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Artist Name
Brenda Wimberly,Soprano
Artist Statement

he passion for singing is deeply rooted in my background and in His great compassion, God gave me the gift of song.  Afforded opportunities and scholarship has allowed me to invest, study, develop, nurture and cultivate the “Bel Canto” method of singing.  I am classically trained with an innate gift to interpret folk, popular, jazz and traditional gospel styles you might say I have a very diverse palate for the art of singing. As an artist with milestones in which to measure success, I strive to share, inspire, uplift, excite and educate through my voice.  The ability to communicate and evoke human emotions as well as engage others through the universal language of music is priceless!

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BIO VITAEBrenda Wimberly, Soprano hails from Shreveport, Louisiana and is a product of the Caddo Parish Public Schools, graduating from Captain Shreve High.  Brenda was introduced to choral singing at Southern University-Shreveport campus under the tutelage of Mr. Bobby Wiggins.  She hold degrees in voice performance from Prairie View A&M University (B.M.) and the University of Michigan (M.M.). She is a recipient of two study grants from the Metropolitan Opera of New York and Scholarship winner of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria and two year winner, The Merola Opera Training Program, San Francisco Opera. A distinguished graduate from Prairie View A&M University and received the Presidential Citation in Performing Arts from N.A.F.E.O.  Ms. Wimberly is an active concert artist and featured soloist with orchestras throughout the United States in symphony, oratorio, opera and song recitals. She has served on music faculties at Johnson C. Smith (North Carolina), Fayetteville State University (North Carolina) and Grambling State University and Southern-Shreveport (Louisiana).Making her operatic debut in the 1984 Texas Opera Theatre production of Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites as “Ledoine” her national career as an artist includes staged or concert performances with the West Coast Lyric Opera, Marin Opera, Los Angeles Concert Orchestra, Shreveport Opera, Houston Ebony Opera Guild and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival-USA. Her list of notable portrayals include: Aida (Aida), Tosca (Tosca), Serena (Porgy and Bess) Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors) and Dinah (Trouble in Tahiti). Guest appearances as soprano soloist include Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Brahms Requiem, Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, Faure’s Requiem, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Barber’s Knoxville:Summer of 1915,Hailstork’s Done Made My Vow, and Newby/Jahannes’s Montage to Martin and Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.  Ms. Wimberly has given recitals throughout the United States, Western Germany, the Carribean, the Insituto Veracruzano D Cultura-Veracruz, Mexico and South Africa. Appearances with major symphony orchestras include Glendale, San Diego, Southeast-Los Angeles, Shreveport, Scott Joplin, Houston, San Francisco, Saginaw, Nevada, Oklahoma City and Detroit.Specializing in Large Compositions and Art Songs by African American Composers her recent performances are featured recordings on Videmus Visionary Records, collaboration with celebrated organist, Marilyn Mason with commission works by Calvin Taylor nationally broadcasted on MPR’s Pipedreams, self-produced medley based on the celebrated hymn “More Love To Thee” arranged by Joseph Joubert and most recent CD release of “Sketches of My Song” in collaboration with pianist, Fred Dade of selected arias, sacred songs, African American spirituals and Art Songs.  She is the recipient of many honors and awards including National Finalist Metropolitan Opera (New York) first recipient for the Leontyne Price Award (San Francisco Opera) and appearing with Miss Price on the CBS program Sunday Morning, Opera Guild of Southern California, The Loren Zachary (Los Angeles), Shreveport Opera’s Singer of the Year, nominated Who’s Who In America in the Performing and Visual Arts and resolution in her name presented by the Texas House of Representatives declaring her voice a “State Treasure.”