Mezzo Soprano Suzetta Glenn holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Southern California (Los Angeles) where her studies included Song Literature with Gwendolyn Koldofsky, Opera Workshop with Natalie Limonick, and Master Classes with Eleanor Steber, Phyllis Curtin and Peter Pears. She earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Memphis (Tennessee) as a Voice Major. She also studied Piano with Daniel Fletcher and worked as an accompanist for teaching studios and for student recitals. In her senior year faculty nominated her for the University’s Outstanding Student Teacher of the Year.
Recent professional development includes Master Classes with Dr. Suzanne Draper on ”Spanish Zarzuelas” in 2004, with Dr. Susan Reid on ”Choral Conducting Techniques” in 2004, with Dale Miller on “Working with the Male Voice” in 2002, with Dr. Robert Sataloff on “Common Medical Diagnoses & Treatments in Singers” in 2002, with Shirlee Emmons on “Power Performance For Singers” in 2002, with Shirley Verrett on “Aria Performance Coaching” in 2001, and with Mary Wilson Dibbern on “French Melodie and Aria” in 2000. Additionally, Ms. Glenn received a Professional Development Assistance Grant from the Washington State Arts Commission in 1997 to attend Virginia Tech’s “First International Conference on Music in Human Adaptation”, which addressed music as a basic requirement for human development.
Ms. Glenn has performed the roles of Dorabella in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte,Hermia in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Second Lady in Mozart’s DieZauberflöte, Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, the Second Witch in Purcell’s Didoand Aeneas, the Mother in Menotti’s Amahl and The Night Visitors, and the Mother in Menotti’s The Consul. She premiered the role ofAlice in Robert Chaul’s Alice inWonderland. Other premieres include the spoken role of the Narrator in Gregory Nissen’s My First Love and three song settings written for her by composer Josef Vodak.
Ms. Glenn was a winner of the Battelle Institute Young Artist Program in Seattle, and a Finalist in the San Francisco Opera Northwest Region Auditions, the Zachary Auditions in Los Angeles, and the Cecelia Schultz Auditions in Seattle. She received scholarships from the Gladys Turk Foundation, the University of Southern California Opera Workshop, and the Baroque Consortium, all of Los Angeles. She also attended the Marjorie Lawrence Opera Workshop and the Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony on scholarship. In 2001 she was selected to study at the University of Siena, Italy and was a featured soloist in its summer concerts.
Prior to teaching at Ouachita, Ms. Glenn was Adjunct Faculty at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She performed as a soloist on JMU faculty recitals, oratorio concerts, and its Contemporary Music Festival. She also was a featured performer with the Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia, Staunton Music Festival, Page County Community Choir, and Luray Performing Arts Center.
In addition to university teaching, Ms. Glenn has directed elementary school and high school choruses, and adult church choirs. In 2008 she was selected to design and teach an exploratory voice class for high school students at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute’s Residential Summer Arts Camp. She is an active member of the National Association of Singing Teachers, Chapter Treasurer of the National Federation of Music Clubs, and a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.