Dr. Amalia Osuga

Assistant Professor, Voice, Music Department

Biography

Dr. Amalia “Maya” Osuga enjoys a wide range of opportunities as soloist and ensemble singer, conductor, and voice teacher. A soprano consistently praised for her thrilling coloratura and the “unrelenting authenticity” of her musical interpretations, she can be heard in roles ranging from Mozart’s Queen of the Night to Argento’s haunting Miss Havisham. Solo appearances have included: Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Fauré’s Requiem, Mackey’s Songs for the End of the World, and Mendelssohn’s A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall.

Osuga recently joined The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) faculty as Visiting Assistant Professor of Voice. The 2017-2018 recipient of the University of Oregon (UO) Teaching Excellence Award for studio voice, Maya enjoys sharing her passion for the art of singing with students in applied voice, group voice, and lyric diction courses.

As an artist with a particular interest in art song, Osuga has appeared in recital throughout the United States, and Great Britain, where she premiered works by composers Gregers Brinch and Francis Rainey. Osuga’s research focuses on highlighting the voices of women composers, poets, and the stories of women in art song. Her doctoral thesis “Women In Schubert’s Lieder: Exploring The Female Voice Through His Songs” looks at Franz Schubert’s connection to female poets and the expression of the woman’s voice in his songs.

A life-long lover of choral music, Osuga enjoyed early opportunities as ensemble singer and conductor under Francisco Núñez at the Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC). She has served as conductor of the Emerson College Choir, the University of Montana Women’s Choir, and the University of Oregon Repertoire Singers. Her voice teachers include Milagro Vargas, David Cody, Alma Caesari, and Julian Rodescu. She has studied conducting under Sharon Paul, Gary Funk, and James Freeman.

Dr. Amalia Osuga's Curriculum Vitae


Education

  • D.M.A, Vocal Performance with secondary studies in Choral Conducting, University of Oregon
  • M.M., University of Montana
  • B.A., Swarthmore College