Aidan Soder

Vocal Instructor
University of Missouri – Kansas City

Mezzo soprano Dr. Aidan Soder joined the voice faculty at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance in 2007. A graduate of Rice University’s prestigious Shepherd School of Music, Houston, TX, Dr. Soder has performed extensively in concert, opera, and recital with the Alabama Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Glimmerglass Opera, Delaware Symphony, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Houston Symphony. Her diverse repertoire includes performances of Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Magnificat, the Requiem masses of Mozart, Duruflé and Verdi, and Mahler's Das klagende Lied. Well-regarded as a pedagogue and technician, Dr. Soder has presented master classes throughout the U.S. and Europe. Early in her teaching career, she participated in the NATS Intern Program, and from 2005–2007 she served on the faculty at the University of South Dakota. She was a founding faculty member of the International Performing Arts Institute (IPAI) in Kiefersfelden, Germany, and in 2011, Dr. Soder joined the summer faculty at Michigan’s prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp where she teaches voice, as well as acting for singers. Dr. Soder is an ardent supporter of contemporary music, particularly art song of living American composers. In spring 2013, she premiered composer Karim Al-Zand’s Orange Torches Against the Rain, a song cycle for mezzo soprano and piano set to the poetry of Amy Lowell. Other premieres include Al-Zand’s Tagore Love Songs, which have been recorded and released by Albany Records. Dr. Soder’s award-winning book, Sprechstimme in Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire: a Study of Vocal Performance Practice, was published in 2008 by The Edwin Mellen Press. She is the recipient of two UMKC awards for research/creative activity and excellence in teaching, and most recently and notably, a Fulbright Scholar Award for the 2014-15 academic year, which took Dr. Soder to Kolkata, India. While there, she taught at a local university and researched and performed the Western classical art songs set to the poetry of Indian Nobel Prize-winning writer Sir Rabindranath Tagore. AIDAN SODER, mezzo soprano, enjoys a diverse career as artist, educator, and scholar. Dr. Soder is an Associate Professor of Voice at the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music & Dance where she has taught since 2007. A graduate of Rice University’s prestigious Shepherd School of Music in Houston, TX, Dr. Soder has performed extensively in concert, opera, and recital with Glimmerglass Opera; the Alabama, Omaha, Delaware, and Houston Symphony Orchestras; as well as The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Her varied repertoire includes Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Magnificat, Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, Mahler's Kindertotenlieder and Das klagende Lied, and the Requiem masses of Duruflé, Mozart, and Verdi. Dr. Soder is the recipient of several awards for teaching, research, and creative activity, including one for her book on performance practice in Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire; two from UMKC for research/creative activity, and excellence in teaching; and most recently, she was the recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Scholar Award, which allowed her to teach, research, and perform in India during the 2014 – 15 academic year. Well-regarded as a pedagogue and technician, Dr. Soder has presented master classes throughout the U.S. and Europe. Previously, she served on the faculty at the University of South Dakota, and was a founding faculty member of the International Performing Arts Institute (IPAI) in Kiefersfelden, Germany. In 2011, Dr. Soder joined the summer faculty at Michigan’s prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp where she teaches voice, as well as acting for singers.