Buchman Makes Opera Conducting Debut

Heather Buchman
Heather Buchman

Associate Professor of Music Heather Buchman made her opera conducting debut when she led the Society for New Music in the world premiere of Eleanor Roosevelt, a new chamber opera by composer Persis Parshall Vehar, on March 26 and 27 in Syracuse.


Based on Rhoda Lerman’s book and play, Eleanor: Her Secret Journey, the opera describes Eleanor Roosevelt’s journey of finding her voice and her calling to work for human rights and peace. It culminates with a chorus singing the United Nations’ Universal Declaration on Human Rights. Roosevelt headed the committee that wrote the document in 1948.


The premiere was reviewed in the Syracuse Post-Standard. Buchman also wrote a preview of the opera on her blog, which was circulated by the Society as unofficial preconcert notes.


Buchman also played principal trombone with the Rochester Philharmonic March 18-20, in a St. Patrick’s program conducted by Jeff Tyzik, and she played in the section for a gala performance with Joshua Bell.

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