Beth Allen-Gardner is praised for a
voice that is "beautiful, fresh-sounding...stylish," "even throughout the range," and which "moves with ease" throughout her register. Classical Voice of North Carolina has described
her singing as "expressive and technically virtuosic, earning...whoops and cheers from the capacity crowd." This spring, Beth was selected as a finalist in the Biennial Bach Vocal Competition for American Singers.
Beth's oratorio performances include Mozart's Coronation Mass, Faure's Requiem, Charpentier's Messe de Minuit pour Noël, Handel's Messiah, and numerous Bach cantatas. On the opera stage, Beth has played Despina in Mozart's Così fan tutte, and most recently created the role of the Unknown Maiden in the world premiere of Chuck Holdeman's opera Young Meister Bach. Partial roles and concert performances include Lakmé, Alcina, Serse, Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Marietta (Naughty Marietta), Rose Maurrant (Street Scene), Merry (The Mighty Casey), Lily (The Secret Garden), and soprano soloist in Bach's Mass in B-Minor and BWV 21. During her current 4-year tenure with the renowned Bach Choir of Bethlehem, PA, Beth has been soloist a number of times for Conductor Greg Funfgeld and has been recorded by 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. In addition to presenting recitals and performing as recurrent 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 Doctor 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 soloist as 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 a music department fellowship from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and eagerly anticipates beginning her Master of Music Performance Degree this coming fall.