Mezzo soprano Frances Pallozzi Wittmann, a native of the Capitol District area, is well known to the people of this region both through her teaching and her performing. She began her vocal study with Carla Cooke Ross and Carol Randles, completing a BS in Music Education at The College of St. Rose. With this degree she gained invaluable experience teaching choral and general music at the middle and high school levels for 5 years. She went on to complete a Master of Music degree in vocal performance and vocal pedagogy at Indiana University where she studied with Carol Smith.
Upon returning to the area, she went on to enjoy much success in the concert hall, on the operatic stage, and in recital. She was a founding member of Opera Excelsior and performed as a soloist with most of the area’s leading choral groups and as a Young Artist with both the Glimmerglass and Lake George Opera Companies. After winning the Liederkranz Foundation Competition in New York City, she made her debut with the New York City Opera and sang with them for 4 seasons. Her NYC concert debut soon followed at Alice Tully Hall with the Little Orchestra Society in their “Vivaldi in Venice” concert series where she sang the American premiere of Vivaldi's Dixit Dominus. This was the first of many appearances with the group which later included the role of the Mother in their annual production of Amahl and the Night Visitors at Avery Fisher Hall. In addition to her work in NYC, Ms. Pallozzi Wittmann has sung with orchestras and opera companies throughout the country.
Throughout her performing career Ms. Pallozzi Wittmann has remained connected to her educational background through her passion for teaching voice. She has maintained a private studio since 1988 and has taught upper level voice through many of the area college music programs. She is presently on the faculty at the University at Albany and is responsible for the University's current vocal curriculum designed to enhance the development of well-rounded singing-actors. She has enjoyed working with students of all ages in a wide variety of settings. In collaboration with Noel Liberty and The Music Studio, Ms. Wittmann created the course "Sing, sing, sing", a group voice class for students ages 8 through 13 that introduces students to the basics of vocal function and performance. Through her affilitation with the Lake George Opera Company, she brought opera into area schools with their "Opera-to-go" program. She finds great pleasure in helping her students pursue their dreams and reach their goals through vocal study. Her technical expertise, in addition to her knowledge of the day-to-day demands of the music business, help her students sing and perform with success and confidence whether pursuing singing avocationally or as a career.
As teaching becomes the focal point of Ms. Wittmann's professional life, her affiliation with NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and her continued training as a singer and teacher keep her inspired and informed. Classically trained, she saw the need to learn and understand "non-classical" singing and pursued training with two of the country's master teachers in the area of CCM (Contemporary Commercial Music), Robert Edwin and Jeanie LoVetrie. In support of this pursuit, she recently completed coursework at The Institute for Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy at Shenandoah University and became certified in Somatic Voiceworksm The LoVetrie Method.
Through her work as President of the local chapter of NATS (the Eastern New York Chapter), Ms. Wittmann has sought to give back to the local singing community the support and care from which she has benefitted throughout her career.