Shenandoah University News – August '05

"Mia Fleming’s Voice Touches the Hearts of Many"

The beautiful voice of Mia Fleming ’97 brings joy to others in her community of Leesburg, Va., and often
benefits such charitable organizations as the Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers, an organization that helps
disabled people in the Leesburg area.

That is especially rewarding to the lyric soprano, who is legally blind.

When Fleming organizes benefit recitals, she does it all—from promotion to typing the programs to
performing the classical works of such composers as Mozart, Lara and Handel.

“I get to do something that I love and use it to help other people,” she said.

Fleming studied various genres of music at Shenandoah. She was a member of Shenandoah Chorus, Sigma
Alpha Iota and Cantus Choir.

She said she most enjoyed her voice lessons with Professor of Music Donna Gullstrand, explaining, “She let me
experiment and discover who I was and what my voice was.”

In addition to her charitable contributions, Fleming is active in choral ensembles and recently joined Bel
Cantanti, a local opera company. Her operatic roles include Susanna in “The Marriage of Figaro” and Tzerlina
in “Don Giovanni.”

Also involved in community musical theatre, Fleming has performed such roles as the mayor’s wife in “Bye Bye
Birdie” and Grandma Tzeitel in “Fiddler on the Roof.”

Fleming entertains and touches many with her talents. She is modest about her good works, saying, “I feel
blessed. Whether you use your degree for employment, make sure you use your talent for the greater good.”

By Jen Gursky, Office of Alumni Affairs
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