Sylvie Beaudette

Assistant Professor of Chamber Music & Accompanying

Director of Summer@Eastman
French Diction and French Lyric Diction
Chamber Music & Accompanying

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Born in Québec, pianist Sylvie Beaudette has a diversified career as a collaborative artist, vocal and instrumental coach, soloist, and teacher. She has performed with several artists and groups in Canada, USA, and Switzerland. As a member of the Athena Trio, she performed extensively in Northern California, Pennsylvania and New York States, and recorded Fabulous Femmes, a CD of music by women composers released on the Centaur label in July 2000. She has also appeared on clarinetist Richard Nunemaker’s critically acclaimed CD Multiplicities. With soprano Eileen Strempel, she has been performing since 1998 in New York City, Rochester, Syracuse, Boston, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Toronto, and Montréal. Their discography includes: With All My Soul (Oasis), featuring music by Pauline Viardot-Garcia, Lili Boulanger, and previously unrecorded mélodies by Marie de Grandval, and love lies bleeding: songs by Libby Larsen, (Centaur). Their latest disc, (In)Habitation (Enter Keyword CRC 3002) features settings of Margaret Atwood poems, composed expressly for them by some of the top female composers of our time, including Libby Larsen, Lori Laitman, Amanda Harberg, Elisenda Fábregas, Tania León, and Judith Cloud.

A graduate from the Eastman School of Music with a doctorate in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music, Sylvie Beaudette has given guest lectures on the history of French mélodie in Lausanne, Switzerland and at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. As diction coach, Dr. Beaudette has worked at the Houston Grand Opera in preparation for Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment and at the Université de Sherbrooke, Québec where she taught lyric diction to master’s degree candidates in Choral Conducting. Dr. Beaudette worked as a faculty member at Syracuse University, and at California State University at Chico, where she created an undergraduate program in Piano Accompanying for the Music Department.  She was awarded the 2007 citation from the New York State Music Teachers Association for her musical contributions as a whole as well as her service to the organization as chair of the Commissioned Composer program. Dr. Beaudette is currently working at the Eastman School of Music as Assistant Professor of Chamber Music and Accompanying. She is the founder and artistic director of Eastman’s Women in Music Festival and is the new director of Summer@Eastman. She has recently joined the board of The First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival.

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Recent Reviews

“Sylvie Beaudette demonstrates breathtaking expertise and a perpetual supply of hue and nuance that accentuates and complements Strempel in countless ways.”

Stephanie Tingler, Journal of the Society for American Music


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Spring (I-1)

French Diction: Study of the elements of Lyric French Diction through a progressive and holistic reading method. Application of concepts through written assignments and oral exercises, including several in-class performances – solos, duos, and ensembles. Special attention is given to proper French inflection, vowel legato, and use of consonants for better expressing the text.

Engagements / Professional Activities


The Piano By Nature Concert Series
Saturday, October 21st, 2012 at 7:00 pm
Sunday, October 22nd, 2012 at 3:00 pm
With Eileen Strempel, soprano
The Historic Hand House
Elizabethtown, NY

Chamber Music at the Gallery
Florence Downtown Development Corp.
Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 5:00 pm
With Eileen Strempel, soprano
Art Trail Gallery
Florence, SC



Arts Alive in Liverpool
Society for New Music
With soprano Eileen Strempel
& guitarist Petar Kodzas
Music of Viardot-Garcia, Liszt, Baiocchi & Gnattali
Sunday, February 6, 2:00 PM
Liverpool Public Library, Liverpool, NY

Women in Music Festival
Eastman School of Music
With soprano Eileen Strempel
Music of Christine Donkin
Tuesday, March 22, noontime
Nazareth College, Wilmot Hall, Rochester, NY

Women in Music Festival Mini-Tour
With soprano Eileen Strempel
Music of Tania León
Thursday, April 7
CUNY “Music in Midtown” noontime concert &
Union College, Emerson Auditorium, Schenectady, NY, 8 pm

Chamber Music Concert Series
Sponsored by Florence Symphony Orchestra
With Eileen Strempel
Music of Viardot-Garcia, Liszt, Gershwin,
Cloud, Baiocchi, and blues arrangements by Erica Seguine
Art Trail Gallery, Florence, SC, 4 pm