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Dr. Jennifer Cable

Professor of Music
Coordinator of Vocal Studies
  • Profile

    Jennifer Cable has performed throughout the United States and Europe in solo repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to works of our time. In addition to opera and oratorio, Dr. Cable has sung with many chamber music ensembles, including Tragicomedia, Musica Nova, the Kennedy Center Chamber Players, the Richmond Chamber Players, Affetti Musicali, Voci, and the James River Singers. She has recorded for the Contemporary Record Society and Word Records.

    The study of eighteenth-century English song has been the primary focus of her research work, with papers and lecture recitals presented on the cantatas of Johann Christoph Pepusch, the early eighteenth-century English cantata, and the solo vocal music of Henry Carey.  Her published essays examine Henry Carey’s treatment of political satire, mad songs of the early eighteenth-century, burlesque cantatas of the eighteenth-century, and the development of the eighteenth-century English cantata. Her current research considers the role of women amateur musicians on early twentieth-century American arts culture. She is also a Qigong instructor and practitioner, engaging in ways in which this pillar of Traditional Chinese Medicine can be applied in the vocal studio and in assisting those who struggle with stage fright. In 2020, Dr. Cable completed her training as a Koru Mindfulness teacher and regularly offers classes in Koru Mindfulness to University of Richmond students.

    Dr. Cable is a Professor of Music at the University of Richmond, where she coordinates the Vocal Studies Program.  She is also faculty advisor for the Octaves and Sirens. In addition to her faculty appointment, Dr. Cable served as the Faculty Director of the Richmond Scholars Program, the University of Richmond’s merit scholar program, from 2007-2018. She is a member of the Eastman School of Music National Council, and serves on the boards of the Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia and the James River Singers. 

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    • Certifications

      Performer's Certificate in Voice, Eastman School of Music

      Performer's Certificate in Opera, Eastman School of Music

  • Publications
    Journal Articles

    Jennifer, Cable, How a thrown shooe became a tragedy and other funny stories: a study of the Three Burlesque Cantatas (1741) by Henry Carey (1689-1743). Essay published by the ECHO on-line journal, UCLA, October, 2012.

    Book Chapters

    Jennifer Cable, “Mary Carlisle Howe (1882-1964) and Adella Prentiss Hughes (1869-1950): Creating an arts culture in America, one woman at a time,” in Women’s Work in Music, ed. Rhiannon Mathias (Routledge Publishing, 2022).

    Jennifer Cable, “After the Italian manner:  The English Cantata 1700-1710,” in The Lively Arts of the London Stage, 1675-1725 (Performance in the Long Eighteenth Century: Studies in Theatre, Music, Dance) ed. Kathryn Lowerre (Burlington, VT, Ashgate Publishing, February 2014).

    Jennifer Cable, “‘Gods! I can never this endure’: madness made manifest in the songs of Henry Purcell (1659-1695) and Henry Carey (1689-1743),” in Studies in Musical Theatre, ed. Dominic Symonds (Bristol, UK, Intellect Books, 2010).

    Jennifer Cable,  “The Composing of “Musick” in the English language: The development of the English cantata, 1700-1750,” in Genre in Eighteenth-Century Music (Ann Arbor, MI, Steglein Publishing, 2008).

    Jennifer Cable, “Leadership through Laughter: How Henry Carey reinvented English poetry and song,” in Leadership at the Crossroads, ed. by Joanne Ciulla (Westport, CT, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2008).