Soprano Sandra Boysen Sluberski has delighted audiences nationally and internationally in a wide variety of styles
and genres. She's served on the voice faculty at the Hochstein School of Music & Dance in Rochester NY for 18 years, served as satellite voice faculty for Monroe Community College for 13 years, and formerly served on the voice faculty at Rochester's Nazareth College. She's performed leading roles in U.S. opera houses, sung Tagalog folk songs throughout the Philippines, jammed with jazz musicians in concert, and entertained in Manhattan's famed "Don't Tell Mama" cabaret, and those are just a few of her many performance venues.
In 2017, Sandra was the narrator for the world premiere of "Equality Now!", a work by Gwyneth Walker, commissioned by the Telos Trio for the 100th anniversary of the Women's Rights Amendment in New York State. The premiere took place at the Hochstein School of Music & Dance in Rochester, NY, and she gave two more 2017 performances: in Seneca Falls, NY (home of the Women's Rights Museum) and again in Rochester at Corn Hill Landing.
In 2007, she sang the world premiere of American composer Paul Stuart's song cycle, How Did I Get So Old?, with lyrics
by Boston College's Elizabeth Kirschner, in Rochester, NY; the work was written specifically to showcase Sandra's vocal abilities. In 2003, she sang in the New York premiere of the Grammy-nominated children's musical, The Journey of Sir Douglas Fir, with the author/composer in attendance, with orchestra under the direction of Nancy Strelau.
Yet another world premiere performance was in Paul Stuart's The Sisters of Manzanar, a one-act opera portraying the degradation experienced by Japanese Americans in U.S. internment camps after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Stuart composed one of the lead roles specifically for Sandra's voice. The work was enthusiastically received at its premiere in October 2002 with the Equinox Symphony Orchestra, and at a second performance in early 2003 at Kodak's Theatre on the Ridge in Rochester.
A Little History...
Dr. Boysen Sluberski's operatic roles range from Mozart's great leading ladies to Gilbert & Sullivan's heroines, and from edgy symbolic figures to sassy comedic women - visit her STAGE ROLES page to see them all! She made her operatic debut as Despina in Pensacola Opera's premiere production of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte.
She began her professional stage career in musical theatre, appearing as Anna in The King and I, the Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music , Amalia in She Loves Me, Marian in The Music Man, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, and as the title role in Evita , among others. She also sang the role of Lily in the Rochester premiere of Ahrens & Flaherty's "A Man of No Importance."
She's had the privilege of singing under the direction of conductors Anton Guadagno, Benton Hess, Roger Cantrell, Stefan Minde, Melvin Strauss, Timothy Hoekman, Eric Townell and Roger Wilhelm, to name a few.
A very special appearance was in September 2001, when she appeared as soprano soloist at the Eastman Theatre in Mozart's Requiem. This was organized in just a few days' time by the Eastman School of Music's Dr. William Weinert and voice faculty member Carol Webber, as a fundraiser for the victims of the World Trade Center disaster.
Where has she performed?
Sandra appeared as guest artist in recital at Westminster Choir College
in Princeton, New Jersey, presented recitals throughout New York, Florida,
Georgia and Alabama, and filled two short-term guest artist residencies at
Emporia State University in Kansas, directed by music department
chair, pianist Dr. Marie Miller.
She made frequent appearances as guest artist with the Eastman School
of Music, the Publick Musick, the Rochester Oratorio Society, the Genesee
Valley Orchestra & Chorus, Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra, Christ
Episcopal Concerts and the Christ Church Compline Concert Series, among
others. She also appears annually as soloist on the "Live From Hochstein"
broadcast concerts, which air weekly during the academic year over WXXI
Classical 91.5 FM, a PBS affiliate.
Sandra's voice students are frequent vocal competition winners and are involved in opera, folksong, pop, rock,
jazz, R & B, hip-hop, Broadway and everything in between! Former students include a singer/songwriter now recording/performing in Nashville and hosting her own show on the Nashville Network; another student went on to earn his doctoral degree and now has a successful teaching career in Florida; yet another student sang for Renee Fleming in one of her rare masterclasses, and was selected for the Spoleto Festival's 2004 summer program in Italy.
Dr. Boysen Sluberski studied voice at Florida State University with the late Roy Delp, and previously studied with Yvonne Ciannella and Patricia Anderson. She has coached with Gerard Souzay, Samuel Sanders, Sally Sanford, Carol Webber, Benton Hess, D'Anna Fortunato and Timothy Hoekman.
What is SANDRA into when she isn't SINGING, ACTING or RECORDING?
A strong believer in having a life outside of singing, she is a bonsai enthusiast, a voracious reader of history and biography, and an admirer of foreign films and fine antiques. She is also the proud guardian of eleven pet hens!
And she's a motor head: loves British sports cars and American muscle cars from the 1960's. She and her husband David have spent hundreds of hours on their two antique cars, getting them road-ready and doing interior and exterior renovations. They've been in parades and won prizes at car shows and just LOVE getting their hands dirty working on brakes and motors!
She enjoys bowling, canoeing, hiking and recently learned to ice skate (kind of unusual for a girl who grew up in Florida and thought that water was something you could only SKI on!). David got her interested in this; he's an advanced ice skater and totally gorgeous -- on or off the ice!
Get to know more about Sandra!
Bachelor of Arts in Music: Pensacola Christian College
Master of Music in Voice Performance: Florida State University College of Music
Doctor of Music in Voice Performace: Florida State University College of Music
Artist-Fellowship with the Bach Aria Institute at SUNY-Stony Brook,
directed by flutist/Baroque music specialist Samuel Baron. Palm Beach Opera's Annual Vocal Competition winner
Mobile Opera Rose-Palmai Tenser Awards state finalist
Pensacola Community Concerts Scholarship Competition winner
Group Study Exchange Team member to the Philippines in 2000, sponsored by Rotary International Foundation, interacting with Filipino singers and voice teachers, and making musical presentations to many of that country's Rotary Clubs as part of her duties.
She was also honored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing as the recipient of one of twelve appointments for their 2000 Internship Program, held at Ithaca College in upstate New York.