Jennifer Marie Stevens
Classical Singer ~ Visual Artist
I would like to personally thank the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation for the
2014 NACF Regional Artist Fellowship Award!!!!
I am ever so grateful and honored tenfold. I look forward to the new pottery I'll create for November 2015 Pottery workshop, and Lecture-Exhibit.
~With utmost appreciation,
Jennifer M. Stevens
Oneida Potter and Instructor
European Tour and Master Class: Fiorenza Cedolins
Naples, Italy, Lugano, Switzerland, Verona, Italy, and Milano, Italy.
I just returned from one of the best European trips of my life. I am so grateful for the opportunity to train with Italian Soprano, Fiorenza Cedolins. I made so many wonderful friends on this trip-it warms my heart tenfold. My dear friend Miriam brought me to the San Carlo Theatre, gave me a tour of it, and had the best seats in the house-balcony seats-we saw Cavalleria Rusticana and Madame Butterfly, saw the London Symphony Orchestra, and gave me a wonderful tour of Naples, Italy-absolutely beautiful! I continued my trip on train to Lugano, Switzerland from Naples, Italy. I learned a lot during the master class and it was just wonderful to focus strictly on singing, technique and work with world class musicians. An honor actually but it forces you to focus and get more enjoyment out of singing to say the least. I can't get over the comradery with the students; they were all so good to me, helped me, and showed me Lugano. I also met the wonderful tenor, Fausto Tenzi-he gave me one of his Bel Canto CDs...It is lovely. My friend Miriam invited me to meet with her in Verona, Italy with a wonderful surprise-she took me to the Arena of Verona and we watched the opera, Turandot with sopranos Martina Serafin and Carmen Giannattasio-both Met singers...Fantastic! We joined them for dinner and I admit sitting at their table; I did my best not to show how EXCITED I was to meet them!!! We had dinner with them-it was a kicker of a night! The perfect night; wonderful performance and scenery at the Verona Arena, and the talent was to die for... I thought that my trip would come to an end...nothing more could already happen that was amazing as it already was. :) I had to take the train to from Verona, Italy to Milano, Italy. I am certain I was beaming all the way there! LOL... My original plan was to go to Milano to see La Scala theatre. I figured I ran out of time and I'll see it next time. I end up staying over night in Milano, Italy and asked the hotel staff where La Scala was-she said down the street! I was SOOO HAPPY!!! I had a personal/sentimental reason why I wanted to see La Scala theatre-in 2000 my mother was diagnosed with final stage cancer. She went to Europe and in spite of how sick she was-she wanted to go to La Scala for me; she bought me two CDs and scarves. Before she passed away-actually the night before she died she had a long talk with me about my singing-told me that I have a God given gift and needed to use it. She made me promise to never stop singing and see how far I can go with it. My dear Mother passed away July 20, 2001-almost a year after she visted La Scala. So my mission on this trip although I didn't think I was able to go there; I lucked out... my train station and hotel was down the street from it. Just when I thought my trip could not get any better... I seen La Scala theatre, the Leonardo Da Vinci Museum-I am a huge fan of his! And...I saw the Duomo Cathedral!! I am ever so grateful for one of the most memorble trips of my life...I have grown so much. A trip and growing experience I'll never forget... My Mother was at La Scala-she traveled so far wanting to inspire me... I finally seen it. :) The trip touches my heart, I am inspired, and feel my huge soul restoration.
Lots of love, Jennifer Stevens
Master Class with Italian soprano, Fiorenza Cedolins and myself.
Ticino Musica Student Recital-Studio of Fiorenza Cedolins
July 30, 2014 Lugano, Switzerland.
Master Class with Italian soprano, Fiorenza Cedolins, Pianist, Inessa Filistovich, and myself. Lugano, Switzerland.
Fiorenza Cedolin's Studio Recital; Inessa Filistovich and myself. Lugano, Switzerland.
Verona, Italy: Arena of Verona
The famous opera house, La Scala Theatre, Milan, Italy
Da Vinci Concert Celeberation: UWGB-Weidner Center
I just performed as a Soprano Soloist on behalf of the Club Italo Americano of Green Bay. It was a lovely night, saw former Voice Teachers, friends, fellow singers, and made new friends.
Broadcast: May 5, 2014 8 PM WPT-PBS (Central Time)
"Jennifer Stevens is a member of the Oneida Nation who celebrates her cultural heritage through the arts. As a renowned opera singer, she performs the classics, but also helps keep her culture alive by performing in the Oneida language, engaging in traditional pottery making and painting." WPT-PBS
Wisconsin life Full Episode: May 5, 2014
(17:00 Minutes Jennifer Stevens' Story starts.)
Native American Music Awards:
The documentary, Owe.la': The Music Within Jennifer Stevens was submitted for the NAMMY Awards.
Stevens was featured as a classically trained singer, composer, and visual artist. The documentary was produced by Eileen Littig and Dean Thomas.
Wish us luck!!! Award Ceremony, Niagara Falls, New York: November 2014 TBA
Encyclopedia of Native American Music of North America
By Elaine Keillor, Tim Archambault, and John M. H. Kelly.
I noticed I am in the Encyclopedia of Native American Music of North America by Elaine Keillor, Tim Archambault, and John M. H. Kelly. I am HONORED! It says, “Currently among upcoming singers of indigenous heritage is Jennifer M. Stevens(Wakohsiyo) of Oneida background also creative as a composer, writer, graphic designer, sculptor, photographer, in addition to her musical performing etc…” I need to get the encyclopedia to see what else they wrote! They listed me as Oneida, which I am very proud of; I am also LAKOTA! There are very few Native Americans in the profession of opera historically but the Lakotas/Dakotas are a large percent of them! White Eagle-Tenor, Rosebud-Lakota, Bonnie Jo Hunt-Lyric Soprano, Hunkpapa-Lakota, and Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, -Composer and violinist, Yanton-Dakota. I am very proud of every Native American in the classical music profession, especially opera world. I am honored to be listed amongst my role models and heroes. I can’t tell you what an honor that is. I hope I make them proud. I am ever so grateful… and like I said, honored tenfold.
~Lots of love, Jennifer :)
The Green Bay Symphony Orchestra "Heritage," Concert with Jennifer "Marie" Stevens performed three of her original songs in the Oneida language in tribute and memory of her grandmother Maria Hinton (1910-1913) a noted Oneida linguist, co-author of the first Oneida Dictionary, and teacher. Stevens' first time performing her original works with symphony. She worked for 4 months with arrangers Alaric Coussons and Aaron Zinsmeister. Stevens would like to extend her utmost gratitude for this opportunity-this is a milestone in her life. Stevens performance was a success and she received a standing ovation and an invitation to perform in Chicago.
Our Concert Review by Warren Gerds:
Jennifer Stevens, Soprano and Composer
Photos by James Kelly
Ol^.na'(A Song/A Prayer): A Song of Gratitude
I was performing at the Miles of Art event at the College of Menominee, Kashena, Wisconsin with Wade Fernandez, Native American Flute and myself singing my song Ol^.na'(A Song/A Prayer): A Song of Gratitude.
An Evening of Neapolitan Songs...
Jennifer Stevens will be singing three of her favorites; Torna a Surriento, by Ernesto De Curtis, I Te Vurria Vasa, by Eduardo Di Capua, and Caruso, by Lucio Dalla with pianist Marlene Feira. October 22, 2013. More Info: TBA
Documentary Produced by Eileen Littig
Wisconsin Public Television Broadcasts:
Wednesday, February 27 9:30 pm on The Wisconsin Channel
Thursday, February 28 12:30 am on The Wisconsin Channel
Thursday, February 28 4:30 am on The Wisconsin Channel
Sunday, March 3 12:00 pm on The Wisconsin Channel
The Award Luncheon is March 16, 2013
I finally have a video on Youtube!!! :) A vocal demo.
Dear Oneida community, family, friends, and performers,
I have the Wisconsin Public TV Broadcast dates for the documentary I am being featured in as an artist, singer, and composer; Owe.la': The Music Within Jennifer Stevens is produced by Eileen Littig and Dean Thomas, NEWIST/CESA 7/WPT. :)
Lots of love, Jennifer <3
See More Info Here!!
Jennifer Stevens sang as a soloist and was an awards presenter for this years Music Awards and performed her first two concerts in Milwaukee on the Miller stage with pianist, tenor, composer, author, and opera director, Dr. William Lavonis.
Jennifer Stevens, soprano soloist and presenter: Music Awards
Photo by Marco Frucht
Jennifer Stevens, Soprano 1st concert in Milwaukee, WI: Miller Stage
Photos by James Kelly
Jennifer Stevens, Soprano on the Miller Stage.
Jennifer Stevens and Dr. William Lavonis
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