Ursula Maria's Story
Soprano Ursula Maria Kleinecke was born and raised in Mexico, where, as the daughter of a pianist and arranger, she was surrounded by music from an early age. She is passionate about the power of the voice to touch, move and inspire.
As a performing artist with a particular interest in music of the Americas, Ms. Kleinecke has performed works by many American and Latin American composers such as Bruce Babcock, Peter Boyer, Mark Carlson, Daniel Catán, Alberto Ginastera, Carlos Guastavino, John Harbison, Jaime León, Diego Luzuriaga, Juan B. Plaza, Theodoro Valcárcel and Heitor Villa-Lobos. She has performed in Scandinavia, Europe, Mexico and USA. Her recordings include an album of boleros and other Mexican and Latin American popular songs with her late father, pianist Tito Enriquez; Songs of Lee Hoiby with pianist Maria Pérez-Goodman, released on Albany Records (TROY1102); and In the Catalan Style with guitarists Gregg Nestor and Adam Pettit, to be released in late 2016 on Clear Note.
In addition to her work as a performer, Ms. Kleinecke maintains an active teaching schedule. She is presently a Lecturer in Music (Voice) at Pomona College, Adjunct Professor of Voice at Claremont Graduate University, and also maintains a private studio for vocal coaching and instruction.
Ms. Kleinecke received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of the Pacific, and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music. She undertook additional studies at the Sibelius Academy in Finland, through a Finlandia Foundation Scholarship. During her period of study, Ms. Kleinecke received recognition at vocal competitions including the Young Artists Competition in Redlands (CA), the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.