Marcie Hagen Givens, soprano, is an active performer on the recital and concert stage. She has had the pleasure of performing locally and regionally as well as internationally. Some of her favorite performances include the world premiere of Larsen’s Within the Circles of Our Lives with the St. Cloud State Wind Ensemble at the American Bandmasters Assoc.International Convention at Cal Poly University and at UCLA in March 2007, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the CSB/SJU Symphony and Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with the Amadeus Symphony. She also enjoys performing with the Pastiche ensemble and sharing the stage with her husband, Dr. Hugh Givens, bass-baritone. Her honors include winner of the 2004 Minnesota NATS Artist Awards, 1997 winner of the MN NATS Advanced/Young Professional Division, 1996 winner of the Iowa District Metropolitan Opera National Council Awards and 1996 Upper Midwest Regional Finalist of the Met Awards.
In 2008, the Drs. Givens traveled to Manila, Philippines to teach voice, vocal pedagogy, voice related courses and present an American Art Song recital at BJMBCollege. The Givens returned to the Philippines for the summer of 2014 to teach graduate level voice and vocal pedagogy and to present special music for church services and conduct clinics for church choirs on the main island of Luzon as well as the neighboring island of Mindoro.