Ariana Horner Sutherland
Hailing from Nome, Alaska, Soprano Ariana Horner Sutherland is a current DMA student attending the University of California, Santa Barbara. As a budding solo artist, she placed in competitions such as the Opera Fairbanks Concerto Competition, the Anchorage Concert Chorus Competition, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition. She was also selected for the Young Artist Training program with Opera Fairbanks in 2017. One of her favorite highlights of 2018 was when she traveled for rural outreach via the Nome Arts Council to the coast of Western Alaska to perform a solo recital for her hometown. That same fall she flew to South Africa as the featured soloist with the Lowveld Chamber Music Association Orchestra. Ariana has been a featured soloist with the festival orchestra at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival under the baton of Maestro Robert Franz. In 2019 she graduated with her Bachelors of Music Education from the University of Alaska Fairbanks studying with Dr. Jaunelle Celaire. At Sam Houston State University, the soprano was showcased as Liesgen in J.S. Bachs’ “Coffee Cantata”. Notably she was part of the ensemble that received second place at the National Opera Association graduate scenes competition in Cleveland Ohio in 2020. Most recently, Ariana completed her Masters in Vocal Performance at SHSU under the instruction of Dr. Rebecca Renfro in May of 2021. Ariana currently studies in the studio of Professor Benjamin Brecher at the University of California, Santa Barbara.