Artist of the Month: Music
For the month of June, our musical artist of the month is Denise Milner Howell. Denise Milner Howell, mezzo-soprano, is a versatile performer of opera, concerts and recitals, whose singing has been called “superb” (Cleveland Classical). Howell’s solo engagements include performances with Cleveland Opera Theater, Opera Cleveland, Chautauqua Opera, Kent/Blossom Festival, Nightingale Opera Theatre, Akron Symphony Orchestra, Akron Lyric Opera Theatre, Akron Baroque, Tanglewood Festival, Carousel Dinner Theatre and Buffalo Philharmonic.
Recent performances include leading roles in Little Women (Meg), Amahl and the Night Visitors(Mother), Carmen (Mercédès), La cambiale di matrimonio (Clara), Robert Ward’s The Crucible(Rebecca Nurse) and Iolanthe (Celia). A frequent concert soloist, Howell has performed the alto solos in Handel’s Messiah, Mozart Requiem, Bach Magnificat, Haydn Lord Nelson Mass, Verdi Requiem, Vivaldi Gloria and Duruflé Requiem. Additionally, Howell is committed to the performance of new works by living composers and has been heard at Cleveland Ingenuity Festival and New to New York Concert Series.
In addition to performing, Howell is an active voice teacher. She currently teaches at Cleveland Institute of Music/Case Western Reserve University in the Joint Music Program, and has served on the voice faculties of Ashland University, University of Akron School of Music and State University of New York College at Fredonia. She lives in Sharon Township, Ohio, with her husband, Gregg, and their three children.