Samantha Balboa is an Austin, Texas based performer and voice teacher. Although billed as a fuller-voiced soprano, Samantha has performance experience singing mezzo-soprano repertoire as well. Some performance credits include the roles of Desirée Armfeldt (A Little Night Music), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro), Erste and Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte), and Ottavia (L’incoronazione di Poppea). Samantha has won several awards and competitions in singing, including the UNT Concerto Competition, the David Daniels Concerto Competition, and the Matilda Dodge Wilson Award for vocal excellence (Detroit, MI).
She is an active chamber music performer and often presents recitals of works written for voice, viola, and piano, alongside her husband, Ruben. Recently, the two were selected to present a program of lesser-known works for this instrumentation at the 2021 American Viola Society Festival.
Samantha currently serves on the voice faculty at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, where she teaches several courses in singing and directs the university musical productions. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance and Voice Science/Pedagogy at the University of North Texas, her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance at Oakland University, and her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Vocal Performance at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
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