Mezzo-soprano Victoria Vargas holds a Masters of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Music Degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia. She recently taught at Carleton College and MacPhail Center for Music. She has a special interest in cross training singers from a classical to contemporary commercial music style.
Professor Vargas has placed seven times at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions at both the district and regional levels. She also placed in the Schubert Club competition, and was a finalist in the Irene Dalis Vocal Competition for Opera San Jose. In 2018 she was chosen to be one of twelve participants in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Intern Program. Her opera credits include singing over twenty roles for the Minnesota Opera and performances with Opera Theater of Saint Louis, Chautauqua Opera, Sarasota Opera, Ash Lawn Highland Festival and others.
Equally comfortable in concert work, Professor Vargas has sung with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (NY), Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (MN), Mankato Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony, St. Cloud Orchestra, the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, South Dakota Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Wayzata Symphony, La Jolla Symphony and Minnesota Orchestra.
Professor is dedicated to equity and belonging in her teaching. To that end her poster presentation "Voice Studios in the Modern Era" which discussed practical tools for voice teacher in creating inclusive studio practices has been presented in a few conferences including the National Association of Teachers of Singing Conference and the College Music Society. More about her can be found at victoriavargasmezzo.com.