Senior Lecturer - Voice
Martha Antolik has twice been a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions
in both the Gulf Coast and Mid-South Regions. She is a former Apprentice Artist with the Santa Fe Opera Company and has sung and acted in summer stock with the Starlight Theater in Indianapolis, Indiana. Antolik was the recipient of the Leonie Rothschild Career Grant Award in the Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions and has also won the Birmingham Symphony Young Artist Award. Antolik has appeared as soloist with many regional orchestras and opera companies including the Memphis Symphony, Birmingham Symphony, Baton Rouge Symphony and Opera, Birmingham Opera, Lake Charles Symphony, New Orleans Symphony, Opera Theater at Wildwood, and the Arkansas Symphony, and has toured Spain as alto soloist in performances of Messiah. In November of 2008, she premiered the role of Mrs. Hibbons in the Lori Laitman opera, The Scarlet Letter. Active in the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Antolik is the former Arkansas Chapter President of NATS and has served on its Regional Board of Control. Both she and her students have appeared on the programs of the National NATS Conventions in both 2004 and in 2008. In 2004, Antolik performed Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen at the National NATS Convention in New Orleans with the UCA Faculty Chamber Ensemble . In Fall of 2010, Antolik will perform at the Region NATS Conference at SLU in Hammond, Louisiana. Antolik has also been cited in the Arkansas Times as Soloist of the Year for her performance with the Arkansas Symphony in the Verdi Requiem. Antolik received a DMA degree from the University of Memphis, an MM in Vocal Performance from Louisiana State University, and a BA in Music from Samford University. She is currently active as an adjudicator, clinician, and recitalist and serves on the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Choral Society. Her specialties include the music of Gustav and Alma Mahler, cabaret music, and music of women composers.
Her students have won numerous competitions including the Regional and State Met Auditions, National Society of Arts and Letters competition, MTNA State Competitions, and competitions on the national level. They have also appeared as soloists with the Arena di Verona, Teatro Fenice, Baltimore Symphony, Seattle Opera, Opera Lousianne, Rome Opera, Opera Lyon, Sarasota Opera, Knoxville Opera, Opera Theater at Wildwood, Semperoper Dresden, and the Savonlinna Opera Festival. Her students have also appeared in musical theater as soloists with the Arkansas Repertory Theater, the Arkansas Symphony, Lost Colony Summer Musicals, Walt Disney World, Six Flags, the Greater Miami Dade Equity Theater, and national tours of such musicals as A Christmas Carol and Hair.