Arcia Marie Stokes
Arcia Marie Stokes is a dynamic vocalist, who is well versed in the genres of classical, gospel and R&B music. Arcia began cultivating her gift for music at an early age. As a child, Arcia sang in church choirs and lead many solos in the children’s choir. Her family is heavily engrossed in ministry, so naturally Arcia acquired a strong desire for ministry and music. She participated in school music events and was a part of her elementary choirs. She was accepted into Arts High School in Newark, NJ where she was introduced to classical music. Upon completing high school, Arcia attended Westminster Choir College of Rider University for music with a concentration in voice. While at Westminster Choir College, Arcia was engrossed in a community of musicians and teachers where she was able to grow as a classical singer and musician, while developing the skill set needed to propel her in the direction she dreamt of. Arcia studied voice under the tutelage of Rochelle Ellis. While at Westminster Choir College, Arcia was a chorister in Symphonic choir and sang on world renowned stages, such as Carnegie Hall, The Lincoln center, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and the Kimmel center. Arcia was also selected to sing in a select choir where she sang Beethoven Symphony 9 at the United Nations. Arcia debuted Ave Maria, composed by Blake Henson on December 12, 2008 at The Evening of Readings and Carols with Westminster Choir College in the Princeton University Chapel. Her name was also published in the commissioned score of the piece by Evoking Sound Choral Series GIA publications by the Executive Editor James Jordan.
After completing and earning her Bachelor of Arts in Music degree in 2012, she was accepted back into Westminster Choir College for their Voice Pedagogy Master’s program. She studied under the tutelage of Sally Wolf and then later Sharon Sweet. Arcia was able to fully immerse herself in this concentrated area and further develop the skills she acquired in her undergraduate studies. Arcia learned and studied several aria’s and art songs and has a vast knowledge of opera and its origins. Arcia performed two solo recitals, and was involved in a plethora of choral performances. In addition to graduate school, Arcia joined Trilogy Opera Company where she was a soprano section leader, and was later cast in a lead role in an opera written by Paul Dunbar, entitled “Mask in the Mirror.” In 2015, Arcia won first place in both the regional and district competitions of the Leontyne Price Voice Scholarship awards. Arcia graduated with her Master’s degree in Voice performance and Voice pedagogy in May of 2015. Some of her recent successes include a chorister role in Porgy and Bess for the Spoleto Music festival, and she sang at Metropolitan Opera house alongside Kathleen Battle, where she debuted a solo and was apart of the chorus. Arcia has since then traveled with Ms. Battle, and has performed at different venues. Arcia is currently a music educator at Kipp Charter Schools in Newark, NJ. Arcia has worked hard to nurture and perfect her craft. She is immensely gifted and has been blessed with a voice that will take her far.