Deborah Benedict has taught vocal technique class and #150 private voice instruction at UC Berkeley for the past 23 years and voice at Dominican University for the past six years, as well as an opera workshop, and a musical theater class at Dominican. She was an instructor of voice at San Francisco State University for twelve years.
For the past five years, Ms. Benedict has been music director, cantor and conductor at St. Patrick’s Catholic church in Larkspur. This summer will mark her third Gilbert and Sullivan production with West Marin Players, as conductor. She also conducts the Rodef Shalom Synagogue for the High Holy Days at the Marin Civic Center, as well as a busy private voice studio, with many singers from the SF Opera chorus and young professionals. Ms Benedict is also Choral Contractor for Skywalker Recording Studio, singing in and contracting for movies and video games.
Ms. Benedict holds a master’s degree in voice from The New England Conservatory of Music. She sang for thirteen years with the San Francisco Opera Chorus, apprenticed with Santa Fe Opera, Portland Opera and Long Beach Opera, and has performed operatic roles with Berkeley Opera, West Bay Opera and Diablo Light Opera, and the San Bernadino Opera Festival on the West Coast, while singing leads with multiple opera companies on the East coast. Her recital schedule includes many noon concerts at UC Berkeley, frequent programs at Dominican University and formerly at San Francisco State University, as well as other independent venues throughout the Bay Area.