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the dust

OF EVERYDAY LIFE.”

Berthold Auerbach

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lisa a. johnston | lisa@aeternus.com  Christine Westhoff, soprano.

 

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“Music is a way to
dream together
and to go to another
dimension.”
-Cecilia Bartoli

A | MUSINGS

a MUse yourself…

What’s the score

9

When did Christine start to study music?

1,000s

Number of notes she's sung

6

Cups of coffee a day she drinks

E

Her middle initial

top Bb

Her highest note

florence

Her favorite city

15

Average apps on her iPhone (including children's games)

A

Lowest note Christine can sing

oratorio

text is usually based on scripture

elijah

English vogue oratorio in 19th C.

1600

earliest surviving Oratorio produced in 1600 B.C.

oedipus

Oedipus Rex=Stravinsky's opera-oratorio

opus

latin for OPERA

claque

opera singer's hired hands for clapping and booing

saints

many 16th c. oratorios were based on their lives

fidelio

Beethoven's only opera. Written in deafness & depression

mozart

Her favorite composer

9/11

Sang at 10th Anniversary Concert at Clinton Presidential Library

st.cecilia

Patron saint of musicians

humbling

Singing in some of the greatest cathedrals in the world

moving

Singing sacred music in Rome

amusing

Literally bringing down the house, St. Columb's Cathedral, Ireland

5 foot

Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms and Wagner were all 5ft tall or less

12

Mozart composed his first opera at age 12

 

 

A true artist

is not one who is inspired,

but one who inspires others.

Salvador Dali

DISCO | graphy

Christine is currently working on, A CD OF ITALIAN ARIAS CALLED, BODY AND SOUL, As well as another recording of sacred music called, TE DEUM.

Christine’s singing is beautiful,  pitch perfect,  powerful and  radiates passion,  RARE TO FIND THESE DAYS.
She is able to portray my thoughts embedded in my music by her powerful evocative singing in a way I have never experienced before.”  – Ash Madni, Composer

Critic, Jim Harrod, on a program Christine performed for the series Classical Sonoma:       “The expression of emotion in the music never failed to rise to majesty. Her program of comfort and love was everybody’s favorites. There was Vivaldi’s “Domine Deus”, Mozart’s “Laudate Dominum”, Faure’s “Pie Jesu” and Mendelssohn’s “Hear O Israel”. Nothing was stale in this glorious presentation. All were sung as newly invented.” 

“When music fails to agree
to the ear,
to soothe the ear
and the heart and the senses,
then it has missed
 the point.”

-Maria Callas

about | Christine

 
FAQs

Biography

Classically trained as a lyric operatic soprano, Christine Westhoff is one of the leading American artists in the area of oratorio and sacred music, bringing the beauty of sacred music to place all over the world, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Italy, and the United States.

Crescimbeni, one of the earliest musical writers, wrote: “The oratorio had its origin from San Filippo Neri, who, in his chapel, after sermons and other devotions, in order to allure young people to pious offices, and to detain them from earthly pleasures, had hymns, psalms, and such like prayers sung by one or more voices.”

The 2011 release of her first recording, Ora Pro Nobis, was, for many, an introduction to the beauty of sacred music and Christine is committed deeply to the introduction and reintroduction of these sacred texts to a world that has all but forgotten many of them.

Considered a prodigy by many of her early voice teachers, Christine began her vocal training at the age of 9 and, by the age of 11 was studying and training with various college professors. Since then, Christine has devoted herself to perfecting her art and to breathing new life into the sacred texts of bygone centuries.

Sacred Space

Touring the world, Christine has sung in some of the most beautiful sacred spaces on earth, including St. Columb’s Cathedral in Londonderry, Ireland, St. George’s Church in Beckenham, South London, England, St. Peter’s Church in St Albans, England, the Cathedral of St. Peter in Belleville, Illinois, and the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2007, Christine performed a series of acclaimed recitals in the United Kingdom and in October 2013, Christine was invited to perform at the Church of St. Sylvestre al Quirinale in Rome, Italy. She has been featured on Covenant Network, Relevant Radio, and BBC radio.

She has performed as the principal Soprano soloist in performances of Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate in Northern Ireland, England, and the United States; Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore with members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra as well as members of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra; Faure’s Requiem with members of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra; Faure’s Messe Basse; Malcolm Archer’s Requiem; Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb; Monteverdi’s Beatus Vir, Buxtehude’s Magnificat with musicians from the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra; excerpts from Mozart’s C Minor Mass; Haydn’s Little Organ Mass, Vivaldi’s Gloria in Northern Ireland, England, and the United States, and Timothy Allen’s commissioned piece, Now the Green Blade Riseth.

Christine’s performances in the United States include a Lenten recital based on the Stations of the Cross, a recital based on the Catholic Church’s 2014 Year of Faith, and a Lenten meditations recital. She was the guest artist at the Clinton Presidential Library for the 2011 commemoration of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Arkansas Arts Center’s Operatic Gala Night, and the 2012 lighting of the Christmas lights at the Arkansas Capitol Building.

Further repertoire

Beyond the scope of the sacred, Christine’s large repertoire includes a full complement of art songs, lieder and arias by such composers as Mozart, Brahms, Schumann, Gounod, Handel, Haydn, Richard Strauss, Giancarlo Menotti, Pietro Yon, Kirke Mechem, Schubert, Gluck, and Torelli. She has performed arias by Puccini, Caldara, Gluck, Bononcini, Caldra, Carissimi, Monteverdi, Legrenz, Scarlatti, Mozart, Menotti, Verdi, Gounod, and Rossini. Her stage performances have included the role of Sally in Samuel Barber’s Hand of Bridge, the familiar role of Cherubino in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro as well as the refreshing part of Catherine in Jacques Offenbach’s less well-known, The Lantern Marriage. Her portfolio of popular music is equally extensive, embracing beloved songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Lowe, George Gershwin and Jerome Kern, among many others.

Family

Christine is married to British organist and composer, Timothy Allen.  The couple has one daughter.

Currently

Christine is currently working on a cd of Italian arias entitled Body and Soul as well as filling in her Fall 2016 tour schedule.

“Those who do not want

to imitate anything,

produce nothing.”

– Salvador Dali

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“Let the sober banquet resound with Psalms.

And if your memory by good and your voice pleasant,

approach this work according to custom. You give more nourishment to those dearest to you if we hear spiritual things

and if religious sweetness delights the ears.”

-Saint Cyprian of Carthage