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 Conlon, Alexander Gibson, Tom Koopman, Norman 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
At Shorter, she studied piano with Elizabeth Buday, formerly of
Somewhere along this time, she developed an interest in opera and following that whim, was selected to be part of the Chautauqua Opera in
School was over and she arrived in Northern Virginia where she first was teaching for the
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.