Youna J. Hartgraves, D.M.A.

Current Position: Assistant Professor in Music, University of Mary, Bismarck, ND.

Acclaimed for her electrifying and passionate performances, Dr. Youna J. Hartgraves has sung leading operatic roles throughout the United States, including the title role of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at Opera Delaware. She was then invited to sing Mimì in Puccini’s La Bohème as well as many other recitals and concerts. 

At Temple University in Philadelphia, she performed Natalia Petrovna in Hoiby’s A Month in the Country, Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Mimì in La Bohème, Climene in L'Egisto, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, and Antonia in Les Contes d'Hoffmann. She received the Boyer Merit scholarship in recognition of her musical excellence and was the soprano soloist in Bruckner's Te Deum at the Kimmel Center, Verizon Hall. At The University of North Texas, she sang Liù in Turandot as well as the role of Susan B. Anthony in Thomson's The Mother of Us All.

She won awards from the Fritz & Lavinia Jensen Foundation, The Annapolis Opera Competition, and Gerda Lissner International Competition. She also placed semi-finals and finals at Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition, New Jersey State Alfredo Silipigni Vocal Competition, Compositione dell’opera in Germany, Elizabeth Connell Dramatic Soprano Competition in 2016 and 2018, and Hariclea Darclee Competition in Romania.

Dr. Hartgraves earned a Master of Music and a Bachelor of Music in voice and opera performance from Temple University before appearing as a resident artist at the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. She received a Doctor of Musical Arts in voice performance and pedagogy at The University of North Texas.

Courses Taught by Dr. Youna J. Hartgraves

  • Applied Voice
  • Vocal Arts Ensemble
  • Vocal Method
  • Pedagogy