Biography

Marcie Hagen Givens, soprano, is an active recitalist and concert performer and has appeared on the operatic stage.  Her concert appearances include the Minnesota Center Chorale, the Austin, MN Symphony, the La Crosse, WI Symphony and Deo Cantamus (Plymouth, MN).  Her concert credits also include J.S. Bach's Passion according to St. John with Weston Noble and the Luther College Symphony, Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the College of St. Benedict/St. John's University Symphony, the premiere performances of David Evan Thomas' Seasons of the Spirit with the Pastiche ensemble, and Libby Larsen's Songs from Letters with the SCSU Wind Ensemble as a featured performance for the CBDNA convention, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. In March 2007 she performed the world premiere of Libby Larsen's Within the Circles of Our Lives with the SCSU Wind Ensemble at the American Bandmasters Association Convention at Cal Poly University and at UCLA. She has performed with such regional opera companies as the Pine Mountain Music Festival (Michigan), the Dorian Opera Theatre (Iowa) and the Illinois Opera Theatre.

In January 2008, Hagen Givens traveled to Quezon City, Manila, Philippines where she presented a recital of American Art Song and Gospel Music with her husband, bass-baritone, Hugh Givens.  During their three week stay, she also taught private voice lessons, conducted master classes, presented lectures on vocal pedagogy and vocal hygiene and presented special music in area churches on the island of Luzon.

Her artistry and skill as a recitalist earned 1st Place in the Minnesota NATS Artist Awards and 2nd Place in the Upper Midwest and Canadian NATS Artist Awards in 2004.  In 1997 Dr. Hagen Givens won the Advanced/Young Professional Division of the Minnesota NATS competition.  In 1996 she was named Regional Finalist in the Upper Midwest Division of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Awards after winning the Iowa District Met Awards.

In addition to solo recital performances, Hagen Givens performs regularly in concert and recital with the CSB/SJU Pastiche faculty-performing ensemble.  She takes great pleasure in performing with her husband, bass-baritone Hugh Givens.  She has also enjoyed the opportunity to present a number of recitals with Jon Spong, long time friend and pianist of Sherrill Milnes.

Dr. Hagen Givens received her DMA from the University of Minnesota under a full fellowship award.  She has enjoyed the privilege of studying with Carol Webber at the Eastman School of Music and with Mignon Dunn at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she received her MM degree.  Master class experiences include Joan Patenaude-Yarnell, David Jones, John Wustman, Margot Garrett, Ken Noda, Paul Sperry, William Sharp and Costanza Cuccaro. 

Dr. Hagen Givens greatly enjoys teaching voice and is a member of the CSB/SJU Music Faculty.  She is also active as an adjudicator, clinician, and guest speaker/lecturer.