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Soprano Virginia Croskery Lauridsen, an assistant professor of music at Simpson College, is well known for her work as a cross-over artist.
Croskery Lauridsen has appeared with numerous orchestras across the continent, including those of Cincinnati, Detroit, Milwaukee, Minnesota, Winnipeg, Houston and Utah as well as the St. Louis Symphony under the direction of Leonard Slatkin. International performances include concerts with the Haifa Symphony and a 12-city tour ofJapan with conductor Keith Brion and the New Sousa Band. Carnegie Hall audiences have heard her in the Fauré Requiem with the New Jersey Symphony and in songs of DuParc with the Chicago Youth Symphony under the baton of Michael Morgan.
Equally at home on the opera stage, Croskery Lauridsen has received critical acclaim in such works as Cosí fan Tutte (Dorabella): “Her stage aura has charisma and beauty, her voice is a bright polished soprano capable of crystalline attacks and shapely legato phrasing….” (Carla Maria Verdino Sullwold, Opera Monthly) and Face on the Barroom Floor (roles of Isabel/Madelaine): “Virginia Croskery is exciting, vibrant and alive with a voice that can best be described as thrilling.” (Jerry Klein, Peoria Journal Star).A winner in the Third Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition, she was honored to sing alongside Pavarotti in a production of L’Elisir d’Amore with the Opera Company of Philadelphia. The following year she joined the National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera, making her debut as Carlotta in Chicago and subsequently joining the Broadway company as a Swing.
Croskery Lauridsen is a frequent recitalist and has appeared as guest artist at Northern Illinois University, the Chicago Public Library and over the radio from Chicago’s WFMT studios with the Orion Chamber Ensemble. She has been a featured soloist onNational Broadcasts of the St. Louis Symphony, the Utah Symphony and the Grant Park Symphony. Croskery Lauridsen is an alumna of the prestigious Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Center for American Artists. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees of Music from Northwestern University and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Iowa.
Fluent in French, German and Italian, she has studied with Virginia Zeani and Nicola Rossi-Lemeni at Indiana University and Carlo Bergonzi in Busseto, Italy. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, where she has taught vocal pedagogy, diction, Italian, world music and studio voice. A strong advocate of arts education and international mission work, Croskery Lauridsen has traveled to India, Malawi and Rwanda where she partnered with the Art of Conservation, teaching Rwandan school children about health and conservation through artistic means.