Emily Sternfeld-Dunn, soprano, is a strong advocate for new music and unconventional performances of art song and opera. Ms. Sternfeld-Dunn regularly gives recitals across the country featuring works of contemporary American composers. Significant performances with Hartford Opera Theater include Laetitia in Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief and Aunt Polly and Susy Harper in Tom Sawyer, a new work commissioned by the company. She has performed as a soloist with the Mid Columbia Symphony, Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Wichita Choral Society, Opera Kansas, Connecticut Concert Opera, the Idaho Washington Symphony, and the Palouse Choral Society. Ms. Sternfeld-Dunn was a finalist in the Art Song and Oratorio categories of the American Prize in 2014.
As an educator Ms. Sternfeld-Dunn maintains a full voice and piano studio. She has been on faculty teaching voice at Southwestern College, Washington State University, and Wichita State University. Her students have performed professionally within both the classical and music theater genres. Ms. Sternfeld-Dunn’s students are nationally competitive, having won awards through KCATF and NATS.
Ms. Sternfeld-Dunn has a Bachelor of Arts degree in music with an emphasis in piano performance from California State University, Hayward where she graduated magna cum laude. She also has a Master of Arts degree in music with emphases in piano and vocal performance from Washington State University, Pullman. Ms. Sternfeld-Dunn holds a Graduate Professional Diploma in vocal performance from The Hartt School. Further education includes successful completion of a Certificate of Figure Proficiency in Estill Vocal Training. She lives in Wichita, KS with her husband and daughters.