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Eileen Cooper Sędek's musical and dramatic performances have earned her rave reviews for her stage presence and lush vocal color. As Sharon Graham in the Pennington Players production of Terrence McNally's Master Class, she delivered a "spectacular acting and vocal performance ... Cooper's performance of Verdi's 'Vieni t'affretta' was notably sung with ease and precision" (Stage Magazine). She had her European professional debut in the summer of 2017 in Vienna Austria as the Soprano Soloist for Mozart's Missa Brevis in C, K. 220 with MidAm International Productions. 

 

She has performed as soloist on numerous occasions with Light Opera of New Jersey, Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Choral Art Society of New Jersey, and the Highland Park Community Chorus. Her solo concert repertoire includes Orff's Carmina Burana, Mendelssohn's Psalm 42, Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem and Liebeslieder Waltzer, Handel's Messiah, and the World Premieres of Martin Sędek's Lux Noctis and Four Seasons. Her operatic stage credits include La Prima Sorella/La Sorella Cercatrice (Suor Angelica) with Opera MODO, and Noémie (Cendrillon), Lucy (The Beggar's Opera), Papagena (Die Zauberflöte) and Flora (Flora, US Premiere) with Opera at Rutgers. She was the 2014 recipient of the Kelsey Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Play for her role in Master Class. Ms. Cooper Sędek was a musical guest and featured soloist on the televised primetime program Wait for Me in Beijing, China in 2012. That same year, she sang in the Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival, performing in concerts and master classes under the direction of Maestro Peter Mark and Benjamin Spierman. In 2009 she was selected to participate in the Daniel Ferro Vocal Program in Greve in Chianti, Italy, where she performed in concerts as well as master classes with Daniel Ferro and Robert Kopelson. Other master classes with notable artists include Roger Vignoles and Frederica von Stade.  She maintains an active recital schedule, exploring a variety of unique and challenging repertoire. Highlights include "La Belle Époque: French Mélodie from the Turn of the Century," "Songs My Mother Taught Me: Slavic and Jewish Works," and "Poetry of Shakespeare's Time." 

 

She fulfilled her Master of Music degree in 2012 at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where she had also completed her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance Summa Cum Laude in 2010. While pursuing her degrees, she served as a part-time lecturer for the Music History and Vocal Departments, directed and choreographed scenes for the Mason Gross Opera Workshop, and was the recipient of the Olga Marsano Burian Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music. She has served on the Production Board of Light Opera of New Jersey, is a member of NATS, and presently is on the Board of Directors for the New York Singing Teacher’s Association (NYSTA), serving as the Secretary and Social Media Chair. Ms. Cooper Sędek is the Soprano Section Leader at the First Presbyterian Church of New Vernon, an adjudicator for Teen Arts Festivals throughout New Jersey at the state and county levels, and maintains an active voice and piano studio in Robbinsville and Bloomfield.  She has presented workshops on business development for private teachers, and her students are regularly chosen for theatrical leading roles, choral solos, and collegiate music programs.  EileenCooperSedek.com

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