Korff School's Triebold wins international competition

Korff School's Triebold wins international competition

calendar icon11 May 2017    

Emily J. Triebold
Emily J. Triebold

Lincoln, Neb.--Mezzo-Soprano Emily J. Triebold, who received her Master of Music degree in May from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Glenn Korff School of Music, received first prize in Brahms Performance from the Great Composers Competition.

 The Great Composers Competition is a series of international music competitions for young instrumentalists, singers and ensembles. All of the competitions in this series are designed in such a way that the award winners are announced annually on the composers’ birthday. Thus, the Brahms Performance winners were announced on May 7, Johannes Brahms’ 184th birthday.

“I’m thrilled and honored to be acknowledged for presenting one of my favorite pieces of Lieder by one of my favorite composers,” Triebold said. “The results for the Best Brahms Performance were posted on the Great Composers Competition website on May 7, just two days after I graduated with my Master’s. It was a very exciting weekend.”

Triebold performed “Von ewiger Liebe, No. 1” of Brahms’ Op. 43. A link to her performance can be found at https://go.unl.edu/g5fg.

“Emily’s success in the Brahms Performance competition is a tremendous honor and is absolutely well deserved,” said Assistant Professor of Voice Jamie Reimer, her vocal professor. “She has a gift for storytelling that transcends language, and a sensitive musicianship that squeezes every drop of emotion from Brahms’ composition.”

Triebold said it made sense for her to apply for the competition since she had performed an entire set of Brahms on her Master’s recital in March.

“I ultimately decided to compete with ‘Von ewiger Liebe,’” she said. “The beautiful sentiment of everlasting love that is portrayed in the piece moves me deeply every time I perform it.”

Triebold is from Middleton, Wisconsin. Comfortable on stage in both recital and opera, her recent portrayals have included Goffredo/Rinaldo (Fresco Opera Theatre), Berta/Il barbiere di Siviglia (La Musica Lirica), Marcellina/Le nozze di Figaro (Opera Across Nebraska; Glenn Korff School of Music), Mother/Amahl and the Night Visitors (Glenn Korff School) and Meg/Little Women (Glenn Korff School). 

Triebold won the Graduate Women's Division of West Central NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and competed as a National Semi-Finalist in the 2016 NATSAA (National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards) Competition.

This summer, she will be making her Des Moines Metro Opera debut as Malla in Sondheim's A Little Night Music as well as participating in their Apprentice Artist Program.