BIOGRAPHY

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Detroit native Sequina DuBose is a stunning performer most noted for her engaging stage presence and charming musical style.

An interpreter of contemporary and hybrid works, Dr. DuBose launched her debut album entitled Blurred Lines: 21st Century Hybrid Vocal Literature on the Albany Records label in 2022. In the same season, she debuted with the Virginia Arts Festival in two chamber operas as part of the John Duffy Institute for New Opera: Companionship by Rachel Peters and Tales From the Briar Patch by Nkeiru Okoye. She also performed in 2022 as Donna Elvira in Eve Summer’s modern adaptation of Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Opera Carolina. She looks forward to performances as Clara in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess with Opera Carolina in 2023. Other recent highlights include a 2021 performance as soprano soloist with the Tulsa Symphony, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in Tulsa Oklahoma at the BOK Center (19, 199 seat auditorium) in remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Riots, and in 2020 several live-streamed virtual concerts as soloist with Opera Carolina as part of the iStream Virtual Concert Series and a collaboration with the Mint Museum entitled: Voice and Vision Live at the Mint.

With 2019 came the world-premiere of Elegy: In Memoriam of the Emanuel Nine by Leonard Mark Lewis, a work for soprano soloist and chamber orchestra dedicated to the lives lost in the tragic shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 12, 2015. Additionally, Dr. DuBose created the role of Philomena in the world premiere performances of the electronic chamber opera, Nightingale and the Tower (Jason Treuting, Rebecca Comerford, Beth Meyers, Mikael Jorgensen). The work’s neo-classical score featured adult singers, a children’s ensemble, orchestra, synthesizers, and a long-string harp coined “Sonic Butterfly” by artist Andrea Brook; demonstrative of the movement toward technology integration in 21st-century hybrid works on the operatic stage.

Additional distinctive engagements include: performances as a soloist and ensemble member in Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey, a concert series that culminated in a performance at the Metropolitan Opera with international opera icon Kathleen Battle; a debut with Michigan Opera Theater as 4th Maidservant in Strauss' Elektra; and performances with both the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Royal Danish Opera as Annie in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Dr. DuBose also sang 40 consecutive performances as Clara in the 75th Anniversary National Tour of Porgy and Bess where critics raved, “her lovely lyric soprano spun Summertime winningly…she gave unusual stature to Clara as a figure of tragic grandeur” (South Florida Classical Review). As Clorinda in Rossini’s La Cenerentola with Opera Memphis, critics praised her portrayal of the wicked stepsister as one of “incessant vanity”, with both sisters praised for characterization “conceived as zany grotesques…as colorful as their voices” (Memphis Commercial Appeal). Additionally, Dr. DuBose has portrayed Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème, reprised the role of Clorinda with Dicapo Opera, and portrayed Rachel in the world premiere of Nkeiru Okoye's folk opera Harriet Tubman: When I Cross That Line to Freedom with American Opera Projects in New York City. Dr. DuBose has also performed with the Opera Company of Philadelphia and Utah Festival Opera and Musical theatre Company. Other performed roles include Pamina in Mozart’s, The Magic Flute, Erisbe in Cavalli's L'Ormindo, Lauretta in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, Nanetta in Verdi’s, Falstaff, and both Susanna and Countess in Mozart’s, The Marriage of Figaro.

A versatile actress and crossover artist, Dr. DuBose has performed as Cleopatra in an Off-Broadway production of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, as Lady in Blue in ArtsCentric’s production of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf, as Chloe in a New York Musical Theater Festival reading of 7:32, The Musical, and as Deena Jones in the hit musical Dreamgirls. She has performed as an ensemble member in Most Happy Fella and Showboat with Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre Company. She has also toured as a soloist with The American Spiritual Ensemble and with Chorale Le Chateau alongside famed trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) performing his work, Abyssinian Mass. She was a finalist in the Kurt Weill Foundation Lotte Lenya Vocal Competition, and placed third in the prestigious American Traditions Competition.

Sequina DuBose has served as the Director of Development for ArtsCentric an African-American-led theater company, since 2016. In this role, she has successfully coordinated with board and company members to write and submit grant proposals resulting in over $100,000 in funding to date. She continues to serve as a board member for ArtsCentric and is also the current Board Vice-President for The International Florence Price Festival.

Dr. DuBose serves as Assistant Professor of Classical and Contemporary Voice at UNC Charlotte and serves as Co-Coordinator of the Musical Theatre Certificate Program. Her research is centered on the impact of genre fusion and improvisation in 21st-century operas on vocal pedagogy and performance practice. Her interests span to include hybrid works that incorporate contemporary commercial music, musical theater, and music of the African diaspora.

Dr. DuBose received her bachelor’s degree in Music from Morgan State University, a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from George Mason University and an Artist Certificate in Vocal Performance from Manhattan School of Music. Dr. DuBose completed her doctoral degree in Vocal Pedagogy at the University of Maryland College Park where she was a member of the inter-departmental I.D.E.A. Committee (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) and studied with the late renowned opera singer, Carmen Balthrop. 

Dr. DuBose continues her work as an arts advocate, educator, and administrator while maintaining an active concert and performing arts career. She is a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists and serves as faculty advisor for Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity.

ENGAGEMENTS

Upcoming

Soloist
New Colors for the Canon:
A Celebration of African-American and Hispanic Song Composers

02/09/2023  12:30 pm

University of Maryland
Gildenhorn Recital Hall

Sequina DuBose & Friends
UNCC Faculty Recital

04/04/2023  7:30 pm

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Rowe Recital Hall

2023

Clara
(Porgy and Bess) George Gershwin

01/ 22 - 01/28/2023

Opera Carolina  

2022

Soprano Soloist
(All Rise) Wynton Marsalis

10/2022

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra/Orchestra Iowa
Hancher Auditorium

Sister Sparrow
(Tales from the Briarpatch)   

06/2022

John Duffy Institute for New Opera/Virginia Arts Festival
Attucks Theater

Viv
(Companionship) Rachel J. Peters

06/2022

John Duffy Institute for New Opera/Virginia Arts Festival
Attucks Theater

Soprano Soloist,
I Am Queen,

a multi-platform event celebrating Black Women in Charlotte through spoken word and musical performances from local Black women artists

03/2022

Charlotte Symphony, Belk Theater

Donna Elvira
(Don Giovanni) W.A. Mozart

02/2022

Opera Carolina

2021

Coretta Scott King cover
(I Dream) Douglas Tappin 

09/2022

Opera Carolina

Soprano Soloist
(All Rise) Wynton Marsalis

06/2022

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra/Tulsa Symphony
BOK Center

Soprano Soloist,
iStream Virtual Concert Series

(Black History Month and Women’s Month Presentations)

01/28/2021 & 03/14/2021

Opera Carolina

2020

Soprano Soloist,
Voice and Vision: Live at the Mint, virtual concert

05/29/202

Opera Carolina & The Mint Museum

Soprano Solo Recital,
iStream Virtual Concert Series

05/08/2020

Opera Carolina,Opera Carolina

Soprano Soloist
(Elegy: In Memoriam of the Emanuel Nine) Mark Lewis

01/26/2020

Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian Church 

​​Soprano Soloist,
Bridging Musical Worlds

Concert featuring Charlotte Folk Society, Charlotte Symphony,
and jazz group A Sign of The Times

01/2020

Friendship Missionary Baptist Church

2019

Soprano Soloist
(Elegy: In Memoriam of the Emanuel 9)   

11/2019

SC Teachers Association Conference
Newberry College, SC

Coretta Scott King
(Workshop Reading of I Dream) Douglas Tappin

10/2019

Opera Carolina

Philomena
(Nightingale and The Tower) Beth Meyers/Jason Treuting

05/2019

World Premiere/Ojai Youth Opera Company

PAST PERFORMANCES

Soloist
(Harmoniemesse) Haydn    

07/2018

University of MD Summer Orchestra & Choir
Dekelboum Concert Hall
UMD School of Music

Ensemble/Soloist
(Kathleen Battle Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey)

03/2018

Harriman-Jewell Series, Kauffman Center for the Performing  

Ensemble/Soloist
(Kathleen Battle Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey)

01/2018

Kennedy Center Opera House

Deena
(Dreamgirls)

09 - 12/2017

Toby’s Dinner Theatre of Columbia

Ensemble/Soloist
(Kathleen Battle Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey)

11/2016

Metropolitan Opera  

Ensemble/Soloist
The American Spiritual Ensemble National/International Tour 

2011 - 2016

US, Spain, Ecuador

Deena
(Dreamgirls)

08/2016

ArtsCentric

Fourth Maid
(Elektra) Richard Strauss

10/2014

Michigan Opera Theater

Clara cover/Bess cover
(Porgy and Bess) George Gershwin

06/2014

Princeton Festival

Annie
(Porgy and Bess) George Gershwin

03/2014

Royal Danish Opera /
Director: John Doyle

Rachel
(Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom) Nkeiru Okoye

12/2013

Semi-staged World Premiere /American Opera Projects
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Langston Hughes Auditorium

Ensemble/Soloist
(Abyssinian Mass) Wynton Marsalis

World Premiere /Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

10/2013

Rose Theater, Lincoln Center
Conductor: Damien Sneed  

Lady in Blue
(For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf) Ntozake Shange

07/2013

ArtsCentric

Rose
(Fences) August Wilson

04-05/2013

Urban Theatrical Players
Paul Robeson Theater

Cleopatra
(Antony and Cleopatra) Shakespeare

12/2012

Off-Broadway
The American Theater of Actors

Victoria
(Mask in the Mirror) Richard Thompson

07/2012

World Premiere/Trilogy Opera

Ensemble/Soloist
(All Rise) Wynton Marsalis

2011

Lincoln Center/NY Philharmonic/
Conductor: Kurt Masur

Clorinda 
(La Cenerentola)

2011

DiCapo Opera
Conductor: Pacien Mazzagatti

Lauretta
(Gianni Schicchi)

2011

DiCapo Opera
Conductor: Pacien Mazzagatti

Musetta
(La Bohème) Puccini

2010

DiCapo Opera
Conductor: Pacien Mazzagatti

Clara
(Porgy and Bess) George Gershwin 

2010

75th Anniversary National Tour
/Director: Charles Randolph Wright

Annie cover/Soloist
(Porgy and Bess) George Gershwin

2009

Lyric Opera of Chicago/
Director: Francesca Zambello

Clorinda
(La Cenerentola) Rossini

2008

Opera Memphis
Conductor: Michael Ching

Micaëla
(Scenes from Carmen) Bizet

2008

Mignon Dunn Role Prep Course
Manhattan School of Music