Henry Purcell, Tell me, some pitying angel (The Blessed Virgin’s Expostulation), Z 196
Samantha Arten, soprano, and Jackie Nappi, harpsichord
Jan Dismas Zelenka, Gloria patri I from Miserere, ZWV 57
Samantha Arten, soprano, with Capella Baroque, conducted by Brian Schmidt
Claudio Monteverdi, Amor from Lamento della ninfa, SV 163
Samantha Arten, soprano; Kerry McCarthy, alto; Roman Testroet, bass; Brad Croushorn, bass; Ken Stewart, cello; and Anna Showalter, harpsichord
In addition to my work as a musicologist, I am also a professional soprano, specializing in early music and Anglican church music, as well as a choral director. I currently sing regularly with the Duke Vespers Ensemble and occasionally with the Duke Evensong Singers and several other local churches. I direct the children’s choir at First Presbyterian (Durham), where we are working to build a hymn repertoire for the children, and co-lead a monthly service of Latin Vespers, sung entirely in plainchant, that takes place at St. Luke’s Episcopal (Durham). I co-founded Triangle Area early music ensemble Concentus Carolina, which performed in 2014-2015.
My Baroque performance experience is extensive. In 2016, I founded Bull City Baroque (soprano, Baroque violin, harpsichord, and cello) and we perform about once a semester. The Duke Vespers Ensemble typically offers at least one Baroque concert with orchestra each year; I am often a soloist. And in past years, I have performed with the Raleigh Bach Soloists, Musicke’s Cordes, St. Louis Baroque, Collegium Vocale St. Louis, and the Southeast Baroque Ensemble.
Churches at which I have sung professionally include St. Philip’s Episcopal (Durham, NC), St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (Durham, NC), First Presbyterian (Durham, NC), Duke Chapel (Interdenominational; Durham, NC), Christ Church (Episcopal; Raleigh, NC), Holy Trinity Anglican (Raleigh, NC), The Church of St. Michael and St. George (Episcopal; St. Louis, MO), Church of the Good Shepherd (Episcopal; Nashua, NH), and Ascension Episcopal Parish (Portland, OR).
Additionally, my women’s barbershop quartet, Ringtones!, won our international competition (Harmony, Incorporated) in 2010.
I have in the past also offered voice lessons.
Recent Solo Performances:
Graduate Student Recital, with Solomon Eichner, piano and fortepiano. Amy Beach’s 3 Shakespeare Songs and 3 Browning Songs, Fanny Hensel’s Op. 1, and Samuel Barber’s Hermit Songs. Duke University, Durham, NC; April 21, 2018.
“On the Pillars of Genius,” with the Raleigh Bach Soloists and North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, directed by David Jernigan. Music by Handl, Gabrieli, Praetorius, Vulpius, Schutz, Kuhnau, Buxtehude, and Bach. Raleigh, NC; October 13, 2017.
“Music’s Lore–Secular Songs by William Byrd,” with the Byrd Festival Consort, directed by Jeremy Summerly, and organ by Mark Williams. Madrigals and consort songs by William Byrd. William Byrd Festival, Portland, OR; August 11, 2017.
“Love and Revenge,” with Bull City Baroque: Sarah Huebsch, oboe; Allison Willet, violin and gamba; Jackie Nappi, harpsichord; and Robbie Link, gamba. Vocal music by Barbara Strozzi, Handel, and Telemann. Durham, NC; March 18, 2017.
“The Hums of Pooh,” with Kathleen Arten, piano. Settings of poetry by A.A. Milne from Winnie the Pooh and When We Were Very Young by Harold Fraser-Simson. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Hancock, MI; January 7, 2017.
“To Please and To Arouse the Affections: Songs, Sonatas & Suites from the 17th Century,” with Musicke’s Cordes: Jeffrey Noonan (theorbo, Baroque guitar) and Samuel Breene (Baroque violin). Vocal music by Monteverdi, Frescobaldi, Purcell, Nicholas Lanier, and John Wilson. Duke University Rare Music Series, Durham, NC; December 3, 2016.
Bull City Baroque‘s inaugural concert, with Allison Willet, violin; Jackie Nappi, harpsichord; and Robbie Link, viola da gamba. Vocal music by Purcell, Handel, and Buxtehude. Durham, NC; April 17, 2016.
Duke Vespers Ensemble (with Capella Baroque) at the American Choral Directors Association Southern Conference. Soprano soloist for Jan Dismas Zelenka’s Miserere. Chattanooga, TN; March 10, 2016.