Senior Lecturer in Voice
In a performing and teaching career spanning over 25 years, lyric soprano Marie Jarriel Roberts, has appeared as a soloist for choral and orchestral works and in classical and sacred art song recitals throughout the southeast. Early in her career, she won awards from The Metropolitan Opera National Auditions Council on the district and regional levels. Ms. Roberts’ stage experience includes the role of Spirit in the world premiere of Mozart's first opera, Die Schuldigkeit; and roles in Debussy’s L’Enfant Prodigue; Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, and with Kentucky Opera’s traveling educational program. Here in Macon, Marie is remembered for her moving and genuine portrayal of Mother in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors with Mercer University opera.
As a pedagogue, Ms. Roberts employs a highly individualized technical approach grounded in classical bel canto tradition. This technique has garnered success and recognition for her students in national and state competitions, in scholarship awards, and in performance opportunities. Her students have performed in master classes with Sylvia McNair, Frederica von Stada, Martin Katz, Angela M. Brown, David Daniels, Melanie Sonnenberg and Leah Partridge. Currently, Ms. Roberts serves as Senior Lecturer in Voice at Mercer University’s Townsend School of Music where she has taught for 23 years. Prior to joining Mercer’s faculty in 1995, Ms. Roberts taught at Indiana University Southeast, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Bellarmine College, Georgia College and State University, and Macon State College.
A proud 1984 Mercer University alumna, Marie was the voice student of Phebe Odom Settles while at Mercer. Marie was awarded the Performer’s Certificate in Voice in 1989 by The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s music faculty, and earned the degree Master of Music in Vocal Performance under the guidance of Jay W. Wilkey, esteemed vocal pedagogue. Following her master’s degree, Marie augmented her studies with internationally acclaimed soprano Virginia Zeani, who has generously continued a mentoring relationship providing invaluable pedagogical guidance and encouragement to Ms. Roberts.
A native of Dublin, Georgia, Marie is married to Stanley L. Roberts, conductor, educator and church musician.