The American mezzo-soprano and music pedagogue, Lorraiune Manz, obtained her Bachelor of Art degree from the Kalamazoo College in 1975; her Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1977. She had additional studies as a doctoral fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. She studied with Elizabeth Mannion, Elisabeth Mosher, Jan DeGaetani, Adele Addison, Eugene Bossart, and David Garvey, as well as additional work in master-classes with artists including Gerhard Hüsch, Gérard Souzay, Flor Wend, and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf.
Lorraine Manz has been featured as soloist in the USA in orchestral, oratorio, recital, and chamber music settings. She has performed as soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival Orchestra, Blossom Music Festival (Cleveland), New Hampshire Music Festival, Round Top Festival in Texas, Bach Festival Society, Shreveport Summer Music Festival, and the Jefferson Performing Arts Society (New Orleans) with conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Robert Spano, Marin Alsop, Gareth Morrell, and Steven Smith. She received critical praise for her performances with Lyric Opera Cleveland in Little Women, for which composer Mark Adamo was stage director.
Lorraine Manz has been heard on artist series in recital and contemporary chamber music ensembles, including performances at the Lincoln Center, Contemporary Directions of the Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, the Walker Arts Center (Minneapolis), and the New Music Festival (California). She has toured Japan, Hawaii, and the West Coast, performing a variety of chamber music works.
Lorraine Manz taught at the University of California and at St. Olaf College. In 1993 she joined the faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory, where she serves at Oberlin College as Associate Professor of Singing, Director of Division of Vocal Studies, and Director of Otto B. Schoepfle Vocal Arts Center. A member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), she was a Master Teacher for the prestigious Intern Program in 2006. She also served as clinician at a workshop at New England NATS in 2009. She presented at the 2002 First International Conference on Physics and Acoustics of Singing in Groningen, the Netherlands, and the Chicago Humanities Festival in 2010. As a teacher of singing, she also has special interest in voice pedagogy.
A number of her students have enjoyed thriving professional careers and have performed with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, and apprentice programs such as Lyric Opera of Chicago, Glimmerglass, Santa Fe, and the San Francisco Opera Merola program. Additional students are active performers of early and contemporary music in the USA and abroad. In 2014, Lorraine Manz e was elected to the American Academy of Teachers of Singing in 2014.