Soprano Bianca Hall holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Early Music Vocal Performance from the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music, where her secondary fields of emphasis were Theory and Analysis, College Teaching, and Recorder Performance. She also holds both Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in vocal performance both from California State University Fullerton, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiological Science with an English minor from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Bianca joined the Old Dominion University music faculty as an Early Music Lecturer in Fall 2015. In addition to directing the Madrigal Singers, she also directs the Collegium Musicum ensemble, which is an instrumental ensemble that specializes in playing music from 1750 and earlier in a historically informed manner on replicas of historical instruments, like the baroque recorder, viola da gamba, harpsichord, portative organ, and lute. Bianca also teaches courses in Music History.
Outside of ODU, Bianca serves as voice faculty and assistant director of the San Francisco Early Music Society’s Medieval & Renaissance Workshop, performs and records as a soloist and chamber singer throughout the country, and gives lessons, coachings, and workshops for voice and recorder. She specializes in the performance of seventeenth-century Italian florid singing and seventeenth- and eighteenth-century English balladry and has presented scholarly papers on both subjects both nationally and internationally.
Bianca is an active early music performer and has performed in various festivals and concert series around the country, including the Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals and Pittsburgh’s Renaissance and Baroque Society concert series. She has performed with various ensembles, including Norfolk Chamber Consort, Tallis Chapel Society, Bach Collegium San Diego, De Angelis Vocal Ensemble, Tesserae, Ciaramella, and Pacific Bach Project. In addition to her ensemble work, Bianca has performed the roles of Drusilla (Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea), Cherubino (Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro) and Dido and the Sorceress (Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas). In the realm of contemporary music, she performed in the L.A. Microfest in 2011 and at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles as part of the Made in L.A. 2012 exhibition.
Bianca’s recordings include “D’ye Hear the News,” music to accompany 1688: The First Modern Revolution(Yale University Press, 2011), “J.S. Bach: The Six Motets BWV 225-230” with Bach Collegium San Diego (RMAP, 2010), and “Ancient Christmas Melodies” (Virlouise Records, 2006).