attended Temple University College of Music and studied with Julia Hamari, Michael Korn, Klara Meyers, Helmut Rilling,
and Max Rudolf. She received
Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and went on to study for a doctoral
degree at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.
roles have included La zia principessa
in Suor Angelica, Miss Todd in The Old Maid and
the Thief, Mrs. Peacham in The Beggar’s
Opera, and the Third Lady of Charity in Rumpelstiltskin. She has also sung the part of Dido
in Dido and Aeneas in concert with The Temple University Concert
Choir. Other groups with whom
she has performed:
Pro Musica, Philadelphia College of the
Performing Arts Chorus and Orchestra, and The State Choral Society.
In 1987, she
appeared as a member of The Philadelphia Singers on their Christmas album, Gloria! Gloria!.
She helped The
Bucks County Choral Society celebrate its 15th anniversary on 18th
March 1988 in a performance of St. John Passion by Johann Sebastian
In the winter
of 1989, also under the umbrella of the BCCS, she collaborated with bass
singer David Fryling and organist Kim Heindel in a program entitled “Music of Maurice Durufle”, at Addisville
Reformed Church and Trinity Lutheran Church in Pennsylvania. The program included Durufle’s “Choral Varie’
on ‘Veni Creator’, Op. 4” and
“Requiem, Op. 9”.
In 1991, she
interviewed for the job of choral director of the Illinois Symphony
Orchestra, but because she was going to school at U of I at the time, she
couldn’t take the job until 1993, in a joint agreement between the
ISO and the First Presbyterian Church.
This meant she spent one quarter of her time actually running the
ISO chorus and three-fourths of her time leading the FPC choir.
She has since
gone on to become the Conductor and Music Director of the Springfield
Choral Society and Artistic Director and Conductor of the Prairieland
In her copious
free time, she teaches voice at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois.
The Philadelphia Singers recordings
Fidelis (Frederick Oakeley/John Francis Wade)
Soprano – Benita Valente
Soloists Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
Conductor – Michael Korn