Anne-Marie Condacse, Associate Professor of Vocal Studies, Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma, U.S.A
2008-2009 U.S. Fulbright Scholar, Cairo Conservatoire, Academy of Arts, Giza, Egypt
“When I applied for my Fulbright grant to Egypt, I knew that I would fully embrace the experience, but I did not expect it to be one of the most rewarding and extraordinary experiences of my life. My work with the students at the Cairo Conservatory of Music, their love for music and the trust that they showed towards me, made my pedagogical experience very special and gratifying. Furthermore, my collaboration with the voice and piano faculty at the Cairo Conservatory of Music and at the American University was a true pleasure. Their professionalism, collegiality, and hospitality were outstanding,” writes Soprano Anne-Marie Condacse.
During her Fulbright grant to Egypt, Dr. Condacse worked with the voice faculty at the and as a guest artist at the American University in Cairo. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Condacse maintained a sustained performing activity. She appeared in concerts at the Cairo Opera House and at the American University in Cairo. Dr. Condacse describes her Fulbright grant to Egypt as an open door to new beginnings and larger horizons. “I cannot speak about my Fulbright experience without mentioning the great support that I received from the members of the Fulbright Binational Commission to Egypt under the direction of Dr. Bruce Lohof. They spent every effort to make everyone’s experience successful and memorable. It was a great honor and pleasure to meet these people and work with them,” said Dr. Condacse.
Upon the completion of her Fulbright grant, Dr. Condacse continued to remain in close contact with her colleagues and her students from Egypt. In 2009, she returned to Egypt to perform with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra and conductor Marcello Mottadelli, in the Gala Concert Celebrating the 60thAnniversary of the Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt, which took place at the Cairo Opera House. In 2011, Dr. Condacse served as an Artist in Residence at the American University in Cairo and in February 2012, she appeared as soloist in the Ein Deutsches Requiem by Brahms with the Cairo Choral Society and Cairo Festival Orchestra conducted by Dr. John Baboukis.
“It has been a great joy and immense pleasure to return to Egypt and to collaborate with my colleagues from the Cairo Conservatory of Music and The American University in Cairo, and with members of the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, the Opera House and the Cairo Choral Society. It also has been gratifying to witness the progress that the students have made and to cheer their successes,” Dr. Condacse comments.
Since completing her Fulbright grant, Dr. Condacse has been a resident artist with the George Enescu Romanian Philharmonic and has appeared as guest soloist in productions of the Romanian National Opera, Ion Dacian Operetta Theater, Oradea Lyric Theater, Woodlands Symphony and Moores Opera Center. She has also performed as a recitalist and concert artist throughout the United States, Romania, France, Germany and Mexico. Ms. Condacse has appeared on programs broadcast on the Romanian National Television and Romanian National Radio. Her latest recording, Anné-Marie Condacse Performing Chamber Music by Felicia Donceanu was released on Electrecord label.