Jean Ornellas


Dr. Jeanie Wozencraft-Ornellas, listed among "2000 Outstanding Musicians of the Twentieth Century," made her professional debut with the Cleveland Opera in the role of Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi. Since then she has performed recitals, opera and oratorio throughout the United States and abroad. She has twice been regional finalist and award winner in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, and has won awards with the Charleston Symphony and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Jeanie has performed in 12 countries including China, Spain, Venezuela, New Zealand, Greece, Hong Kong, and Indonesia. In addition she has performed numerous benefit concerts to raise money for schools for the handicapped in South America and Micronesia. Reviews have described her voice as "extraordinary" and "sublime" (Jakarta Post). La Estrella of Iquique, Chile labeled Dr. Wozencraft-Ornellas "a soprano with extensive range, with notes lyrical, dramatic and an exceptional agility." After a recent performance in Santiago, Chile "the audience in the theatre gave "la Wozencraft" a standing ovation, wanting more." The El Paso Times applauded her "outstanding versatility" calling her artistic instincts "unimpeachable."

Dr. Ornellas currently serves on the faculty at Eastern New Mexico University, teaching voice, vocal pedagogy, vocal literature, and directing opera and music theatre productions. She received degrees from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music (B.M. Vocal Performance), Bowling Green State University in Ohio (M.M. in Vocal Performance), and Florida State University (D.M. Vocal Performance).