Corrine Byrne

Department: Music

Assistant Professor of Music

  • Education
  • DMA, SUNY Stony Brook
  • MM, Manhattan School of Music
  • BM, Univ of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Instruments

Hailed as a "distinguished" "rising star" who sings "to great acclaim," and gives "delightful performances," New York-based soprano Corrine Byrne has quickly become a sought-after interpreter of repertoire from the Medieval to the Baroque era, and music by today's most daring contemporary composers. Byrne's most recent roles include Anna in Die Todsünden (Seven Deadly Sins) by Kurt Weill at the Staller Center for the Arts and the Renee Weiler Recital Hall, Doctor in the workshop previews of The Scarlet Professor by Eric Sawyer, Cathy in The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown at the Staller Center for the Arts and the National Opera Center, the cover for the title role in the North American premiere of Handel's Almira with Boston Early Music Festival, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel with Stony Brook Opera, and Anima in Hildegard von Bingen's Ordo Virtutum with Ensemble Musica Humana. Byrne was one of 40 soloists in a rare performance of Luciano Berio's major work "Coro" under Berlin Philharmonic conductor Sir Simon Rattle with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra in Lucerne, Switzerland. She has also appeared with the REBEL Baroque Ensemble, One World Symphony, Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra, Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Session Symphony, Westchester Oratorio Society, the UMass Bach Festival and Symposium, New Music Miami, Amherst Symphony, and the Carnegie Hall Chamber Chorus with the Tallis Scholars as part of Carnegie Hall's Before Bach series. Byrne also sang with the Lorelei Ensemble for their 2015-2016 season where the group premiered a new arrangement of love fail by David Lang at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and also gave a performance at the Trinity Wall Street Twelfth Night Series where Byrne was featured as a soloist in Perotin's "Beata Viscera" which the New York Times praised as "warm, lithe and beautifully blended."

Corrine is a core and founding member of Ensemble Musica Humana, which has presented concerts across the U.S and Canada, has recorded two full albums, has appeared in the BEMF Fringe Festival and SoHip concert series, founded the Pioneer Valley Early Music Day, and has appeared on the BBC adaptation of “Poldark.” Byrne is also a core member of Tempus Continuum, a group that has received a Jerome New Music Fund award and has been presented by the Arts in the Village Series alongside the Manhattan String Quartet and the Boston Trio. Corrine also sings with the Schola Cantorum at the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer in Manhattan under James Wetzel. Byrne has collaborated with and performed world premieres of works by composers Scott Wollschleger, Paula Matthuson, Reiko Futing, Anne Goldberg, Alex Burtzos, Kevin Baldwin, William McKinley, Reiko Yamada, Carson Cooman, Eric Sawyer, and Alex Weiser. She also has worked one on one with composer/director of Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival Marc Neikrug on his Pueblo Songs which culminated in a performance featured in NewMusicBox. Corrine has appeared as a soloist at Manhattan venues such as BAM, The Metropolitan Room, Triad Theater, Trinity Wall Street, Somethin' Jazz Club, HERE Theater, Station 171, Culturefix, Spectrum, University Settlement, Cornelia Street Cafe, the cell theater, Brooklyn's Firehouse Space, and Gracie Mansion where she performed as a soloist with West Side 5 for Mayor Bloomberg and all of the New York City Council.

Byrne appeared on a professional career development panel alongside Kent Tritle at Manhattan School of Music, and has given masterclasses at Wagner College, Florida International University, and North Carolina Governor's School West. Byrne was a finalist for the 2012 Career Bridges Grant Awards, a National Online Round winner in the 2013 Classical Singer Magazine Competition, a finalist in the Handel Aria Competition as part of the 2015 Madison Early Music Festival, and a semi-finalist in the 2016 New York Oratorio Society Solo Competition. She holds a B.M from UMass Amherst where she studied with Janna Baty and Amy Johnson, an M.M from Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Mark Oswald, and she recently received her D.M.A from Stony Brook University where she studied on scholarship with Randall Scarlata.

I grew up on the south shore of Boston, and I am from a very large and very musical family. Music is and will always be my family’s language and means of communication, and we bond over our musical collaboration. In that sense, you could say that I was “born to be a musician.” My father taught me how to solfège complex jazz melodies when I was very young, and it inspired me to understand music from a technical standpoint. We had a family band, where I was able to play keyboard, bass, and sing back-up vocals. I played guitar and wrote hundreds of songs before the age of 18, but then turned my attention to mastering classical voice, the most challenging, athletic and empowering project I have ever taken on, a process that I will continue to develop over my entire lifetime.

Now, after finishing ten years of formal voice education, I live in beautiful Selinsgrove, PA and part time in New York City with my husband trumpeter Andrew Kozar (and my cat) as an active performer and musical educator. I spend a lot of time trying to push the boundaries of “what music is,” in terms of experimenting with many different types of musical and vocal sound. My husband and I have commissioned many new works for trumpet and voice that have allowed me to do this, but I began to do this years ago with a group I co-founded called the Tempus Continuum Ensemble. I also have done a lot of work on the opposite end of the spectrum, studying and performing Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music with Ensemble Musica Humana, and I have a particular affinity for the music of G.F Handel and Hildegard von Bingen.

Aside from music, I love to travel around the world and meet as many different types of people as possible. I love documentaries, food from other countries, ballet, podcasts, and yoga!

Courses taught:

  • MUSC-009 Voice Lesson
  • MUSC-010 Voice Lesson
  • MUSC-163 Ear Training I
  • MUSC-164 Ear Training II
  • MUSC-263 Ear Training III
  • MUSC-399 Vocal Pedagogy
  • MUSC-450 Vocal Literature