The Music Program of the University at Albany’s Department of Music and Theatre is pleased to present, The Aging Voice, a virtual workshop led by faculty member Frances Wittmann, on Saturday, October 3, 2020 from 10am to 12pm. Participation in the workshop is free but advance registration is required at  Participants will receive a Zoom link once registration is completed.

As part of the workshop, the physical, psychological and emotional aspects of the aging singer’s journey will be explored along with suggestions and ideas about exercises and practices that can keep the instrument vibrant and in shape. The workshop is designed to address issues encountered by all levels of singers from the amateur to the professional.

A mezzo soprano and a native of the Capital District, Wittmann is well known to the people of this region both through her teaching and her performing. After completing a BS in Music Education at The College of St. Rose and a Master of Music degree in vocal performance and vocal pedagogy at Indiana University, she went on to enjoy much success in the concert hall, on the operatic stage and in recital.  Wittmann was a founding member of Opera Excelsior and performed as a soloist with most of the area’s leading choral groups and as a Young Artist with both the Glimmerglass and Lake George Opera companies.  After winning the Liederkranz Foundation Competition in New York City, she made her debut with the New York City Opera and sang with them for four seasons.  Her NYC concert debut soon followed at Alice Tully Hall with the Little Orchestra Society in their “Vivaldi in Venice” concert series where she sang the American premiere of Vivaldi's Dixit Dominus. This was the first of many appearances with the group which later included the role of the Mother in their annual production of Amahl and the Night Visitors at Avery Fisher Hall.

Throughout her performing career, Wittmann has remained connected to her educational background through her passion for teaching voice.  She has maintained a private studio since 1988 and has taught upper level voice through many of the area college music programs. 

A founding member of the Eastern New York chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (ENY/NATS), Wittmann has sought to give back to the local singing community the support and care from which she has benefitted throughout her career.  She currently serves on the board of ENY/NATS and has also held the offices of President, Vice President and Secretary during her 15 year affiliation with the chapter which is co-sponsoring the workshop.

For further information, contact the Department of Music and Theatre at (518) 442-4187 or visit


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