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Simone Brown, MM2

Simone Brown is a second year Masters in Voice at Peabody Conservatory in the Studio of Denyce Graves. Simone received her Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance Magna cum laude from Xavier University of Louisiana. In her time at Xavier Simone participated in both the Concert Choir and University Chorus as Soprano section leader and soloist. Simone also participated in the Opera Workshop scene productions singing scenes from The Medium, L’elisir D’amore and Le Nozze di Figaro. Simone also sang the role of Laeticia in The Old Maid and the Thief by Gian Carlo Menotti. In her first year at Peabody Simone participated in the Opera Outreach production of Papageno! singing the role of Pamina. Simone also participated in the Opera Etudes program singing the role of Yolanda in the short opera composed by Connor Elias Way Meeting at the Fence. This year at Peabody Simone will be completing her graduate recital and singing the role of Barbarina in the spring production of Le Nozze di Figaro.

Mary Burke, MM1

Hailing from Centreville, Virginia, mezzo-soprano Mary Burke is currently studying under the direction of Denyce Graves-Montgomery as a first year masters student at the Peabody Institute of Music in Baltimore, Maryland. Mary performed the role of Hänsel in Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hänsel und Gretel” with the Peabody Opera Department in November 2016. She debuted as a soloist with the Singapore Lyric Opera’s ​Opera in the Park (2015), was cast in the Sing’Pouring production of ​Ma Vie Avec Mozart (2014), and appeared as the Princess in the YST production of L’Histoire du Soldat. Miss Burke earned first place awards at the ​National Society of Arts and Letters-Washington, DC chapter's Shirley Rabb Winston annual Voice Competition, ​the YST International Concerto Competition - Voice Finals (2016), the regional National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) music competition (2013), and the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association (NVMTA) music competition (2012). Mary was recently awarded second place in the National Society of Arts and Letters’ Shirley Rabb Winston annual Voice Competition - Nationals. She has also been awarded the George Woodhead Prize in Voice from the Peabody Institute of Music in April 2016. Her love of music began as a young child singing in the St. Mary of Sorrows Church Choir. Since then, she has participated in many church & scholastic choirs, including the Virginia Honors Choir in 2011. She is a current member of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church Choir in Baltimore and enjoys participating in musical collaborations with the community and her peers.

Symone Harcum, MM1

Symone Harcum, a native of Baltimore, received her Bachelor's of Music Education from Norfolk State University. She has served in the chorus of the Norfolk State Concert Choir and the 105 Voices of History National HBCU Choir. She has performed as a featured soloist in Norfolk State's "Voices" concert series with  the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and at the Grand Ole Opry and Kennedy Center with The 105 Voices Choir. After receiving her undergraduate degree in 2012, Symone performed regularly with the Virginia Opera as a chorister and was the Choral Director at Ruffler Academy Middle School of Norfolk Public Schools until 2016. During her time in Virginia she performed roles with Tidewater Opera including La Ciesca in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and covered 2nd Lady in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte with Virginia Opera.

Symone will make her Peabody Opera debut in the role of Gertrude, the mother, in Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel in Fall 2016. In the spring, she will cover the role of Countess in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro. 

Tammi Lee, BM3

Tammi Lee is a mezzo-soprano from Bellevue, WA, currently in her third year of pursuing a BM in Voice Performance with Denyce Graves. She began studying voice at the age of fifteen with soprano Dohee Kim. She fully committed to pursuing music after attending Curtis Summerfest in Philadelphia the summer of 2013. There, she met mezzo-soprano Misoon Ghim, whom she took lessons with during her senior year. In her final year of high school, she joined St. James Cathedral Jubilate! Young Women’s Ensemble and Seattle Conservatory of Music, performing in outreach programs in the Seattle area. In 2014, she placed second at the WMEA State Solo and Ensemble Competition in the mezzo-soprano category. 

For the past two winters, she has been featured as the alto soloist in Fairlington UMC’s annual performance of Handel’s Messiah. Last July, she spent two weeks studying with Lorraine Nubar at the Academie Internationale d’ete de Nice. In last season’s Peabody Opera Scenes, she performed the role of Medoro of Handel’s Orlando. 

She will be performing the part of 3rd Lady in Peabody’s outreach production of Papageno! this school year as well as the solo in Copland’s In the Beginning for the winter Peabody Singers concert.

Alice (Lisa) McNulty, BM2

Alyce (Lisa) McNulty is an undergraduate sophomore mezzo-soprano from Los Angeles, CA studying with Denyce Graves at Peabody Conservatory. Alyce got her start taking piano lessons at the age of six, studying for 7 years before began to study voice at age 10 under the direction of soprano Angelique Bresinski. Alyce sang in multiple choirs during her education, including Holy Family Church Choir, All Saints Church Choir, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy Choir, La Canada High School Concert Choir, and the La Canada High School Chamber Singers. She was also very invested in theatre and musical theatre, performing roles such as Fan/Narrator in A Christmas Carol, Mrs. Paddy in The Curious Savage, Mustardseed /ensemble member in A Midsummer Night's Dream in Shakespearience, Chris Gorman in Rumors, Granda Tzeitel/ensemble in Fiddler on the Roof, and Florinda in Into the Woods to name a few. She also has a great passion for education, working at Theatrical Education Group's Summer Acting Camp for two years, one of which teaching tap dance and the other teaching singing to up to 230 children ranging in age from 4-15. She also was an actress and dancer in Shakespearience, a popular field trip in Southern California to teach children about the importance of Shakespeare and theatre in general. At the age of 15, she was selected to study under the Vocal Department Head at Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles, Mike Stevens. Currently, she sings with the First & Franklin worship choir as a section leader and soloist in Baltimore, serves as the Musical Director of the Johns Hopkins University Vocal Chords, and sings with the Peabody Singers at Peabody Conservatory. In addition to choreographing Cavalli’s La Calisto, she made her Peabody Opera debut in the roles of La Natura and Furia 2, as well as a cover for Satirino. Later this year, she is excited to perform in the ensemble for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.

Morgan Sanchez, BM1

Soprano, Morgan Sanchez, is a first year undergraduate double degree student from Madison, NJ currently pursuing a BS in Biomedical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering as well as a BM in Voice at Peabody Conservatory. She began studying voice with Stan Dunn in high school and now looks forward to working with Denyce Graves. Her past roles include “Ariel” in The Little Mermaid, “Cosette” in Les Mis, “Kim McAfee” in Bye Bye Birdie, and “The Sour Kangaroo” in Seussical. Morgan has also been a member of the NJ All-State Mixed Chorus and has performed solo excerpts at a variety of venues. Additionally, Morgan is the first recipient of the John H. Bunnell Music Award and the annual recipient of the Arion Award.

 

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