From Soul Singing to Opera Soup: Finding the Right Ingredients

Oblate School of Theology

Dr. Lori Brown Mirabal 

Originally Published on the website of Oblate School of Theology

Feb 12 | 9:00AM – 12:00PM Central Time |  ONLINE EVENT

This lecture will include highlights from my currently running one-woman show “Charmed Life,” which recounts people, songs and events that inspired my life’s journey. I will also offer sound healing and singing activities for participants.

The presentation is sponsored by Sankofa Institute for African American Pastoral Leadership.


Throughout her award-winning singing career, Dr. Lori Brown Mirabal has worked with legendary opera and music theatre luminaries in the US and abroad. Her favorite leading roles as an opera singer include “Carmen” (Carmen), “Bess” (Porgy and Bess), “Cenerentola” (La Cenerentola), “Rosina” (Il Barbieri di Siviglia), “Dorabella” (Cosi Fan Tutti), “Charlotte” (Werther), “Lucretia” (The Rape of Lucretia) and that of a real life African American pioneer, “Clara Brown” (Gabriel’s Daughter).

Dr. Brown-Mirabal received professional training at the University of Memphis (B.F.A Theatre ’81), Juilliard (JOC, ’91) and at Manhattan School of Music (MM. Voice, ’94), where she was personally awarded a scholarship from Oprah Winfrey. She earned both a masters and doctorate in Music Education at Columbia University’s Teachers College (’08). Her published dissertation (2008), “Singing Sacred Songs in Public Schools: Perspectives of Primary School Students,” used Philosophy for Children as a method of encouraging mindful student discourse about singing religious songs at school.

As an entrepreneur, Brown-Mirabal established an artist outreach company called Opera Soup Productions, LLC, to creatively introduce children to opera and make this artform relevant to their lived experiences. “From Soul Singing to Opera Soup,” released in 2017, marked her debut as a published children’s book author. Her children’s recording, “Musetta’s Musical Story Time” was released in 2019 for international distribution. Dr. Mirabal continues to write and perform solo presentations for audiences of all ages, and she is currently co-producing a documentary film about the life of African American pioneer, “Clara Brown.” Dr. Mirabal has been a primary school music teacher and choral director at Kent Place School in Summit, New Jersey for eleven years.




For information or to register by phone, contact Associate Registrar, Victoria Rodriguez, at or (210) 341-1366 EXT 240.

Continuing Education events are free* to all enrolled OST students. All other students, 50% off with student ID. To receive discount, register with Associate Registrar, Victoria Rodriguez, at or (210) 341-1366 EXT 240. *Does not apply to meals and lodging.

All refunds subject to 10% processing fee.

The Sankofa Institute for African American Pastoral Leadership is an interdisciplinary, multi-dimensional academic formation and professional leadership process for developing and supporting pastoral leaders committed to ministry and proclamation.