Amy Wilson Hartsough, a Creole-American mezzo-soprano, received her Bachelor of Music Performance cum laude from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and continued her studies at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England.  In London, she performed as the Sorceress in the Nonesuch Orchestra production of Dido and Aeneas, and was the mezzo soloist in Charpentier’s Mass in C Minor at Westminster Abbey.  In 2008, Ms. Hartsough received her Master of Music (Vocal Performance), followed by her Professional Artist Certificate (Opera) as a Fellow in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute, where she studied with Dr. Marilyn Taylor. 

Ms. Hartsough debuted with Piedmont Opera in North Carolina, as Annina in Verdi’s La Traviata, and was the mezzo soprano soloist in Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore  K. 339 with the Winston-Salem Symphony.   

Alongside her successes in the traditional opera venue, Ms. Hartsough has wide experience in the field of contemporary music, singing German, Chinese and French cabaret from the 1920’s and ‘30’s, as well as arranging and performing Creole folk songs from her mother’s native New Orleans.  

Ms. Hartsough won the 2011 Opera Idol competition that is part of the Emerging Artists program of Florida’s St. Petersburg Opera Company.  Ms. Hartsough was the first place winner in the Wisconsin NATS competition, and received the Summer Fellowship Award for music study in Italy from Phi Kappa Phi.  She has also produced and performed art song and cabaret recitals across the U.S. and Europe.  She is currently the Assistant Music Director at Bethel Lutheran Church, and teaches and performs in the Madison, WI area.

Projects with MCP:

Bach B Minor Mass; April, 2014