Kendra Wieneke, mezzo-soprano, holds a BM in Music Education and an MM in Vocal Performance and Literature from Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, NY, where she studied with Carol Webber and Jan Opalach. While at Eastman, she performed frequently with Eastman Opera Theater, notably singing the title role in Handel’s Serse in 2014 under the direction of Paul O’Dette and Steven Daigle. She made her North American orchestral debut in December 2013, singing the alto solos in J.S. Bach’s Magnificat in D with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Favorite roles include Bianca in The Rape of Lucretia (Britten) and Anne in the collegiate premiere of Jake Heggie’s To Hell and Back. Scenes performances include Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Dinah (Trouble in Tahiti), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), and Alisa (Lucia di Lammermoor). She has been a young artist with the OperaWorks! Advanced Artist Program, Le Chiavi di Bel Canto (“The Keys to Bel Canto”) at the Texas Music Festival, the Vancouver International Song Institute, and Elgin Opera. She has recently appeared with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra and the Tallahassee Bach Parley and continues to perform throughout the Northwest Florida region.
Kendra has been teaching voice and piano privately since 2009, when she designed and implemented her own 10-week beginning piano curriculum for recent graduates of a noted early childhood music program. Since then, she has been on faculty at Aria’s School of Music and Art, Strike It Up! Artistic Center, and Eastman Community Music School in Rochester, NY, serving over 100 students, ages 5-75. She has also worked in the public schools as a student teacher and served as a full-time accompanist for a high school choral program. From 2009-2014, she served as Minister of Music at East Rochester First Presbyterian Church, NY, overseeing and performing all music for services and church events. She is currently an independent teaching partner for Music Lessons Express, Mason’s School of Music, and TakeLessons.com in Tallahassee, FL, and maintains an active home studio.
Kendra is also the founder and artistic director of Patchwork Project, an independent concert project dedication to the research and curation of the American Song Recital.