Brandie Sutton, soprano, known for her warm, lyrical voice, first embraced classical music during her undergraduate studies at Oakwood University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a concentration in voice, under the instruction of Julie Moore and Angelique Clay. During her studies at Oakwood she was a soloist for, and traveled with the Oakwood University Aeolians under the direction of Julie Moore and Dr. Lloyd Mallory, Jr. She has traveled and sung in most of the United States, Bermuda, Poland, where she was able to perform in the annual Wratislavia Cantans International Music Festival in Wroclaw, and was also part of Centro Studi Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy, performing in concerts around the area. She has also performed a solo recital in the province of St. Maarten and many presentations of Handel's Messiah around the US. This year, she made her debut at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in a solo recital sponsored by the Vocal Arts Society of Washington, D.C., and a second appearance with the National Symphony Orchestra the following month. Opera performances for Ms. Sutton include the roles of Lelia in composer Steven Allen’s Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadows, Pamina in Mozart's The Magic Flute, Cleopatra in Handel's Giulio Cesare, and Musetta in Puccini's La Bohème. She completed her Master in Music degree at The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Her competition successes include first place in the Albert Lane Scholarship competition, first place in NATS (state- AL) for her division, first place in the Birmingham Music Club Scholarship Competition including Best Overall Audition, the recipient of the Alma Blackmon Graduate Scholarship Award, first place in the Vocal Arts Competition for Emerging Artists sponsored by the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc., district and nationals level, first place in NATS state (MD), Mid-Atlantic regional in advanced college women division, and 3rd place in the Annapolis Opera, and Marie E. Crump Vocal Arts Competitions. Just last year she was selected as a finalist for Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center, as well as 2nd place in the most prestigious Young Concert Artists, Inc. International auditions; selected from nearly 300 vocalists and instrumentalists from around the world. Early this year she was a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions and most recently took 3rd place in the national competition The American Prize. She credits her gift, opportunities, and all accomplishments to the one who is mostly responsible for them- God.