Marjorie Bennett Stephens
At the U of Tennesee-Knoxville, Marjorie Bennett Stephens serves as voice area coordinator for both the undergraduate and graduate Voice Pedagogy Programs. She is currently serving on the National Board of Directors of NATS as the Mid-South Regional Governor. She received the 2010 U of Tennessee School of Music Distinguished Teaching Award. Her professional debut in Austria was with the Graz Opera where she earned critical acclaim for her vocal refinement. She has performed with regional opera companies throughout the U.S. in roles such as Cio-cio san (Madame Butterfly), Pamina (The Magic Flute), Countess (The Marriage of Figaro), Marguerite (Faust) Gilda (Rigoletto) and Hanna (The Merry Widow). To her credit also are performances of the Verdi heroines Lady MacBeth, Odabella (Attila), Luisa Miller, and Giovanna d’Arco and in a growing list of operettas including The Mikado, HMS Pinafore, Pirates of Penzance, Yeomen of the Guard, Iolanthe, Ruddigore and The Student Prince. While in Russia in 2004, she gave concerts and master classes at the Moscow and St. Petersburg Conservatories. Among recent performances are Edvard Grieg’s Norwegian song cycle, Haugtussa, and the Richard Strauss Vier Letzte Lieder. Her students sing professionally and teach at major universities throughout the U.S. Recent student accomplishments include: first place, Opera Birmingham; apprenticeships at San Francisco’s Merola Opera, Central City Opera, Orlando Opera and Shreveport Opera; first place, AIMS Meistersinger Vocal Competition; regional finalists the MET Auditions; Singer of the Year Vocal Competition, Shreveport Opera; Palm Beach Opera finalist; Marguerite McCammon Voice Competition (Ft. Worth Opera); NATSAA National Finals; NOA finalist; Orpheus Vocal Competition finalists; and NATS Mid-South Regional winners.