Soprano Marlayna Maynard performs frequently across the country and is in demand as a recitalist and pedagogue. She has appeared as a soloist with the Memphis Symphony, the Memphis Repertory Orchestra, the Balmoral Chamber Orchestra, the Huntington Symphony, and the Lexington Baroque Consort. As a chamber musician and recitalist, she has been a guest of the International Horn Symposium, the Ann Arbor Festival of Song, the Marshall University New Music Festival and the MUsic Alive series.
Dr. Maynard’s recent opera roles have included Madame Goldentrill in The Impresario (Blue Lake Opera), Sue in The Last Leaf by James Niblock (Blue Lake Opera), Frau Fluth in Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor (University of Memphis), Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (Opera Breve), the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro (University of Memphis) and Pat the Bassoonist in Speed Dating Tonight! (University of Memphis). Dr. Maynard holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Memphis, a Master of Music degree from Bowling Green State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marshall University.
Dr. Maynard is a voice instructor at Radford University in Virginia where she serves as Director of Vocal Studies. In the summers, she teaches at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, MI. Previous teaching appointments have included the University of Memphis, Marshall University, Morehead State University and Bowling Green State University. She is originally from the small rural community of Dunlow, W.Va.