Dr. Marla Fogderud
Voice, Class Voice, Study of Opera
Office: Spafford Hall 309
Marla Fogderud, soprano, is a native of North Dakota and an active stage performer and recitalist in the United States and Europe.
After receiving a bachelor's degree in voice performance from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., she studied at the Norwegian National Academy of Music in Oslo with sopranos Ingrid Bjoner and Siff Pettersen. Fogderud received a master of music degree in voice and opera from Wichita State University, where she was a student of George Gibson and the inaugural recipient of the Samuel Ramey Opera Fellowship.
She was an apprentice with Des Moines Metro Opera for the 2001 season, and has performed operatic roles with Opera Kansas, Wichita State University Opera Theater, Fargo Moorhead Opera, and Michigan State University (MSU) Opera Theater. At Michigan State she had the privilege to sing the title role in the university and eastern U.S. premier of Daniel Catan’s opera Florencia en el Amazonas, which was webcast live around the world.
She has appeared as a soloist with the Cincinnati International Chorale, Wichita Symphony, The Wichita State University Orchestra, Greater Grand Forks Symphony, MSU Concert Band, MSU Philharmonic and MSU Symphony. Fogderud has appeared on the Concordia College Faculty Recital Series, Minnesota Public Radio Regional Artist Concert broadcasts, the North Dakota Museum of Art Summer Concert Series, Plymouth Music Series (Wichita), the Nordvændt Concert Series (Minneapolis) and at the 49th National Conference of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Past international engagements include solo recitals in Hamar and Oslo, Norway, as well as guest lectures at the Norwegian National Academy of Music. In 2009 she attended the inaugural session of the Lotte Lehmann Akademie in Perleberg, Germany, on a full-tuition scholarship. She accepted an invitation to return to the program in 2010. Her repertoire includes not only Norwegian music, in which she specializes; but opera, art song, oratorio and chamber music from a wide variety of languages, styles and time periods.
In 2007 Fogderud completed the doctor of musical arts voice degree program at Michigan State University with the successful defense of her document, "Norwegian Art Song in the Golden Age.”
Fogderud has served as a teacher of voice, voice pedagogy, and singing diction at Concordia College; Valley City State University, Valley City, N.D.; Wichita State University, Kansas; Michigan State University, the University of South Dakota, the University of North Dakota and Northern State University. She also is in demand as a private teacher, coach, adjudicator, and translator.