Canfield Receives Conservatory Alumni Achievement Award


Nanette Canfield '82 is the recipient of the 2011 Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music Alumni Achievement Award. The award recognizes her impact on influencing the lives of countless music students and audience members through performance, teaching and leadership.

The award was presented on Feb. 26 by Peter Landgren, director of the College's Conservatory of Music, during a daylong series of activities for BW Conservatory alumni.

Canfield, who resides in North Royalton, is an assistant professor with the Conservatory and serves as its assistant director of academic and student affairs.

“It’s an honor to include Nanette among the ranks of those performers and educators who have been recognized over the past four decades as Conservatory Alumni Achievement Award recipients," said Landgren.  "When I think of the impact our alumni have had on audiences and young musicians, Nanette’s influence as a performer, teacher and mentor, and artistic visionary is astounding to consider.”

Childhood Passion Leads to Vocal Performance Degrees
Native to Cleveland, Canfield grew up in a large musical family. Her father was a successful public school band and orchestra conductor, church music director, and long-time member of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus under Robert Shaw and Robert Page. Her mother sang and played piano, and all of her siblings sang and played instruments.

She began piano lessons at age four, sang in the Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus throughout elementary school, and played clarinet in her junior high school band. At Mayfield High School, she began serious voice study and advanced piano study in addition to her honors academic pursuits. She graduated in the top five percent of her high school class. 

Canfield went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance magna cum laude from BW's Conservatory of Music in 1982. She earned a master’s degree with distinction in the same field from Indiana University in 1984.

Successful Career as Professor, Mentor at BW
In 1992, Canfield returned to BW as an adjunct member of the voice faculty. In 1998, she was named assistant director for academic and student affairs, working with faculty and students to implement a variety of curricular and procedural reforms. In 2009 she received the College’s Administrative Award for Leadership.  She continues to teach at BW along with her administrative responsibilities. Many of her students have been accepted for graduate studies at top music schools nationwide and have gone on to successful careers in music as performing artists, educators, music therapists, and arts administrators.      

Extensive Performance Experience
Committed to her profession, Canfield has experience in a wide variety of musical genres, including opera, oratorio, sacred music, art song, chamber music and music theatre. The music of contemporary composers is among her particular interests, and she has collaborated with such composers as Krzysztof Penderecki, Lukas Foss, John Corigliano, William Bolcom, Chen Yi, Daniel Pinkham, Joseph Schwantner, and Christopher Butterfield on performances of their works. 

She has appeared in recital and concert venues throughout the Great Lakes region, and has created roles in several world premier productions in the U.S. and Canada. Invited appearances range from a program of classic American music theatre with the Sinfonia Baltica in Poland to an afternoon of Victorian parlor music at the historic Stan Hywet Hall in Akron.  

In addition, she has appeared as a soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland New Music Associates, the Robert Page Cleveland Singers, the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony, the Canton Symphony, the Mansfield Symphony, the Johnstown Symphony, and on the Baldwin Wallace Bach and Focus festivals.  Her opera and music theatre credits include productions with Cleveland Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, the Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Cain Park, the Beck Center, Lansing Lyric Opera, and the Banff Arts Festival. 

She serves as soprano soloist at the historic Church of the Covenant and is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Opera America, The College Music Society, The Contemporary Recording Society, and The American Music Center.  In addition, she has recorded new music for voice on the CRS label.  

Posted March 2011
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