Marcia Gronewold Sly, who has a received high praise for her “clear, strong, luminous mezzo-soprano” (San Francisco Examiner), is a versatile artist whose repertoire ranges from the Baroque to the avant-garde in opera, oratorio, and chamber music. Working with such esteemed conductors as Kent Nagano, Joanne Falletta, and William McGlaughlin, Ms. Gronewold Sly has appeared as a soloist with organizations that include San Francisco Ballet, Bangor Symphony Orchestra, Pocket Opera, and the Kronos Quartet. A founding member of two vocal ensembles dedicated to contemporary music, Modus Novus and Ariel, she has sung in premiere performances and recordings of numerous works. As an ensemble singer, she has appeared with American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and San Francisco Opera.
A graduate of San Francisco Conservatory of Music who began studying music and theater at University of Illinois, Ms. Gronewold Sly also holds a degree in Interdisciplinary Creative Arts from San Francisco State University and a Master of Fine Arts in Music Performance and Literature from Mills College. While at Mills, she studied in London with soprano Jane Manning, and received a scholarship to attend West Dean College in Sussex, where she worked with Ms. Manning and with composers Anthony Payne and Judith Weir. Ms. Gronewold Sly’s 2000 master’s thesis and recital focused on the use of Sprechstimme in the compositions of British composer Alison Bauld. Other important influences in her singing have included teachers Jane Randolph, Dickson Titus, and Dame Donna Peterson. She has studied repertoire with John Wustman, Blanche Thebom, and at Gunther Schuller’s Festival at Sandpoint with Louis Krassner. Ms. Gronewold Sly teaches voice at University of Maine, Orono, and in her private studio in Brooklin, Maine.
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