues of the Carmelites, and Micaela in Carmen.   At this point in her career, she is focusing primarily on roles in the Verdi repertoire and the more dramatic roles of Mozart.
    An active recitalist, she has been a featured artist on numerous concert series programs and music festivals, including  2001 and 2009 residencies  for the prestigious Messiah Festival of Music and Art in Lindsborg, Kansas. In the fall of 2007, she did a recital tour in New York State where she premiered a song cycle that she commissioned from North Carolina composer Dan Locklair.  She also performed works by composers Lori Laitman, Simon Sargon, Carol Sams, and a premiere by Welsh composer, Hillary Tann.  Her interest in performing the music of living composers has become a passion, and she has had several cycles written for her.  She sang the premiere of a work titled Remembrance by Judith Lang Zaimont with Portland Symphonic Choir in the fall of 2007.
   
In 2007, she was featured on a Naxos release of orchestral works by composer Dan Locklair. She sang a triptych for soprano and string orchestra titled Lairs of Soundings, based upon texts by Northwest poet, Ursula LeGuin. The work was recorded with the Slovak Radio Orchestra in Bratislava, Slovakia, with Kirk Trevor conducting.   A recording for Zimbel Records titled Songs of the Cotton Grass features Ms. Houston with oboist Shannon Spicciati performing the cycle of the same title by Welsh composer Hilary Tann. In January 2006, Ms. Houston released a new recording of world premieres by living composers titled The Shining Place (Elmgrove Productions)Other recordings include The Irish Songs of Sir Hamilton Harty (Deogloria), So Great a Joy 2001, Living Mysteries 2002, and So Much Beauty 2004 (Elmgrove Productions).   Later that year her work as singer and executive producer was featured in two 12 minute chamber works for soprano on the Albany Records release Chamber Works of Dan Locklair.    Her recordings have been broadcast on radio stations across the country, and were featured on the syndicated NPR program With Heart and Voice and on New Releases from Minnesota Public Radio.  Her written progress/goal reports for her 2002 recording were featured in Classical Singer Magazine.  Her discography includes recording premieres of songs by Richard Hundley, Lori Laitman, Simon Sargon, J. Mark Scearce, Dan Locklair, David Burge, Hilary Tann, Carol Sams, Edwin Penhorwood, and Paul Moravec.  Ms. Houston has been a finalist and a second place winner in the Northwest Regional Metropolitan Opera auditions, and won a Crystal award in the Scammon vocal competition in Denver in 2002.
    Born in Kansas City, Ms. Houston spent her childhood years in Myanmar, India, and the Philippine Islands. She received her education at Ottawa University and the University of Washington, and is presently a member of the voice faculty at Pacific Lutheran University.  She is the founder and Managing Member of Northwest Artists, a musicians’ collective management, and is the owner/founder of Elmgrove Productions.

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Upcoming and Recent Performances
Mozart: Don Giovanni (Donna Anna)

 Vashon Opera

September 10-14, 2014
Brahms: A German Requiem NW Repertory Singers and Rainier Symphony May 17, 2014: Lagerquist Concert Hall, Pacific Lutheran University - May 18, 2014: Foster HS, Tukwila, WA
Verdi: Requiem Bainbridge Orchestra and Chorus April 12 & 13, 2014 
Mozart: Mass in C Minor (Sop. 1) Combined Seattle Choruses at Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA March 30, 2014
Beethoven: 9th Symphony Oregon Symphony December 30 & 31, 2013 
Verdi: Requiem and Recital Walla Walla Symphony May 10-14, 2013
Bach: Mass in B Minor Port Angeles Symphony and Peninsula Singers April 21, 2013
Handel: Messiah Bremerton Symphony December 8, 2012
Bach and Mozart selections PLU President's Inaugural Concert September 25, 2012
Verdi: Requiem Combined Seattle Choruses at Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA April 22, 2012
Strauss: Four Last Songs and Barber: Knoxville with Sheila Bristow, Piano Church of the Redeemer Series, Kenmore, WA November 5, 2011
Mozart: Requiem Northwest Repertory Singers
Mason United Methodist Church
September 11, 2011
Beethoven: 9th Symphony Combined Choirs Western WA University May, 2011
Mozart: Great Mass in C Minor, Soprano I Port Angeles Symphony and Peninsula Singers April 3, 2011
Handel: Messiah Bellevue Philharmonic December 12, 2010
Piano Dedication Recital Church of the Redeemer in Kenmore, WA September 25, 2010
Verdi: Don Carlo (Elisabetta) Jonathan Pasternack, conductor April - May, 2010
Brahms: A German Requiem Hilary Davan Wetton, conductor May 9, 2009
Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro
(Contessa Almaviva)
Helena Symphony April 13-18, 2009
Handel: Messiah Messiah Festival of Music and Art
Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas
April 5-12, 2009
Bach: St. Matthew Passion Peninsula Singers and Orchestra, Port Angeles, WA March 29, 2009
Mahler: 4th Symphony Orchestra Seattle June 8, 2008
Poulenc: Gloria Cantare Vocal Ensemble, Seattle Bach Choir, Eastside Master Chorale, Vashon Chorale, and Sammamish Symphony at Benaroya Hall April 27, 2008
Recital of World and West Coast Premieres with Paul Richard Olson and Shannon Spicciati Lagerquist Concert Hall, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA February 12, 2008
Recital of World and West Coast Premieres with Paul Richard Olson and Shannon Spicciati Plymouth Congregational Church, Seattle, WA February 10, 2008
Handel: Messiah Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra December 14, 2007
Judith Lang Zaimont: Remembrance (World Premiere) Portland Symphonic Choir October 27 & 28, 2007
Recital with Paul Richard Olson and Shannon Spicciati Union College, Schenectady, NY October 14, 2007
Recital of World Premieres (details below) with Paul Richard Olson and Shannon Spicciati Grace Church, Brooklyn, NY October 12, 2007
Hilary Tann: Songs of the Cotton Grass Recording Release, Zimbel Records October, 2007
Locklair: "Symphony of the Seasons" (Lairs of Soundings) Recording release, Naxos July 30, 2007
Verdi: Requiem Kirkland Choral Society May, 2007
Beethoven: 9th Symphony Bremerton Symphony May, 2007
 Orff: Carmina Burana Choral Sounds Northwest at Benaroya Hall March, 2007
Handel: Messiah Helena Symphony, Helena MT December 3, 2006
 Orff: Carmina Burana Kirkland Choral Society November 19, 2006
Recording (Naxos); Orchestral Music of Dan Locklair Bratislava, Slovakia, Slovak Radio Orchestra September, 2006
Recording (Elmgrove): The Shining Place Contemporary Songs in English January, 2006
Mozart: C-Minor Mass Bremerton Symphony December 17, 2005
Handel: Messiah Bellevue Philharmonic December 3 & 4, 2005
 Orff: Carmina Burana Lagerquist Concert Hall, Pacific Lutheran University November 11 & 12, 2005
Mozart: Abduction from the Seraglio (Constanze) Tacoma Opera with Northwest Sinfonietta November 5 & 6, 2005
Beethoven: 9th Symphony LUCO, Town Hall, Seattle June 24, 2005

 

Individual Sound Clips from "So Great a Joy"
Lullee, Lullay, William Bergsma O Glorisoa Domina, Michael Head
Corpus Christi Carol, Benjamin Britten Love is His Name, James Holloway

 Come Sing and Dance, Herbert Howells

The Lamb, Ralph Vaughan Williams


More Clips:

Nun beut die flur from The Creation by Haydn
Davidde Penitente aria by Mozart