Riley Cardona
Minneapolis, MN
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Riley Cardona

Riley C.

Minneapolis, MN
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Critics have praised operatic soprano Riley Cardona for her "florid high soprano, with flirtatious charm, and tension-free lyricism,” and she is a frequently sought-after soloist for composers and arts organizations all over the globe. She carries a Bachelor of Music Education from South Dakota State University and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Indiana University, both with full scholarship awards and academic honors.

Riley loves good food, live music, and bright colors. Despite her career involving mostly classical performances, she enjoys listening to and teaching in a variety of styles, including jazz, blues, folk, rock, country, even heavy metal! Riley lives in Spring Lake Park, MN, and is the leader of music ministries for Champlin United Methodist Church in Champlin, MN.

About Riley C.

I am a professional operatic soprano and voice teacher based in Minneapolis, MN with degrees in music education and performance from South Dakota State University and Indiana University. I have been teaching and performing globally since 2010.

In 2011, after receiving my undergraduate degree in music education from South Dakota State, I was awarded a full scholarship to study opera at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where I completed studies for a Master of Music degree in summer 2013 under the tutelage of soprano Costanza Cuccaro. While there, I performed three mainstage roles for Indiana University Opera Theater. In the fall of 2013, I made my professional main stage debut with the Florida Grand Opera and performed three mainstage roles there in addition to many outreach and educational performances as a young artist. In 2015, I was invited to participate in the young artist program at Sarasota Opera in Florida, where I performed two mainstage comprimario roles and many outreach and educational performances.

Since moving to Minneapolis in 2015, I have been a frequently heard soloist with many musical organizations, including The Schubert Club, MacPhail’s Sonomento, the Kenwood Symphony, Source Song Festival, St. John’s Lutheran Church, the South Metro Chorale, Bethel University, and Southwest Minnesota Orchestra; performing in Handel’s Messiah and Chandos Anthem No. 4 & 6, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Mozart’s Grand Mass in C minor, Vaughan-Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (title role), Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Bernstein’s Candide (Cunegonde, excerpts) and Mendelssohn’s Psalm 47. In 2020 I will be premiering the role of the Angel of Mercy in Craig Carnahan's "Requiem for Frankie Silver" with Sonomento choir and MacPhail Center for Music.

I currently have two studio locations in the Twin Cities Metro, in addition to online lessons and classes. Here are some things to expect with voice study:

1. I suggest weekly study to start for all students, regardless of level. These regular sessions will allow us to check in and tweak things as needed, and they really help in building confidence as you start to grow your repertoire.
2. I strive to give my students the tools they need to be successful, confident singers. With time, work, and study, you can fill a vocal "toolbox" that you can use anytime to see, isolate, and fix problems to maintain healthy singing as you approach new musical experiences.
3. We work together to define your musical goals, and from there every lesson is geared toward reaching those goals step by step. I'll help you every step of the way with language, music theory, reading skills, breathing techniques, vocal coordination, and acting. Let's sing!

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Karen
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Riley is very positive and has many strategies to explain how to place your sound to obtain a full voiced sound. She has been doing lessons online since the stay at home order has been in place. The lessons have still been very helpful in moving me forward and learning new techniques.
Riley is a skilled teacher and knows how to scaffold skills so that you are successful.

Posted May 2, 2020
Susan
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Riley is the most amazing teacher--I can't recommend her highly enough! I have been studying with her for a little less than a year--both in-person and more recently online--and I have already improved so much. Even better, I always look forward to my lessons!

Posted Apr 29, 2020

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Experience

Voice Instructor
Jan 2010 - Present

Freelance

Private voice lessons and coaching at studio locations and online.

Adjunct Instructor of Voice
Sep 2019 - Dec 2019

Southwest Minnesota State University

Studio of undergraduate voice and instrumental music majors preparing for careers as music instructors, directors, and performers. Full studio of 18 students enrolled in multiple levels of voice study.

Adjunct Instructor of Voice
Sep 2019 - Dec 2019

South Dakota State University

Studio of undergraduate voice and instrumental music majors and minors. Full studio of 12 students enrolled in multiple levels of voice study.

Education

Master of Music
Aug 2011 - Aug 2013

Indiana University

Bachelor of Music Education
Aug 2007 - May 2011

South Dakota State University

Awards

Finalist, Studio Auditions
Jan 2015

Houston Grand Opera

Encouragement Award, National Council Auditions
Oct 2012

The Metropolitan Opera

Winston Scholarship
Apr 2012

National Society of Arts and Letters

Grand Prize, Grand Concours de Chant
Feb 2012

Franco-American Vocal Academy

Graduate Assistant Scholarship
May 2011

Indiana University

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