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Dr. Edward Rothmel has worked extensively as a pianist, coach, and conductor throughout the United States and abroad.
A frequent vocal coach to students, Dr. Rothmel strives to guide them in a proper approach and performance practice for their current repertoire while also developing their independent musicianship, fostering stylistically appropriate interpretation throughout their careers. Dr. Rothmel recently joined the faculty at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, where he serves as coach and pianist to exceptional young singers from across the globe. He has also enjoyed a close affiliation with Eastman Opera Theatre as Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master, where he spent several seasons coaching undergraduate and graduate students on all aspects of role preparation, in addition to developing the chorus musically and conducting chorus rehearsals. At Eastman Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Rothmel served as rehearsal pianist and coach to Renée Fleming, collaborating with her in preparation for the premiere of a new work, Letters from Georgia, by Kevin Puts.
Previously, he has served on the faculty of Si Parla, Si Canta in Urbania, Italy, where he collaborated with Jennifer Johnson Cano, Beatrice Benzi, and Benton Hess, while mentoring young singers and pianists in Italian vocal literature. Other appointments include Opera Scenes and Vocal Coach at Mo. Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival, Assistant Conductor and Opera Scenes Coach for Florida State University’s Opera Department, and an ongoing private coaching studio in Rochester, NY. Dr. Rothmel’s students have gone on to many of the nation’s most prestigious programs such as the Lindemann Young Artist Program at the Metropolitan Opera and the Merola Opera Program, and have won major awards including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Auditions and Orpheus Vocal Competition.
As a collaborative pianist, Dr. Rothmel has appeared in recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall with tenor Albert Lee, and as a guest at institutions such as Pennsylvania State University, Oklahoma City University, and Mississippi College. He has served as Masterclass and Guest Teacher at University of North Texas, Ithaca College, and elsewhere. His presentation “Enhancing Opera Scenes Through Use of Reduced Orchestration” was nominated for the 2018 Lecture Recital Prize at the Eastman School of Music.
He received his DMA in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music, with a Minor in Vocal Coaching from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Dr. Jean Barr and was the recipient of the 2019 Jean Barr Award. He is also a graduate of Florida State University’s College of Music, where he earned both his BM and MM in Piano Performance.