Margaret Izard

Voice Faculty
Jazz / Popular Voice
Classical Voice
Program Area: 
Private Instruction
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

Margaret Izard attended Emory University in Atlanta, GA where she received her BA in Music with a minor in Religious Studies. After taking some time to work and perform, Ms. Izard went back to school to get her masters degree in voice. She has since graduated from the Chicago College of Performing Arts with a MM in Voice.

Significant teachers and mentors: 

Although Ms. Izard is a singer; she began studying violin at the age of 4. Her violin teacher Linda Fiore is credited with Ms. Izard’s work ethic in the practice room and her ability to learn and memorize music quickly. Voice teachers that have greatly influenced Ms. Izard’s singing and pedagogical style include: Alexandra Walker Lobianco, Judith Haddon and Manny Perez. Other collaborative artists that have influenced Ms. Izard’s style and musicianship include: Dr. Shannon McGinnis, Ann Balt, and Caren Levine.

Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise: 

Ms. Izard believes in creating a safe and positive work environment that allows students to push themselves out of their comfort zones and play! As singers, there must be a strong work and practice ethic, but there must also be freedom to make mistakes and explore what our bodies are capable of. Furthermore, she believes that a healthy singing technique rooted in the proper use of air is applicable to all singing styles. She herself has performed in everything from classical performances to gospel music, pop music and heavy metal.

Awards and achievements: 

Ms. Izard’s 2016-2017 season included Ruggiero in Alcina, the title role in Miss Manners on Music, the world premier of Naomi from Joseph’s Gift, and Maman and Un Pâtre from L’enfant et les Sortilèges. Past roles include Hänsel/Hänsel und Gretel and Donna Elvira/Don Giovanni. During her time as a resident artist at Dicapo Opera Theate, Ms. Izard performed the roles of Tisbe/La Cenerentola, and Zita/Gianni Schicchi. Ms. Izard has also performed the role of Zita alongside director and performer Alfonso Antoniozzi. Other work includes covering the role of Spring Beauty/Snegurochka. Ms. Izard’s premieres include the role of Magic Mirror/The Magic Mirror by Polina Nazaykinskaya and covering the roll of Roma/The Fiddler and the Old Woman of Rumelia by Ketty Nez, both with Juventas New Music Ensemble. Other interesting premieres include the chamber piece for string quartet, mezzo-soprano and dance company, Dry Bones: Resurrection of the Living, composed by Cheryl Krugel-Lee and commissioned by the Sydney Schiff Dance Project.

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Ms. Izard firmly believes in giving back and therefore is a frequent volunteer with Sharing Notes. Sharing Notes brings music into hospitals throughout the city, providing the transformative power of intimate, interactive music for those who can benefit from it most. Furthermore, Ms. Izard is the co-founder of Artful Song; a Chicago based Art Song company. The mission of Artful Song is to recreate the salon experience of the 19th century for modern audiences while providing context for audience members through the historical significance of this underperformed repertoire. Ms. Izard can be heard singing around Chicago where she performs with the operatic improve company Forte Chicago and was also a chorus member with the Grant Park Chorus for their 2017 season.

Interests outside of music: 

Ms. Izard believes that as a musician, you must live a fulfilling life outside of music to help inform your art! She is an avid practice of Muay Thai and loves cooking and exploring Chicago’s many restaurants.

Favorite practice tip: 

Practice smart, not long! 15 minutes of focused, smart practicing is worth way more than an hour of careless work!

Favorite composer or piece to play: 

This is a hard one! I love singing music with folk roots. One of my favorite sets is Benjamin Britten's 8 Folk Songs for Harp and Voice.

Favorite musical moment: 

I was volunteering at Laurie Children's Hospital and got to sing "How Far I'll Go" with banjo, and it was just one of those perfect moments.