Style: Opera; Classical; Musical Theatre
Title: Lecturer & Voice Faculty, Bob Cole Conservatory, Long Beach, CA
Bio: With over 40 years of teaching experience, Marian Bodnar offers vocal technique in classical and contemporary commercial styles, along with performance coaching.
\nMarian Bodnar has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Los Angeles Chamber Singers, and at the Oregon Bach Festival. She has sung in premieres by composers such as Tan Dun, Steve Reich, and Morten Lauridsen.
\nIn addition to her classical performing, she is equally at home in musical theatre and cabaret. Stage credits include leading roles in West Side Story, Carousel, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Fantasticks, Rico’s Place (an original musical) as well as numerous revues and cabaret shows. Marian has worked in voice over and commercials and sung for several recordings with the Grammy nominated Los Angeles Master Chorale. Her directing credits include over a hundred musicals, scenes and revues.
\nMs. Bodnar received her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Opera from CSULB and her Bachelor of Music with High Honors from California State University, Fullerton. She has done graduate work in acting and directing, and studied musical theatre for several years with legendary teacher and author David Craig (On Singing Onstage), cabaret techniques with Karen Morrow, and acting with Robert Lewis. Her voice teachers and coaches include Elly Ameling, Phyllis Curtin, Roger Ardrey, Dr. Lynn Bielefelt, Brent McMunn, Ann Baltz of OperaWorks, and Seth Riggs.
\nTwice President of the Los Angeles chapter of NATS as well as First Vice President of Programs, Ms. Bodnar maintains a private vocal studio and also serves on the faculty of the Bob Cole Conservatory at California State University, Long Beach. Respected for her knowledge of pedagogy, she specializes in building solid technique for all styles of singing and in coaching opera and musical theatre performance.
\nStudents have sung on Broadway (including Antonio Banderas in his Tony nominated role in Nine and Melanie Griffith in Chicago), and with opera companies such as Opera Pacific, Los Angeles Lyric Opera, Long Beach Opera, and Los Angeles Repertory Opera.
\nStudios in Fullerton and Long Beach, CA, serving greater Los Angeles area
Voice Type: Soprano
Music Styles Taught: Opera; Classical; Musical Theatre
Availability: I am currently accepting private students; I am available as a clinician or presenter; I accept students through a college or university program