Marion Palmiero



Marion Amelia Palmiero is a Vermont-born soprano with a passion for using music to evoke social change and community outreach. From a young age, she has felt that music was inside of her, and she’s grown to believe that through music, strangers can connect deeply, those in need can find refuge, communities can come together, and important issues can be addressed.

Marion began her musical journey playing the piano and singing for her family, in particular her grandparents, when they were in the latest stages of their lives. Forever hooked, She received her Associate of the Arts from Bard College at Simon’s Rock, where she performed a variety of classical music and contemporary theater. She is now pursuing her BMA at the Longy School of Music, where she studies with Pamela Dellal. Marion has performed across New England in both opera and musical theater productions. Most recently, she sang as Kate in the Pirates of Penzance, Cherubino in scenes of Le Nozze di Figaro, the First Actress in A…My Name is Alice, and is soon to be seen in the Citizen’s Chorus of The Suppliant Women at Apollinaire Theater. This Fall, Marion will perform her graduating recital, Metamorphosis, in Pickman Hall. The concert addresses the mental illness epidemic that is rampaging the USA – in particular the younger generation.

Some of Marion’s favorite performances, however, have been in atypical venues; she participates annually in Project Serenade, a collaborative effort of the Opera Company of Middlebury and the Youth Opera Company of OCM where singers perform benefit concerts in nursing homes and senior centers as a way to give back to members of the community who can’t make it to the concert hall.

When Marion began teaching, she was immediately fascinated by the technicality of both voice and piano, and the incredible variety of education styles required for teaching students of all levels. Marion is grateful for the opportunity to teach aspiring performers for so many reasons. In particular, she is able to explore piano and voice through the unique lens of each student. She finds teaching to be one of the most rewarding practices because she learns just as much from each and every student – regardless of age or level – as she hopes each student does from her.

Marion is also currently working on her debut album, Moon Man, in which she fuses her love of poetry and singing with piano and guitar composition. In her remaining freetime, Marion enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and collecting records.

Birthday: May 10th

Schools Attended: Bard College at Simon’s Rock and The Longy School of Music

Instruments I Teach: Voice, Piano

Favorite music to perform: This is hard! I really enjoy Spanish composers like Garcia Lorca and De Falla, and any opera I can get my hands on! I also love contemporary Musical Theater Almost Normal.

Favorite music to listen to: This is just as hard! The Kooks, Lana del Rey, Frank Sinatra, Billie Eilish, Chopin (especially Nocturnes), and Mozart come to mind.

Other hobbies and interests: I love anything outdoors! Hiking, going for long walks (while reading!), rock climbing, and picnicking. I also enjoy dancing and cooking, preferably simultaneously.

Where was I born: I was born in Vermont and grew up in Montpelier, VT.

Heroes: My biggest hero is my mom, who is the strongest person I know. Musically, my heroes are Maria Callas and David Bowie.

Practice Tips: Trust yourself and your body. The only way to improve is to make mistakes! You want to evaluate the sounds you make, but not judge them as good or bad. Everything is part of the process of learning.

If you want to get a good breath for singing (especially classical singing):

1. Place your hand on your chest to make sure your chest doesn’t rise.

2. Breathe out as much air as you can, wait for a second, and then breathe in.

3. Feel a round space in your mouth, like you’re yawning – but try not to suddenly open your mouth.

You won’t get the sound you want from holding or tightening to try to control it. Think of the space you want and where you want to aim the resonance, and inhale with this space in mind, leaving no gap between inhalation and onset of sound.

The breath is always moving! It can feel easy to forget this, but speed of air is critical to intonation and maintaining a raised soft palate.

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