Jolene Flory

Opera coach and diction
University of South Carolina

Dr. Flory is a mezzo-soprano who completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Music Performance at the University of South Carolina in May of 2014.  She earned her Masters of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2005 and in 2003 she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, VA. She has worked as a professional vocalist, voice teacher, piano teacher, diction professor, accompanist, and church musician. As a professional soloist, she has studied and performed in a number of musical venues including opera, oratorio, and art song.  As a soprano, she has been seen in the roles of the Countess and Susanna in scenes from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro as well as the role of Tisbe in scenes from Rossini’s La Cenerentola. She has also performed the role of Cio-Cio San in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.  After becoming a mezzo-soprano, she performed the lead role of Hélène in Camille Saint-Saëns’ Hélène and she performed the role of the mother, Gertrud, in Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel.  In the genre of oratorio, Dr. Flory has performed as the soprano soloist in such works as the Vivaldi Gloria, Handel’s Messiah, Rutter Magnificat, Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, and Brahms’ Requiem. Dr. Flory resides in West Columbia, SC with her partner and three dogs.