Artist Lecturer in Voice, Director of JIVE
Musician and vocal artist Betsy Lawrence has been dazzling audiences across the United States as well as in Europe and Canada for the past two decades. A few of her operatic credits include La traviata with the New York City Opera Touring Company, Werther with the Pittsburgh Opera Center at Duquesne, and numerous roles with the American Opera Project in New York City. Betsy has many musical theater credits including major roles with Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Pittsburgh Music Theater, and Stage Right. She traveled to Hamburg, Germany for the roles of Jenny Any dots/Griddle bone and Gumby Cat in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats. She most recently performed a role with Pittsburgh CLO in Footloose. Her national television credits include the currently running Red White and Rock, The American Sound Track, More Rock at 50, My Music, The Roots of Rock and Roll, The British Invasion, and Roots in Country. During her PBS performances, Betsy sings and dances with such major recording artist's as Frankie Valley, Frankie Avalon, Gary Puckett, Connie Francis, Little Peggy Marsh, Jimmy Clanton, Mel Carter, Glenn Cambell, BJ Thomas, and many more. Betsy most recently returned from Nashville, TN where she appeared as a featured soloist for two PBS television shows, singing country classics and 70’s classic rock.
Betsy is featured on national radio and television commercials including Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Captain Morgan’s Rum, and the currently running "Silver Microphone" award-winning Dad's Dog food. Last year, Betsy added to her national credits, a promotion for CMT (County Music Television), singing a classic Loretta Lynn song. She was hand picked by Harpo productions to sing the Syrius radio lead in for The Oprah Winfrey Show. Betsy has sung for numerous local television and radio adds including Friedman’s Supermarkets, KDKA TV, Baierl Chevrolet, The New Shoppe’s at Northway, and Sturm and Larkin.
In 2008 Betsy won the “TAE sound of opportunity” contest with her original songs. A finalist in the Lilithe Faire International Songwriting Competition, Betsy was invited to perform her original song Holland at the famed "Opera House" in Toronto Canada. Her song Stonger was used as the official SWAN day Pittsburgh in the 2012 performance and campaign. She has appeared as a featured soloist numerous times with the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops Orchestra with the late Marvin Hamlisch. Other solo appearances include River City Brass Band, Latshaw Orchestra, and the Manhattan Philharmonic, and the Washington (PA) Symphony. She is a fixture on the local Pittsburgh music scene, including appearing on WQED All Star Holiday Jam as well as playing such venues as the Mellon Arena for the Mario Lemeux International Celebrity Golf Tournament, the Benedum Center for the Pittsburgh Opera annual fundraiser, the Heart Ball and many more.
In the fall of 2004, she was invited to sing at the United Nations in New York City for “Nuclear Disarmament Worldwide“ which was headed by Ted Turner and Mikhail Gorbachev. Betsy has also performed at the French embassy in Washington D.C. Betsy is one of the most in demand vocal instructors in the tri-state area. In addition to her new appointment as director of JIVE, she is on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University as an Artist Lecturer in Voice. Betsy can also be found teaching at the Richard E. Rauh Conservatory for Pittsburgh Musical Theater. www.betsylawrence.com