Applied Faculty, Voice
Music & Communication Building
Margaret Ahrens has received acclaim as an interpreter of varied repertoire that includes standard operatic and concert works as well as contemporary music. She has been soloist for such diverse oratorio works as Orff’s Carmina Burana, Verdi’s Requiem, and the first performance in modern times of Jan Dismas Zelenka’s Missa Navitatis Domini. On the opera stage she created world premier roles in Andrew Rudin’s Three Sisters and Robert Ashley’s Atalanta – Acts of God at the Ordway Theatre in Minneapolis.
Her performances of contemporary music have won praise and commanded attention from both composers and conductors. Her concert work has been performed at Weill Recital Hall, Symphony Space, the Guggenheim Museum under the auspices of the French Embassy, and Merkin Concert Hall. She has been a soloist with PRISM, the League of Composers-ISCM Chamber Players, and on the Music Today series conducted by Gerard Schwarz. She has given many world, American and New York premiers by prominent composers, including Jean Barraqué, Marc Antonio Consoli, Ronald Caltabianco, and Paul Alan Levi. She sang the American premiere of Words Hiroshima Makes Us Say for the NY 40th anniversary concert, and was featured soloist on the 40th anniversary concert of the United Nations.
Ms. Ahrens’ European performances have been heard at the Ro Theatre’s Rottedamse Schouwburg, and on Westdeutscher. She made her recording debut on Gunmar Records with Collage under the baton of Gunther Schuller. Margaret Ahrens lives in the Cleveland area with her husband Sherrill Shaffer.