Eastman School of Music

Distinguished Visiting Artist

Since 2015, Renée has served as a Distinguished Visiting Artist at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. She has offered master classes, coaching sessions, lessons, and open talks and presentations for the students on a recurring basis at her alma mater.

“As the child of two vocal music teachers, I have been steeped in music education my entire life. One of the great traditions of classical singing is that knowledge is always passed from working artists to the next generation of vocalists, through direct engagement of the kind that I have as a Visiting Artist at the Eastman School of Music,” said Fleming. “I’m excited to be able to share what I’ve learned in my studies, my performances, and my travels with vocal students at this school I love so much.”

Fleming received her Master of Music degree at Eastman. In 2011, she performed with the school’s Eastman Philharmonia under conductor Neil Varon in a benefit concert for the Renée Fleming Endowed Scholarship Fund. In 2016, she sang the world premiere of Kevin Puts’ orchestral song cycle Letters from Georgia, composed for her, with the Eastman Philharmonia, a student ensemble, under the baton of Neil Varon. After the premiere performance at Eastman, Renée and the Philharmonia brought the work to Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City.