Corrine Byrne

Corrine Byrne
Chair of Vocal Performance
 

Hailed as a “distinguished” “rising star” who sings “to great acclaim,” and gives “delightful performances,” Boston and New York-based soprano Corrine Byrne has quickly become a sought-after interpreter of repertoire from the Medieval to the Baroque era, and music by today’s most daring contemporary composers. Byrne’s most recent roles include Filia (Jephte), Anna (Die Todsünden), Cathy (The Last Five Years), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Doctor in the workshop previews of The Scarlet Professor by Eric Sawyer, Anima in Hildegard von Bingen’s Ordo Virtutum, and covering the title role in the North American premiere of Handel’s Almira with Boston Early Music Festival. Byrne recently performed Scene 1 of Niloufar Nourbakhsh’s opera “We the Innumerable,” and her performance of Roya’s aria was featured on the Indie Opera Podcast. She is set to be involved in the workshop of the opera through Brooklyn Opera Works. Byrne was one of 40 soloists in a rare performance of Luciano Berio’s major work “Coro” under Berlin Philharmonic conductor Sir Simon Rattle with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra in Lucerne, Switzerland. She has also appeared as a soloist with the REBEL Baroque Ensemble, One World Symphony, the Madison Bach Musicians, Mountainside Baroque, Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra, Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Session Symphony, Westchester Oratorio Society, the Harrisburg Choral Society, the Kansas City Baroque Consortium, the UMass Bach Festival and Symposium, Capitol City Opera Harrisburg, Amherst Symphony, Bach at Bucknell, the Randolph Chamber Orchestra, and she performed as a member of the Carnegie Hall Chamber Chorus performing Tallis’ famed work Spem in alium with the Tallis Scholars as part of Carnegie Hall’s Before Bach series. Byrne also subs with Lorelei Ensemble, and sang with the group for their entire 2015-2016 season where they premiered a new arrangement of love fail by David Lang at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and also gave a performance at the Trinity Wall Street Twelfth Night Series where Byrne was featured as a soloist in the New York Times acclaimed performance of Perotin’s “Beata Viscera.”

Byrne is a core and founding member of Ensemble Musica Humana, which has presented concerts across the U.S and Canada, has recorded two full albums, has appeared in the BEMF Fringe Festival and SoHip concert series, founded the Pioneer Valley Early Music Day, and has appeared on the BBC adaptation of “Poldark.” Byrne is also a core member of Tempus Continuum Ensemble, a group that has received a Jerome New Music Fund award and has been presented by the Arts in the Village Series alongside the Manhattan String Quartet and the Boston Trio. Byrne works with trumpeter Andrew Kozar to broaden the repertoire for solo trumpet and solo voice with the Byrne:Kozar:Duo, whose recording of ‘Bring Something Incomprehensible Into This World’ was featured on Scott Wollschleger’s ‘soft abberation’ -one of Alex Ross’ picks for ‘Notable Recordings of 2017’ in The New Yorker Magazine. The duo has been presented by the Boston Sculptor’s Gallery, Oklahoma City University, Versipel New Music, Southern Louisiana University and are the featured ensemble at the 2019 Lake George Music Festival. Byrne has collaborated with and performed world premieres of works by composers Scott Wollschleger, Paula Matthuson, Reiko Füting, Anne Goldberg, Alex Burtzos, Kevin Baldwin, Reiko Yamada, Carson Cooman, Eric Sawyer, Scott Worthington, David Smooke, Phillip Shuessler, Meaghan Burke, Finnur Karlsson, Jeff Gavett, Chris Cresswell, Christian Carey and Alex Weiser. She also has worked one on one with composer/director of Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival Marc Neikrug on his Pueblo Songs which culminated in a performance featured in NewMusicBox. Byrne sings polyphonic mass settings weekly with the Schola Cantorum at the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer in Manhattan under James Wetzel. In 2012, she performed at Gracie Mansion as a soloist with West Side 5 for Mayor Bloomberg and all of the New York City Council.

Byrne appeared on a career development panel alongside Kent Tritle and Damien Sneed at Manhattan School of Music, and has given masterclasses at Florida International University, Randolph College, Southeastern Louisiana State University, and Oklahoma City University. Byrne was a finalist for the 2012 Career Bridges Grant Awards, a National Online Round winner in the 2013 Classical Singer Magazine Competition, a finalist in the Handel Aria Competition as part of the 2015 Madison Early Music Festival, and a semi-finalist in the 2016 New York Oratorio Society Solo Competition. She holds a B.M from UMass Amherst where she studied with Janna Baty and Amy Johnson, an M.M from Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Pat Misslin and Mark Oswald, and she recently received her D.M.A from Stony Brook University where she studied on scholarship with Randall Scarlata. Byrne served on the faculty as Assistant Professor of Voice at Susquehanna University from 2017-19, and previously on the faculty at Wagner College. Highlights of the upcoming season include singing Sarah Kirkland Snider’s 60 minute song cycle Penelope with the Lake George Music Festival Orchestra, workshopping the role of Roya (opera We The Innumerable by Niloufar Nourbakhsh) with Brooklyn Opera Works, singing the solos in RVW’s Dona Nobis Pacem with Susquehanna Valley Chorale, and being in residence at Tulane University and SUNY Fredonia. Byrne is a member of Beyond Artists, a coalition of artists that donates a percentage of their concert fee to organizations they care about. Byrne supports the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and South Shore Habitat for Humanity through her performances.