Took the breath away from every listener.
Los Alamos Monitor
Provided true frissons.
Baton Rouge Advocate
She is a fine, fine singer.
Seattle Post Intelligencer
W A N D A
B R I S T E R,
Just Released: (2020)
Madeleine Dring: Lady Composer,
Clemson University Press
(Wanda Brister & Jay Rosenblatt) 362 pp.
"A fulfilling and insightful book on multiple levels that will appear to anyone interested in the byways of light music as well as to those wishing to make a study."
Dan Adams, The Magazine of the Light Music Society
"Wanda Brister and Jay Rosenblatt have done a meticulous job bringing Dring's remarkable story to life... This welcome new biography sheds light on an iconoclastic composer's brilliant musical mind, and compels us to reconsider her compositional output. The lady composer Madeleine Dring certainly
deserves our greater attention."
Stephen Caplan, The Double Reed
"This thoroughly researched collaboration is a valuable addition to the literature about Madeleine Dring."
Debra Greschner, Journal of Singing
"Madeleine Dring, Lady Composer, is a work that should be acquired by all music libraries and read by all. It is an inspiring and thoughtful account of a remarkable person and a true creative."
George Caird, Double Reed News
"In Madeleine Dring: Lady Composer the authors have managed to convey the successful life of a working freelance woman composer. [...] An unbelievable amount of effort was obviously expended by the authors to trace and document her unpublished and unrecorded work but the best and most moving part of the book is the personal writing about daily life, music, art and war by the young Madeleine Dring."
Erin Hackel, Kapralova Society Journal
"Madeleine Dring: Lady Composer tells the story of the London-born, twentieth-century composer in a detailed but engaging text. [...] Brister and Rosenblatt serve the composer well in this new biography, which, along with recordings and score publications by Brister, Hancock-Child, and others,
should lead to more performances and recognition of Dring's music."
Bonny H. Miller, IAWM Journal
Madeleine Dring: Songs from the West End and Radio: 30 vocal pieces recorded in May 2016
with Courtney Kenny, Nuala Willis, and Matt Cooksey.
Recent Presentations:/Master Classes
Dring Lecture: 20th C British Song Literature: Florida State University.
Instrumental Music of Madeleine
Women's Music Festival at MUW,
Columbus Mississippi. March 2020
Mississippi State University
Starkville, Mississippi. March 2020
Recently Published Music of Madeleine Dring: Women Composers Festival of Hartford
Hartford, CT. March 2019
Cabaret Songs of Madeleine Dring:
Women's Music Festival at MUW
Columbus Mississippi. March 2019
Cabaret Songs of Madeleine Dring:
Mini lecture recital National Conference (NATS)
Las Vegas, NV 2018
Songs of Madeleine Dring:
Women's Music Festival at MUW
Columbus Mississippi. March 2018
Release of CD: December 2018
Cabaret Songs of Madeleine Dring (CD1251)
17 Previously unrecorded songs with cabaret artist and pianist, Courtney Kenny, and Nuala Willis. Recorded in England May 2015. https://www.amazon.com/s?k=dring+cabaret&ref=nb_sb_noss
WINNER: 2019 Solo/Chamber Album of the year: Light Music Society of Britain
Reviewed by Stefania de Kenessey in the IAWM Journal, Vol 26, No. 2 2020, pp. 31-32.
The performances are lively, entertaining, clever, stylistically apt and─equally importantly─cover a wide range of emotions, from hilarious comedy to serious introspection....
Each performer brings an intriguing personal connection to the music of Madeleine Dring.
A professor of voice at Florida State University, Wanda Brister discovered Dring’s music sometime in 2000; shortly thereafter, she began working on the composer’s legacy. She initiated a long correspondence with Dring’s husband, Roger Lord (principal oboist of the London Symphony Orchestra for over thirty years, starting in 1951), and their only son, Jeremy; currently, she is assisting the granddaughter with organizing a large trove of unpublished manuscripts. Brister is also at work on a comprehensive biography of the composer, Madeleine Dring: Lady Composer, scheduled to be published this year.
Reviewed by Gregory Berg in the
Journal of Singing: (May 2019)
The voice itself is rich and opulent and she does not sound like she is scaling back its warmth or fullness... she is able to navigate these songs with a saucy, earthy ease and naturalness that make them come alive... Someone listening to this recording might very well be reminded of Eileen Farrell's groundbreaking album... Brister seems to approach these songs with a similar sense of fun tempered by the care one takes when singing something very special. There is love here.
Reviewed by Daniel Adams in Light Music Society Magazine (October 2019)
Brister’s voice is a pleasing mezzo soprano with barely a hint of her American accent in this highly anglicised set of song lyrics. Courtney Kenny himself is a voice in very fine fettle indeed! Willis only appears in Model Models, but her humorous delivery of the witty text is a joy.
Article in Light Music Society Magazine, October 2019 entitled "Finding Madeleine."
Biography in International Alliance of Women in Music Journal, Fall 2019
Program Notes on Cupboard Love for Byre Opera of St Andrews University June 2019.
EDITOR AND COMPILER:
Previously Unpublished Vocal Works by
Volume 1: CVR: 5111
Art Songs and Arrangements, (c) 2018
Volume 2: CVR: 5139
Cabaret Songs, (c) 2018
Volume 3: CVR: 5142
More Art Songs, (c) 2018
Volume 4: CVR: 5148
More Cabaret Songs, (c) 2018
Volume 5: CVR: 5153
Still More Art Songs, Arrangements, and Love Songs,
Volume 6: CVR: 5154
Still More Cabaret, (c) 2018
Volume 7: CVR: 5155
Cabaret Duets, (c) 2018
Volume 8: CVR: 5156
Ensembles for More than Three Voices, (c) 2018
Volume 9: CVR: 5157
Songs from West End Revues, (c) 2018
Reviewed by Kathleen Roland-Silverstein in the Journal of Singing, November 2018
We are fortunate indeed to have artist-scholars who turn their passion for art song performance into outstanding research... Dr. Wanda Brister has been a champion of the songs of British composer Madeleine Dring... (Her) contribution to the scholarship concerning MD is impressive...
Cupboard Love, a one-act opera
CVR 5103, (c) 2017
Oct. 11, 2015: Church of St Nicholas and the
Annunciation, Etchingham, East Sussex
July 5-19, 2015: Lessons at Orfeo Music
Festival, Vipiteno, Italy
Feb. 2, 3, 2015: Masterclasses at University of Southern Mississippi, (Hattiesburg)
Nov. 22, 2014: Masterclass at FSU with Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet