Dr. Amy Yekel
Voice and Vocal Pedagogy Instructor
DMA, Arizona State University
Teaching areas: voice, vocal pedagogy, music education, music history
Deemed “Born to sing Turandot” by the Toledo Blade, dramatic soprano Amy Louise Yekel made her professional debut in 2012 with Toledo Opera. The Toledo Blade exclaims “Her buttery smooth soprano voice seems effortless in delivery, yet her power actually was enough to reverberate off the staid old stone walls…sending a palpable thrill to those listening.” Other operatic roles include Isolde from Tristan und Isolde, Brunhilde from Siegfried, Sieglinde in Die Walküre, Elsa from Lohengrin, Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos, Lia in L’enfant Prodigue, The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Terentia in Captain Lovelock, and Hata in The Bartered Bride (Cleveland Opera Circle 2015).
Dr. Yekel has also appeared on several occasions in concerts and oratorio performances which include Verdi’s Requiem with Toledo Symphony, The Messiah with Marietta College, The Schumann Requiem with River Cities Orchestra, The Harmony Mass with the University of Akron, and The Duruflé Requiem, Te Deum, the Nelson Mass with Christ Presbyterian Church in Canton, The Mozart Coronation Mass with The Akron Symphony, Isolde’s Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde and Brünnhilde’s Immolation Scene from Götterdӓmmerung in concert with The Canton Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. Yekel received her Doctorate of Musical Arts from Arizona State University. She is a winner of the Robert Lauch award from the Wagner Society of New York as well as a former first place winner of Palm Springs Opera Scholarship Competition, Arizona Lyric Opera Scholarship Competition, The Canton Civic Opera Scholarship Competition, Akron Symphony Chorus Scholarship, Tuesday Musical Club Scholarship, Mary S. Bower’s Scholarship, The John MacDonald Scholarship, and The McDowell Scholarship. Dr. Yekel was also a Liederkranz finalist in 2012. She has received awards from The Wagner Society of New York and The Wagner Society of Ohio as well as a Harold Haugh award.