Soprano Mary Jo DuGaw is an energetic performer whose career has spanned both the East and West Coasts.  On the concert stage, she has appeared as Guest Artist with the Seattle Symphony, Tacoma Symphony, Northwest Sinfonietta Chamber Orchestra, Northwest Boychoir, Philharmonia Northwest Chamber Orchestra, Bravo! Vancouver, Choral Arts Ensemble of Portland,
Bellevue Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony, Whatcom Symphony, Salem Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Choral Company and Ensemble Vindobona.

Concert repertoire includes works by Handel, Mozart, Haydn, Brahms, Schubert, Puccini, Mahler, Chabrier, Vaughan Williams, Gershwin, Lehár, Rodrigo, Copland and Bernstein.  Ms. DuGaw has sung soprano solos in Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis,and Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem.  Other concert engagements include Rutter’s Magnificat, Mendelssohn’s St. Paul Oratorio, Rodrigo’s Songs of Love and War, Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn and numerous chamber music concerts, including High And Mighty, featuring Soprano, Flute and Clarinet in all their glorious high-note splendor.  Mary Jo is a member of Ars Poetica Musica, a chamber group comprised of Singer, Actor (her husband, David Ketter), Pianist and Cellist, which presents thematic concerts of poetry and song.

Ms. DuGaw is well-known to Northwest theatre audiences for her leading roles with 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, Civic Light Opera, Rogue Music Theatre, Alaska Light Opera Theatre, Bathhouse Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theatre, to name a few.  At Village Theatre, she played Mother Superior in The Sound of Music, was Golde in Fiddler on the Roof, Kate/Lilli in Kiss Me, Kate (Seattle Times Footlight Award for Best Actress in a Musical) and Fräulein Schneider in Cabaret.  At 5th Avenue Theatre, she was Mrs. Anderssen in A Little Night Music, starring Hayley Mills and Claire Bloom, was Marie in The Most Happy Fella, opposite Julian Patrick, and was in the critically-acclaimed Sweeney Todd.  She has performed Eliza in My Fair Lady, Marian in Music Man, Laurey in Oklahoma!, Julie in Carousel, The Baker’s Wife in Sondheim’s Into The Woods and Marta in his Company.  Mary Jo has also been involved in new and developing Musical Theatre pieces, appearing in three musicals by Scott Warrender:  January Book, Lights, and Book of James.  She was Edith in the West Coast Premiere of After The Fair, which went on to run Off-Broadway in New York.  She was the Soprano Soloist in Seattle Repertory Theatre’s O Pioneers and was Sara Roosevelt in Village Theatre’s West Coast premiere of Eleanor

Mary Jo spent two years in New York City where she appeared Off-Broadway (Cherry Lane Theatre) with Light Opera of Manhattan as the title character in Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience and as Gretchen in Victor Herbert’s The Red Mill.  Other East Coast appearances include the role of Nellie Forbush in South Pacific.  

A versatile performer, Mary Jo has appeared in several television commercials and has recorded film (Millions, The Empty Mirror, Exorcist-The Beginning), commercial and video/DVD game (Halo II & III, Age of Empires III, World of Warcraft) soundtracks.  She played Mrs. Wheaton in the new Steven King miniseries, Rose Red, which aired on ABC and is now out in DVD. 

Ms. DuGaw studied voice with Marni Nixon, Marianne Weltmann and Carol Webber and received much of her training in the Northwest.  She attended Cornish College in Seattle and received her Bachelor of Music in Voice from the University of Portland in Oregon.  A sought-after voice teacher, Mary Jo is currently on faculty at Bellevue Community College and The Overlake School.  She is proud to be a fourth-generation native of Washington and now lives on a farm in Fall City with her husband, two horses, a Golden Retriever dog and two cats, where she maintains a private voice studio.    

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MARY JO DUGAW, soprano