Marcie Hagen, Soprano, an active performer throughout the Midwest, has appeared on the recital, concert and operatic stage. She has performed with such regional opera companies as the Pine Mountain Music Festival (Michigan), the Dorian Opera Theatre (Iowa) and the Illinois Opera Theatre. Her concert appearances include the Minnesota Center Chorale, the Austin MN Symphony, the La Crosse WI Symphony and Deo Cantamus (Plymouth MN). Her concert credits also include J.S. Bachís Passion according to St. John with Weston Noble and the Luther College Symphony, Barberís Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the CSB/SJU Symphony and Libby Larsenís Songs from Letters with the SCSU Wind Orchestra at the CBDNA convention at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. In March 2007, she sang the world premiere of Libby Larsenís Within the Circles of Our Lives with the St. Cloud State Wind Ensemble at the American Band Association International Convention at Cal Poly and UCLA and then the role of Sister Angelica in Stephen Paulusí The Three Hermits at St. Johnís University in April 2007.
Her artistry and skill as a recitalist earned 1st Place in the Minnesota NATS Artist Awards and 2nd Place in the Upper Midwest and Canadian NATS Artist Awards in 2004. In 1997 Dr. Hagen Givens won the Advanced/Young Professional Division of the Minnesota NATS competition. In 1996 she was named Regional Finalist in the Upper Midwest Division of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Awards after winning the Iowa District Met Awards that same year.
Hagen Givens performs regularly in concert and recital with the CSB/SJU Pastiche faculty performing ensemble. She also takes great pleasure in performing with her husband, bass-baritone Hugh Givens. She has also enjoyed the opportunity to present a number of recitals with Jon Spong, long time friend and pianist of Sherrill Milnes.
Dr. Hagen Givens received her DMA from the University of Minnesota under a full fellowship award. She has enjoyed the privilege of studying with Carol Webber at the Eastman School of Music and with Mignon Dunn at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she received her MM degree. Master class experiences include Joan Patenaude-Yarnell, David Jones, John Wustman, Margot Garrett, Ken Noda, Paul Sperry, William Sharp and Costanza Cuccaro.
Dr. Hagen Givens greatly enjoys teaching voice privately and as a member of the CSB/SJU Music Faculty. She is also active as an adjudicator, clinician, guest speaker/lecturer, is a member of Minnesota NATS and serves on the MMTA Voice Development Committee.