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Victoria Garrett

Victoria Garrett
  • Title Adjunct Associate Professor of Music
  • Work Phone 574.807.7248
  • Office Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center, Room 126 1001 Bethel Circle Mishawaka IN 46545 USA EST

Soprano Victoria Garrett made her New York solo debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall while still a graduate student at the Manhattan School of Music. She has appeared with the San Francisco Opera, the New York City Opera, Indiana Opera North, and other regional companies. Her operatic roles include Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro, and Leonora in Il Trovatore. She has appeared as a soloist with the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Elkhart County Symphony, the South Bend Symphony, the Southwest Michigan Symphony, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and many other performing arts organizations. She has toured the United States in productions of The Music Man, The Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S. Pinafore, and The Mikado. In 1995 she was the Soprano soloist in Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore at Southwestern Michigan College, and returned in l996 to sing in Handel’s Ode for St. Cecelia’s Day, and Carissimi’s Jepthe. In May 1997 she was a soloist in the world premiere of Lucas Mason’t musical adaptation of the Spoon River Anthology. Ms. Garrett is well known as a Christian songwriter. With Grammy-nominated composer Buryl Red, she has written a musical entitled The 34th Christmas, which had its world premiere in l998. Songs from The 34th Christmas have been sung by Choirs at Carnegie Hall, and New York’s Riverside Church.

Ms. Garrett was invited by Millard Fuller, founder of Habitat for Humanity to visit their headquarters in Americus, Georgia, observe the community at work, and perhaps write music for Habitat. The result of her visit was the theme song Walk in Love, which she wrote for the ‘House Raising Walk 88’. She also co-edited a songbook which was published for use during that particular campaign. She has written and/or recorded for curriculums published by Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, the Presbyterian Church, the National Baptist Sunday School Board, and over a dozen other national denominations. Her sacred choral works have been published by Hinshaw, Hope Publishing, Carl Fischer, and Coronet Press, among others.

During the summer of 2001, she was invited to be a guest soloist with the Indiana University-Purdue University Festival Chorus on its tour of the Czech Republic, and Austria. The group performed music by Bernstein, Copland, Brubeck, and Barber. Ms.Garrett was the soprano soloist in Barber’s The Prayers of Kirkegaard. The Festival Chorus sang under the direction of Dr. William Skoog, and was accompanied by the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra.