Patricia Blankenship-Mortier, mezzo-soprano, has been an active performer and teacher on the East and West Coasts. She has been a member of the voice faculties at both Whitworth University and Eastern Washington University. A Portland, Oregon native, she is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music Conservatory in New York and was the recipient of the Richard F. Gold Career Grant.
Ms. Blankenship-Mortier has been described by Opera News as a “sheer delight”. She has been the New Year’s Eves alto soloist in the Beethoven’s 9th with the Spokane Symphony several times, performed the Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio and the Durufle Requiem with the NWSMC and a Labor Day Concert with Coeur d’Alene Symphony. She recently performed at the Spokane Opera Gala at the Fox Theater and sings the Messiah yearly with the Coeur d’Alene Sympohony, performed the Mozart Requiem with the Coeur d’Alene Symphony, the role of Flora in La Traviata with Coeur d’Alene Opera and the Brahm’s Alto Rhapsody with the Whitworth Orchestra. Since moving to Spokane, she has performed the Durufle Requiem with Eastern Washington University, Christmas Concerts and the Beethoven’s 9th with Coeur d’Alene Symphony, Opera Galas, Concerts and Cruises for Coeur d’Alene Opera, Art on the Green, the Metropolitan Opera Benefit Concert and “Viva la Voce” with EWU, the role of the Mother in EWU’s production of Amahl and the Night Visitors, El Amor Brujo with the EWU Orchestra, the Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at the Festival at Sandpoint, a U.S. Premiere work, Die Goldene Harfe, with Cathedral In the Arts, Mozart in the Parks with Connoisseur Concerts, A Cole Porter Celebration with Mid-Columbia Symphony, the Mozart Requiem and Bach Magnificat with the EWU Orchestra and Choir, concerts with Spokane’s ZEPHYR and debuted a World Premiere Fraenkel work with the Spokane String Quartet.
In New York, Ms. Blankenship performed the role of Nancy in Martha with Syracuse Opera and with the Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton, NY, she performed the title roles in L’Italiana in Algeri, Samson et Dalila, The Crucible, Amahl and the Night Visitors and leading roles in Rigoletto, , Merry Widow, Faust, H.M.S. Pinafore, Il Barbieri di Siviglia. Leads in other shows include Godspell, Carnival, Sing For Your Supper, The Bartered Bride, The Magic Flute, and The Tenderland. She was also a featured soloist in the Bach Magnificat, Bach Bm Mass, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem, Mozart’s Mass in C, Mozart’s Solemn Vespers and Handel’s Messiah with the Syracuse Symphony, NY, Binghamton Symphony, NY, Vallejo Symphony, CA, Spokane Symphony, Coeur d’Alene Symphony and Portland Symphonic Choir.
Ms. Blankenship-Mortier has maintained a thriving private voice studio for over 20 years both in Spokane and New York. Although her primary training, performing, and teaching is in the classica/operaticl genre, she has also specialized in Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) pedagogy, which involves all genres outside of classical, most particularly Musical Theater. Her ongoing studies of vocal pedagogy are numerous and varied and include the LoVetri Method of Somatic Voicework tm, in Boston, study at Ingo Titze's National Center for Voice and Speech in Salt Lake City and the NATS Starting the Journey Workshops (Summer 2013) Her students regularly perform leading roles in Spokane area productions and win awards at NATS, Musicfest Northwest and WMEA Solo and Ensemble. She has students performing professionally in Musical Theater, Opera and in the teaching profession all across the United States.
She resides in Spokane, WA with her fabulous singer/voice teacher husband of more than 30 years and her 3 wonderful children.