Ursula Kleinecke

Lecturer in Music; Voice and Musicianship
With Pomona Since: 2008
  • Expertise


    Soprano Ursula Maria Kleinecke was born and raised in Mexico; as the daughter of a pianist and arranger, she was surrounded by music from an early age. She is passionate about the power of the voice to touch, move and inspire. 

    As a founding member of the chamber ensemble Colloquy, she performed throughout the USA and in Mexico. In addition, Kleinecke has undertaken a broad repertoire, covering many historical periods, styles, and genres, and has performed in Scandinavia, Europe, Mexico and USA.

    Kleinecke is the founder of The Passion for Music, whose mission is to promote the Latin American art song repertoire through presentation of performances, creation of new recordings, and re-publications of scores which have been long inaccessible. The goal of each of these endeavors is increased awareness and enjoyment of a little-known but vital body of music.

  • Work


    •  Songs of Lee Hoiby, with pianist Maria Pérez-Goodman, released on Albany Records (TROY1102)
    • In the Catalan Style, with guitarists Gregg Nestor and Adam Pettit, to be released in late 2016 by Clear Note and distributed by Naxos
    • Un viaje por México, an album of boleros and other Latin American popular songs with her late father, pianist Tito Enriquez on a private label **please note that this was only released in Mexico and is not commercially available**
  • Education


    • Eastman School of Music, M.M in vocal performance and literature
    • University of the Pacific, B.M.

    In addition to teaching at Pomona College, she is an adjunct professor of voice at Claremont Graduate University, and maintains a private studio

  • Awards & Honors

    Awards & Honors

    • Finlandia Foundation Scholarship to study at the Sibelius Academy in Finland
    • During her period of study, Kleinecke received recognition at vocal competitions including the Young Artists Competition in Redlands (CA), the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.