Wilkes University

Eileen Hanisch

Eileen Hanisch, a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, earned her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Oregon and her master’s degree hem the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She studied there under the composer John Adams, who later chose her to perfonn the world premiere of one of his orchestral pieces, Grand Pianola Music, with the San Francisco Symphony. Shortly thereafter Ms. Hanisch won second prize in the Capital City international Opera Competition, which led to her Carnegie Hall debut with the American Symphony Orchestra. She has also been soloist with Eugene Opera, the California Bach Society, Orange County Opera, Piccolo Productions in Chicago, Hinsdale Opera, the Oakland Youth Orchestra, and the Tulsa Philharmonic. She studied under Phyllis Curtin at the Tanglewood Music Festival, and worked with Paul Sperry at the Aspen Music Festival. While living in Los Angeles and studying with Herta Glaz, she toured for nine months with the Orange County Opera company, performing the lead role of Maire in Donizetti's La Fills du Regiment. Ms. Hanisch  won the district NATSA Vocal Competition twice and was a national finalist for the Stewart Opera Awards. She also taught for several years at Cerritos College in the Los Angeles area. Settling in Pennsylvania in 1993, she joined the faculty of the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Wilkes University. Locally Ms. Hanisch has been soloist for Marywood Orchestra, the Northeast Pennsylvania Choral Society, Mostly Opera, Little "theatre of Wilkes-Barre, WVlA's Simply Grand Concert Series, and Hazleton’s Autumn Carousel Concert Series.

Ms. Hanisch extensive drama experience includes performing in numerous productions with Theatre Tuisa, Gaslight Dinner Theatre, and the Tulsa Children’s Theatre Touring Group, as well as serving as a drama specialist for the Tu] Parks Department. At Cerritos College in Las Angeles she was the site coordinator and artistic director for a cultural arts program for children. She also directed two children’s operas for the San Francisco Conservatory’s Summer Music West Program, and taught drama and music to children at the Fullerton Conservatory and the Tulsa School of Fine Arts. Alter moving hack to her hometown, she founded and directed The Mater Dei Chiidren’s Theatre, which is still an active children’s theater organization, supported by grants from the Knights of Columbus. At Wilkes University, Ms. Hanisch taught voice and was the stage director for the University Opera Workshop for six years, directing shows including Dido Aeneas, The Magic Flute, and Die Fledermaus. She was the stage director for H.M.S. Pinafore, Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado at St. Gregory’s Academy in Ehnhurst, Pennsylvania. Ms. Hanisch is currently the music director for St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Scranton where she conducts the men’s schola and mixed polyphonic choir for that traditional Latin Mass parish. Mrs. Hanisch lives in Moscow with her husband, James, and their three daughters, Mary Rose, Bernadette, and Isabel, whom she home-schools.