Voice and Piano
Fearless soprano Henriët Fourie sings with “luminous tone and security.” (Chicago Classical Review) Emitting an uncommon “vibrancy and urgency” (Chicago Classical Review) in oratorio performance, Fourie has featured as a soloist at The Ravinia Festival, June in Buffalo, The Piccolo Spoleto Festival USA, The Handel Week Festival, Chicago’s annual Schubertiade, and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Slee Sinfonietta and the Bella Voce Sinfonia. Conductors she has worked with include such luminaries as Marin Alsop, Ricardo Muti, Carlos Kalmar, Andrés Arozco-Estrada, and Gil Rose on stages including Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, and Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park. A sensitive and sophisticated collaborator, Fourie sings with In Mulieribus, Cappella Romana, and Cantores in Ecclesia. She is also a certified Suzuki voice teacher and has enjoyed years of being a committed teacher to singers of all ages. A native of South Africa, Fourie resides in Portland, Oregon with her husband, trombonist Andrew Thompson, and their two sons Jurgen and Cornelius. Fourie holds degrees in Vocal and Piano Performance from the College of Charleston and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from DePaul University where she studied with Julia Bentley.