Lyric Soprano Brenda Marie Turner received formal classical vocal training at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Film from Northwestern University. Based in Berlin, Germany, Brenda sings a variety of genres of music, including classical, jazz, musical theater, gospel, and neo-soul, with various organizations around the globe.
In conjunction with regular performances in operas, recitals, concerts, cabarets, and the like, Brenda has been the soprano soloist for several oratorios, including well known works by Handel, Rutter, Mozart, and Mendelssohn and lesser-known gems by Fanshawe. Additionally, she completed multiple seasons in studio artist programs and as a chorus member at Orlando Opera, Palm Beach Opera, and Cincinnati Opera.
Brenda has performed, in part or entirety, the roles of both Bess and Serena from Porgy and Bess, Lucia, from Lucia di Lammermoor, both Micaela and Frasquita, from Carmen, Lakme, from Lakme, and many other audience favorites. She also participated in the workshops and world premier of the now-popular opera Margaret Garner, and enjoys the challenge of bringing life to new music.
In addition to her singing career, Brenda has more than ten years of experience as a fundraising professional. She holds the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential and is the founder of Turner Divine Consulting, a firm through which she guides nonprofit organizations to fundraising success.