Dr. Judith Cloud initiated as a National Arts Associate

Published 3:36 pm Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Dr. Judith Cloud was initiated as a National Arts Associate by the Delta Eta Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity in June.

The coordinator of voice at Northern Arizona University (NAU) and studio voice and vocal pedagogy instructor, Dr. Cloud is an accomplished mezzo–soprano soloist and composer who has performed throughout the United States. She received performance degrees from the North Carolina School of the Arts and Florida State University and was a member of the music faculty for The North Carolina School of the Arts, Florida Community College at Jacksonville and Indiana State University.

She has appeared at the Aspen Music Festival, with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Tallahassee Symphony, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Sedona Chamber Music Festival, the Flagstaff Festival of the Arts Orchestra and the Rome Festival Orchestra. A career highlight was a performance of the Brahms Neueliebeslieder Waltzer with the acclaimed radio program Saint Paul Sunday Morning.

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She has been an artist-in-residence with the noted Escape to Create program sponsored by the Seaside (FL) Institute for two seasons.  One of her recent compositions, Philsophia Perennis, for men’s chorus, mezzo, flugelhorn and piano, was commissioned and performed by the NAU Men’s Chorus. The Shrine of the Ages Choir, directed by Dr. Edith Copley, recently performed Long, Long Ago, during the annual Holiday Dinner concert at NAU.

Dr. Cloud has been the alto soloist for many performances of the works of J. S. Bach, including the B Minor Mass, the St.John Passion, and the St. Matthew Passion. Dr. Cloud performed the role of Madame Armfeldt in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music with the NAU Opera Theater, appeared with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra in performances of Amahl and the Night Visitors, and conducted NAU Opera Theater performances of Dido and Aeneas and Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.

Dr. Cloud’s vocal students have entered and won state and regional competitions.Graduates in vocal performance and theater have gone on to begin careers in opera and musical theater in the United States and abroad.

Founded in 1903, the Mission of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity is to encourage, nurture, and support the art of music. The Vision of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity is to be recognized throughout the world as the foremost fraternity that supports and encourages women musicians of all ages, races, and nationalities and promotes successful and innovative educational programs in music for all stages of life.