Gina Sikora studied voice in her native Peru with the famous coloratura soprano Lucrecia Sarria. At the age of 16 she began to sing professionally with the international company of zarzuelas and operettas under the direction of Faustino García, touring South America. At 18 she received the prestigious "Pluma de Plata" award for outstanding performance. After arriving in the US, she studied music at Stony Brook University. Since coming to Cortland, she has studied voice with Marion Hanson. Dr. Sikora has appeared as soloist with the Choral Union under the direction of Stephen Wilson performing Haydn's The Creation, Handel's Messiah, Rossini's Stabat Mater, Bach's Magnificat, Fauré's Requiem, J. Rutter's Magnificat and Saint Saen's Christmas Oratorio. She earned her doctorate in comparative literature with a specialization in medieval studies at Binghamton University. She has taught at Syracuse University, Hamilton College, Binghamton University, Tompkins Cortland Community College, Cornell University, and SUNY Cortland. Her most recent performances were with Stephen Wilson in San José, Costa Rica (where she presented this program of Piazzolla's vocal tangos for Veritas University) and in New York City where she performed the role of Mariana in the Zarzuela Luisa Fernanda.
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