Music

Dr. Carolyn Finley

Academic Degrees:
  • B.M., University of North Texas
  • M.M., University of North Texas
  • D.M.A., University of Minnesota
Biography:

Dr. Carolyn Finley, Mezzo-Soprano, is an active performer and adjudicator throughout the upper Midwest. Carolyn Finley earned her DMA in Voice Performance at the University of Minnesota and is currently a Professor of Music on the faculty of the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University - teaching voice and related topics. Dr. Finley is also the 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)

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.

Carolyn Finley
Dr. Carolyn Finley, professor

CSB BAC A113
320-363-5906 (work) and 320-363-4254 (home)
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College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Dr. Amy Grinsteiner
Chair, Music Department

CSB BAC A119
320-363-5717

SJU Music 106
320-363-3375

Kelly Brueske
Coordinator, Music Department

CSB BAC A116
320-363-5796

SJU Music 110
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