The University of Iowa
The University of Iowa News Services Home News Releases UI in the News Subscribe to UI News Contact Us

300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024

Release:August 30, 2002


Mezzo-soprano Katherine Eberle will present a lecture recital, “Women Composers: It’s Time We Took Notice,” at 8 p.m. on Sept. 14 in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

Eberle will be assiste d by pianist Shari Rhoads. Their performance will be free and open to the public.

The program for the recital will feature songs of 13 women composers interspersed with brief discussions of the historical significance of each. The program includes works by Judith Lang Zaimont, Hildegard of Bingen, Barbara Strozzi, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Clara Schumann, Alma Mahler, Lili Boulanger, Rebecca Clark, Pauline Viardot and others.

Eberle commented, “I hope to introduce to the audience songs composed by women that have only recently been published or reprinted after languishing in obscurity for some time. They cover the gamut from humorous to very serious subjects and encompass a variety of musical styles.

“These women who wrote the songs were driven to compose, sometimes against great odds, and I consider it my personal quest to bring greater notice to their music.”

Eberle will perform the same program Sept. 28 at Kent State University, Sept. 29 at the University of Akron, and Oct. 4 at Cornell College. She also has presented the program for a festival of women composers last March at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

A native of Akron, Ohio, Eberle has performed internationally in opera, concert and solo recitals. The Atlanta Constitution wrote, “Katherine Eberle was a standout. More than any other performer, she showed what it takes for a solo performer to command the stage.”

She has performed with the opera theater of Lille, France, the Academy of the West, the Carmel Bach Festival, the Aspen Festival Opera Theatre, the American Institute of Music Studies in Graz, Austria, and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Her operatic roles include Hansel in “Hansel and Gretel,” Mrs. Herring in “Albert Herring,” Dame Quickly in “Falstaff” and the Mother in “Amahl and the Night Visitors.”

Eberle made her New York debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 1994. In 1994 and ‘95 she toured as a musical ambassador for the United States Information Agency, performing in South America and Korea. She has given more than 50 solo recitals in 18 states and several foreign countries. Her solo compact disc of songs of women composers, “From a Woman’s Perspective,” has been issued by Albany Records on the Vienna Modern Masters Label.

She has won awards from the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the National Federation of Music Clubs, the Bel Canto Foundation and the Ann Arbor Friends of Opera. During the academic year she is on the faculty of the UI School of Music, and for seven summers she taught at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. Since 1990 she has given 17 college-level master classes in ten states as well as in Argentina, Korea, Peru, and most recently Brazil. In 2002 she appeared as a guest lecturer at the Summer Vocology Institute at the National Center for Voice and Speech and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

Rhoads joined the UI School of Music faculty in the fall of 2000. She earned her degree in accompanying and has completed post-graduate studies in opera coaching/conducting at the University of Southern California. Before arriving at the UI she taught music history at the Musikhochschule (Music conservatory) in Lucerne and the Conservatory of Lausanne in Switzerland. Rhoads has also been Kapellmeister at the Lucerne Theater and conductor/coach at the opera theater in Darmstadt, Germany. She was coach at the Barcelona and Madrid opera theaters.

Her accompanying credentials include recitals with Jose Carreras, Luis Lima and Montserrat Caballe with whom she worked exclusively as coach/accompanist and orchestrator. She has accompanied master classes with a number of renowned artists including singer Gerard Souzay, cellist Lynn Harrell and violist William Primrose, and served as staff accompanist for the Francesco Vinas (Barcelona, Spain) and Munich International competitions.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For information on UI arts events, visit on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <>.