SCHOLARSHIP, WRITING, PUBLIC SPEAKING & TEACHING
An experienced writer, educator and public speaker, Ms. Fatta has been published across many formats and media, such as magazine articles, poetry, academic journals, blogs, fashion reviews, academic conferences and panel discussions. While Suzanne specializes in musical performance of the 16th and 17th centuries, her other research and teaching fields include Medieval History (in which she hold a Harvard MA), Gender Studies, Ethnomusicology, Ritual Studies, 20th/ 21st century Music, and Buddhism. Likewise, her teaching and performance interests range from the Medieval to the Baroque era, 21st century new music and folk musics of the world. From time to time she teaches university classes, and works as a freelance editor.
Post Graduate Studies, University of York, UK: Historical Performance Practice (Voice)
PhD Candidate, Eastman School of Music; University of Rochester: Musicology (Vocal Performance)
MTS, Harvard University; The Divinity School: Religion, Medieval Studies
BA, Oberlin College & Conservatory of Music: dual major Musicology, hons (Vocal Performance), and Religion
Dec 2018; The Operalicious Cookbook, Friulan Polenta for early Baroque Venetian Opera. (available on Amazon)
Nov 2017; Sultry Reigns Magazine, "Emerging into the Light"
May 2017; Yahoo Canada commissioned Open Letter, "Carmina Suzanne: Plus-size supermodel diagnosed with MS talks triumphing her 'body's betrayal'"
Winter 2017; Alizé La Vie Magazine, “What if There’s No Fat Lady? The Recent Trend of Critical Fat Shaming in Opera.” Paris/ New York
Dec 2016; Mirabella Magazine, "The Industry, The Fight, The Change: The Emerging Plus Fashion Industry." Boston
Sept 2016; The Plus+ Side Party, "PCOS Got Between Me and My Body Love." Los Angeles
Summer 2015; Volup2 Magazine (Rebel Issue), “The Girls Behind the Grills: Rebellion and Low-Voiced Females in Vivaldi’s Women.” Paris
Winter 2015; Volup2 (Black & White Issue), “Glitter and be Gay: Just Don’t Wear Pink.” Paris
Feb 2014; Volup2 (Supernatural Vol II), “Interview with Fat Girl Food Squad.” Paris
2013-15; Fashion Maniac Magazine; “Cropped out for Spring & Summer,” “London Calling: Jack Skellington Chic,” “Florals? For spring? Ground breaking,” and “Moiré Hypnotic Swirls for Herrera." Buffalo
Oct 2010; Royal Musical Association Newsletter; “Musicology across the Border(s). Depth versus Breadth: A Useful Cliché.” London
Sept 2010; Just as Beautiful Magazine, “Models of Diversity: Who We Are.” London
June 2011; Tropics Magazine, "Interview with Ngoli Onyeka Okafor" for Models of Diversity; South Africa/ London
2011; Research Study, "Demographic population statistics in the UK as of early 2011" for Models of Diversity
Aug 2013; Co-Presenter/ Performer, Lecture-Recital, Feminist Theory and Music Conference: Suppression and Revival of the Low Female Singing Voice.
Oct 2010; Co-Presenter/ Performer, Lecture-Performance, RMA Collaborations in Practice Led Research, Leeds: Reflecting on noitcelfeRReflection.
Jan 2010; Chair Panel, York PostGraduate Student Royal Musical Association Conference: Ownership of the Musical Work?: Whose Music Is It Anyway?
Jan 2009; Paper, The Annual Gender and Medieval Studies Conference at King’s College London: Subversion, Suffering and Gender Fluidity in the Mystical Writings of Francis of Assisi and Angela of Foligno.
Dec 2008; Paper at Medieval Religion Research Group, York Centre for Medieval Studies: Subversion, Suffering and Gender Fluidity in the Mystical Writings of Francis of Assisi and Angela of Foligno.
OPERA America National Opera Week Lecture-Recitals for OperaBuffs of WNY:
2018; It Ain't Over Till The Fat Lady Slims: Critical and theoretical musings on the mysterious interplay of body shape, size, weight and ethnicity on operatic fach and range. or What if there’s no fat lady?! The recent trend of critical fat shaming in opera.
2016; Opera Liberata: Uncovering, Rediscovering and Reconstructing Lost Operas.
2015; Behind The Last Door: An Inside look at Bartok’s 'Bluebeard’s Castle.'
2014; Wayward Sisters: Witches, Sorceresses and Gypsies in Opera.
selected as one of the top 15 events in the nation by OPERA America
2013; The Early (Pre)History of Opera.
2012; Angels of Loveliness I & II: Low Female Voices in Opera.
March 2015; Forest Lawn Cemetery Sunday Lecture Series: Paralyzing the Boys: The 7 Singing Sutherland Sisters.
April 2013; OperaBuffs of WNY, and The Erwin H. Johnson Memorial Fund: A Musical Journey through the Mediterranean: Expressions of Sicilian and Southern Italian Identity in Opera.
2010 - present; voice studio and pedagogy focused on female Tenors and Basses
2009 - 10; Teaching Assistant, University of York (UK) Music Department, Introduction to the Fundamentals of Music: Writing About Music
2009; Mentor/ Coach, Vivaldi's Women Summer School; Bass section leader, rehearsal director, vocal coach
2008 - 09; Tutorial Assistant/ Writing Tutor/ Dyslexia Tutor, Univertsity of York Music Department
2006 - 07; Adjunct Professor, Canisius College, Buffalo, NY: Fine Arts/ Music Department, Sacred Musics of the World; Religion Department, Zen and the Meditative Tradition
2002; Teaching Fellow, Harvard Music Department, Core Course, Music of the Swing Era, under Prof. Robert Levin * Recipient of the Bok Center Teaching Award of Distinction
2001; Teaching Assistant, Harvard Music Department, Core Course, Soundscapes, under Prof. Kay Shelemay
1994 - 96; Teaching Assistant / Tutor, Oberlin Conservatory of Music; Introduction to Music History 101 and 100, under Prof. Sylvan Suskin; Music of the Baroque Era, under Prof. Steven Plank
1993 - 5, 99; Music Instructor and Camp Counselor, Camp Encore/ Coda; Sweden, ME; taught private voice lessons; vocal performance classes; vocal chamber groups and jazz choir; introductory music history; all levels of music theory
2014 - present; Hostess and MC, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Buffalo/ Toronto District
April 2017; Honorary Hostess, International Day Day celebration; JazzBuffalo; PAUSA Art House
May 2016; Panel Moderator, Nickel City Opera Behind The Curtain Lecture; The Buffalo History Museum
2008 - 10; Peer Reviewer, academic interdisciplinary journal e-pisteme, University of Newcastle
2003 - 04; Research Assistant, Prof. Kim Kowalke, Musicology chair at Eastman; projects on music and Nazism, Kurt Weil
2002; Website Designer and Research Assistant, Prof. Kay Kaufman Shelemay, Harvard Music Department chair, for the class Soundscapes
2000 - 02; Research, Editorial, Copy and Personal Assistant, Prof. Shelemay, for her textbook Soundscapes
1998 - 99; Translator and Researcher, independent project, Prof. Shelemay, “Italian Cultural Expression in Colonial Ethiopia”
1998; Research Assistant; Oberlin Conservatory Musicology Department, Oberlin History Department
1997 - 98; Research Assistant, Prof. L Michael White, Oberlin Religion Department, PBS/ Frontline documentary From Jesus to Christ
Italian; fluent: Corso Avvanzato, private translation lessons, Scuola Babilonia, Taormina Sicily; Certificato Avvanzato, Centro Studi Italiani, Istituto Dante Alighieri, Urbania Italy
Spanish; intermediate/ advanced: Harvard Master exams
French; intermediate/ advanced: ISS, Aix-en-Provence France
FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS
2008 - 10; York University Overseas Student Special Award Scholarship
2008, summer; Cambridge Early Music Summer School Scholarship
2007 - 09; University of York Music department Roslyn Lyons Masters Scholarship, Overseas Student Minor Scholarship
2003, spring; Harvard Bok Center Graduate Writing Fellow, Writing Across the Curriculum
2000, summer; Fellow, the Annual Franciscan Studies Conference, Assisi, Italy