Department of Drama
Bridget Moriarty, soprano, has performed with the Syracuse Symphony, Greensboro Opera, Syracuse Opera, Oswego Opera, and the Society for New Music, for whom she created the title role in the new opera "Eleanor Roosevelt" in 2011.
On the concert stage, she has appeared in performances of Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, Christopher Theofanidis’ The Here and Now, and as a featured soloist with the University of North Carolina Greensboro Wind Ensemble. She was also a featured soloist in the Greensboro Opera 2014 Gala "GO! to the Movies" and the Greensboro Opera 2013 Gala "Wine Women and Song."
Roles include Lady Billows in Albert Herring, Lucette (Cinderella) in Cendrillon, Frasquita in Carmen, Yum-Yum in The Mikado, Madame Euterpova in Help, Help, the Globolinks!, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, and The Defendant in a gender-reversed production of Trial by Jury. In 2014 Moriarty received an Encouragement Award from the Charlotte Opera Guild Vocal Competition as well as second place in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award District Competition.
Moriarty serves on the faculty of Syracuse University’s Department of Drama and Setnor School of Music as a voice instructor and staff pianist. She has also served on the voice faculty at the State University of New York Oswego and was a staff pianist at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. While attending the University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG), she was a teaching assistant, maintaining a full voice studio while completing coursework.
As an award-winning music director, Moriarty has conducted and musically directed critically acclaimed performances of Les Misérables, Hair, Avenue Q, and Cabaret. She was awarded the Syracuse Area Live Theater (SALT) Award for Best Musical Director in 2010 and 2012 and the SALT Award for Lead Actress in a Musical in 2010 for her portrayal of Lucille Frank in Jason Robert Brown’s Parade, a show she also music directed.
Outside of the university setting, Moriarty maintains a private voice studio, and many of her students have gone on to pursue music degree programs and music theater degree programs at the collegiate level. Her students from Syracuse University and UNCG can be seen in regional productions, national tours, cruises, and Broadway.
As a conductor, Moriarty has worked as the interim music director at University United Methodist Church in Syracuse. She has also worked with the choral ensembles at UNCG and at Syracuse University and has conducted a 14-piece orchestra for a production of Les Misérables.
Moriarty received a doctor of musical arts degree at the University of North Carolina Greensboro in vocal performance with a cognate in conducting. A native of Syracuse, she received a master of music degree in vocal performance from Syracuse University and a bachelor of music degree in music education with a concentration in piano and voice from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. Voice teachers include Robert Wells, Janet Brown, and Deborah Massell.
Moriarty is a proud member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.