Dawn Pierce is a mezzo soprano, possessing a unique vocal quality described as “deep liquid velvet.” An exceptional performer, Ms. Pierce combines vocal artistry with advanced acting abilities and training in dance. Reviews of her performances frequently praise her attention to detail and subtle acting skills. Reviewers laud Dawn as “vocally impressive and dramatically convincing.”
Dawn’s favorite performances are those in which she portrays strong and heroic women. Her present repertoire includes Carmen, Isabella (L’Italiana in Algeri), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) and Charlotte (Werther). On the operatic stage she recently performed as Dorabella (Così fan tutte), The Contessa di Coigny and Madelon (Andrea Chenier), Tisbe (La Cenerentola), and Jo (Little Women). She is equally comfortable in musical theatre where she portrayed Franca (The Light in the Piazza), The Grand Duchess (The Student Prince), and Anita (West Side Story). At North Carolina School of the Arts, Dawn was featured as Lucretia in Britten’s Rape of Lucretia, Idamante in Idomeneo, Irene in Donizetti’s Belisario, and Elmire in Mechem’s Tartuffe.
Ms. Pierce abounds with experience in a wide variety of styles and venues. She has performed numerous solo recitals in collaboration with great artists such as: Charis Dimaris, James Valenti, and Angela Vanstory Ward. Dawn earned rave reviews for her interpretation of the alto solos in Handel’s Messiah and thoroughly enjoys cantata work such as Hadyn’s Arianna a Naxos. In 2004, her talents were recognized when she won the Metropolitan Opera District Competition.
Dawn Pierce is equally credentialed as a voice teacher. Presently, Dawn is an assistant professor of voice at Ithaca College in New York State. Her students describe her teaching as “creative”, “energetic,” and “inspiring”. She has produced numerous original workshops and retreats examining a variety of issues related to artistry and technique including complete preparation, stage fright, health and wellness, characterization, and body awareness.
Completing her formal undergraduate education at Ithaca College, Dawn graduated Magna Cum Laude with Bachelor degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education. She continued her education at the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute at the North Carolina School of the Arts where she earned a Summa Cum Laude Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance along with a Performing Artist Certificate in Opera. Ms. Pierce has studied privately with Bill Schumann, Penelope Bitzas, Elizabeth Mannion, Ruth Golden, Marilyn Taylor and Carol McAmis.
When Dawn is not busy with performance, vocal training, and teaching, she enjoys designing jewelry, reading, dancing, weight training and spending time with her family and friends.