Faculty & Staff
Lorraine McFadden Bell, soprano, performs extensively as a recital and solo artist. Her diverse repertoire includes opera, art song, spirituals, Broadway and contemporary works. She has appeared as guest soloist for several oratorio works. Her performances and lectures on the topic of African American art song have taken her to numerous colleges, universities, conferences and communities throughout the United States. Ms. Bell has premiered several works written specifically for her “lovely lyric voice” by the celebrated and internationally recognized American composer, Adolphus Hailstork, Eminent Scholar Old Dominion University. She also collaborated with Dr. Hailstork in the performance and lecture of his solo vocal literature. She recently performed his composition Songs of Love and Justice with the Virginia Symphony in a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King. The Songs of Love and Justice was commissioned and premiered at Hampton University in 1993 by Dr. Marilyn Thompson.
Ms. Bell program offerings include a one week residency at Roosevelt Roads Elementary School in Ceiba Puerto Rico entitled Lollipops and Opera. She was also on the Artist Roster with Young Audiences of Virginia, Inc., which presented Hooray for Opera! an introduction to opera for young audiences. Her performance projects include a recital program of Women in Music: A Tribute to Dorothy Maynor, a graduate of Hampton Institute and founder of the Harlem School of the Arts performed in Ogden Hall at Hampton University.
Musical Studies began at Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland. She completed her Bachelor of Science with emphasis in Vocal Performance at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia. She holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Virginia and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at Shenandoah University/Shenandoah Conservatory, Winchester, Virginia.
Ms. Bell serves as Assistant Professor of Voice in the Department of Music at Hampton University. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Sorority, Inc. Lambda Omega Chapter and serves as a Board Member and President of the local chapter of the National Association for the Study and Performance of African American Music. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity and also teaches vocal studies at Hampton Academy of Music, Dance and Drama.