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AMY NICOLE BROADBENT

SOPRANO, CONDUCTOR, COMPOSER

 

“With consummate poise, limpid clarity, and faultless intonation” (Washington Classical Review),

soprano Amy Nicole Broadbent has garnered recognition as a dynamic and versatile musical force.

Acclaimed for dynamic performances of oratorio, art song, opera, and chamber music, Amy is a sought-after interpreter of works by Bach, Handel, and their contemporaries, as well as 20th century composers such as Barber and Stravinsky, and newly-composed works. Amy has performed as a soloist for the Oregon Bach Festival, Staunton Music Festival, Bach Choir of BethlehemWashington National Cathedral, Washington Bach Consort, The Thirteen, Folger Consort, Reading Choral Society, Washington Master Chorale, and New Dominion Chorale. She is a founding member of vocal quartet The Polyphonists, and has lent her voice to award-winning ensembles including The Crossing, True Concord, The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and the Choir of the Basilica.


Amy won first-place in the Audrey Rooney Bach Competition (Kentucky Bach Choir) and the National Society of Arts and Letters’ Winston Voice Competition, and was a prizewinner for the Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-Solo Competition (New York Oratorio Society) at Carnegie Hall, the Annapolis Opera Competition, the Bach Vocal Competition for American Singers (Bach Choir of Bethlehem), and the Franco-American Grand Concours Vocal Competition. Using her Arts and Letters award, she studied in Weimar, Germany, appearing as Pamina in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. Other operatic credits include: Sebastian (The Outer Edge of Youth - Scott Ordway - world premiere), Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Josephine (H.M.S. Pinafore), Elsie (The Yeomen of the Guard), Johanna (Sweeney Todd), and Ms. Jessel (The Turn of the Screw). 


Amy is devoted to expanding the canon vocal & choral repertoire, and to mentoring the next generation of musicians as a composer and conductor. Amy’s compositions and arrangements have been performed at venues including the White House, Washington National Cathedral, and the Basilica of the National Shrine, sung by ensembles including the Thirteen, the U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters, the Victorian Lyric Opera Company, the Cleveland Chamber Choir, and the Air Force Singing Sergeants. Her piece Wartime Christmas, written for the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, was broadcast nationally in 2018. From 2018-2020, she served as Assistant Conductor for the Victorian Lyric Opera Company, where her conducting was hailed as “stellar… a balletic piece of choreography” (Ruby Griffith Award) in performances of The Gondoliers, Princess Ida, H.M.S. Pinafore, and The Pirates of Penzance.  She is the Assistant Conductor of the U.S. Navy Band's Sea Chanters, the official chorus of the U.S. Navy. Amy has studied voice and conducting at the University of Maryland, and her teachers include Elizabeth Daniels, Gran Wilson, Carmen Balthrop, and Edward Maclary.