Multi-faceted Artist Brenda Marie Turner received formal classical vocal training at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, and earned a bachelor's degree in Film from Northwestern University. Brenda sings a variety of genres of music, including classical, jazz, musical theater, gospel, pop, and neo-soul, with various organizations around the globe.
In conjunction with regular performances in operas, recitals, concerts, cabarets, and the like, Brenda has been the soprano soloist for several oratorios, including well known works by Handel, Rutter, Mozart, and Mendelssohn and lesser-known gems by Fanshawe. Additionally, she completed multiple seasons in studio artist programs and as a chorus member at Orlando Opera, Palm Beach Opera, and Cincinnati Opera.
Brenda has performed, in part or entirety, the roles of both Bess and Serena from Porgy and Bess, Lucia, from Lucia di Lammermoor, both Micaela and Frasquita, from Carmen, Lakme, from Lakme, and many other audience favorites. She also participated in the workshops and world premier of the now-popular opera Margaret Garner, and enjoys the challenge of bringing life to new music.
Outside of the classical realm, Brenda continues to make a name for herself in various genres. She sings backing vocals for German Popstar Sarah Connor, has been a featured soloist with various gospel groups, including Donna brown and the Gospel Pearls, Greg Kelly and the Best of Harlem Gospel, and others. She has also been seen in various musical programs on German television. Brenda continues to study privately with her voice teacher, Soprano Delia Surratt.
Using skills learned at Northwestern and abroad, Brenda also works extensively in front of the camera. She can be seen and heard in various commericals, television shows, and movies as an actress and/or voiceover artist. Most recently, Brenda embodied the role of the Ambassador to Haiti in Anderes Veiel's Ökozid and of Real Ambrosia in WeirdBaby Production's short, Raising the Stakes. She is featured in national commericals and social media spots for Facebook, IKEA, Vly foods, Koawach, and others.
In addition to her career as an artist, Brenda has over a dozen years of experience as a fundraising professional. She has held a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential since 2017 and is an active memer in the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Assocuation of Donor Relations Professionals. She now serves as a freelance consultant, guiding nonprofit organizations to fundraising success. To learn more about Brenda's off-stage career, visit her LinkedIn page.