- Music Specialist
- 773-465-2662 x8355
Marlena M. Dzis, M. M., is a lyric coloratura soprano born in Wroclaw, Poland. Miss Dzis graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in vocal music education - as well as a minor in jazz studies - from Loyola University New Orleans. In 2010, Miss Dzis has completed her master's degree in vocal music education from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Miss Dzis performed with the New Orleans Opera Chorus (La Traviata, gala performance with Placido Domingo), Northwestern Opera (Ghosts of Versailles), American Chamber Opera (as Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Magic Flute), American Institute for Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and choral works accompanied by the Chicago Sinfonietta, New Orleans Opera Symphony, and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as at Symphony Center with the Northwestern University Chorus. She has also been a part of the Polish folklore group "Polonia," with which she traveled to and performed in Taiwan, Israel, Poland, Hungary, and Rome - singing for Pope John Paul II in the latter in 1998. She won the vocal division of Loyola New Orleans' concerto/aria competition, was part of the New Orleans Best Classical Event Nomination for her solo and ensemble work with the Christ Church Cathedral Choir, and a soprano soloist in the 2008 Louisiana ACDA Intercollegiate Honor Choir.
While at Loyola, Miss Dzis was the College of Music and Fine Arts President and engaged in various teaching activities in the New Orleans area, as well as in an inner-city elementary school in Kingston, Jamaica. While at Northwestern, Miss Dzis’ educational interests centered around topics in creativity, the sociology and educational challenges in inner-city education, listening, world music, conducting, as well as vocal jazz and classical voice. Meg Frazier, Jean Montes, Robert Harris, and Robert Boyd were Miss Dzis' conducting mentors. She is currently the soloist at First Church of Christ in Palatine, IL. Miss Dzis also teaches choral experience, music theory, keyboard skills, and voice at The Chicago High School for the Performing Arts. She first learned about Waldorf education in her undergraduate years and is thrilled to be a part of the Waldorf vision!