The Bel Canto Studio of Voice

The Art of Beautiful Singing


Maria Williams Kennedy

Studio:  1002 Park Drive  Grand Forks, ND 58201

Home:  701-795-1401 Studio/Cell:  218-791-4341



1999-Present  Director and Owner of The Bel Canto Studio of Voice

1990-Present Private instructor in voice teaching both children and adults 

1999-2015 Vocal Coordinator Summer Performing Arts Company

1991-99 Visiting Professor of Voice Indiana University School of Music

1995 Guest Summer Lecturer Northwestern University Music Department

1999-04 Opera in Schools Program St. Mary’s Catholic School

1998 Vocal Instructor International Music Camp Peace Gardens



1981 F/M Civic Opera Award to Inspiration Point Music Colony

1981 Lawrence Welk Full Music Scholarship

1993  and 1995, 1996 District Winner Metropolitan Opera Auditions

1993 and 1996 Regional Winner Metropolitan Opera Auditions Minneapolis

1993 and 1996 National Finalist Metropolitan Opera Auditions New York

1995 Artist Development Grant from the Metropolitan Opera

1995 National Winner North American Bel Canto Award Chicago

1996 National Finalist Licia Albanese Puccini Competition New York

1996 National Semi Finalist Luciano Pavarotti Competition Boston

1997 Recipient of International Travel Grant Award Indiana University

1984 Finalist National Association of Teacher of Singing

1998 Scholarship to Vocal Institute in Santa Barbara

2009 Thursday Music Club Keynote Musician of the Year

2009 Regional Athena Finalist Community Service



1981-84:   Dr. Carol Irwin-Sedgwick, UND

1985-89:   Ricardo Visus, Emma Small, David Martin, and Elizabeth Manion

1989-99:  Virginia Zeani, Gary Arvin, Elizabeth Fischer Monastero, and Giorgio Tozzi

MASTERCLASSES:  Licia Albanese, Gary Arvin, Martina Arroyo, Inez Silberg,

George Shirley, Helen Boatwright, John Wustman, Nico Castel

COACHES:  Gary Arvin, Davis Hart, James Lesniak, Nicolas Larin, Mary Dibbern, Fiora Contino, David Henrickson, Jeff Peterson, Nico Castel, Ken Wells, Robert Cowart



1981-84 Attended University of North Dakota BM Vocal Performance

1989-91 Attended Indiana University School of Music for Graduate Studies



Sigma Alpha Iota

National Association of Teachers of Singing

Music Teachers National Association

Thursday Music Club



The Bel Canto Studio of Voice, which I own and operate, participates in many area community events and fund raisers including:  Greater Grand Forks Teachers Association, Exchange Club Telethon, Community Violence Intervention Center, St. Vincent de Paul, Red River Valley Hospice, Foster Parents Association, Lake Agassiz Reading Council, and we provide music for area nursing homes.

I have been a licensed Foster Parent, and have served on the board of the Woman, Infants, and Children Program through Social Services.