"Abundant power, effective technique and steady intonation"
-The Denver Post
Abigail Chapman is a versatile light lyric soprano who sings music ranging from 12th-century chant to compositions written today. While she performs music from all periods and has sung in a variety of musical styles, she is best known for her work in early music, her performances of 20th and 21st century music, and her creative song recitals. A proud native of Damariscotta, Maine, she has also lived and sung in and around New York City, Philadelphia, Denver, and Baltimore, and has performed elsewhere around the United States, as well as in Germany, Japan, and New Zealand.
In 2016, Ms. Chapman performed George Crumb’s Madrigals Book I with double bassist Susan Cahill and percussionist Scott Higgins on the Eclectic Concerts series (Denver, CO); given world premieres by Hungarian composers Ákos Zarándy and Árpád Solti with the Nebula Ensemble at the Newman Center for Performing Arts (Denver); presented a European tour of lute song during the first decade of the 17th century with lutenist Peter Schimpf on the Happy Hour Chamber Concerts series (Denver); and performed with St. Martin’s Chamber Choir (Denver and Boulder), Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra (Denver and Boulder), the Denver Early Music Consort, Seicento Baroque Ensemble (Denver, Boulder, and Longmont, CO), Saint John’s Cathedral Choir (Denver), the Choir of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (Philadelphia, PA), and several other ensembles.
In 2015, she appeared at the Dairy Arts Center (Boulder, CO) singing Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas Brasilieras No. 5 with the ensemble Cellissimo! (members of the Colorado Symphony); appeared as a soloist at the Boston Early Music Festival with her Baroque Ensemble, Different Birds; performed with Different Birds at a conference on early music education at the Smithsonian (Washington, DC); sang at the Amherst Early Music Festival (New London, CT); appeared as a soloist in Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with St. Bartholemew's Episcopal Church Choir and Orchestra (Baltimore, MD); sang the roles of Mary Emma Thames in Katharine Frances Pollock’s new opera Stinney (Baltimore) and Enone/Ensemble in Charpentier’s opera La descente d’Orfée (Baltimore); was a soloist with the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado (Denver and Winter Park, CO), Seicento Baroque Ensemble (Denver, Boulder, and Estes Park, CO), Saint John’s Cathedral Choir (Denver), Armonia Nova (Arlington, VA), the Peabody Consort (Baltimore and Chestertown, MD), the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble (Baltimore), and the Choir of St. John’s Episcopal Church (Georgetown, Washington, DC); and performed with the Colorado Bach Ensemble (Denver and Ft. Collins, CO), St. Martin’s Chamber Choir (Denver and Wheatridge, CO), and several other ensembles.
Ms. Chapman holds an MM in Voice from The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, where she was awarded the George Woodhead Prize in Voice and a Peabody Career Grant. She holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, where she was a winner of the Sarah Lawrence Concerto Competition and was awarded the Jerome Swinford Scholarship. Her major teachers have included William Sharp, Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Wayne Sanders, and Eddye Pierce-Young, and she has sung in master classes with Denyce Graves, Dawn Upshaw, Andreas Scholl, Julianne Baird, Drew Minter, Pamela Dellal, and others. She has been heard on Colorado Public Radio in performances with the Denver Early Music Consort, and can also be heard on a recording of two masses by Henri Hardouin with St. Martin’s Chamber Choir on the Toccata Classics label.