Janet Brown

Setnor School of Music

Associate Teaching Professor, Applied Music and Performance (Voice)
Voice Area Coordinator

Janet Brown

304A Crouse College
Syracuse, NY 13244-1010

Soprano Janet Brown has been praised by critics for her warm, clear voice and direct expression. Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe has called her “….one of our most treasurable artists.”

Brown is equally at home on the concert and operatic stages. She has performed roles with the Syracuse Opera Company, the American Repertory Theatre, the Boston Early Music Festival, and the Pepsico Summerfare music festival. On the concert stage she has performed the major oratorio roles with the Syracuse Symphony, the West Virginia Symphony, the Cantata Singers of Boston, the Spectrum Singers of Boston, the New England Bach Festival, the Northwest Bach Festival, Handel & Haydn Society, Emmanuel Music of Boston, and the Tallahassee Symphony, to name a few. Brown is also a frequent recitalist with the Skaneateles Chamber Music Festival and has appeared in concerts of new music with the Syracuse-based Society for New Music and Boston’s Collage New Music.

Brown has premiered works by composers Gunther Schuller, Andrew Imbrie, Philip Glass, Nicolas Scherzinger, Edward Cohen, Howard Boatwright, and Ernst Bacon. In addition to her critically acclaimed CD release of selections from Spanisches Liederbuch of Hugo Wolf, she can be heard on the recording Fond Affection: Music of Ernst Bacon; both CDs can be obtained at CNY Classical CDs.

Brown received a bachelor of music degree from the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, and a master of music degree from the Syracuse University Setnor School of Music.


  • M.M., Syracuse University
  • B.M., Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam