Dr. Greta Feeney
I am a musician, scholar and educator who is driven by the desire to activate individual and collective growth and development through the experiential study of music. I bring a broad and varied background as an opera singer and chamber musician to a culture of teaching and leadership, which culminates in a grounding in ‘vocation’, or ‘calling’- the voice as identity and self-actualization.
I am passionate about my work with student musicians, who, when activated by the discipline of music, are increasingly and intrinsically aware of their path and purpose, emerging from protracted, committed study in powerful service to their communities, consciously shaping the future as thought-leaders in a dynamic world.
I studied voice with Holly Cluett at the Nantucket Chamber Music Center and graduated from the music program at Nantucket High School, with Barbara Elder as my choir director. From there I went on to study voice with Theodore Uppman (1920-2005), Ruth Falcon and Beth Roberts at The Mannes College of Music (BMA), with Trish McCaffery and Richard Barrett at Brooklyn College Conservatory (MM), with Elaine Bonazzi at SUNY Stony Brook (DMA), and with Marlena Malas at The Juilliard Opera Center (JOC). My mentors include staging directors Frank Corsaro (Juilliard and New York City Opera) Gabriel Guimaraes (Mannes), John Norris (The Met), Sheri Greenawald (San Francisco Opera), Richard Harrell (San Francisco Opera), and Roy Rallo (San Francisco Opera).
As a young artist, I was a participant in the Merola Program at the San Francisco Opera, where I was awarded the prestigious Adler Fellowship and a Schwabacher Debut Recital. My career with the San Francisco Opera spans 15 years and includes more than 25 opera productions, including Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Marzelline in Fidelio, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Despina in Cosi fan Tutte, Amanda in Le Grande Macabre, and the creation of the role of Marguerite in the world-premiere of Earthrise.
My other opera engagements include summers with the Ohio Light Opera, a national tour with the Western Opera Theater, and several seasons at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. My chamber music and symphonic engagements include concerts with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the New Century Chamber Ensemble, and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. When I did the competition circuit I won first place in the New York district, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and several awards from the Licia-Albanese Puccini Foundation, George London Foundation, and Koussevitsky Foundation.
I have been teaching voice almost as long as I’ve been singing. I’ve maintained a private studio, served on the music faculties of the Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music, Bergen College, and the University of California, Santa Cruz. I now teach on an ad-hoc basis at the Music Center, where my main focus as Executive Director is on activating individual and collective growth and development at the intersection of the arts and community solidarity.