Dr Wendy Zaro-Mullins
Dr Wendy Zaro-Mullins
Associate Professor: Voice
A native born Californian, Wendy Zaro-Mullins has performed to audiences in Europe, Taiwan, and South and North America where critics have hailed her performances as "gripping" with "amazingly powerful vocals" which include a "lustrous robust sound" displaying a "simple, almost effortless, approach."
Zaro-Mullins' concert work includes solo appearances with symphonies throughout the country and abroad. Most recently, Wyoming audiences heard her sing the Verdi Requiem with the Wyoming Symphony and Chorus. She was been featured in Mahler's Second Symphony with the Wichita Symphony and Chorus, and Brahms’ German Requiem with the University of Missouri-Columbia Symphony and Chorus. Numerous appearances with the St. Joseph Symphony and Chorus of Missouri have led to performances of Britten's War Requiem, Verdi's Requiem Mass, and Barber's Summer of Knoxville, 1915. Zaro-Mullins premiered an American debut of Gorecki's Symphony No. 3 with the University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra as well as a performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. While a guest of the Paraguayan National Symphony and Orchestra she performed Mendelssohn's Psalm 42 and numerous operatic arias. Minneapolis audiences have heard Zaro-Mullins sing Barber's Summer of Knoxville, 1915 with the Kenwood Orchestra as well as performances of operatic arias with the Symphony of the Lakes.
At home on the opera, music theatre, and concert stages, Zaro-Mullins' credits include San Francisco Opera, American Opera Center, and Eugene Opera. Roles performed by Zaro-Mullins include Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, Susanna in Susanna, Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, Mimi in La Boheme, Mrs. Nolan in The Medium, Pitti-sing in The Mikado, and Olga in The Merry Widow. Performing in the musical theatre genre, Zaro-Mullins has been featured in the roles of Lady Thiang in The King and I with the Eugene Musical Theatre, Maria and Antonia in The Man of La Mancha with the Coachlight Dinner Theatre in New York, and Iris in The Tempest at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angelas. She has performed for several seasons with the Sacramento Music Circus in California.
Her chamber music includes international recitals with chamber series, encompassing Italy, Taiwan, South America and the USA, presenting the traditional and contemporary vocal repertoire. Zaro-Mullins' versatility can also be heard in the early music genre. For several years, she has performed with the Oregon Baroque Ensemble and with the Spencer Baroque Consort of Kansas.
A scholar and performer, Zaro-Mullins received her doctorate from the University of Oregon in vocal performance and pedagogy, completing her dissertation on the Jugendlieder of Alban Berg. This extensive research led to a premier CD recording of the complete Jugendlieder as well as The Seven Early Songs of Berg. Zaro-Mullins has taught on the faculties of the University of Oregon, Oregon State and Lane Community College in Eugene, North Central University in Minneapolis. St. Olaf College. She was Associate Professor of Voice at the University of Kansas and is currently holding that title at the University of Minnesota.
Zaro-Mullins earned her bachelor and master degrees from the University of Southern California. She attended the Juilliard School and the Conservatorio di G. Verdi in Milan, Italy. She was a member of the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera Workshop where she received extensive training in musical theatre performance. Zaro-Mullins adjudicates nationally at vocal competitions and conducts master classes on interpretation and vocal technique throughout the country. Her major teachers and coaches included Daniel Ferro, Gwendolyn Koldofsky, Exine Bailey, James Miller, Margaret Schaper, Natalie Limonik and Esther Andreas.
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