MM, Indiana University
About Denise Gamez
Denise Gamez received a Master of Music in Voice from Indiana University. She was twice a member of the Merola Opera Program at the San Francisco Opera Center, where she received the Gropper Memorial Award, and sang Dame Quickly in Falstaff, and Fidalma in Cimarosa’s The Secret Marriage. She has also performed with numerous orchestras, including the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, and the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, working with such conductors as Patrick Summers, Dennis Russell Davies and David Bowden. Her concert repertoire includes the Verdi Requiem, Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer, the Brahms Alto Rhapsody, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, the Bach Saint Matthew Passion, and Handel’s Messiah; she was also the mezzo soloist in the premiere performance of Children of God by the rising young American composer Daniel Kellogg, commissioned by Soli Deo Gloria. Highlights of recent seasons included Elijah with Sherrill Milnes conducting, the Beethoven Missa Solemnis with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, and the first Central American performance of the Bach Mass in B Minor with the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica under John Nelson. During the 2011-2012 season, she performed Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the New Philharmonic, Handel’s Messiah with the Calvin Oratorio Society in Grand Rapids, and de Falla’s Siete Canciones Populares Españolas with the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Daniel Sommerville. She is currently Special Guest Instructor in Voice at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music.