The 2016-2017 season of the Baylor Scott & White Humanities Series at Temple College will begin with singer/songwriter Amy Engelhardt performing her show “My Own Devices” on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 12:30 p.m. in the Jackson-Graeter Backstage Theatre of the Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center. The performance is free and open to the public.
The concert is part of a three-day residency in which Engelhardt will perform as well as work with Temple College voice majors. Engelhardt will perform selections by herself as well as accompanied by Temple College faculty members Benjamin Irom and Norm Bergeron.
From 1998 to 2011 Engelhardt was the sole female voice of, and a primary writer/arranger for the eclectic, Grammy®-nominated vocal “band without instruments,” The Bobs. She recorded and toured extensively with the band, from Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series to the Pori (Finland) Jazz Festival. Her brainchild, Rhapsody in Bob − Gershwin’s masterwork arranged for vocal orchestra and blues-infused piano, premiered at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
A semi-finalist for the inaugural Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award for composer/lyricists, Engelhardt’s first love was the theatre. Her cheeky rock score for “Bastard Jones” (with co-lyricist/librettist Marc Acito of Broadway’s “Allegiance”) was a finalist for the Richard Rodgers Award for New Musicals, the Eugene O’Neill National Music Theater Conference and the Alec Baldwin Fellowship.
Engelhardt is also the lyricist of “Tesla” with Acito and Everclear keyboardist James Beaton. Other theatrical credits include lyrics/vocal arrangements for commissioned adaptations of Carl Sagan’s “Contact” with Hungarian rocker Peter Sipos, “Nicholas Nickleby” with electric violinist Eyvind Kang at Seattle’s CenterStage, and music/lyrics for The Bobs/Flying Karamazov Brothers collaboration “A Comedy of Eras” at ACT Seattle. Special music credits include “Mother, May I” at Baltimore’s Strand and “The Egg Game.”
Engelhardt was librettist/creative consultant for the PBS concert special “Call Me Irresponsible” featuring Ashley Brown (Broadway’s Mary Poppins), and musical director/arranger for Terese Genecco’s award-winning “Drunk with Love: A Tribute to Frances Faye” at San Francisco’s New Conservatory Theatre Center.
As a session and concert singer, Engelhardt’s diverse vocal credits include “Jurassic World,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “Real Steel,” Jim Henson’s “Animal Jam,” Harry Shearer & Judith Owen’s Holiday Show, Barbra Streisand’s “Timeless,” the Los Angeles Bach Festival, Neil Young’s “Living With War,” Comedy Central’s “Roast of Roseanne,” and Paul Provenza’s “Satiristas.” She has performed extensively in Los Angeles and New York, and her solo CD, “Not Gonna Be Pretty,” has garnered multiple Just Plain Folks Awards Nominations.
Engelhardt received the Burman Award for Songwriting from the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs (MAC), a 2012 MAC Award nomination for Special Musical Material, and three 2012 Broadway World Cabaret Nominations. In 2014, she created “Tune in Time,” New York City’s Musical Theater Game Show, which runs monthly at the York Theatre.
A graduate of Syracuse University (Musical Theatre) and Berklee College of Music (Songwriting/Arranging), Engelhardt co-founded the LA Berklee Songwriters Forum and teaches songwriting, choral and vocal performance privately and in master classes.
For more information on this concert and other events sponsored by the Temple College Fine Arts Division, call 254-298-8555.