Dream Alchemist | Soprano Ninja
Having joined The Julians in late August of 2011, Vakarė Petroliūnaitė is the newest member of the group, though she is happy to boast that she has now officially been a member of this fine quartet of songstresses longer than they’ve been without her! Praised by her critics for her “wonderful sensitivity,” and “sparkling tone,” Vakarė first squeaked out her soprano song just moments after landing on earth, specifically in Downers Grove, IL, where she was born and raised on potatoes, borscht, and Lithuanian Folk Song. A steady diet of root vegetables and singing with her family instilled in Vakarė a passion for music and singing that grasped her at the core of her soul, and never let go. Inspired by the idea of an individual’s search for authenticity and knowledge, Vakarė often finds herself consumed with a bit of wanderlust, which propelled her to the East Coast of the US, where she earned both her bachelor's and master's degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ.
Having mastered the “Jersey” lifestyle, Vakarė once again felt the itch to spread her wings, stuffed her Toyota Camry full of all her belongings, and followed the mountains to Portland, OR. Here, she has enjoyed rooting herself into many facets of the Portland music scene, exploring every opportunity possible, including singing the role of soprano soloist on the US premiere of Eriks Esenvalds’ Passion and Resurrection with Oregon Repertory Singers and Classical Revolution PDX, to joining voices in harmony with multiple ensembles, such as Resonance Ensemble and Capella Romana, to howling at the moon alongside her brother in their folk duo, Amber Coast. Vakarė, a cyclical vegetarian, lives in Portland today with her beloved Alaskan Huntsman husband, David, and their precious kitten, Luna. (www.vakareruta.com)