Marlena Dzis, soprano
Marlena Dzis, section leader, has been hailed to have “an exquisite tone…[comparable to] champagne and raspberries.” Having graduated magna cum laude from Loyola University New Orleans, Ms. Dzis continued on to obtain a master’s degree in music from Northwestern University. She made her solo operatic debut as Queen of the Night in American Chamber Opera’s 2012 production of The Magic Flute and her solo debut with orchestra with The Paderewski Orchestra in 2015. Ms. Dzis won the vocal division of Loyola University’s concerto/aria competition and was a finalist in the Marcella Sembrich Kochanska Voice Competition in 2014. Ms. Dzis has performed in New Orleans Opera’s production of La Traviata and gala with Placido Domingo, as well as in Northwestern University’s production of The Ghosts of Versailles. She was a soloist at The American Institute for Music Studies in Graz, Austria, Le Cantanti di Chicago, and The Lira Ensemble, and has performed in choral works with The Chicago Sinfonietta and Louisiana Philharmonic. Ms. Dzis was a soloist with The Christ Cathedral Choir in New Orleans, which received a “Best of New Orleans” classical nomination. She has performed a solo recital at The Polish Museum in 2012 and has collaborated with Polish composer Jaroslaw Golembiowski in 2014. Ms. Dzis is currently a soloist at Christ Church in Palatine, IL. As a child, she traveled to Poland, Taiwan, Hungary, Israel, and Italy with the Polonia Song & Dance Ensemble, performing for Pope John Paul II in Rome. She currently coaches with Ken Smith (Northwestern University) and has taught at The Chicago High School for the Arts, the Chicago Waldorf School, New Trier High School, and the Chicago Center School for Music. Ms. Dzis is looking forward to joining Chicago Choral Artists as section leader in the 2015-2016 concert season!