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Brown’s vocal skills lie in the areas of Twentieth Century music and the opera roles of the lyric mezzo-soprano repertoire, as well as pop, jazz and musical theatre styles. While attending the University of Colorado at Boulder she performed in nearly every production with CU Opera and worked extensively with Musical Director and Conductor Nicolas Carthy, and Artistic Director William Gustafson. Most recently Brown sang the roles of Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel by Humperdinck with CU Opera. While at CU Brown also sang the roles of Chinese Cup and Dragonfly in L’Enfant et les sortileges by Ravel, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte by Mozart and Sister Mathilda in Dialogues of the Carmelites by Poulenc. She has also performed the roles of Jo March in Little Women, Ma Moss in The Tender Land, and Fiametta in The Gondoliers. In addition to these opera roles Brown has performed multiple Music Theatre roles and has been a mezzo-soprano soloist for Music Theatre reviews. Brown has performed with the Longmont Symphony Orchestra and in the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra Series.

Brown’s unique skills and musicianship have enabled her to perform multiple Twentieth Century pieces that have not been widely performed. She performed the mezzo-soprano soloist in Ned Rorem’s Evidence of Things Not Seen with five colleges from the University of Colorado. In addition she was privileged to sing the role of Jo March in the West coast premiere of Mark Adamo’s Little Women. Brown also performed two songs by Lukas Foss, from his Song of Songs for Mezzo-soprano and orchestra, while at Grand Canyon University.

Brown graduated with her Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder and studied voice with Julie Simson. While at the University of Colorado, she has worked in master classes with Cynthia Lawrence and Margaret Lattimore. Brown earned her undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona and studied in the studio of Dr. Sheila Corley. She was also privileged to work with Theatre Director Claude Pensis and Vocal Coach and accompanist Mark Fearey. Brown spent two years at Grand Canyon University on full tuition vocal scholarship.

Mezzo-soprano Rena Brown has been the recipient of multiple vocal awards from the University of Colorado at Boulder College of Music, the Denver Lyric Opera Guild, and the National Association for Teachers of Singing. Brown was the recipient of the Charlotte Orr Reid Memorial Voice Scholarship and the Paula Marie and H. Rolan Zick Endowment at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She was also a finalist in the 2005 Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition where she had the privilege of working in a master class with Ashley Putman. She was also awarded the Anthony and Dorothy Riddle Lyric Theatre Performance Prize and received the Denver Lyric Opera Scholarship from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In the 2005 and 2002 Arizona National Association for Teachers of Singing Competition Brown placed second in her division.

Since a young age Brown has performed extensively at her home church in Christmas and Easter musicals, and Contemporary Christian Solo repertoire. Throughout High School and College she also sang a wide range of Jazz and Choral literature.