Not content to be a teacher, but needing an expression for her musical endeavors, Ms. Finley enjoys singing with The City Choir of Washington with Robert Shafer, Conductor.

Her opera experiences include performances with The Chautauqua Opera and The Washington National Opera. Altogether she has been in more than 45 productions on the opera stage. These productions were in French, Italian, German, and English. She has studied voice with John Bullock, the father of Sandra Bullock and Todd Duncan, the original Porgy in Porgy and Bess.

 

She has traveled extensively in Europe as she lived in Germany for 8 years. While in Europe she attended concerts at various venues in England, Germany, France, and Italy. She has participated in concerts with Robert Shafer in Austria, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, and  Spain. She has sung  under James ConlonAlexander GibsonTom KoopmanNorman Scribner, Mstislav Rostropovich, Julius Rudel performing the major choral literature including Bach's B Minor Mass, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, and The Verdi Requiem. She has performed in 45 operas with The  Chautauqua Opera and The Washington Opera. These experiences leads her to expect excellence with her students. Several of her former students now enjoy careers in music. 

Glenda Finley began her musical journey when she first sang a solo at church when she was 5 years old. She knew that her grandfather had purchased a piano for her when she was 6 months old and she started begging her parents for lessons. Finally when she was nine, her father contacted Anna McMillan, a recent graduate of Eastman School of Music and lessons began. From that time until she finished high school, she was pursuing piano, then adding voice and organ lessons. All that music made choosing a college somewhat interesting as she found that Shorter College, now Shorter University in Rome, Georgia, was offering an excellent music program.

At Shorter, she studied piano with Elizabeth Buday, formerly of Budapest and a student of Zoltan Kodaly and Bela Bartok. Voice lessons were with John Ramsaur, who had several winners in the National Association for the Teachers of Singing competitions. She graduated from Shorter College with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree.

Somewhere along this time, she developed an interest in opera and following that whim, was selected to be part of the Chautauqua Opera in Chatauqua, New York. She stayed with that program for three years. There she studied with Josephine Antoine, a former Metropolitan Opera coloratura and followed her out to Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, where she pursued her Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy degree.

School was over and she arrived in Northern Virginia where she first was teaching for the Yamaha Music School and educating 3-7 year olds in group lessons. After she had her two daughters, she took a job in the Arlington Public Schools where she remained for over 25 years teaching kindergarten through high school students. In this capacity she prepared students to perform with The National Symphony and The Children's Choir of Washington and was recognized by Music Educator's National Conference as a Nationally Certified Music Teacher. Her private musical training includes lessons with Todd Duncan, the first Porgy in “Porgy and Bess,” and John Bullock, father of Sandra Bullock. Her singing has been mostly with choral groups: The City Choir of Washington, The Washington Chorus, The Choral Arts Society, The Washington Opera, The Summer Program at the National Cathedral, and The Arlington Symphony.

Ms. Finley brings a level of professionalism to her teaching that is enhanced by her commitment to staying current in performing. She is greatly gratified  working with students of all ages and will challenge you to do your best and excel in your musical pursuits.