Marjorie Bennett Stephens
Associate Professor of Voice and Vocal Pedagogy
Soprano Marjorie Bennett Stephens serves as voice area coordinator and is responsible for both the undergraduate and graduate Voice Pedagogy Programs. She is currently serving on the National Board of Directors for the National Association of Teachers of Singing as the Mid-South Regional Governor. In the summers, Ms Bennett Stephens serves on the faculty of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. She received the 2010 University of Tennessee School of Music Distinguished Teaching Award.
Ms. Bennett Stephens made her professional debut with the Graz Opera, Austria where she earned critical acclaim for her vocal refinement and finesse as well as her genuineness on stage. She has charmed audiences with her performances in regional opera companies throughout the United States including representative 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, as well, are performances of the Verdi heroines Lady MacBeth, Odabella (Attila), Luisa Miller, and Giovanna d'Arco. Demonstrating a singular versatility, Ms. Bennett Stephens' growing list of operetta credits include The Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore, Pirates of Penzance, Yeomen of the Guard, Iolanthe, Ruddigore and The Student Prince.
In the spring of 2004, Marjorie was praised while in Russia for her concert performances and master classes at the Moscow Conservatory and the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Among her recent interpretive triumphs are her performances of the Edvard Grieg Norwegian song cycle, Haugtussa, and her recent performance with orchestra of the Richard Strauss masterpiece, Vier Letzte Lieder.
Her students are singing professionally and teaching at major universities throughout the US. Recent student accomplishments include: first place, Opera Birmingham; San Francisco Opera Center Merola Opera, Central City Opera, Orlando Opera and Shreveport Opera apprenticeships; first place, AIMS Meistersinger Vocal Competition; regional finalists Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; Singer of the Year Vocal Competition, Shreveport Opera; Palm Beach Opera Finalist; Marguerite McCammon Voice Competition, Ft. Worth Opera; NATSAA National Finals; National Opera Association Finalist; Orpheus Vocal Competition Finalists; and NATS Mid-South Regional winners.
- M.A. in Vocal Pedagogy -- The Ohio State University (1989)
- M.M. in Vocal Performance – The Ohio State University (1989)