Dr. Robyn Frey-Monell
Soprano Robyn Frey-Monell's versatile vocal style has enabled her to perform successfully in several classical mediums throughout the United States. She has been a featured soloist on the concert and oratorio stages, and has performed a vast amount of symphonic choral and opera chorus repertoire. Dr. Frey-Monell has performed under the batons of such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Leonard Bernstein, John Mauceri, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Simon Rattle, Mstilav Rostropovich, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Hugh Wolf. She has participated in recordings with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and has performed in Festivals throughout the United States and Italy, including the Spoleto Festival and Festival dei due mondi.
Dr. Frey-Monell has been a featured soloist with the Carmel Bach Festival, the Long Beach Chorale, the Long Beach Mozart Festival, the Irvine Camerata, and the Orlando Chorale, and has performed locally with Opera Pacific, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Concordia University Irvine, and California Heights United Methodist Church. She is a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists, the College Music Society and the National Association of Teachers of Singing, where she serves on the Executive Board of the Los Angeles Chapter.
As an adjudicator, Dr. Frey-Monell has judged the regional hearings for Classical Singer Magazine's National College Competition and the Utah State Fair Vocal Competition. Locally, she has been an active adjudicator for the Long Beach Mozart Festival, Manhattan Beach School District, Music Teachers Association of California VOCE Awards, NATS-Los Angeles Chapter, Southern California Vocal Association and Los Angeles Music Center's Spotlight Awards.
A native of New York State, Dr. Frey-Monell holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Education with a Vocal emphasis from Westminster Choir College, a Master of Fine Arts degree in Vocal Performance from the University of California Irvine and a Doctorate of Education degree in College Vocal Instruction from Columbia University's Teachers College. She has served on the faculties of Long Beach Polytechnic High School, Los Angeles City College, Long Beach City College, Orange Coast College, Fullerton College and Columbia University Teachers College. She also served as a visiting instructor at the Patel Conservatory of the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, FL during the Summers of 2011 and 2012. Dr. Frey-Monell currently serves on the voice faculty at Biola University.