Guest Lecturer (Voice)
On Faculty since 1998
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, the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, and the Rochester (NY) Chamber Orchestra working with such conductors as Patrick Summers, Dennis Russell Davies, David Bowden, Delta David Gier, and Sherrill Milnes. Her concert repertoire includes Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, 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 soloist in the first Central American performance of the Bach B Minor Mass with the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica under John Nelson. She was also mezzo soloist in the premiere performance of Children of God by the rising young American composer Daniel Kellogg, commissioned by Soli Deo Gloria.
Recent performances include de Falla’s Siete Canciones Populares Españolas with the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra and under the direction of Daniel Sommerville, Cantatas 70 and 170 for the Peoria Bach Festival, operatic and Broadway selections with the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the MasterWorks Festival Orchestra and Chorus, and the Bach Saint John Passion with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. She frequently performs in recital with soprano Carolyn Hart and pianist Daniel Paul Horn. She is currently Special Guest Instructor in Voice at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music.