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Orna AraniaOrna Arania

Associate Professor
D.M.A., Northwestern University

Office:   815-753-5695
E-mail: oarania@niu.edu

Ms. Arania holds advanced degrees in voice and opera performance from Northwestern University, where she studied with Mignon Dunn, Sherrill Milnes, and Karen Brunssen.  Her bachelor's degree in voice (including a minor in conducting) is from the Rubin Academy of Music, Tel Aviv University, Israel.

Ms. Arania is considered a leading singer and choral conductor in her native country, Israel.  She has performed extensively as a soloist in concert series and festivals with Israel’s leading orchestras, such as the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Israel’s Kibbutz Orchestra, and many more. She has performed under the direction of Joseph Flummerfelt, Salvador Mas Conde, Thomas Vashari, Avner Itai, and Doron Solomon, to name a few, and toured as a soloist with various Israeli ensembles in Italy, Germany, Austria, The Czech Republic, Hungary, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Canada, and the United States.

Since arriving in the United States, she has performed in opera productions, recitals, and oratorio concerts, with orchestras such as Elgin Symphony, Lima Symphony, Chamber Bach Ensemble, NU Chamber Orchestra, ONU Symphony orchestra, and more. Her performances included the leading roles in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, and many oratorio parts, such as in Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise, and Psalm 42, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Mass in C, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor and Requiem, Faure’s Requiem, and Rutter’s Requiem. She also performed the American premier of Richard Blackford’s Mirror of Perfection, the world premier of Yeheskel Braun’s Qumodo Sedet Sola and the Illinois Premiere of Richard Danielpoor’s American Requiem. She recently had her NY Lincoln Center Debut singing the solo soprano role in Haydn’s Theresienmesse with Distinguished Concerts International Orchestra New York.  She currently is a singer and assistant conductor of The Lakeside Singers.

Ms. Arania has been a participant in the International Vocal Arts Institute’s Opera programs, taking place in Italy and Israel, and has won prizes in singing competitions such as NATS, and the Bel Canto Foundation. Since 1993 she has been the recipient of numerous scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, both in voice and in choral conducting. Before joining the NIU faculty, she has held part time lecturer positions at Northwestern University and North Park University.