In her early years Connecticut soprano Michelle Murray Fiertek appeared in numerous musicals and opened “The Voyage of the Little Mermaid” for Disney MGM studios in Orlando, FL, as one of the original Ariels. She went on to work as the lead singer aboard the S. S. Discovery I and, in 1995, became the first American singer to be invited to perform both Japanese and American music in Minakami, Japan. Michelle later attended Arizona State University, graduating summa cum laude in 2001 with a double Bachelor’s Degree in choral education and vocal performance. In 2003, Michelle and pianist David Murray released their first album, Blue: The Complete Cabaret Songs of William Bolcom and Arnold Weinstein (Summit Records), described as “exemplary” by BBC Music Magazine and named “CD of the week” by the Arizona Republic and KBAQ-FM. Michelle completed a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance at California State University Long Beach in 2007, where she also served as a member of the voice faculty. Michelle made her Carnegie Hall debut in December 2005, performing selections from her first album in Weill Recital Hall. Her performance was described as “First rate – engaging and authentic” in New York Concert Review. In September 2006 she released her second album for Summit Records, The Juliet Letters. Michelle has been a faculty and guest recital artist at venues including California State University, San Bernardino, Arizona State University, California State University, Long Beach, California Baptist University, Riverside Community College, Georgia Southern University, and Naugatuck Valley Community College. Michelle has also been featured as a soloist in many large-scale choral works, including Fauré’s Requiem, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Mass in C Minor, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bach’s B Minor Mass and Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum and Messiah. In 2007 she was invited to study and perform Spanish Art Song in Granada, Spain under the direction of such famed musicians as pianist Miguel Zanetti and mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza, and she returned in the summer of 2009 as a guest recital artist. In 2013 Ms. Murray Fiertek completed her D.M.A. degree in Vocal Performance at The Hartt School, University of Hartford where she currently serves on the voice faculty. She continues to reside in Connecticut where she performs and teaches.