We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Brittnee Siemon has accepted the Voice position at the school and joined the outstanding faculty of artist/teachers at The Fine Arts Center. She replaces Ms. Karen Parks, who has decided to pursue other professional opportunities. We all wish Ms. Parks the best in her new endeavors.
Dr. Siemon, a mezzo-soprano, is an avid performer of concert, recital and opera. Originally from Springfield, Ohio, she holds degrees in Voice Performance and Music Therapy. In fact, she is a board-certified Music Therapist and carries academic and performance distinction from Ohio University, the University of South Carolina and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. While studying in Boston she was awarded the prestigious Beneficent Society Scholarship, which lead to her award-winning European concert debut for a new composition on Mona Lisa radio in Amsterdam.
In the United States and abroad, she has been affiliated with well-known ensembles at Boston’s Old South Church, the Handel and Haydn Society and Boston Baroque. As a concert soloist in the Southeast, Dr. Siemon has appeared with the South Carolina Philharmonic, The Augusta Symphony and Choral Society, the Columbia Choral Society and the St. Augustine Music Festival. She is also the principle vocalist and co-founder of the Columbia Baroque Soloists, South Carolina’s only Baroque ensemble performing with historic instruments and pitch. The ensemble debuted in 2007 and provides 8-10 concerts per season, master classes, workshops and outreach programs.
Her recital accomplishments include premiers of early and modern works, and a debut at Jordan Hall in Boston. She continues to collaborate and record regularly. In appearances with the Harvard Early Music Society, the Boston Globe hailed her Baroque operatic roles as, “poignantly sung…florid, yet substantial.” Her roles span from the interpretation of the Rameau and Monteverdi Orfeo to the title role in Vivaldi's Jepthe. Dr. Siemon has also given notable classical and contemporary operatic performances with the Spartanburg Repertory Company, Greenville Light Opera Works, Inspiration Point Fine Artist’s Colony and the Orlando Opera.
Dr. Siemon has served on the music faculties of Rollins College, Columbia College, Charleston Southern University and Jacksonville University. She is also the founder of Bryan Street Studio, a member of Pi Kappa Lambda national music honor society and an active NATS contributor. She is an energetic master class clinician throughout the country and a proponent and practitioner of the Alexander Technique, a physical method that helps singers, dancers, actors and musicians overcome the stress and tension that can often lead to harmful and unhealthful performance practices.
FAC welcomes Dr. Siemon!