Dr. Brittany Benningfield, of Hodgenville, Kentucky, is a lyric soprano and Lecturer of Voice at Southern Illinois University. She received her undergraduate degree in Music Education from Campbellsville University, the Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Kentucky in the spring of 2011, and completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at UK in January 2018. While studying under Dr. Angelique Clay at UK, Dr. Benningfield performed several leading lady roles, including Alice Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff, La Contessa in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and Fiordiligi in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte. The winner of the Central Region National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award, Dr. Benningfield competed at the national level of NATSAA in New York City in January 2020, receiving the Baird/Lunkley Foundation Award. This coming March, she’ll compete as a semifinalist in the Music International Grand Prix competition in Chicago. She’s also performed with Southern Illinois Chamber Society, Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Bay View Music Festival, Cincinnati Opera, Kentucky Opera, and is a frequent guest soloist for the Black Classical Artists of Louisville (KY). A 2001 graduate of the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts, Dr. Benningfield currently serves as Chair for the Vocal Music discipline of GSA, where she teaches 30 of Kentucky’s best young vocalists every summer. She most recently served as Interim Director of Choral Activities at Transylvania University, teaching undergraduate voice, opera workshop, and leading two SATB choirs. Particularly active in the arts scene of central Kentucky, Dr. Benningfield served as vocal instructor for the Woodford Theatre Young Artists program, Central Music Academy, and has music directed for Blackbird Dance Theatre, Kentucky Conservatory Theatre, and the Transylvania University Theatre Department.