DMA, The Hartt School, University of Hartford
MM, California State University At Long Beach
BM, Arizona State University
Soprano Michelle Murray Fiertek is an active performer and teacher of wide-ranging styles from traditional classical repertoire to contemporary musical theater and pop/rock. Fiertek has received the University of Hartford Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award (2018) for her work in the Hartt School’s Vocal Studies Division, trained with Sheri Sanders (Rock the Audition), the famed “rock musical guru” of NYC, as both a performer and teacher (2017-2018), and been nominated in the “Best Featured Actress in a Musical Production” category by Broadway World Connecticut (2015) for her performance as Miss Pinkerton/June Jinkins in Hartford Opera Theater’s double bill of “The Old Maid and the Thief” (Menotti) and “An Embarrassing Position” (Shore).
Michelle began her career in musical theater, opening “The Voyage of the Little Mermaid” for Disney’s Hollywood Studios as one of the original Ariels. She went on to work as the lead singer aboard the S. S. Discovery I, and was the first American singer to be invited to perform both Japanese and American music in residence with a production company in the Gunma-ken prefecture of Japan.
An accomplished recitalist, Fiertek specializes in Spanish art song and contemporary American art song, performing across the U.S. and in Madrid and Granada, Spain. She has released two albums on the Summit Records label: Blue: The Complete Cabaret Songs of William Bolcom and Arnold Weinstein, described as “exemplary” by BBC Music Magazine and named “CD of the week” by the Arizona Republic and KBAQ-FM, and The Juliet Letters. Michelle made her Carnegie Hall debut in December 2005 with a solo performance of Bolcom’s music described as “First rate – engaging and authentic” in New York Concert Review. A champion of Spanish art song, Michelle has studied under such famed musicians as pianist Miguel Zanetti and mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza as part of the celebrated Interpretation of Spanish Song program, as well as returned to the program in subsequent years as a guest artist. She continues to return to Spain to study with Jorge Robaina, pianist and vocal coach at the Escuela Superior de Canto in Madrid.
She has been a faculty and guest recital artist at venues across the country, and the featured soloist in many large-scale choral works, including Fauré’s Requiem, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Mass in C Minor, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bach's B Minor Massand Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum and Messiah. Professor Fiertek currently serves on the voice faculty of The Hartt School, University of Hartford. Additionally, she is adjunct voice faculty for Hartt Community Division and Manchester Community College, program director for the HCD Summer Musical Theatre Intensives, and Executive Director of Hartford Opera Theater. Fiertek holds two B.M. degrees from Arizona State University, an M.M. from California State University, Long Beach, a D.M.A. in Vocal Performance from The Hartt School, University of Hartford, and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Lastly, having recently completed the Advanced Teacher Training, she is one of only a handful of teachers nationwide (and the only teacher in CT) certified by Sheri Sanders to teach “Rock the Audition” curriculum.