B.M. University of Illinois
M.M. and Performer’s Certificate, Eastman School of Music
Teresa Winner Blume began teaching voice at Gordon College in 2013. Ms. Blume’s performance background covers a wide range of opera, musical theater, theater and concert works. Most recently, she performed as Pitti-Sing in The Mikado at The Lyric Stage Company of Boston. Her performance as Nellie Collins in Moonbox Productions' production of Floyd Collins earned her a nomination for Best Actress in a Musical (small/fringe theater) with Boston Broadway World. Other Boston performances include Dominique du Monaco in Lucky Stiff, and various roles and productions with New England Light Opera. She collaborates and performs frequently as a singer/actress on the roster of New Opera and Musical Theatre Initiative, a workshop for writers and composers of new theatrical works.
A frequent recitalist, Ms. Blume was one of 13 national semi-finalists in 2010 at the bi-annual National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards (NATSAA) competition, held at the NATS convention in Salt Lake City. Ms. Blume was the first place winner of both the Massachusetts District and the New England Region competitions, and those wins advanced her to the national stage. She was recently featured in "A Tribute to John Duke," an all-Duke recital sponsored by Boston Singers' Resource. Other recital venues include long-standing music clubs in Boston, the Crescendo Club and The Chromatic Club of Boston, and the Italian-American Club of Naples, Florida. In August 2011, she was the featured recitalist for NATS New England’s summer conference, where she was pleased to premiere portions of a new song cycle written for her by composer Nancy Rexford.
She has performed the roles of Yum-Yum in The Mikado (Opera Carolina; Piedmont Opera), Miranda in The Tempest (by Hoiby, with Long Leaf Opera), Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore, Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring, Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro (Grant Llewellyn conducting the North Carolina Symphony), Chloe in Happy Arcadia, Little Red in Little Red Riding Hood (Barab), Amahl in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Célie in Signor Deluso, the Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods, and Maria in West Side Story. In addition, Ms. Blume was featured in “Caro Nome” from Verdi's Rigoletto at Carnegie Hall, in concert with Pacific Opera of New York City.
Concert soloist engagements include Orff's “Carmina Burana” (Gerhardt Zimmermann conducting the Canton Symphony Orchestra), Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 (Eastman Philharmonia, Rochester, NY), Brahms’ Requiem (Brevard Music Center, Brevard NC; Connecticut Choral Society, Stamford CT; and Newton Community Chorus, Newton, MA), and Fauré’s Requiem.
In addition to her performance career, she is a successful teacher who enjoys training pre-professional singers and actors through private vocal instruction, master classes, and directing. Notable instructors in her professional development include Sharon Daniels (director of Boston University Opera Institute), Carol Webber and Mark Oswald.