Dione Parker Bennett
Dione Parker Bennett’s voice has been described as rich, fluid, silvery and powerful. Her interpretative qualities and stage presence consistently enchants audiences in such roles as Micaela (Carmen), (Porgy and Bess); Mimi (La Bohéme), and soprano soloist Handel’s Messiah and Kurt Weill’s Cry the Beloved Country and Faure’s Requiem. After performing at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz Austria, a newspaper critic described her as “the discovery of the evening”.
Ms. Bennett performed with such orchestras as the Akron Symphony, Warren Philharmonic, Columbus Symphony, Eastern Illinois Symphony as well as Cleveland Opera and Opera Western Reserve.
Her recital repertoire consists of diverse works from Art Song to Spirituals. She was a featured presenter at the African American Art Song Alliance Conference held in Irvine, California and as a master class clinician, Dr. Bennett is sought after by both universities and churches.
Dr. Bennett is now the Director of Vocal and Choral Studies at Ohio Christian University. She also maintains a private voice studio as well as maintains a thriving voice studio at Capital University Conservatory of Music. Previously, Bennett served at Ashland University, Illinois State University, and Mount Vernon Nazarene University. She recently served as Artistic Director of Opera Project Columbus.
Ms. Bennett earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois, the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Akron.