Bethany Battafarano, whose voice Germany's Rheinische Post has heralded as simply "wonderful," is a soprano soloist and consort singer. A specialist in historical performance practices of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque vocal music, and a dedicated performer of new and experimental music, recent solo engagements include the title role in the U.S. premiere of Perti’s La beata Imelde, Kurtag’s Kafka Fragments, and selections of Luzzaschi’s Madrigali. As both soloist and consort singer, Bethany has recorded and toured nationally and internationally with such acclaimed groups as The Rose Ensemble, Schola Antiqua of Chicago, South Dakota Chorale, Quince Ensemble, and Apollo Master Chorale, among many others. Bethany currently serves as an Artist in Residence at Rockefeller Chapel in Chicago.
Bethany is co-founder of experimental vocal consort Artemis, whose improvisatory compositions have been commissioned by the Walker Art Center and Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) of New York, among others. Bethany's compositions have been featured by Artemis, SPNN Studios, Studio Z, and the Cedar Cultural Center, for which Bethany and collaborators were awarded a 2017 Cedar Commission.
Bethany enjoys work in artistic directing, nonprofit leadership, and education. She is a co-founder and nonprofit executive with award-winning professional choir Border CrosSing, which centers Latinx music and communities. With Border CrosSing colleagues, Bethany has spearheaded the development of equitable choral administration systems. In addition, Bethany has served as Director of Music and section leader in churches across the U.S., and she was the co-founding Artistic Director of Sursum Corazón, a Spanish-language program of children's choirs and adult voice classes. Bethany served as a Teaching Fellow at the University of Oregon and has taught undergraduate courses in ethnomusicology, Western music history, and vocal performance. She regularly presents at conferences and universities and maintains private voice and piano studios.
Bethany is currently funded in the Ph.D. Ethnomusicology program at the University of Chicago. Her research interests center on voice studies, particularly related to early colonial Mexica (Aztec), contemporary Bobonaza Kichwa, post-Vatican II U.S. Catholic, and contemporary U.S. professional choral settings. Bethany holds M.A. Musicology and M.Mus. Voice Performance degrees from the University of Oregon, and undergraduate degrees in Music, Anthropology, and Psychology from Macalester College.
When she isn’t musicking, Bethany enjoys work as a Spanish-English medical interpreter, translator, and transcript editor. You might find her (unimpressively) bouldering, dancing cumbia, camping, or (gasp!) catching the latest Avengers movie.
"Un milagro de fe," Border CrosSing (2022)
"Venetian Glory," Transept (2021)
"Women Who Kill," Victoria Malawey (2018)
"Christmas in Baroque Malta," The Rose Ensemble (2017)