Aurora Boneberg

On the concert stage, Aurora’s solo experiences within choral repertoire include Bach’s Magnificat, Fauré’s Requiem, Händel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Schubert’s Stabat Mater, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Musikalische Exequien by Heinrich Schütz. Through recitals and master classes, Aurora’s favorite characters to portray have been Despina in Così fan Tutte, Juliette in Roméo et Juliette, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Marzelline in Fidelio, Musetta in La Bohéme, and Laurie in The Tender Land.

Memorable stage performances, in which she was awarded Best Actrees, include Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, and Margot Wendice in Dial M for Murder. In 2005, along with the Buffalo State Chamber Choir and under the direction of Dr. Thomas Witakowski, Aurora traveled to Prague in the Czech Republic. They performed Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, at Smetana Hall, and with the Prague Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra. In 2008, Aurora spent several months living in Graz, Austria, studying opera at the American Institute of Musical Studies. For seven seasons, Aurora performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, the Buffalo Philharmonic Chamber Singers, and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. She has been a soprano section leader for several groups, most recently the Cheektowaga Chorus and First Presbyterian Church in East Aurora. In January of 2015, Aurora was featured on the front page and in a two-page article in Gusto, in The Buffalo News, when she auditioned for the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions.

At Buffalo State College, Aurora studied voice with Dr. Holly Bewlay. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music degree in 2008. She began her graduate studies at Baylor University in Waco, TX, but completed her Master of Music in Voice Performance degree from Fredonia State, studying voice with Professor Julie Newell.