Dr. Dione Bennett, soprano, finds her greatest fulfillment as a teacher facilitating student growth. She fully enjoys spanning the genres of the Classical, Musical Theatre, and Contemporary Music genres. Students under her tutelage not only hold masters degrees from prestigious graduate programs as the Peabody Institute of Music, New York’s Steinhardt School of Music, Manhattan School of Music and Shenandoah to name a few, but, also debuted at the Metropolitan Opera. Her students have also ambitiously and successfully won competitions and pursued summer programs such as the Chautauqua Music Festival and Oberlin in Italy.
She made her Carnegie Hall debut with composer and conductor Stacey Gibbs and recently was featured with the Akron Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Christopher Wilkins singing Nkeiru Okoye's "I Am Harriet Tubman". Her ongoing performance career includes oratorio such as Handel’s Messiah, Fauré’s Requiem, Weill’s Cry the Beloved Country and Tippett’s A Child of Our Time. Her opera performances include the roles of Nedda in Pagliacci, Mimi in La Bohéme, Micaela in Bizet’s Carmen, and Bess in Porgy and Bess sung with many of the great symphony orchestras of the area. She continues as a recitalist, an artist in the Ohio Song Project and appearances across the United States. She can be heard also as the soprano soloist in the premier recording of The Selfish Giant with the Erie Chamber Orchestra. She received her Doctor of the Musical Arts from the University of Illinois. and her Bachelor and Master of Music from the University of Akron. Since that time, she has taught at both university and center for the arts levels. While maintaining a thriving voice studio at Capital University Conservatory of Music, she is also the Director of Vocal and Choral studies at Ohio Christian University.