Counterclockwise from top right: Lauren Clare, Lenora Green and Jonathan Stinson.
The Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences Department of Music is proud to welcome three new singing faculties to the University of Arkansas. These bring diverse experience and research in the fields of opera, jazz science, music theater and various special projects to the Institute for Music.
“We are very excited to welcome Lauren Claire, Lenora Green and Jonathan Stinson,” said Ronda Mains, Chair of the Department of Music.
Jeffrey Murdock, Vocal and Choral Studies Coordinator added, “These new faculty additions will be groundbreaking for our vocal and choral studies and for the department as a whole. Our students are fortunate to work with these scientists. “- Educators.”
Mains said the professional achievements of these new faculty members are inspiring, and the passion everyone has for education and student success will help prepare U of A’s music students well for their future.
Lauren Clare joins the Faculty of the Faculty as a Music Teacher after serving a year as an Associate Professor in the Faculty. Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, Clare began her professional career as a singer in 2001 when she gave a solo recital for the Carol Brice Series at the age of 17, when Oral Roberts University, Lauren returned home to be a choir member Singing in the Cimarron Opera Company’s summer production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe. In the fall of that year, Clare began studying coloratura soprano at the prestigious Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University, where she graduated with honors from the Master of Music program in singing.
In 2009, Clare moved to the Fayetteville area and began working as a local singer / songwriter under the pen name Ren. In 2011, she founded what is now known as The Allie Lauren Project. The Allie Lauren Project is an avant-garde collective of classical, alternative and jazz musicians and has performed for the Oklahoma Film & Music Office SXSW Film Panel Event, Tourism Roadshows, Norman Music Festival, 35 Denton, Backwoods Music Festival, Sunday Twilight Concert Series, Wheeler Summer Music Series, Oklahoma City’s New Year Opening Ceremonies, and other numerous performances for the Oklahoma City Arts Council.
Clare has also performed works from this project in Chicago, St. Louis, New York City and London. In 2018, The Allie Lauren Project was nominated by the Heartland Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for a regional Emmy Award for her work with Outsiders Productions and Play It Loud Season II at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resorts. In addition to her work for The Allie Lauren Project, Clare has spent time giving private singing and piano lessons, writing and producing works for hip-hop artist Jabee, and performing jazz standards for Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra events. She also worked with her tribe, the Chickasaw Nation, on production for her composition, which was featured as the theme song for the nation’s 2019 annual meeting.
Lenora Green-Turner is appointed as teaching assistant for music in the faculty of the faculty. Green-Turner, an American soprano from Macon, Georgia, was celebrated by Opera news as an impressive singer and the New York Times as an expressive singer.
She has sung roles like Mimi (La Boheme); Mary (Highway 1, USA); Countess Susanna (Il Segreto di Susanna); First Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), title role Suor Angelica, Berta (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), High Priestess (Aida), Antonia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann). Green-Turner also holds many awards, including the Jane Willson Emerging Artist Award, Leo Rogers Scholarship / Sarasota Opera Guild; MONC Encouragement Award, regional NATS, William Knight Competition, MTNA Young Artist Program, former Artist-In-Residence for Stax Music Academy, LeMoyne-Owen College and Opera Memphis (2013-2017). Green-Turner earned her DMA and MM from the University of Michigan and her Performance Diploma from Indiana University.
Green-Turner is a member of Exigence, led by Eugene Rogers, and works with the Sphinx Organization, a non-profit organization promoting diversity in classical music. She is also the founder and CEO of Green Room Studios LLC; a private vocal studio that helps singers find their authentic creativity. She is excited to join the prestigious University of Arkansas School of Music and give students a new perspective on finding their place in the music industry. She and her husband Anthony J. Turner Jr. are looking forward to this new adventure.
Jonathan Stinson joins the faculty as a music teaching assistant. As a baritone, Stinson has appeared in leading and supporting roles in opera houses across North America and Europe, including Cincinnati Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Kentucky Opera, Opera Omaha, Opera Memphis, Dayton Opera, Cleveland Opera, Central City Opera, Ohio Light Opera , Opera New Jersey and abroad in Italy, England and Bulgaria. He made his international debut in 2010 in Cortona, Italy, in the title role of Don Giovanni.
During the 2019-2020 season he sang Lescaut in Manon Lescaut at Cleveland Opera and performed as a soloist with Connecticut Choral Artists in Handel’s Messiah. Stinson has performed as a soloist with the Kentucky Symphony, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the Carmel Bach Festival, the Orchestra of Northern New York, Lafayette Symphony, Liberty Symphony, and Battle Creek Symphony. His most recent solo works include the Requiem by Fauré, Duruflé and Brahms, Bach’s Complete Christmas Oratorio, Mendelssohn’s Von Himmel hoch, Handel’s Messiah, Israel in Egypt and Alexander’s Feast, Britten’s Cantata Misericordium, Vaughan-Williams ‘Dona Nobis Pacem and John Adams’ The wound dresser.
As a prolific composer, Stinson has written seven song cycles, two one-act plays for young audiences, two opera vignettes and several choral works. His song cycles have been performed in the United States and Germany, and his children’s operas have been produced by the Atlanta Opera, Opera Memphis, and Seagle Music Colony, among others. In 2015, his hymn “Beloved” won the Grand Prix of the ninth annual international hymn competition sponsored by the First Baptist Church in Worcester, Massachusetts.
From 2013-2018 Stinson was assistant professor for singing at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. In 2018 he moved to the UK to accept the position of Senior Lecturer in the Musical Theater, where his research focused on vocal health and the efficiency of all vocal styles, especially musical theater. Stinson was a regional finalist at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and received the “Bel Canto Award” at the Orpheus National Voice Competition. He holds a degree in vocal performance from Oberlin Conservatory (BM), Indiana University (MM), and the University of Cincinnati-College-Conservatory of Music (DMA). He is a member of the Faculty of Singing and Musical Theater of the Varna International Music Academy in Bulgaria every June.