The Graduate School is excited that Adia Evans will be our featured soloist at the Fall 2019 Graduate Hooding Ceremony. Evans will perform the national anthem and lead the audience in the Alma Mater for UT on December 12 during the ceremony, which begins at 4:30 p.m.
Adia Evans is first-year master’s student at University of Tennessee Knoxville, where she studies with Dr. Kimberly Roberts, in pursuit of her Master of Music in Voice Performance. Evans received her Bachelor of Music from University of Maryland College Park. Evans is a proud alumna of Baltimore School for the Arts. Recent operatic credits include the title role in the undergraduate opera production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience, the Sorceress in of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and the role of Princess of Monte Carlo in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Grand Duke with the Victorian Lyric Opera Company. During her time at the University of Maryland, she has toured with the UMD Chamber Singers to the National Collegiate Choral Organization conference in Charleston, SC, and the 10th World Symposium for Choral Music in South Korea.
She has sung on multiple occasions with the National Symphony Orchestra (Kennedy Center, Washington DC) and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (Meyerhoff Hall, Baltimore). She has served as a soloist for the UMD Bach Cantata Series in a performance of Cantata 106, Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit and in Cantata 23 Du wahrer Gott und Davids Sohn. She has been the invited soloist at the University of Maryland Main Campus Commencement and the School of Music Honor Recital. Evans, devoted to social action and advocacy, completed two terms as an AmeriCorps member in Washington DC, through Public Allies. She works in Volunteer Engagement at a regional affordable housing nonprofit when she is not on stage. This fall, Evans will star as Adina in University of Tennessee Opera Theater’s production of L’elisir d’amore and as La Zia in Knoxville Opera’s production of Madame Butterfly.