Dawn Ellen Durdella has been described as having "a magnificent instrument." Lauded for the richness of her voice and purity of her tone, she has been a soloist in numerous chamber, choral, and orchestral works throughout Ohio. Most recently, Dawn performed the Pie Jesu in Durufle's Requiem with the Trinity Cathedral Choir and Chamber Orchestra. In Aaron Copland's In the Beginning, Dawn's voice was described as "lovely in its clarity and her exquisite diction made every syllable intelligible…each day’s efforts were gracefully outlined by the soloist” (Cool Cleveland). Other works in which she was the mezzo soloist include Benjamin Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb, Handel's Messiah, Haydn's Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze and Lord Nelson Mass, Solveig's Cradle Song from Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt, and Mozart's Requiem.
Dawn has also sung a variety of operatic roles, both locally and abroad, including La Maestra della Novizie in Puccini's Suor Angelica, Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro; Nancy/ Julia in Martha; Katisha and the Mikado, The Mikado; and Dritte Dame, in Die Zauberflöte. Ms. Durdella has also taken part in a number of large professional and volunteer choirs, including Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir 4 last fall, the Cleveland Orchestra Opera's production of Mozart's Don Giovanni,and Opera Cleveland's productions of Puccini's Tosca, Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, and Bizet's Les pêcheurs de perles.
Dawn regularly performs with the electronic band, Missile Command, with whom she has recorded two albums, Machines Should Think, People Should Work, and The Future. She was also a featured guest artist on Interface's album, Visions of Modern Life (New York). She has enjoyed the honor of performing The National Anthem for local veterans, for Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, and also for Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama at the National Democratic Presidential Debate in February 2008.
Ms. Durdella received her Baccalaureate degree in Music in Vocal Performance from Cleveland State University, graduating with honors (Magna Cum Laude) in June 2009. During her tenure at Cleveland State, she worked with both Elizabeth Unis Chesko and Noriko Fuji Paukert. Dawn is a wife and mother to a beautiful family whom she adores, and spends her days working with adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. She is the alto soloist at Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland.