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Brenda Wimberly

Brenda Wimberly

About Artist

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  • Artist Statement

    The passion for singing is deeply rooted in my background and in His great compassion, God gave me the gift of song.  Afforded opportunities and scholarship has allowed me to invest, study, develop, nurture and cultivate the “Bel Canto” method of singing.  I am classically trained with an innate gift to interpret folk, popular, jazz and traditional gospel styles you might say I have a very diverse palate for the art of singing.As an artist with milestones in which to measure success, I strive to share, inspire, uplift, excite and educate through my voice.  The ability to communicate and evoke human emotions as well as engage others through the universal language of music is priceless!
  • Resume

    Brenda Wimberly, Soprano hails from Shreveport, Louisiana and is a product of the Caddo Parish Public Schools, graduating from Captain Shreve High.  Brenda was introduced to choral singing at Southern University-Shreveport campus under the tutelage of Mr. Bobby Wiggins.  She hold degrees in voice performance from Prairie View A&M University (B.M.) and the University of Michigan (M.M.). She is a recipient of two study grants from the Metropolitan Opera of New York and Scholarship winner of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria and two year winner, The Merola Opera Training Program, San Francisco Opera. A distinguished graduate from Prairie View A&M University and received the Presidential Citation in Performing Arts from N.A.F.E.O.  Ms. Wimberly is an active concert artist and featured soloist with orchestras throughout the United States in symphony, oratorio, opera and song recitals. She has served on music faculties at Johnson C. Smith (North Carolina), Fayetteville State University (North Carolina) and Grambling State University and Southern-Shreveport (Louisiana).

    Making her operatic debut in the 1984 Texas Opera Theatre production of Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites as "Ledoine" her national career as an artist includes staged or concert performances with the West Coast Lyric Opera, Marin Opera, Los Angeles Concert Orchestra, Shreveport Opera, Houston Ebony Opera Guild and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival-USA. Her list of notable portrayals include: Aida (Aida), Tosca (Tosca), Serena (Porgy and Bess) Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors) and Dinah (Trouble in Tahiti). Guest appearances as soprano soloist include Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Requiem, Brahms Requiem, Mozart's Exsultate Jubilate, Faure's Requiem, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Barber's Knoxville:Summer of 1915,Hailstork’s Done Made My Vow, and Newby/Jahannes’s Montage to Martin and Gershwin's Porgy and Bess.  Ms. Wimberly has given recitals throughout the United States, Western Germany, the Carribean, the Insituto Veracruzano D Cultura-Veracruz, Mexico and South Africa. Appearances with major symphony orchestras include Glendale, San Diego, Southeast-Los Angeles, Shreveport, Scott Joplin, Houston, San Francisco, Saginaw, Nevada, Oklahoma City and Detroit.

    Specializing in Large Compositions and Art Songs by African American Composers her recent performances are featured recordings on Videmus Visionary Records, collaboration with celebrated organist, Marilyn Mason with commission works by Calvin Taylor nationally broadcasted on MPR's Pipedreams, self-produced medley based on the celebrated hymn "More Love To Thee" arranged by Joseph Joubert and most recent CD release of “Sketches of My Song” in collaboration with pianist, Fred Dade of selected arias, sacred songs, African American spirituals and Art Songs.  She is the recipient of many honors and awards including National Finalist Metropolitan Opera (New York) first recipient for the Leontyne Price Award (San Francisco Opera) and appearing with Miss Price on the CBS program Sunday Morning, Opera Guild of Southern California, The Loren Zachary (Los Angeles), Shreveport Opera's Singer of the Year, nominated Who's Who In America in the Performing and Visual Arts and resolution in her name presented by the Texas House of Representatives declaring her voice a "State Treasure.”

    La Jolla, California


    Critical Mass Showcase Winner - Shreveport Regional Arts Council 2015
    Individual Artist Mini Grant awarded by Shreveport Regional Arts Council 2014
    Fellowship Winner-Shreveport Regional Arts Council 2014
    Outstanding Grantsmanship Award, Fayetteville State University, 2006
    Nominated Who’s Who In America in the Performing and Visual Art, 2005
    NAFEO Recipient for Distinction in the Performing and Fine Arts, 1999
    Distinguished Alumni Award, Prairie View A&M University, 1998
    Winner, Concerto Competition, University of Michigan, 1997
    Singer of The Year Award, Lambda Chapter, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, 1994
    Distinguished Alumni Award, Southern University at Shreveport, 1991
    Winner, Opera Guild of Southern California, 1990
    National Finalist, Loren Zachary National Competition, Los Angeles, CA., 1989
    2nd Place Winner, Loren Zachary National Competition, Los Angeles, CA., 1988
    National Finalist, Metropolitan Opera Auditions, New York, 1987
    First Recipient of the Leontyne Price Award, San Francisco Opera, 1986
    Winner, San Francisco Opera Auditions-Merola Opera Training Program, 1985
    TX. House Resolution declaring voice a "State Treasure", Austin, TX 1984
    Winner, Shreveport Opera Singer of The Year, 1983
    Scholarship winner, American Institute of Musical Studies, Graz, Austria, 1980
    Winner, National Association of Teachers of Singing Young Artist, 1979  
    Performed over 10 different roles in English and in the original
    languages in concert and staged versions including:
    Poulenc-Dialogue of the Carmelites-Austin,TX
    Verdi- II Trovatore-Houston, TX,
    Menotti-Amahl and the Night Visitors-San Diego, CA
    Bernstein-Trouble in Tahiti-Houston,TX
    Gershwin-Porgy and Bess-Houston, Saginaw, Nevada, San Francisco,
    San Diego, Galveston and Temple, TX.
    Mozart -The Marriage of Figaro, Bizet-Carmen, Verdi-Otello, Houston, TX
    Verdi-Aroldo-Pasadena, CA and Puccini-Butterfly, Shreveport, LA.
    Handel-Messiah-Shreveport, LA, Temple, TX, Houston, TX, Los Angeles, CA.
    Dubois-Seven Last Words, Shreveport, LA; Dvorak-Te Deum-Detroit, MI.
    Brahms-Requiem-Houston, TX, Charlotte, NC.
    Beethoven 9th -Glendale, CA and Detroit, MI.
    Britten-Rejoice In The Lamb-Austin, TX; Mozart Requiem-Detroit, MI.
    Mozart-Exsultate Jubilate, Charlotte, NC; Burleigh-Born To Die-Oklahoma City PhilharmonicNEW CONTEMPORARY WORKS FOR SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA:
    Glen Burleigh – Sacred Cantata “Born To Die”
    Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson-"Symphony for the Sphinx"
    Stephen Newby-"Montage for Martin"
    Lena McLin-"Free At Last"
    Adolphus Hailstork-"Done Made My Vow"
    Adolphus Hailstork-"I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes"SOLO VOICE RECITALS:
    Appeared as concert recitalist in locations including: Louisiana, Ohio,Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, California, Texas, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Nassau Bahamas, Cites of Boca Del Rio, Cordoba, Orizaba, San Andres, Tuxtla, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico;
    The Grahamstown Art Festival and cities of Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, South AfricaORCHESTRAL APPEARANCES:
    Charlotte, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, San Angelo, Scott Joplin, Houston, Marin, Memphis, Houston MasterWorks, Brazeal Dennard Chorale, New Dimensions Chorale, Austin Civic Chorus, San Diego, Glendale, Bell Central, San Francisco, Los Angeles Concert, Nevada, Saginaw, and Detroit symphony orchestras


    Performance - Scott Joplin Chamber Orchestra - "Porgy and Bess" Suite
    Black Academy of Arts and Letters
    May 4, 2019
    Dallas, Texas

    Performance -Nick Cave Gallery Opening
    Gallery " Facility"
    April 20, 2019
    Chicago, Illinois

    Performance - Essence Music Festival
    Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
    July 7, 2018
    New Orleans, Louisiana

    Performance - University of Michigan Celebration
    School of Music, theatre and Dance
    August 18, 2017
    Ann Arbor, Michigan

    Performance - Essence Music Festival
    Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
    July 2, 2017
    New Orleans, Louisiana

    Nick Cave "Until" Exhibition Closing
    Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art
    February 24, 2017

    Performance - Nick Cave "Until" Opening
    Massachusetts Contemporary Museum of Art
    October 24, 2016
    North Adams, Massachusetts

    Performance - One Woman Show "Salute to African American Prima Donnas"
    Centenary College - Anderson Recital Hall
    February 24, 2016
    Shreveport, Louisiana

    Performance - Houston Ebony Opera Guild Centennial Gala
    Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church
    June 26, 2016
    Houston, Texas

    Performance - Nick Cave "AS IS" Exhibition
    Municipal Auditorium
    March 20, 2016
    Shreveport, Louisiana

    Performance - Shivers Foundation Art Series
    21 Century Library
    October 16, 2015
    Colorado Springs, Colorado

    WAIVE Academy Year End Recital
    Queensborough Elementary School
    May 18,2015
    Shreveport, Louisiana

    Performance – Newby/Jahannes’s “Montage to Martin Luther King”
    Duke Ellington School of the Arts
     March 18, 2014
    Washington, D.C.

    Performance-Texas Street Arts Production " Big River"
    Emmett Hook Performing Art Center
    April 13, 2014
    Shreveport, Louisiana

    Performance - North Central Louisiana Arts Council
    Dixie Center for the Arts
    October 23, 2014
    Ruston, Louisiana

    Ann Arbor Summer Music Festival
     Blanche Anderson Moore Hall- University of Michigan
     June 18, 2011
     Ann Arbor, Michigan

    American Choral Directors Chapter Faculty Recital
      University of Louisiana-Monroe
      March 9, 2011
      Monroe, Louisiana
    Perfomance- Hailstork's “Done Made My Vow”
      Indiana University – South Bend
      February , 2011
      South Bend, Indiana


    Performance – Ann Arbor Summer Music Festival
    Blanche Anderson Moore Hall- University of Michigan
      July 11,2010
      Ann Arbor, Michigan

    Performance- Theatre For The Performing Arts
      Yazzy Workshop Adjudicator
      December 10-11, 2010
      Shreveport, Louisiana

    Performance- New Art Musique Gala Performances
      Caddo Magnet High School Performing Arts Center
      October 17, 2009
      Shreveport, Louisiana

    Performance - Prairie View A&M University Concert Artist Recital
     Hobart T. Taylor Recital Hall
      July 9, 2009
      Prairie View, Texas

    Performance – Ann Arbor Summer Music Festival
      Blanche Anderson Moore Hall- University of Michigan
      June 17, 2009
      Ann Arbor, Michigan

    Performance – South Carolina State University Lyceum Series
     Barbara A. Vaughan Recital Hall
     April 24, 2008
      Orangeburg, South Carolina

    Performance Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra
      Rose State Performing Arts Center
      April 6, 2007
      Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    Performance – Solo Appearance
     Charlotte Symphony
     January 17, 2007
     Charlotte, North Carolina

    Performance – Handel’s Messiah
     Fayetteville State University
     December 1, 2006
    Artistic Director – Mozart’s “Magic Flute”
     Fayetteville State University
     May 2006 – July 22, 2006

    EDUCATION:M.M. in Voice Performance     2000
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

    B.M. in Voice Performance     1978
    Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View Texas

    University of Texas-Austin, University of California-Los Angeles, American Institute of Musical Studies, Graz, Austria

    Dr. Willis Patterson – University of Michigan
    Ms. Elizabeth Mannion – University of Texas-Austin
    Dr. Rubye N. Hebert – Prairie View A&M University
    Mr. Bobby Wiggins – Southern University-Shreveport

    Martin Katz – University of Michigan
    Terry Lusk – San Francisco Opera
    David Garvey – University of Texas-Austin
    Catherine Cathcart – San Francisco Opera
    Natalie Lamonick – Los Angeles, California

    Ongoing Research on Preservation and Performance of Art Songs by Composers of African Decent

    NEA Challenge Grant Funding for Summer Productions of operetta, opera and musicals (Received funding from the NEA for Summer production of Mozart’s Magic Flute)  

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