Soprano Jenni Cook enjoys an active performing career and has sung operas, oratorios, and recitals across the United States and abroad in Austria, Brazil, Canada, England, Germany, and Wales. Performing highlights include the titular role in Verdi’s La Traviata that Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung called “ideal” and “radiant”. At the Hadyn Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria Cook was the soprano soloist for Beethoven’s Mass in C Major and Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten. With composer and conductor Mark Camphouse, Professor from George Mason University, Professor Cook performed Symphony from Ivy Green with the composer conducting. She performed the soprano solo in Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with conductor Kenneth Kiesler from the University of Michigan. With conductor Kristofer Johnson and New Hampshire’s Concord Chorale Dr. Cook was “The Angel” in Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity. She premiered two works composed for her by University of New Hampshire colleagues: Professor Mike Annicchiarico’s Two Fat Squirrels and Professor Christopher Kies’ Sieben Lieder aus Des Knaben Wunderhorn. Additionally, Dr. Stephen Hofer composed Spirits of the Dead for Dr. Cook and Oakland East Bay Orchestra flutist Dr. Amy Likar which they premiered at Holy Names University and reprised at the National Flute Convention in Anaheim, CA. With flutist and colleague Professor Peggy Vagts, Dr. Cook performed a program of music for flute and voice at Regent’s University in London and at the National Welsh Museum in Cardiff, Wales. Notable recitals include two programs for the University of São-Paolo in Ribeirão-Preto, Brazil, one in 2012 and again in 2014 as part of the 50th Anniversary of their Department of Music. Works featured on the program included songs by women composers and Brazilian, German, English, and French Art Song.
Professor Cook was one of thirty-seven invited foreign experts to lecture at the 1st International Week: Global View, Integrated Culture Conference at Chengdu University in China. Her lecture was on the role of performance in music education curriculum. While on campus at Chengdu University, Professor Cook gave a master class in the music department for voice teachers and students. She is also a licensed teacher of Body Mapping with Andover Educators (www.bodymap.org). Professor Cook is currently the President of the New Hampshire Granite State Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. In fall of 2015, Cook released a new CD of Brazilian art song with pianist Dr. Lisa Raposa Millar entitled Terra e Granito available on Amazon, iTunes, and CD Baby. Dr. Cook has recorded two other CDs:Six Women and Live at McLean Chapel (also available online). In May of 2016, Dr. Cook and Dr. Millar premiered the music from Terra e Granito on the St. Andrew’s Church Concert Series in Toronto, Ontario.
Dr. Cook, an Illinois native, received her Bachelor of Music degree from Bradley University and her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Illinois. Prior to her appointment as an Assistant now Associate Professor of Music at the University of New Hampshire, Cook served as adjunct voice faculty at Millikin University, Eureka College, and Bradley University. In her 16th year at the University of New Hampshire, Professor Cook teaches voice, vocal pedagogy, and diction for singers. Professor Cook’s voice students regularly participate and place in the Granite State NATS National Student Audition Song Festivals and the University of New Hampshire Concerto-Aria Competition. Graduates of Professor Cook’s voice studio have gone on to place in the Met Opera National Council Auditions: New England Regional Finals and the International Deborah Voigt/Vero Beach Opera Vocal Competition. Additionally, students have attended and performed in prestigious summer programs, opera companies, and graduate schools such as AIMS in Graz, NATS Intern Program, Opera Providence, Opera Company of Middlebury, Mobile Opera, Sarasota Opera, Boston Early Music Festival, New England Conservatory, McGill University, Case Western Reserve University, University of Alberta, University of Toronto, Penn State, Florida State University, Georgia State University, and Brown University. Former students of Dr. Cook teach at Drew University and the University of Northern Iowa.
Professor Cook is a strong advocate for study abroad and serves as the Department of Music’s representative for study abroad programs with the Center for International Education. She has mentored several students in preparing grant proposals for the University of New Hampshire’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships and International Research Opportunities Program, in addition she mentored a student to prepare a Fulbright application to research Brazilian art song in Brazil which was awarded. Professor Cook has established and currently serves as the faculty liaison for two study abroad exchanges in music: University of São Paolo in Ribeirão-Preto, Brazil and Cardiff University in Wales. Dr. Cook is Chair of the Department of Music at the University of New Hampshire.