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," "even throughout the range," "warm and generous," and which "moves with ease." Classical Voice of North Carolina has described her singing as "expressive and technically virtuosic." Beth was a 2014 finalist in the Bach Vocal Competition for American Singers and will compete this coming April as a finalist in the Kentucky Bach Choir's Audrey Rooney Vocal Competition and as a semifinalist in the Rochester Oratorio Society's Classical Idol Competition.  She will also debut this coming May with the Greensboro Choral Society as soprano soloist in Handel's Judas Maccabaeus.

Beth's solo performances include Mozart's Coronation Mass, Faure's Requiem, Charpentier's Messe de Minuit pour Noël, 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 role of the Unknown Maiden in the world premiere of Chuck Holdeman's opera Young Meister Bach.  During her 4-year tenure with the renowned Bach Choir of Bethlehem, PA, Beth appeared as a recurrent 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, 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, 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.

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 as a student of Dr. Robert Wells.  She looks especially forward to spending time this upcoming summer at the Sankt Goar International Music Festival Academy in Sankt Goar, Germany under the direction of Dr. Emilio Pons and a highly acclaimed voice faculty.

Teachers/Coaches:  Dr. Robert Wells, Rosa Lamoreaux, Taina Kataja, Dr. Jeanne Fischer, Barbara Ann Peters/Daniel Taylor, Greg Funfgeld, Brent Wissick, Dr. Terry Rhodes

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

Masterclasses:  Jill Gardner, Barbara Ann Peters

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Quia Respexit from Bach's Magnificat
Bel Canto Company, fall 2014. Dr. Bill Young, Conductor
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