Mary Ellen Duncan Stein founder/ co-director SING LIC
Ms. Duncan made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2006 as soprano soloist for the Mozart Solemn Vespers, Vivaldi Gloria, and Beatus Vir. Performing highlights include Mimi, La boheme, Anna Murrant, Street Scene (Dicapo Opera), Curley’s Wife ,Of Mice and Men, Despina, Cosi fan tutte, 1st Lady, Die Zauberflöte, Masha, The Music Shop, (Orlando Opera), Luisa, Bloodlines (Opera Omaha), Musetta, La boheme (Commonwealth Opera), Gianetta, L’Elisir del d’amore with Maestro Anton Coppola, Gretel, Hansël und Gretel (New York Opera Project), Eurydice, Orpheus and the Underworld (En Cante). Other roles; Pamina in Die Zauberflote, Butterfly (Cio-cio-san), Madame Butterfly, Marguerite in Faust, Liu in Turandot, Monica in The Medium, Micaela in Carmen, Lucia in La farsa Amarosa, Novizia in Suor Angelica, and Dodo in The Merry Widow. As a Resident Artist for Orlando Opera (1998-2000) Ms. Duncan performed numerous orchestra concerts with the Orlando Philharmonic, the most exciting being the Orlando Opera Annual Gala Concert in 1999 featuring tenor, Jerry Hadley, sharing two duets with Mr. Hadley. Another highlight was as soloist on the Millennium Concert with more than 25,000 in attendance. Concert and recitals: Greenwich Village Orchestra Opera Gala, Hellenic Music Society 10th Anniversary Gala, soloist for Beethoven’s 9th Symphony Imperial Symphony, Opera Fordham Opera Gala Sopranos, Opera Gala and Jazz cabaret evening Southeastern Indiana Arts Council, Newberry Opera concert series, and Empire Opera (solo recital). Awards: Gerda Lissner Foundation Artist Encouragement Award 2008, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Finalist Eastern and New England Regions 2002 and 1998, NATS Competition National Top 10 Finalist 2004, Opera Birmingham Competition 2nd and 3rd place 2000 and 1999, MacAllister Awards, semi- finalist 2001, Heinz Rehfuss Singing Actor’s Tournament finalist and Judge’s Award 1998 and 1999. Mary studied at the International Institute of Vocal Arts, Chiari, Italy and Brevard Music Center. She is a graduate of New England Conservatory and DePauw University. Currently, Ms. Duncan teaches voice privately. She believes kids should perform as often as possible!
Lauren Cregor Devine co-director SING LIC
Lauren Cregor Devine’s music can be heard in theaters, on screen and on iTunes. She is the composer/lyricist and musical director for the acclaimed off-Broadway company, Waterwell, which has produced ten original pieces in New York and has been dubbed “Brilliant, original and inspired” by the Times. She is a member of BMI’s Advanced Musical Theater Workshop, which has brought to life such shows as “Avenue Q” and “Next To Normal.” Her film music has screened across the globe, including the BFM International Festival in London, and her a cappella score for the short film “Overdue” can be found at Ricki Lake’sTheBusinessOfBeingBorn.com. As a singer / songwriter, Lauren has released two albums with her band and has plans for a third. She has also had the honor of composing for New York’s SYREN Modern Dance as well as the Professional Performing Arts High School (PPAS). She received her B.A. from Indiana University, a post-graduate degree from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), and her M.A. in Composition from New York University. She is a recipient of Meet The Composer grants for her work with aspiring high school composers and songwriters.
Elizabeth Kennedy, co-director SING BKLYN
Soprano Elizabeth Kennedy’s voice has been described by the Boston Herald as “possessing an inner radiance and strength” (Gewertz). She was further commended by the Boston Globe for the role of Pamina, as she “unfurled her big creamy soprano and showed suavity of line, lucid diction and lovely soft high notes. She has a real presence and command.” (Larsen). A prize winner in the regional finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, Kennedy’s recent credits include NYC solo appearances in Faure's Requiem, Mozart’s Sunday Vespers, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Handel’s Messiah, Bach's Magnificat, and the roles of Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Valencienne in The Merry Widow, and Adele in Die Fledermaus. Other performances include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro at Salt Marsh Opera, Lucy in The Telephone with the Natchez Festival of Music, La Cugina in Madama Butterfly with Boston Lyric Opera, and the Foreign Princess in Rusalka with Symphony ProMusica. She was a founding member of enCANTA Collective, an NYC-based ensemble performing multicultural works of vocal chamber music. Kennedy holds a Master's degree from New England Conservatory of Music's graduate opera program. She spent formative summers as a Tanglewood Fellow, a Bel Canto at Caramoor Festival apprentice, and most recently as a summer choral conducting student at Westminster Choir College. Otherwise known as "Miss Beth," Kennedy co-directs Sing BKLYN in her home neighborhood of Greenpoint, where she also teaches private voice lessons. Miss Beth's effusive love of music is contagious, and she loves to nurture the musical interests of young people.