Ms Lynette Alcántara BA BMusEd AMusA MA (Cantab)


  • Director of Music, Wolfson College
  • Freelance Mezzo Soprano,
  • Singing Teacher, Choir of King's College, Cambridge,
  • Co-ordinator and Vocal Pathway Leader, MMus in Choral Studies, Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge,

Lynette has been Director of Music at Wolfson since 1998, and has conducted the College Choir since 1993 (see Wolfson Music Society). She is a graduate of Monash and Melbourne Universities and divides her time equally between singing and teaching/conducting. When not at Wolfson she teaches singing to the boy choristers of the Choir of King’s College Cambridge and to undergraduate Choral Scholars at Sidney Sussex College. Private pupil successes include the 2015/2016 winner of BBC Radio 2 Young Girl Chorister of the Year. For many years she was vocal coach to the CUMS Chorus. She also runs children’s charity King’s Junior Voices. Lynette is a member of the British Voice Association and her interest lies in voice science and its application to vocal pedagogy. At the Faculty of Music she lectures on Vocal Health and Training to conducting students and from 2018 will be the Co-ordinator of the new Vocal Pathway on the expanded MMus in Choral Studies.

Until recently, Lynette was a staff alto with the BBC Singers, the only full-time professional chamber choir in the UK. With the BBC Singers Lynette has toured the world’s music festivals, sung at the funeral of Princess Diana of Wales, and worked with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Colin Davis, and Pierre Boulez. She has sung solo in numerous BBC Proms and on the BBC Music Magazine’s CD recording of Vaughan Williams Mass in Gminor. Elsewhere she has understudied lead roles at English National Opera and Opera North, sung with The Sixteen, and The Tallis Scholars and the Dunedin Consort. With the Monteverdi Choir she has sung solo on a number of recordings, including Shallow Brown on the Gramophone Award winning The Music of Percy Grainger (Phillips). As she takes up her new role at the Faculty of Music she will continue to work as a freelance soloist and occasional ad hoc mezzo with the BBC Singers and with English National Opera.

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