Beth Allen-Gardner, Soprano - Specializing in Baroque Church Music
A specialist in sacred music, Beth Allen-Gardner is praised for a voice that is "beautiful, fresh-sounding...stylish," "warm and generous," and which "moves with ease." CVNC has described her singing as "expressive and technically virtuosic" and states that "soprano Beth Allen-Gardner, as the Israelitish Woman, sang with a bright and pleasing tone that was even across its considerable range."  Beth was a finalist in both the Bach Vocal Competition for American Singers and the Kentucky Bach Choir's Audrey Rooney Vocal Competition, as well as a semifinalist in the Rochester Oratorio Society's Classical Idol Competition.  She recently debuted with the Greensboro Choral Society as soprano soloist in Handel's Judas Maccabaeus.

Beth's other solo performances include Mozart's Coronation Mass, Faure's Requiem, Charpentier's Messe de Minuit pour Noël, de Lalande's De Profundis Clamavi, Schütz' Musikalische Exequien, Monteverdi's Gloria a 8, Handel's Messiah, Bach's Magnificat and Mass in B-Minor, and Bach Cantatas BWV 150 and BWV 227. On the opera stage, Beth has played Despina in Mozart's Così fan tutte with UNC Opera and the second sister in Vittorio Giannini's Beauty and the Beast with UNCG Opera.  Beth also recently created the roles of the Unknown Maiden in the world premiere of Chuck Holdeman's opera Young Meister Bach, as well as Eurydice and Julie in Kip Nelson's new musicals Amamus and Special.  During her 4-year tenure with the renowned Bach Choir of Bethlehem, PA, Beth appeared as soloist on National Public Radio and WWFM.  She has sung in a professional recording of the Saint John Passion, as well as the album Songs of Hope, both on the ANALEKTA label. Beth has also been soloist for Bel Canto Company, Concentus Carolina, the Choral Society of Greensboro, UNCG Chamber Singers, UNC Chamber Singers and Chorale, UNC Collegium Musicum, and the Mebane Community Choir.  In addition to presenting recitals and having performed as soloist for several churches, Beth owns and manages Beth Allen-Gardner Music Studio in Burlington, North Carolina, where she teaches both voice and piano. 

Beth earned her Bachelor of Music with distinction as a National Merit Scholar from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied with Professor Barbara Ann Peters and Dr. Jeanne Fischer. She won second place as a freshman at the Mid-Atlantic Regional NATS Auditions and first place at the NC Chapter of NATS Auditions during both her junior and senior years at Carolina.  She was a Concerto Competition winner, and featured soloist in the UNC Chapel Hill Symphony Orchestra's Spring Benefit Concert.  She is also a recent graduate of Sankt Goar International Music Festival and Academy's summer program.

Beth was recently awarded both the Graduate Dean's Award and the Hester Graduate Fellowship from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is currently earning her Master of Music Performance Degree in Vocal Pedagogy and her Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Music Education.

Teachers:  Dr. Robert Wells, Rosa Lamoreaux, Taina Kataja, Dr. Jeanne Fischer, Barbara Ann Peters

Coaches and Workshops:  Ladislav Elgr, Dr. Emilio Pons, Falko Hönisch, Daniel Taylor

Masterclasses:  Helmut Deutsch, Julius Drake, Kenneth Griffiths, Andreas Geier, Matthew Horner, Jill Gardner, Barbara Ann Peters

Conductors/Directors:  Sir John Rutter, Dr. Welborn Young, Dr. Jon Brotherton, Greg Funfgeld, Julian Wachner, Tonu Kalam, Seth Garrepy, Brent Wissick, Susan Klebanow, Sam Doyle, Brent F. Miller, Julie Walker, John Wooten/Dr. Terry Rhodes, David Holley.

So shall the lute and harp awake
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