Lynne Church

Adjunct Instructor in Music
No Building Available
2800 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
lchurch2@elon.edu (336) 278-5600

Professional Expertise

Voice

Brief Biography

LYNNE GIACALONE CHURCH, a diverse soprano of opera, operetta and musical theater, began her career after receiving her Masters Degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Michigan, where she was reviewed by the International London Opera Quarterly as “outstanding in the role of Nancy” in Benjamin Britten’s, ALBERT HERRING, directed by the late, internationally renowned stage director, Cynthia Auerbach. As well, the Detroit Free Press termed her coloratura “glittering” when reviewed as Gretel in HANSEL AND GRETEL, a role she would eventually perform over 300 times. Immediately after receiving her degree at Michigan, Lynne made her professional debut with first the Chautauqua Opera and then the Connecticut Opera as “Antonia” in MAN OF LA MANCHA directed by Dorothy Frank Danner. Since, Lynne has been heard in leading roles across the country with opera companies including the Chautauqua Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Kentucky Opera, Lyric Opera of Dallas, and Nevada Opera. Some of the these roles have included “Susanna” in THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, “Despina” in COSI FAN TUTTE, “Papagena” in DIE ZAUBERFLUTE, “Adina” in THE ELIXIR OF LOVE, “Musetta” in LA BOHEME, “Valencienne” in THE MERRY WIDOW, and both “Casilda” and “Gianetta” in THE GONDOLIERS. As a resident artist at the Connecticut Opera, Lynne received the Robert E. Smith Award for outstanding singers, and at the Chautauqua Opera, she received the prestigious Elaine Laughlin Award for her work there in THE GONDOLIERS as “Casilda”. While singing THE GONDOLIERS in Dallas, cast in the role of “Gianetta”, the opening night performance was recorded live on National Public Radio with the late Beverly Sills as host. While successful as an opera artist, Lynne has also performed in a variety of roles, including Opera Diva, “Carlotta”, in over 1500 performances of Sir Andrew Lloyd Weber’s hit musical, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at the former Pantages Theater in Toronto in addition to touring throughout Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, and being in residence for one year in Singapore and Hong Kong with Lloyd Webber’s production Company, The Really Useful Group, Ltd. of Australia. As a concert soloist, Lynne was most recently heard as “Sarah” in a semi-staged version of GUYS AND DOLLS with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra this past March with Maestro Kevin Rhodes and before that, as the soprano soloist with the Dayton Philharmonic in Mozart’s Requiem. Previously, she has been soloist with the symphonies of Chautauqua, Connecticut, Gaylord, Long Island, Saginaw, Traverse City, and Interlochen Center For the Arts Festival Orchestra in works such as the Brahms Requiem, Mozart Mass in C, Beethoven Symphony #9 and Missa Solemnis, Handel’s Messiah, The Seasons, Judas Maccabeus, Mahler’s Symphony #2, The Resurrection, and the Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, a work for 8 celli and soprano, Verdi's Rigoletto, as well as many opera and musical theater concerts. Lynne has also been the soloist for the nationally acclaimed John Phillip Sousa Artist and Conductor, Keith Brion. With her husband, Rick Church, as music director and conductor, she can be heard on the recording of Placido Domingo Jr.’s musical, VLAD, in the female lead role of “Mina” produced by the great operatic tenor and conductor, Placido Domingo and Cherry Lane Music Publishers in New York City. Lynne has regularly performed as guest artist aboard the Regent Seven Seas cruise line in a variety of concerts, including A Tribute to Rogers and Hammerstein, also arranged and conducted by Rick Church. Lynne has served on the Voice Faculty of Theater, Dance and Motion Pictures at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and just celebrated her 9th year on Faculty for the Musical Theater summer programs at Interlochen Center For The Arts, in addition to maintaining private studios in New York City and Traverse City, MI.

Education

Master of Music, Vocal Performance, The University of Michigan

Bachelor of Music Education, Choral Major/Keyboard Minor, Central Michigan University

Employment History

Instructor of Theater, Musical Theater Voice, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Department of Theater

Instructor of Voice, Wright State University, Department of Theater, Dance and Motion Pictures

 

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