Originally from Wisconsin, Dr. Duersten-Pettit received a Bachelor of Music degree from Lawrence University Conservatory of Music and a Master of Arts degree from The Ohio State University. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in vocal performance from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Dr. Duersten-Pettit has taught Voice at The Ohio State University and the University of Maryland-College Park. She operates a private Voice Music Studio in Dublin, Ohio. Her college-bound voice students have been accepted with scholarships to Manhattan School of Music, New York University Musical-Theater Studio, Indiana University School of Music, Capital University Conservatory of Music.
Solo appearances with the Columbus Symphony include Handel’s Messiah, Vaughn Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, and more Christmas Holiday Pops programs where she performed operatic spoofs of popular Christmas carols, Solveij in the fully staged production of Peer Gynt.
Soprano Martha Duersten-Pettit’s “spectacular coloratura” (The Washington Post) and “bright, angelic sound” (Columbus Dispatch) has delighted audiences in opera, oratorio, and recital. In the Maryland Opera Studio production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Duersten-Pettit “sailed through the high coloratura of the Queen of the Night’s two arias with spectacular ease” (The Washington Post).