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Vocal Masterclass Spring 2024

Free and open to the public

February 10 from 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Vocal Masterclass Spring 2024

Spend an afternoon learning vocal technique from Denise Milner Howell, Adjunct Professor of Voice at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Voice students of The Music Settlement will perform selections for Ms. Howell, who will provide suggestions and strategies for strengthening the performance in a live masterclass. The program is free and open to the public. Vocalists of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to attend.


Denise Milner Howell, mezzo-soprano, is a versatile performer of opera, concerts, and recitals, whose singing has been called “superb” (Cleveland
Classical). Ms. Howell’s solo engagements include performances with Cleveland Opera Theater, Opera Cleveland, Chautauqua Opera, Kent/Blossom Festival, Nightingale Opera Theatre, Akron Symphony Orchestra, Akron Lyric Opera Theatre, Akron Baroque, Tanglewood Festival, Carousel Dinner Theatre, and Buffalo Philharmonic.

Recent performances include the title role in Johnathan Dove’s contemporary opera Pinocchio, Little Women (Meg), Amahl and the Night Visitors (Mother), Carmen (Mercédès), La cambiale di matrimonio (Clara), Robert Ward’s The Crucible (Rebecca Nurse), and Iolanthe (Celia). A frequent concert soloist, Ms. Howell has performed the alto solos in Handel’s Messiah, Mozart Requiem, Bach Magnificat, Haydn Lord Nelson Mass, Verdi Requiem, Vivaldi Gloria and Duruflé Requiem. Additionally, Ms. Howell is committed to the performance of new works by living composers, and has been heard at Cleveland Ingenuity Festival, The Cleveland Composers Guild, and New to New York Concert Series.

In addition to performing, Ms. Howell is an active voice teacher. She currently teaches at Cleveland Institute of Music/Case Western Reserve University. She lives in Sharon Township, Ohio with her husband, Gregg, and their three children.

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