A native of Tulsa Oklahoma, soprano Stephanie Washington continues to establish herself as a promising artist of today. She was a 2010 National Semi Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions and Semi Finalist in Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor Mccollum Competition. Stephanie has participated in numerous training programs around the country. She received her Bachelor’s of Music degree in vocal performance at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where she studied with Associate Professor of singing Lorraine Manz. She went on to complete her studies with acclaimed soprano Carol Vaness at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. There she performed the title role in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette and also appeared in the collegiate premiere of William Bolcom’s A Wedding as the wedding “directrix” Rita Billingsley. Stephanie was a recipient of the Barbara and David Jacobs Fellowship at Indiana University and also served as an Associate Instructor of voice.
Ms Washington has spent the past two summers as an apprentice with the Santa Fe Opera. Her assignments included major covers of Olympia, Antonia (Les contes d’Hoffmann), Emmie(Albert Herring), and Musetta (La bohème). Stephanie has also performed with Cincinnati Opera’s outreach and education program in performances of La bohème (Musetta) and The Magic Flute (Pamina). In the summer of 2009, Ms Washington was an Apprentice with Central City Opera in Colorado where she was a recipient of the E. Atwil Gilman Award. She performed the role of Una Sirena (Rinaldo), and covered the roles of Armida (Rinaldo) which also included a family performance, and Mrs. Nordstrom (A Little Night Music). Other training programs include the Charlie Creek Vocal Workshop under IU professors Timothy Noble and Mary Ann Hart, Music Academy of the West under mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, and the “Oberlin in Italy” training program in Urbania, Italy.