Birthday: July 7
First and Last Name Nia Drummond
City and State Brooklyn
Profile Filter: Singer, Soprano, Alto, Classical, Jazz, Gospel, Soul, Vocal Coach, Music Teacher
Profile Worldwide - Location Domestic USA
About Me A native of Brooklyn, NY, soprano, Nia A. Drummond is a multi-genre artist who can be found performing in nationally and internationally known venues singing opera, jazz, gospel and R&B styles. Currently pursuing her Bachelors in Music, Ms. Drummond is studying voice with Shinobu Takagi at the State University of New York at Fredonia. She has appeared as a solo performer at the Apollo Theater in New York City, in the legendary Playhouse Square in Cleveland, OH, the New World Center in Miami, FL, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C, and the National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY. Ms. Drummond has also appeared in Renée Fleming’s “American Voices”, a televised vocal symposium which aired as a Great Performances documentary on PBS, with artist such as Eric Owens, Renèe Fleming, Alison Krauss, Kurt Elling, Ben Folds, Sara Bareilles and more. Ms. Drummond has earned positive reviews in both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, being described as a “moving and electrifying performer.” In addition to her credits as a solo artist, Ms. Drummond has performed with such acclaimed ensembles such as the Grammy award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus with Dianne Berkun- Menaker and the award-winning Young People’s Chorus of New York City with 2011 MacArthur Fellow, Francisco J. Nùñez. While being apart of these ensembles, she has premiered works by composers such as John Corgliano, Paola Prestini, Nico Muhly, David Lang, Meredith Monk, Paquito D’Rivera and has collaborated with ensembles/ soloist such as: the Kronos Quartet, Maya Beiser, Paul Jacobs, Lawrence Brownlee, and others. She has appeared as a background vocalist for the likes of Sir Elton John, Bette Midler, Fantasia Barrino, Natasha Bedingfield, John Legend, Grace Weber and in choruses under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, the late Lorin Maazel, James Levine, David Robertson and others. Her opera credits including Mother Superior in Benton Hess’ “Felice”, title role in Tobias Picker’s “Therese Raquin,” Donna Anna in Mozart's "Don Giovanni"(cover), Rosalinda in Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus”, Elettra in Mozart’s “Idomeneo” and Edith in Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta “Pirates of Penzance” which so happened to be her debut at Lincoln Center. She was also featured in masterclasses with renowned artists including Renée Fleming, Ruth Falcon, Kim Burrell, Mikhail Baryshnikov, John Aler and Jake Heggie. Nia’s additional operatic training includes the Crittenden Opera Workshop. Recently, Ms. Drummond appeared as “Delia” in the world premiere opera, “The Fall of Stag Lee” by Darryl Glenn Nettles with the Buffalo Opera Unlimited company. A proud alumna of the National YoungArts Foundation, Ms. Drummond was one of three winners selected from 10,000 competitors for the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts “Jazz Voice” award in 2012. With being a YoungArts alumna, she has had the honor to work with several artists such as: Max Schneider, Bill T. Jones, Judith Hill, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Tony Yazbeck, Conrad Tao, and more. She was also the recipient of the 2012 Gordon Parks Centennial Scholarship Award presented by the Gordon Parks Foundation, 2nd place winner in the Erie Music Teacher’s Association competition, a finalist in the 2016 SUNY Fredonia Concerto Competition, and recently sang the National Anthem at the annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony in September of 2015. For more information and to keep up to date with upcoming events, like Nia Drummond on facebook.
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