Lecturer in Music, Voice
Martina Bingham is a lecturer in voice at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and a doctoral candidate at Shenandoah University. She is an accomplished singer, voice teacher, and researcher in the training of the therapeutic voice. She teaches voice pedagogy and applied voice. Martina is passionate about teaching singers in classical and contemporary styles of singing. She currently operates a home voice studio in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, for singers of all ages, specializing in classical art song and arias, musical theatre repertoire and audition preparation, and pop styles. Martina’s teaching is fact-based, functional, and stylistically informed.
Martina is a coloratura soprano who has been praised for her energetic stage presence and polished technique. Recent opera roles include Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Mdm. Goldentrill in The Impresario, Second Lady in The Magic Flute, and Suora Genovieffa in Suor Angelica. She has performed with various opera companies and programs, including Hawai‘i Opera Theater, Opera NEO, Tuscia Opera Festival, Opera Oggi New York, and the OperaWorks winter training program. Martina is a member of the Mae Orvis Opera Studio at Hawai‘i Opera Theatre. She has also been featured as a faculty soloist on the 2014 international tour to the Philippines with the University of Hawai‘i Voices of Aloha. Lastly, she enjoys working with her colleagues and friends in Honolulu as a chorus member and soloist in various chamber groups.
Her musical education began from a love of musical theatre, and she completed a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in Musical Theatre from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in 2009. She attended Westminster Choir College and received a Masters of Music in Voice Performance and Pedagogy in 2011. Westminster instilled in her a love of art song and opera, and a strong foundation in voice pedagogy. From 2012–2015, she taught as a lecturer in voice at the University of Hawai‘i and Kapi‘olani Community College before continuing her education at Shenandoah University.
Martina is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in voice pedagogy at Shenandoah. Her dissertation research is on the training of the therapeutic voice, and she is working with music therapists to better understand clinical applications of the voice and the vast skillsets involved in therapeutic singing. She is deeply interested in applying functional voice training to populations of singers with unique needs and requirements, like music therapists. Martina’s focus on the therapeutic voice also extends to caregivers, as she continues to explore the training of singing interventions for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. In 2017, Martina presented her pilot study on caregiver singing at the Voice Foundation’s Annual Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice.