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Lauretta Dorsey Young, Soprano


   Graduate of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, BM, where she was a student of the late Alice G. Duschak.  Awarded a graduate scholarship to the Juilliard School of Music, N.Y., to study voice and opera theatre under Sergius Kagen and Florence Page Kimball.

   Winner of numerous national and international competitions such as: Metropolitan Opera National Auditions, Lincoln Center, N.Y.; International Musikwettbewerbe, Munich, Germany; Silver Medalists at Concours International de Chant, Toulouse, France: and Tchaikovsky International Competition, Moscow, Russia.

   Lauretta has sung with such noted conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Antal Dorati, Sergiu Commissiona, and Reiner Miedel.  Her operatic professional debut was as Susanna in “Le Nozze di Figaro”, Boston Opera Company and has sung the role of Drusilla in “La Corovatione di Papea”, Washington Opera at the Kennedy Center, DC.

   She opened the State Theatre at Lincoln Center; sang with New York Philharmonic Orchestra at Philharmonical Hall (now Juilliard School) and the Metropolitan Opera Auditions Competition and scenes.  Lauretta has appeared with numerous orchestras throughout the U.S. and abroad such as, New York Philharmonic Baltimore Symphony, National Symphony, Orchestra of Gavel, Sweden.

   She has appeared at the White House on two occasions; under President Johnson, with Boston Opera Company and President Nixon with National Symphony Orchestra as Affiliate Artist to the National Capital Parks Service, Washington D.C.

   As Affiliate Artist, Lauretta performed a one woman show, “Let’s Make an Opera” for inner city students at  The Wolf Trap Art Center of Virginia.  Also performed in numerous parks, Ford’s Theatre, Constitution Hall, and Concerts on the Mall at the Washington Monument.

   Founder and Director of the Columbia Children’s Choir (designed for her own daughters), and host of a local TV program, “The Women’s Korner”, Howard County Cable. *Lauretta was one of the first Black Opera Singers to perform the role of a historic white character.  Baby Doe of (1880) married a miner, Horace Tabor, discoverer of the “Matchless Mine”,  who later became an interim Senator and died a pauper.  *This was an opportunity which very few black singers were afforded simply because of race (the color of their skin).

   Lauretta has taught vocal music from grades kindergarten thru 12th and numerous colleges in the States, Canada, and France.  She has sung on 700 Club and other Christian, Secular TV and radio programs in U.S., Eastern and Western Europe, Scandinavia, and Israel.  She has performed as adjudicator for various vocal competitions. 

   She has developed programs which facilitates the building, enhancing and enrichment of the talent of young and old.  These programs break down barriers of elitism and piety and encourages each one’s abilities and thus builds confidence, self esteem and vision for their lives.  She currently teaches voice and diction and repertoire at the Baltimore School for the Arts.  Formerly teaching young artists such as Denyce Graves at the Duke Ellington School, Washington, D.C.

   Lauretta is a widow who raised her three daughters singly for 24 years.  Each daughter, Rehya (producer, director, and production manager in films), Heather (missionary and Assistant College Director to Friends School), and Andrea (teacher of early childhood special education, Actor) has consistently proven that Hope is Alive and well in each of us and that  “GREATNESS IS MEASURED BY WHAT HAS BEEN OVERCOME.”




Formulated the Children’s Choir for “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat” for it’s touring company which played at the Lyric Opera House, Baltimore, MD.

Director of vocal training for the “Sandtown Children of Praise”, an inner city professional singing and recording choir of Baltimore, MD

 Testimonies:                                       Reviews

Denyce Graves
David Simon
Simon Estes
Jessye Norman

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