Dr. Shudong Luo Braamse
Associate Professor of Music
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BA Fuyang Teacher's College, China
MM, DMA Michigan State University
Coloratura Soprano Shudong Luo Braamse, a native of China, is an experienced performer and voice teacher. Shudong holds masters and DMA degrees in voice performance from Michigan State University. She has studied with Ms. Claritha Buggs, Ms. Meredith Zara, and Ms. Patricia Green. When Shudong was a student at MSU, she premiered several soprano pieces by Dr. Gary Nash at the William Grant Still Concert and performed Mozart's Concert Arias with the MSU Philharmonic Orchestra. She has performed in Italy, Austria, North America, Singapore and China.
In addition to solo recitals and chamber recitals, she has performed as Lucy in The Telephone, Sally in Thomas And Sally, and Josephine in HMS Pinafore. In April of 2010, she premiered a song cycle "Peace, Love and Prosperity," composed by Dr. Gary Nash, at Fisk University in Nashville. In the summer of 2011, Shudong toured with pianist Ms. Helen Lin to give recitals at the prestigious Shenzhen Concert Hall and at several universities in China. In the summer of 2012, Shudong was selected to participate in the Salzburg Voice Festival in Austria. Shudong collaborated with pianist Dr. Charles Hulin to record Chinese art songs composed by a Singapore composer Yao Qi. The CD album, called Silvery Night, was released in July of 2012. Shudong has been described by critic Carol Cohan of The Villages Daily Sun: "Shudong has a powerful upper register. Her range is fluid and true. It flows from top to bottom effortlessly."
Shudong regularly performs and gives master classes in China. She also has attended several summer voice programs or master classes in Europe and North America conducted by Richard Miller, Daniel Ferro, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Frederica von Stade, Warren Jones, Elly Ameling, Renata Scotto, Sherrill Milnes, Dolora Zajick, Sylvia McNair and Dawn Upshaw. The book she translated - Complete Preparation: A Guide to Auditioning for Opera, written by Joan Dornemann, has been published by People's Music Publishing House in Beijing, China. The second book she translated, Basics of Vocal Pedagogy, by Dr. Clifton Ware, will be published in Beijing by People's Music Publishing House in 2012.
Shudong is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and College of Music Society.