Soprano Aurora Micu, a graduate of Juilliard School Pre-College division, received her B.M. and M.M. degrees in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College in 1998. Since then, she has performed in numerous concerts and recitals in the United States and Romania, and has appeared as a guest soloist with the Plainfield Symphony Orchestra, the Collegium Musicum Orchestra, Edison Symphony Orchestra, the Trenton Symphony Orchestra, the Albany Symphony Orchestra and the New Jersey Opera Company Orchestra.
Ms. Micu has performed operatic roles including: Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro), Michaela (Carmen), Antonia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Lauretta and Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi), Anna (Le Villi), First Lady (Die Zauberflote), Flora (La Traviata), The Monitor (Suor Angelica), and Hansel (Hansel and Gretel) at institutions including the Intermezzo Young Artist Program, the Shaker Mountain Opera Festival, and the Westminster Summer Concert series. She has prepared the roles of Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) and Poppea (L’Incoronazione di Poppea) at the International Institute of Vocal Arts (Italy) and participated in master classes for Bel Canto and Sibelius & Strauss sessions at the Britten-Pears Music Festival (U.K.). Ms. Micu toured her native Romania and performed at the International Chamber Music Festival at Casa Armatei (Brasov), at the International Early Music Festival at the Franciscan Cathedral (Miercurea Ciuc), and at the George Enescu Memorial House.
Ms. Micu is the recipient of awards including the George Vassos French Melodie Award, Andrew J. Rider Scholarship, Christian A. Johnson-Endeavor Scholarship, Elaine Isaacson Brown Award (conducting), Edwin B. Garrigues Foundation, John Finley Williamson Scholarship, James Thompson Voice Award and a Juilliard School full scholarship.
Ms. Micu has been a voice teacher at the Westminster Conservatory of Music since 1998, and has prepared students of various ages for college auditions, competitions and solo performances. She has tremendously enjoyed assisting singers in discovering their creative voice, ways to manage the complex singing technique, and ways to engage current and new personal strengths in singing.