Natalie Gunn’s beautiful soprano voice and intelligent artistry bring colorful interpretations to the concert and opera stages. She was recently seen singing Barber’s luscious Knoxville: Summer of 1915, with the Linfield Chamber Orchestra, Carmina Burana with the Music in the Mountains Festival in CA, Handel’s Messiah with Portland Baroque Orchestra under the baton of Richard Egarr, and creating the role of Louise in Story of an Hour, a new operetta by Michael Valenti with Portland Chamber Orchestra. Other favorite engagements include singing Adina (L’elisir d’amore, Portland SummerFest), Queen of the Night (Magic Flute, Portland Opera tour), Bach’s Cantata 210 (Oregon Mozart Players), and Polly (The Beggar’s Opera, PBO, with Monica Huggett).
Natalie has been honored by several major artist competitions, including NATSAA, the National Opera Association, the Metropolitan Opera National Council, and the Gerda Lissner Foundation in New York City. Natalie’s rich training includes studies with the legendary Ellen Faull, Ruth Dobson, Sheri Greenawald and Dean Williamson, and she continues to coach with Richard Bower. She was honored as an Adams Fellow at the prestigious Carmel Bach Festval, and has participated in the Internationale Bachakademie Festival Ensemble, directed by Helmuth Rilling.
A dynamic teacher in her private studio and college classroom, Natalie enjoys sharing her love for the language of music and deep understanding of voice with her students. An active member of both OMTA and NATS, she is also a certified teacher-trainer for The Center for Teacher Effectiveness. She holds a Master of Music degree from Portland State University, where she received the President’s Award for Outstanding University Service. Natalie is also a faculty member at Linfield College, and recently directed Sondheim's Into the Woods for Gallery Theater in McMinnville. She makes her home in Tualatin, and enjoys the great outdoors and fine Oregon wines.