A native of St. Paul, mezzo-soprano Briana Moynihan recently graduated from North Dakota State University’s Challey School of Music, where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance. Roles that she has performed include Chief Elder in Susan Kander’s The Giver (Regional Premiere), Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Hermia in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Little Buttercup in H.M.S Pinafore. Briana was also a member of the NDSU Concert Choir, where she performed solos in Handel’s Messiah, Constant Lambert’s The Rio Grande, and John Corigliano’s Fern Hill.
Briana is a winner and finalist of several competitions in the Midwest region, including the Thursday Musical Scholarship Competition, the Schubert Club Scholarship Competition, and Minnesota Public Radio’s Minnesota Varsity. She is also a winner of the Theodore Presser Scholarship. Briana has participated in SongFest at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, and the 2015 Source Song Festival’s MN Duo program where she collaborated with pianist Benton Schmidt. This fall Briana will begin her graduate studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.