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Dr. Mary Lenn Buchanan

Dr. Mary Lenn Buchanan, a member of the Delta State University faculty since 1989, teaches studio voice, vocal solo literature, and directs the DSU Opera Theater. She holds the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS, and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.

Among Dr. Buchanan’s eminent teachers are New York City Opera baritone Alfred Anderson, mezzo-soprano Patricia Etienne-Havranak, and Metropolitan Opera great Martina Arroyo. Robert Grayson, tenor, served as her academic advisor and mentor while at Louisiana State University. Dr. Buchanan has sung roles with the Baton Rouge Opera, New Orleans Opera, New Orleans Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Concert Choir of New Orleans, and LSU and USM Opera Theaters. Dr. Buchanan has also lived and studied music and language in Rome, Italy.

Dr. Buchanan is an active recitalist, premiering works such as “The Solo Vocal Works of Elsa Respighi,” a 20th-century Italian composer (DMA dissertation). She has been a presenter at the College Music Society regional conferences and the MS State National Association of Teachers of Singing Conference. She also presents, performs and produces the “Tribute to Veterans” presented annually during the Delta State Homecoming activities.

Dr. Buchanan’s success as a teacher is highlighted by DSU alumni who have quickly established themselves in the musical world. Her students have been first place winners in the state and regional NATS auditions. She has also had winners and finalists at the district and regional levels of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. Several of her students have continued advanced degrees in music, debuted with professional opera companies, or become teachers of prominence.

Dr. Buchanan has served as president and governor of the Mississippi National Association of Teachers of Singing and is currently the treasurer of the Mississippi State NATS. Until recently, she also served as the auditions chairperson for the North Mississippi Metropolitan Opera National Council. She is a member of the DSU Special Programs committee, the DSU Grievance Committee, the DSU Music Alumni Committee, and the DSU Music Curriculum Committee. She also serves as chair of the Tenure and Promotion Committee for the Department of Music and is an academic advisor. Dr. Buchanan conducts on-going research on the vocal music of Italy and the performance of 20th-century art song.




Department of Music
Box 3256
Delta State University
Cleveland, MS 38733

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