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Camille Ortiz (Singer) and Joseph Wenda (Oboe)

October 4, 2022, 7:30 pm

Tuesday, October 4, 2022, 7:30pm, Southeastern Recital Hall

Internationally recognized for compelling performances of baroque and concert repertoire, Puerto Rican soprano Camille Ortiz is quickly establishing herself as a leading operatic artist. The 2021-2022 brought about recitals and masterclasses of Latin American art song across the United States; a faculty recital in University of Oregon’s Beall Hall; an Ars Lyrica Houston tour of Crossing Borders, a program of Spanish and Latin American baroque repertoire featured in the Music Before 1800 music series in New York City; Pamina in Eugene Opera’s production of The Magic Flute; a masterclass and performance at the Puerto Rico Conservatory; a highly anticipated debut with the Boston Baroque as Oriana in Handel’s Amadigi di Gaula; and an exciting Kennedy Center debut with Opera Lafayette as Elena (Hélène) in their adaptation of Gretry’s Silvain.

The upcoming 2022-2023 season includes appearances with Opera Orlando as Marie in The Daughter of the Regiment; Galatea in Eugene Opera’s Acis and Galatea; performances of Crossing Borders with Ars Lyrica Houston in the San Diego Early Music Society and Arizona Early Music; a baroque program with Chamber Music Amici; the soprano soloist for Palmeri’s Misa a Buenos Aires (Tango Mass) with Eugene Concert Choir; and recitals across the United States.

She has appeared with the Philhamornia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale, Gulfshore Opera, Magic City Opera, the Naples Philharmonic, the Dallas Bach Society, the Orchestra of New Spain, the Festival of the Aegean in Greece, the Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina (John Rutter conducting), and at Carnegie Hall with MidAm International. She appears in the highly acclaimed CD recording of Rameau’s Le temple de la gloire with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale, conducted by Nicholas McGegan, for which she was named “the stand-out” of the recording by BBC Music Magazine, October 2018. Her fall 2018 performances with the Philharmonia Baroque of Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, Coronation Mass in C major, and Litaniae Lauretanae have also been broadcast on San Francisco’s KDFC, classical music radio.

Ms. Ortiz is Assistant Professor of Voice at University of Oregon, School of Music and Dance.


Joseph Wenda- Oboe
Joseph Wenda is an active performer, avid educator, and adventurous arranger. He strives for individuality in style and programming; recitals often include works by living composers, original
performing editions of older works, and original chamber transcriptions. His dissertation, “Two Chamber Transcriptions Featuring the Oboe from Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59,” takes two of the most well-known scenes from the work out of the opera house and onto the small stage.

Dr. Wenda has performed recently with the Oregon Symphony, Eugene Symphony, Yakima Symphony Orchestra, Bozeman Symphony, Oregon Mozart Players, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Painted Sky Opera, TACTUS Chamber Ensemble, Gulfshore Opera, and more. Recent solo performances include
Mozart Oboe Concerto with Naples Orchestra and Chorus and “Quiet City” by Aaron Copland with the NorCal Music Festival Orchestra. During the 2022-23 season, he will be Principal Oboe of the Rogue
Valley Symphony.

Dr. Wenda was the Assistant Professor of Oboe at the Oklahoma City University from 2019 to 2021. In August of 2021, he moved to Eugene, Oregon with his wife, Dr. Camille Ortiz, where he continues his teaching,
performing, and reed-making pursuits as “The Reed Whisperer”. He is also on teaching/performing faculty at Killington Music Festival and Bocal Majority Bassoon and Oboe Camps.

Dr. Wenda spent his childhood in Yakima, Washington, and earned his Bachelor’s degree at Central Washington University with Brent Hages. He earned his Master’s at
the Pennsylvania State University with Timothy Hurtz and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at University of Miami–Frost School of Music with Robert Weiner (all
degrees in oboe performance). More info can be found at www.josephwendaoboe.com.


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