Neenah Gaye Fusté is a high school senior, currently studying classical voice at Interlochen Arts Academy under the direction of Dr. Laura Osgood Brown. At Interlochen, Neenah not only receives college preparatory academics maintaining a 3.95 GPA, but she also attends opera techniques workshop courses, and performs in two opera productions each year. She is a member of the Interlochen Arts Academy Choir & Chamber Choir. Neenah also takes music theory, class piano, private voice lessons, and voice studio classes.
In addition to being selected to sing in numerous masterclasses and workshops, Neenah's achievements include being accepted into and attending the Bel Canto Institute in Florence, Italy (2023), ArtsBridge ArtSong (2022), Boston Conservatory of Music Vocal Choral Intensive (2021), Juilliard’s Winter Festival (2021), and Interlochen Arts Summer Camp, Classical Vocal Performance (2020). She also attended University of Wisconsin Summer Music Clinic (2019).
Neenah has performed in numerous solo recitals, choral concerts, and the following opera roles:
Belinda, Dido & Aeneas by Henry Purcell, IAA May 2023
Clorinda, La Cenerentola by Gioachino Rossini (opera scenes), IAA Dec 2022
Mimi, La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini (opera scenes), IAA Dec 2022
Lady Saphir & Chorus, Patience by Arthur Sullivan, IAA May 2022
Linden & Chorus, Le dernier sorcier by Pauline Viardot, IAA Dec 2021
Rose 1, Stars, Birds, Chorus, The Little Prince by Rachel Portman, IAA May 2021
Quartet & Chorus, Orpheo ed Euridice by Christoph Willibald Gluck (opera scenes), IAA Dec 2020
Neenah’s awards include being an Interlochen Arts Academy Concerto Finalist (2022), and received an annual Arts Merit Scholarship at Interlochen Academy of the Arts (2020-2022). Vocal competition recognition include being a NATS Great Lakes Region Top 5 Winner & National Student Audition Screening Round qualifier (2021 and 2022), CS Music All-State Singer Award 2023, CS Music Certified Artist 2022, WSMA Solo & Ensemble Festival State Competition (2020) gold & silver medalist.
In addition to studying classical voice, Neenah enjoys running, competing in 5k’s, and yoga. She’s also very passionate about childhood cancer awareness and has fundraised for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society every year since 2015.