Rebecca Folsom

Professor of Voice
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As a positive and productive influence on students, I want them to understand the complexity of the human voice, respect the craft of being a singing actor and musician, and find the courage to discover all the dimensions of their talent.

Rebecca Folsom, mezzo-soprano, has performed with the Fort Worth Opera, Utah Festival Opera, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan. She has performed as a soloist with numerous ensembles in works such as Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, Mozart’s Requiem, and Bernstein’s Songfest. Competition credits include the Naftzger Young Artist Award and a fellowship to the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan.

Folsom’s students have sung in such opera houses and festivals as the Metropolitan Opera,  Santa Fe, Wolf Trap, Glimmerglass, Dallas Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Arizona Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Tanglewood, Central City Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Portland Opera, and internationally at Israeli Opera, Darmstadt Opera, and theaters in Italy and Berlin. Her students have won  competitions such as the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Richard Tucker Award, the Oratorio Society of New York Competition, the William Matheus Sullivan awards, and the Liederkranz Foundation.

Folsom served as staff voice teacher for the young artists programs of the Dallas Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Israeli Opera, Seagle Music Colony, Flagstaff in Fidenza, Italy, Boston Conservatory Opera Intensive in Valencia, Spain, and Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival and has taught master classes both nationally and internationally, including appearances at the Hans de Roo International Conference for Young Artist Programs in Amsterdam.

Her publishing credits include articles in the NATS Journal of Singing, Journal of the Society for American Music, OPERA America's online journal, and the Chinese Journal for Music Education. She has presented papers for the Society for American Music Annual Conference and the College Music Society.

Folsom received her D.M.A. and M.M. in voice performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Recently, she was a recipient of the Distinguished Professor Award at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Folsom maintains private studios in Boston and New York City.