Isabella Dawis recently finished studying as a Young Artist at the SongFest art song festival in Los Angeles. In the past year, she performed as the First Spirit in The Magic Flute with the Boston Symphony Youth Orchestra at Symphony Hall, as a featured singer in the Ordway Center’s George Gershwin Broadway Songbook concert, as a soloist in the Commonwealth Lyric Theater’s Opera Gala in Boston, and as Yum-Yum in The Mikado with Skylark Opera/Mu Performing Arts.
Isabella’s stage credits include the Minnesota Opera, Children’s Theatre Company, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, and the Guthrie Theater. She won 1st place in the Thursday Musical Young Artist Competition two years in a row (College Piano and Voice), and she has also been honored by the Mondavi Center Young Artist Competition, the Schubert Club Competition, and the Classical Singer Competition. As a pianist, Isabella has appeared in concert with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Dakota Valley Symphony, and the Minneapolis Civic Orchestra.
Isabella holds a B.M. summa cum laude in piano performance from the University of Minnesota, where she studied with Prof. Alexander Braginsky. She is currently pursuing a diploma in voice with Lisa Saffer at New England Conservatory, where she also serves as an accompanist.
Isabella and Francesca Dawis began their musical education at MacPhail fifteen years ago, and they went on to intern at the Prelude Singer-Actor Lab and perform in Honors Recitals and Concerto/Aria concerts. They have performed together in plays, concerts, and productions with the Guthrie Theater, Mu Performing Arts, Bloomington Civic Theatre, and the Music Loft Summer Playshop. With help from St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Isabella and Francesca Dawis have organized four benefit concerts and raised over $9,000 for homeless families served by Simpson Housing Services. www.dawissisters.com.