Associate Professor Wanda Brister has sung over 700 performances in opera, oratorio, and recital from Vancouver to Moscow to Rio. She holds three degrees in vocal performance and attended the Academy of Vocal Arts. As a student, she worked as a studio accompanist and discovered her love for the voice and for vocal literature. Her doctoral work was with Carol Kimball at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
She has recorded music of Madeleine Dring and a French CD for Cambria Music, vocal works of Laitman, McLarry, Chabrier, Baldwin, and Wanamaker on three recently-released CDs for Mark Records, and Johann Strauss II with New York Vocal Arts Ensemble on Arabesque. All of these recordings can be found on Spotify and Naxos Music Library as well as available commercially.
Dr. Brister has taught at the Orfeo Music Festival in Vipiteno, Italy, and was a member of the Schlern International Music Festival for four seasons. She has performed three operas, three oratorios, and a solo recital at Carnegie Hall, a concert at Weill Recital Hall, two quartet concerts at Tully Hall, and Handel's Messiah at Avery Fisher Hall.
Former students sing and teach throughout the United States and Europe. In 2013 she had two semi-finalists with Classical Singer, one won the Lieder Singer Prize at AIMS, three were regional finalists with the Met auditions, and seven won prizes in regional NATS.
She was a NATS teaching Intern with James McKinney and contributes to the Journal of Singing (see Dring and Szulc).