Maura Janton Cock
Maura Janton Cock, soprano, teaches voice at Valparaiso University. She earned her bachelor of music education at the University of Arizona (Tucson) and her master of arts at Minnesota State University-Moorhead. She previously taught on the music faculty at Concordia College (Moorhead). She has appeared as soloist with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, the Tucson Symphony, the Southwest Michigan Symphony, and the Northwest Indiana Symphony. Professor Cock worked extensively with Robert Shaw and the Robert Shaw Festival Singers as both soloist and chorus member, and Helmuth Rilling of the Oregon Bach Festival.
A regular performer with the Valparaiso University Symphony Orchestra, she has been soprano soloist in such works as Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, Haydn’s Creation, Mahler’s Symphony no. 2, Bach’s St. John Passion, St. Matthew Passion, and Mass in B Minor (the latter two works under the direction of Maestro Rilling on Valpo’s campus). She was a soloist and chorister with the Chicago ensemble His Majesties’ Clerkes. Recent engagements include performances with the Michigan Bach Collegium, Bach Chamber Choir and Orchestra of Rockford (Ill.), Miami Bach Society, the Dayton Bach Society (Ohio) and the Cuesta Master Chorale and Orchestra (Calif.). In 2005, Professor Cock was privileged to give the Midwest premiere of J.S. Bach’s lost aria, Alles mit Gott und nichts ohn’ ihn on VU’s campus.
Professor Cock has worked with Valpo’s theatre department, providing musical direction for The Cradle Will Rock (2003-04), Side by Side by Sondheim (2005-06), Cabaret (2009-10) and vocal direction for Dido and Aeneas (2004-05) and Sondheim on Sondheim (2019-20). She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.