Adjunct, Voice Instructor
Mezzo Soprano Lara Wilson has been performing nationally and teaching voice for over 20 years. Currently she is Doctoral Candidate at the University of South Carolina in Vocal Performance, and recipient of a master’s and bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Indiana University and Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music respectively. In addition, Ms. Wilson teaches Music Entrepreneurship for the University of South Carolina, co-founded the Charleston Chamber Opera in 2008 as its Executive Director and is a 2017 Yamaha Graduate Fellow for the Eastman School of Music Leadership Conference.
Lara teaches class and applied voice at Lee Correctional Institution, a maximum-security prison in South Carolina, as a part of the chamber ensemble De Coda’s outreach initiative, Music for Transformation. The Music for Transformation program aims to tie in with other emerging trends in rehabilitation and anti-recidivism for adults, juvenile offenders and at-risk youths in correctional programs around the country.
As a principal soloist, Ms. Wilson performed most recently with the Aiken Symphony, the Columbia Choral Society, and the Charleston Performing Arts Center. In addition, she has performed numerous major opera roles with Camp Hill Light Opera, PA, Greenville Light Opera, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the Savannah Philharmonic, the Harrisburg Opera, and the Ridge Light Opera, NJ.
Equally versatile in operetta, Lara made her off-Broadway debut with the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players as Lady Blanche in Princess Ida, followed by a second appearance with the company as Lady Sangazure in the critically acclaimed production of The Sorcerer. She also performed major G & S roles with Opera Northeast and the Theater of Monmouth, ME.
In addition to her classical singing, Lara performs Jazz and pop standards with her band Eleven11 and is a professional voice over actor and on camera talent.