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Beth Roberts-Sebek
Department Coordinator, Voice

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For over 20 years Beth Roberts has been a dedicated and accomplished voice teacher and music educator.  She has been on the faculty of Mannes College The New School for Music since 1996 and has served as Coordinator of the Vocal Department since 2001.  Her voice studio at Mannes has produced principal artists in many national and international professional venues, including the San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, Saint Louis Opera, Covent Garden and La Scala.  Students of Ms. Roberts have been finalists and winners of such major vocal competitions as the Metropolitan Opera National Finals, the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, the Giuseppe di Stefano Competition, the Jenny Lind Competition, the Gerda Lissner Competition, the Giulio Gari Competition and the Joy of Singing Competition.  Others have entered young artist programs at Merola, Wolf Trap, Glimmerglass, Santa Fe, Tanglewood and Chautauqua.

Through her affiliation with the Metropolitan Opera Guild Education Department, Ms. Roberts co-created a vocal pedagogy course and Professional Development Outreach for Mannes students in New York City public schools.  The success of this venture has been most evident over the past 10 years in the graduates now employed by the Metropolitan Opera Education Department, as teaching artists for the New York City Opera, and as music teachers at the United Nations International School and other New York City schools.  Ms. Roberts’ relationship with the Metropolitan Opera Education Department began in 1988, when she was a teaching artist and led master classes on vocal pedagogy for music educators.  She has recently been appointed to serve on the Education Committee of the Board of the Metropolitan Opera Guild.

Ms. Roberts has been a vocal instructor for the Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, the Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca (with the University of Cincinnati), a guest lecturer at the Classical Singer Convention, and an adjunct faculty member at the Westminster Choir College.  She has served as an adjudicator for numerous competitions, including the Fulbright Scholarship and the Finals of the Concours de Musique du Canada.  She is currently a faculty member of the International Vocal Arts Institute, and she gives frequent master classes at Yale University.  

A lyric soprano, Ms. Roberts has sung with many opera companies throughout the United States, including the Santa Fe Opera and the Washington Opera, and performed numerous concerts at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall.  She was a Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Winner and a Liederkranz Foundation Competition Winner.  She has also recorded for radio and television. 

Ms. Roberts earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music.  She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the Screen Actors Guild. 

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