Susan Mohini Kane
performing artist, teaching artist, author
American singer, Susan Mohini Kane’s “crystal-clear voice and impeccable technique” (LA Culture Spot Magazine) is a professional entertainer and teacher who brings great music, meaning, and laughter to the stage and studio. Kane’s book, The 21st Century Singer: Making the Leap from the University into the World (Oxford, 2015) is getting lots of rave reviews on Amazon.com. With her masters and doctorate from The University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music, Kane’s two solo CD recordings bring great music to your personal device. Her new CD: FROM THE HEART (2015) is a rare recording of VOCALISES for calm, wellness, and relaxation with the talented pianist, Sunha Yoon, has just been released in March 2015. The original CD of art songs and arias entitled A MOMENT OF JOY (2009) inspired these reviews: “Susan Mohini Kane’s recent CD, A Moment of Joy, provides far more than a moment, this series of art songs and arias brings phrase after phrase of artful music” (McKinney) Music Web International hails Kane’s CD as “a truly inspirational disc.”
Kane’s research on the 21st century landscape for artists won her a Faculty Fellowship for the Public Good to study the artist as public servant. Kane is a 2015 recipient of the Distinguished Woman Award at California State University, Los Angeles. She is in high demand as a master teacher and workshop/course presenter on the topic of The 21st Century Singer. University residencies and master classes this year include: San Diego State, Vanderbilt University, Angels Vocal Art Summer Opera Intensive, and Fresno State.
Kane has been an invited master teacher at the New Israeli Opera Young Artist Program in Tel Aviv and an invited lecturer for the Los Angeles Opera’s Education and Community Programs on the topic of “Training the Next Generation of Opera Singers.” Her paper on “Bridging the Gap between the University and the Stage” was given at the International Congress of Voice Teachers in Paris, France, in July of 2009 and was subsequently turned into a workshop and a book. Kane maintains a blog on singing (The 21st Century Singer Blog – Sing Like it Matters…Because it Does), a regular performing schedule and a private studio as well as being a full professor at CSULA.
As a performing artist Susan Mohini Kane free-lances as a classical soprano soloist and tours with her DUO: KRISTOF & KANE (piano/singer duo) who has recently returned from the European debut of their classical cabaret show entitled: DUEL DUET directed by famed Belgian film-director Lieven Debrauwer. Their LA debut was at supper club The Gardenia in Hollywood “where it stunned those in attendance through the sheer musical command of these two performers.” (Cabaret West Newsletter) Please visit www.kristofandkane.com for more information about this performing duo. They can regularly be seen on www.concertwindow.com. Their FULL MOON CONCERT SERIES regularly includes new shows. Some recent shows include: The Secret of Christmas (Nov/Dec), Falling in Love Again (Jan/Feb), and Better Together (March-June).
Recent orchestral performances include soprano solos in: ELIJAH by Mendelssohn, the Brahms’ A GERMAN REQUIEM, Dvorak TE DEUM, Handel’s MESSIAH, and Mendelssohn’s MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM with the Bakersfield Symphony and a Christmas concert with the California Philharmonic at the Ambassador Auditorium. Kane has recently performed Brahms’ A GERMAN REQUIEM and the Saint-Saëns CHRISTMAS ORATORIO with director William Hatcher for the Schantz Music Series in Encinitas, CA. Kane’s most recent opera role was Michaëla in LA TRAGEDIE DE CARMEN with the Intimate Opera in Pasadena, California. Kane has performed with the Chicago Symphony Chorus, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Carnegie Opera Theatre, Chicago Gilbert and Sullivan Company, Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony Summer Opera and the Paducah Symphony. Vocal chamber music and art song include performances of Ravel’s TROIS POÈMES DE STEPHAN MALLARMÉ and Stravinsky’s THREE JAPANESE POEMS with chamber orchestra as well as songs by Schubert and Messiaen in the highly acclaimed Jacaranda Chamber Series in Santa Monica. As a champion of both new music and music by women composers and Kane has had several pieces written for her, the most recent being a song cycle entitled PRAYERS FROM THE LONG HISTORY OF HAPPINESS by Sara Carina Graef that has been performed from Miami, Florida to Los Angeles, California. Upcoming performances and presentations will be listed at www.smkane.com.