Mezzo-Soprano Olivia Insignares, hailed for a "velvety resonant sound" provides ceremonial singing during church services, engagements, weddings, funerals, and special occasions. Ms. Insignares has performed professionally on the eastern coast of South Carolina, from Savannah to Myrtle Beach for more than 10+ years. As an prominent vocalist she has appeared as a featured soloist in operas, musical theater productions, oratorios, and choral programs around the state. Ms. Insignares is a frequent guest soloist at Second Presbyterian Church in downtown Charleston, SC and St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in McCleansville, SC.
Price Range: $50-200 per performance
Gig Length: 60 - 180 minutes
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Greek
What to Expect
I bring a high caliber of professionalism to all of my vocal work. Punctuality, thorough knowledge of the piece, exceptional tone, and excellent vocal delivery are my primary goals in satisfying any client I work with.
The most requested songs that are asked of me during ceremonial singing are "Ave Maria" or "The Promise", especially for weddings. Usually the family of the bride or groom has a special song in mind that is significant to the family. I can provide my own sheet music and would request a short rehearsal with an accompanist before the performance, to ensure the piece is up to par with the client's expectations.
I can learn any piece of music within a 24hr notice, so I can be hired last minute, if another singer is not able to perform. My prices vary on the duration of time spent at the venue, the difficulty of the music, and what my clients are able to give. I always go above and beyond, at times ending a gig with an "encore" special piece I dedicate to the couple if requested! I love sharing my gift of music with others and I hope I can bring that extra special something to your special event!
Ms. Olivia Insignares, mezzo-soprano, is a graduate of the College of Charleston with a BA in Music with specializations in Music History and Vocal Performance. Recently featured in Alice Flagg: An American Opera as an alto soloist, Olivia is a native of Pawleys Island and credits much of her musical formation to her participation in Georgetown County’s B.E.A.C.H Singers program. As a current member of the PaTram Music Institute, she is featured in the release of the recent CD recording titled, “Praise the Lord, All Ye Nations” under the direction of Vladimir Gorbik. Ms. Insignares also represented PaTram in the recent recording session of Rachmaninoff’s All Night Vigil Opus. 37 with the Washington Master Chorale, the Society of St. Romanos, and Gloria Dei Cantores. In recent seasons she has performed with The Carolina Theater of Greensboro, the College of Charleston Concert Choir, The College of Charleston Madrigal Singers, the Taylor Festival Choir, The Elsie Pollock Festival Choir, St. Romanos Byzantine Chant Group- Charlotte, NC, Holy Ascension Orthodox Church Choir, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Choir, Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus as well as singing freelanced work within a variety of vocal styles including classical, jazz, bluegrass, and experimental music. Past performances included yearly participation in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival and coverage by NPR’s Performance Today with Pro Musica Charleston. Ms. Insignares is a current guild member for the Cultural Council of Georgetown County and is an alumna of the Cultural Council’s vocal scholarship program. She is a featured guest lecturer at high schools on music topics in history and a teacher of voice to beginner students.
Additional Booking Notes
I do not require any special technical requirements, all of my own equipment if needed I can bring myself (music stands, lights, sheet music). Microphones would be expected, if in an outdoor gathering.
Influences & Inspiration
Maria Callas, Marin Mazzie, Ewa Podles, Billy Holiday, Cecilia Bartoli, Patsy Cline, Sophie Braslau, Joyce DiDonato, Marilyn Horne, Denyse Graves, and Peggy Lee.
Microphones, microphone stand if in an outdoor setting