Meet your musician: Hannah Plowman with Bravo! Vail Festival Choir

Hannah Plowman grew up in the Vail Valley and has come back to lend her soprano voice to local venues and big performances like Bravo! Vail.
Cheer! Vail Music Festival / Courtesy Photo

Q: What is your stage/group name?

A: Hannah Plowman, soprano

Q: How would you describe your style of music?

A: I sing in a variety of styles, but my real passion is opera. I’m a coloratura soprano, which means I sing loud and fast. My favorite characters to play are those with a lot of humor and passion. I try to be charismatic and lively on stage, while always keeping the sound bright and rich.

Q: What instrument(s) do you play with your band members?

A: I have studied voice and piano since I was a child. I also play a little guitar. In college, as part of my course to become a music teacher, I took a semester in strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. So I can play “Mary Had a Little Lamb” on just about any instrument.

Q: How long have you been playing in the Valley?

A: I grew up in the valley, attended Red Sandstone, Minturn Middle School and then Battle Mountain High School, so all of my early musical experiences were here. I returned to the Valley in 2020 during quarantine and slowly tried to get back to playing more.

Q: Where have you played in the Valley?

A: I have done community concerts at senior centers and recitals at chapels in Vail and Beaver Creek. I also sang at several weddings and funerals in town. My favorite experience was playing with Bravo! Vail Music Festival at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. I will sing on July 2 with the Bravo! Vail Festival Chorus and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in their interpretation of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. It will be a fantastic performance.

Hannah Plowman of Vail will perform with the Bravo! Vail Festival Chorus on July 2.
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Q: What is your dream location (in the valley or elsewhere)?

A: I think every classical singer dreams of making it big and singing at the Met, but I definitely aim to sing on European stages. I was lucky enough to be part of a summer opera tour in Germany when I was in college, and I’ve been dying to come back ever since.

Plowman was part of a summer opera tour in Germany when she was in college.
Hannah Plowman/Courtesy Photo

Q: What other styles of music do you (and your band members) listen to?

A: I always have such a hard time answering this question! It sounds boring to say that I listen to everything, but I really find something to enjoy in almost every style of music. I think music is like a tool, and depending on my mood or what I’m going through, I’ll need a different tool to get the job done.

Q: How does the Vail Valley music scene compare to other places you’ve played?

A: Vail Valley has a wonderful music scene. I especially love the summers when it feels like the music is all around you. You could start your day listening to a singer-songwriter in a café, stumble upon a reggae band at happy hour, then end the day listening to classical music on the lawn of a Bravo! Vail concert.

Q: What can the public expect from one of your performances?

A: I think even people who have never listened to classical music before, or think they have no interest in it, can have a very moving experience when they listen to choral music and opera. I fell in love with opera because it was the most passionate music I had ever heard. The human voice has an incredible depth of expression. Something I always try to bring to my performances is a real personal connection to the music. Finding something in the text that resonates with my life allows me to lose myself in the performance. I have always thought that singing opera allows me to express feelings for which I have no words. It can be a very powerful experience for both the performer and the audience.

In addition to singing, Plowman also enjoys teaching piano at Gypsum Elementary School as part of Bravo! Vail’s Music Makers Haciendo Música Program.
Cheer! Vail Music Festival / Courtesy Photo

Q: Anything else we should have asked, anything else you’d like to share?

A: In addition to singing, I also enjoy teaching piano at Gypsum Elementary School as part of Bravo! Vail’s Music Makers Haciendo Música Program.