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Dawn Pierce Dawn Pierce
Assistant professor of voice at Ithaca College / renowned vocal performer.

Mezzo-soprano Dawn Pierce is a native of Olean, New York, and currently an assistant professor of voice at Ithaca College. Praised as both an exceptional performer and an empowering teacher, Ms. Pierce is devoted to promoting a deeper understanding of artistry and self-expression. Reviewers laud her as “vocally impressive and dramatically convincing,” while students describe her teaching as “creative,” “energetic,” and “inspiring.”

Ms. Pierce abounds with experience in a wide variety of styles and venues. On the operatic stage, she recently performed Olga in Eugene Onegin with Opera Carolina, Marthe in Faust with Lyric Opera Baltimore, Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana with Opera Tampa, and Madelon and Bersi in Andrea Chenier with Nashville Opera. In the summer of 2013 she will sing the title role in Carmen at the Southern Illinois Music Festival. Ms. Pierce is equally comfortable in musical theatre, where she portrayed Franca (The Light in the Piazza), The Grand Duchess (The Student Prince), and Anita (West Side Story). On the concert stage, she has earned rave reviews for her interpretation of the alto solos in Verdi's Requiem and Handel's Messiah. Recently, she delivered a moving performance as the featured soloist in Elgar's choral-symphonic work, The Music Makers, at Hamilton College.