Biography

Dr. Carolyn Finley, Mezzo-Soprano, is an active performer and adjudicator throughout the upper Midwest. 

•   DMA in Voice Performance at the University of Minnesota

•   Currently a Professor of Music on the faculty of the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University - teaching voice and related topics.

•   Recipient of several faculty development awards and awarded the prestigious Mary Grell Award for Excellence in Teaching in May, 1999.

A Texas native, Carolyn was a three-year member of the Houston Opera Studio where she performed roles in both the Studio and Main House productions including:

•   Two Windows (Smetana)

•   Dido and Aeneas (Purcell)

•   The Magic Flute (Mozart)

•   Carmen (Bizet)

•   L'Elisir D'Amore (Donizetti)

•   Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck)

•   La Perichole (Offenbach)

Tours and Performances:

•   Played Musetta in La Boheme (Midwest Opera Theater)

•   Hansel and Gretel (Nebraska Opera Theater)

•   Played Queen Kristina in Eskil Hemberg's St. Erik's Crown (American premiere, produced by the Plymouth Music Series in Minneapolis, Minnesota)

•   Performances with the Duluth-Superior and Rochester Symphony Orchestras

She has performed the following comic roles with The Quite Light Opera Company in St. Cloud, Minnesota:

•   Bloody Mary in South Pacific

•   Cloltide in The New Moon

•   Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus

•   Katisha in The Mikado

Carolyn performs regularly with the CSB/SJU faculty chamber music ensemble, PASTICHE.  As a strong advocate of contemporary music, she has premiered song cycles at conferences and recitals, written for her by faculty and area composers Henry Bryan Hays, OSB, J.J. Swift, and Gregory Walker as well as works by American Composer Forum members Richard Corbett, Stephen May, C. Edward Hupton, and Louis Ballard.

She is featured on a CD entitled "Uncommon Daisies: The Vocal Music of Bryan Beaumont Hays"

Carolyn is featured on a new CD entitled: "Under These Skies: Art Song by American and British Composers"