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Soprano Judith Cavendish received her Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in Voice from Marshall University and has completed her doctoral course work at West Virginia University’s Creative Arts Center. Her principal voice teachers were Jane Hobson at Marshall, Helen Laird at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, Margaret Hoswell of the Manhattan School of Music, and Peter Lightfoot at WVU. She also studied choral conducting with Dr. Kathleen Shannon, WVU’s Director of Choral Activities.

Her early operatic experience was with the West Virginia Opera Theater in Charleston, where she appeared in roles ranging from Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia to Cio-cio-san in Madama Butterfly. Others include Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Violetta in La Traviata, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, and Fiordiligi in Così Fan Tutte.  She has also performed musical theater roles as diverse as Fiona in Brigadoon, Nellie Forbush in South Pacific, and Yum-Yum in the Mikado with the Charleston Light Opera Guild.

Ms. Cavendish was a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions and made her national operatic debut with Atlanta Lyric Opera, singing the role of Senta in Der Fliegende Hollander, which resulted in a William Matheus Sullivan Foundation Award. Also an accomplished concert singer and recitalist, she has performed with the symphonies of New Haven, Ft. Lauderdale, and the Tulsa Philharmonic; toured with Pittsburgh’s American Wind Symphony; and was a Lieder soloist in Suffolk, England at the Aldeburgh Festival. She has appeared as Messiah soloist with the Washington Bach Consort, in Haydn’s Creation at the Greenbrier Music Festival, as Filia in Carissimi’s Jephthe at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, and John Rutter’s Gloria with the Handel Choir of Baltimore.

Her teaching experience includes studio voice at Marshall University; studio voice, music theory and opera workshop at the University of Charleston; and studio voice, class voice, and graduate teaching assistant to Robert Thieme, the director of the Opera Theater at WVU.  She has arranged several Appalachian hymns and folk songs for choirs (SATB) and composed a Magnificat for treble voices (SSA).

Ms. Cavendish has been a member of Howard Community College’s voice faculty in Columbia, MD, for the past 7 years, and is a member of the voice faculty of the Little Patuxent Opera Institute.  She also teaches class voice and conducts the HCC Singers.

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