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Bio: Sara Bielanski is an American vocalist whose repertoire encompasses everything from jazz to opera. She has been described as "an artist of great dexterity and versatility" (All About Jazz), "mystifying and beautiful"(artfuse.org), as well as "exceptional" (newburyportnews.com). As a jazz musician, Sara has performed and worked most notably with legends Sheila Jordan, Ra-Kalam Bob Moses, Rufus Reid, Jim McNeely, Tessa Souter, Stan Strickland, Steven Santoro, Peter Cassino, and the late Charlie Banacos. She has sung at the Regattabar, Ryles, Les Zygomates, the Boston Esplanade, Club OBERON, and in New York at the JP Morgan Penthouse. Bielanski is a founding member of the Boston-based musical improvisation group THE MELTDOWN INCENTIVE. Collaborations in the classical genre have included Opera Boston, Tuscia Opera Festival in Rome, Boston Ballet, MetroWest Opera, Chorus Pro Musica, Commonwealth Opera, Wholetone Opera, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and the Boston Pops Chorus. Recording projects include a demo of opera choruses for BOSE, ensemble work with Boston Modern Orchestra Project, a Bob Dylan project for WICN radio, as well as her debut jazz album, FROM THE HEART. Bielanski teaches voice technique at Tufts Community Music Center and Longy School of Music of Bard College. Bielanski's collaborations in the classical genre have most notably included Opera Boston, Tuscia Opera Festival in Rome, Boston Ballet, MetroWest Opera, Chorus Pro Musica, Commonwealth Opera, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Masterworks Chorale, Juventas New Music Ensemble, Holyoke Civic Symphony, and the Boston Pops Chorus. Favorite roles performed include Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas, Mercedes in Carmen, Spring Beauty in Snegurochka, and Sherry in Salvatore Macchia's atonal opera Insectaphobia!. Highlights as an oratorio and symphonic soloist include Elgar’s Sea Pictures, Saint-Saens’s Christmas Oratorio, Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Magnificat, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, and Stravinsky’s Cantata. Bielanski has participated in several distinguished vocal competitions, placing first in the Boston NATS Competition in the Professional Division. She was a finalist in the Peter Elvins Competition for Professional Singers in January 2012, and a national semi-finalist in the Lois Alba Vocal Competition in Houston, Texas in May 2012. A devout fan of new music, Bielanski has collaborated with many emerging composers, including Delvin Case, Erin Huelskamp, Heather Gilligan, Vartan Aghababian, Matt Waugh, Liam Wade, and Justin Casinghino. Recording projects include a demo of opera choruses for BOSE, ensemble work with Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and a Bob Dylan project for WICN radio. An avid jazz musician, Sara has performed with legends Sheila Jordan, Ra-Kalam Bob Moses, Rufus Reid, Jim McNeely, Stan Strickland, and Peter Cassino, and had the distinct pleasure of studying with the late Charlie Banacos. Bielanski studied at the esteemed Jazz in July program at UMass Amherst, as well as the Lake Placid Jazz Institute in upstate New York. She has sung at major Boston and New York venues, most notably at Ryles, Acton Jazz Cafe, Top of the Hub, the Boston Esplanade, Club OBERON, and in New York at the JP Morgan Penthouse. Bielanski is a founding member of the Boston-based classical improvisation group The Meltdown Incentive and also collaborates with THE VORTEX (a classical improvisation series for new and improvised music). Educated at UMass Amherst (BMus, Voice Performance) and the Longy School of Music, Bielanski graduated with a Masters in Modern American Music from the latter, which allowed her the unique opportunity to study both the classical and jazz idioms simultaneously. Additional studies include the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
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