Thereza Lituma is a senior studying vocal performance and choral music education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a mezzo soprano and studies voice with Professor Sylvia Stone. Thereza is the current alto section leader at the First United Methodist Church in Urbana, IL as well as the pianist/soloist at St. Mary's Church in Champaign, IL.
Last season, Thereza performed the title role of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia (Lyric Theatre @ Illinois), where she was praised by The News Gazette for singing with a “sweeping emotive power.” Her past opera credits include Owl in Janaček's The Cunning Little Vixen (Lyric Theatre @ Illinois), Ježibaba/Third Wood Sprite in Dvorak’s Rusalka (LAH SOW Portland) and Albanact in Purcell’s King Arthur (La Nuova Aurora Opera). She made her Italy debut participating in the Scuola Italia Summer Program for Young Opera Singers, where she performed as Quickly in Verdi’s Falstaff, Zita in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte, Cornelia in Giulio Cesare, and Alisa in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lamermoor.
An avid choral singer, she spent her summer as a 2019 Project Inclusion Voice Fellow with Grant Park Music Festival, where she preformed with the Grant Park Chorus and Orchestra. She is also a proud member of the University of Illinois Chamber Singers. In the Spring of 2018, they premiered a newly commissioned work titled Gathering, to celebrate the university’s sesquicentennial anniversary. They celebrated by performing the piece at the Chicago Symphony Center, Lincoln Center, and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. She has also had the immense honor of sharing the stage with The King Singers during their encore performance at the Krannert Center.
Thereza has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Theodore Presser Foundation Scholarship in Music, T. J. Smith Scholarship Competition, the Mary Mottl Memorial Scholarship, the Division Achievement Award in Music Education, the Sigma Alpha Iota Summer Music Scholarship, the Judy Riemenschneider Marderosian Memorial Music Scholarship, and the Mary Payne Performance Award.
Thereza plans to continue her studies in music and ultimately hopes to combine her passion for performing with her love of education.
February 21st, 2019
Fall 2017 Edition Vol 110 No. 1
"The Awards Edition"