The Suzuki Voice Program
The Suzuki Voice program is designed to teach vocal
technique and style to young students. The program was developed in
1986 in Finland. Currently there are trained teachers in 20 countries
including America, Australia, Europe, Asia and New Zealand. Henriet
Fourie Thompson, CMD voice faculty member, is a trained Suzuki Voice
Instructor, teaching classes at DePaul Community Music for students ages
5 through 11.
Unique features of the Suzuki Voice Program are:
Emphasis on everyday singing
Development of a natural voice
Listening and supporting linguistic ability
Special singing exercises
Performing at an early age
Henriët Fourie Thompson, Instructor
Fourie Thompson, a native of South Africa, now lives in Chicago where
she is in demand as a soloist onstage and as a collaborator with chamber
musicians and composers. From the opera stage to the concert hall in
styles from early music to new music, she feels equally at home.
Some of her most notable solo oratorio appearances
include Gloria (Vivaldi), Oratorio de Noël (Saint-Saëns), Coronation
Mass in C Major, K. 317 (Mozart) and Carmina Burana (Orff). On the opera
stage she has performed the roles of Monica (The Medium), Adele (Die
Fledermaus), and Fortune (Coronation of Poppea). She also performed
George Crumb’s 20th century masterpiece Ancient Voices of Children.
Henriët has been a featured soloist at the Handel
Week Festival (IL), Outside the Box Festival (IL), Piccolo Spoleto
Festival USA (SC), the International Baroque Institute at the Longy
School of Music (MA), and with the DePaul University Ensemble 20+ (IL).
She has also appeared in solo recitals at The Basement Theater
(Johannesburg, South Africa) and The Pierneef Theater (Pretoria, South
An active performer and enthusiast of new music,
Henriët is a member of the Chicago-based group, Fused Muse Ensemble, who
was recently chosen as critic’s pick by TimeOut Chicago magazine. She
regularly sings with CUBE Ensemble, one of Chicago’s leading new music
Henriët is currently a member of the Chicago
Symphony Chorus, as well as the acclaimed vocal ensembles Bella Voce,
and the William Ferris Chorale. She was a member of the Grant Park
Music Festival chorus in 2011, and also recently sang with the early
music group Rook.
Henriët holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Vocal and
Piano Performance cum laude, as well as an Artist Certificate in Vocal
Performance from the College of Charleston (SC). She earned a Master of
Music degree in Vocal Performance with distinction from DePaul
University (IL) where she studied with Julia Bentley.
For younger students interested in singing and dancing, CMD offers Prelude Choir. This
beginning choir for children in first and second grade offers students
the opportunity to learn correct breath and tone production, performance
skills and beginning music reading. Click here to learn more.