Amelia Seyssel - Concert Artist
...specializing in the performance of fine Art Song repertoire

Cantatrice - Art Song Ensemble The art of the Song Recital brought to a fresh intimacy and depth by two artists of memorable caliber...

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Specializing in the Art Song repertoire of the Spanish, English and French language composers, Ms. Seyssel draws upon her Mexican, French and English heritage and her love of fine poetry to draw intimate and personal interpretations from some of the finest composers of Art songs.

Ms. Rivera White has won numerous competitions and an ongoing recognition for her fluid and inspiring accompaniments. Drawing on her extensive youthful travels and her own Spanish and Puerto Rican heritage, Ms. Rivera White brings a spontaneous joy to her playing, her love of music apparent in every note.

"...[brought] such an effective range of interpretation to
the varied depths and emotions of the songs...nothing
but enthusiasm and praise from everybody
I've met who was there."

"impressive technique, great clarity, and expressiveness"
"excellent rapport" in collaboration.

CANTATRICE ART SONG ENSEMBLE was formed in 2006 specifically to promote an awareness of the fine artistry inherent in the Art Song Recital experience. The Ensemble's goals are to raise awareness for the unique 'poetry and music' experience presented by the Art Song repertoire, as well as to promote an appreciation by the American public of significant Spanish and Mexican composers, and of French composers influenced by the Spanish idiom. Most of the Spanish language composers performed by the Ensemble studied in Paris at some point in their career and interacted with various important French composers including Ravel, Massenet and Bizet. The English language repertoire performed by the ensemble, additionally represents the Art Song 'ideal' of fine poetry made glorious by being encapsulated in fine music.







Amelia Seyssel has performed in recital and oratorio throughout her career drawing on music from a variety of styles by composers ranging from Bach to Mozart, Purcell to Britten and Schubert to Mahler. Most recently her artistic efforts have been focused on the song repertoire of the French, Spanish and English language composers. Inspired by her mixed Spanish, Mexican, French and English heritage and nurtured by her love of fine poetry as well as the poetic impulses inspired by the folk music genre, this most recent commitment has enlarged her repertoire to include Spanish language composers such as Manuel de Falla, Enrique Granados, Joaquín Rodrigo, Fernando Obradors, Agustín Lara, Maria Grever, and Manuel Ponce.

She also enjoys exploring the various French composers that have been influenced by the Spanish idiom such as Bizet, Ravel, and Debussy. Her favorite pieces tend to be those inspired by the folk idiom, as in arrangements of folk songs by de Falla, Canteloube, Ravel and Britten, or by fine poetry, such as that set by American composer John Duke, British composers Roger Quilter and Peter Warlock, and French composer Georges Bizet.

Ms. Seyssel holds a Master of Fine Arts in Music Performance from Mills College in California where she was awarded both a Hellman scholarship and an academic scholarship for outstanding achievement. Her performing debut was in California while studying with Donna Petersen, a San Francisco Opera and Metropolitan Opera Audition Judge for the West Coast. While at Mills, Ms. Seyssel also studied with visiting professor Jane Manning, a distinguished exponent of contemporary vocal music and author of the book 'New Vocal Repertory'.

Since moving to the East Coast she has continued her vocal studies at the Manhattan School of Music Vocal Arts Institute, including workshops with Nico Castel, Cynthia Hoffman, Lou Galterio and Margaret Hoswell, and at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, including a vocal master class with Dalton Baldwin. She is currently studying with Joyce McLean formerly of The Juilliard School's Evening Division and is a regular soloist at The Poughkeepsie Reformed Church (Hooker Ave) in Poughkeepsie, NY.

In addition to her performing, Ms. Seyssel teaches extensively with a special emphasis in Suzuki Voice and it's applications to young children. She maintains teaching studios both in Poughkeepsie, NY, and in Raynham, MA, and frequently travels internationally in the pursuit of her teaching certification goals. In this capacity she has performed recitals in Vantaa, Finland and in Melbourne, Australia.

Ms. Seyssel's non-musical background is varied and colorful. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in History (including some graduate work in Anthropological Linguistics) from California State University, Northridge. She has made numerous foreign travels to Europe, North Africa, Australia and Mexico; does calligraphy and manuscript illumination; has done fine embroidery since she was four years old; spent several years performing with a Japanese dance troupe in Los Angeles; and has published two volumes of her own poetry: Rainbow and Prism and Rising Suns. Ms. Seyssel is married (Parks) and has two children.