Carrie Stevens, whose bio follows, Carrie Stevens, mezzo-soprano, is highly regarded for her versatility in concert, chamber and operatic venues, spanning styles from Baroque to contemporary music. Recent performances include premieres of contemporary works by Jason Haney and Allan Blank, a solo recital at the Kennedy Center appearances with the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival as well as Mezzo soloist in Handel’s Messiah ( National Cathedral, and Roanoke Symphony) and Bach’s St. John’s Passion at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
She has appeared repeatedly as a soloist with Richmond’s “One Voice” at the Landmark Theater and other venues and the new James River Arts Council Series as a recitalist and co-director of a new Bach Aria Group based at JMU. Carrie also appears regularly with chamber music festivals including the Charlottesville, Staunton, Shenandoah Bach and Richmond Chamber Music Festivals. Before moving to the Shenandoah Valley from San Francisco she appeared with many major orchestras in the U. S., including the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Cayuga N.Y. Chamber Orchestra, Santa Rosa, CA and Oakland Symphonies under the batons of Roger Norrington, Ivan Fisher, Eiji Oue, Helmuth Rilling and Michael MacCarthy among many notable others. Operatically, her rich voice and dramatic acting have received critical acclaim in title roles of Purcell’s Dido and Handel’s Xerxes, as well as Lychas in Handel’s Hercules and Idamante in Mozart’s Idomeneo, the Mother in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, Ma Moss in Copland’s The Tender Land, and Elmire in Kirke Mechem’s Tartuffe.
Carrie holds a Doctorate of Music from the University of Minnesota, where she worked and coached with Glenda Maurice, Margo Garrett, and Lawrence Weller. She earned her Master of Music from Boston University, and Bachelor of Music from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has trained with Anna Reynolds, Don Stenberg, and Margo Garrett. Carrie is currently Associate Professor of Voice with the School of Music at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.