Betsy Lawrence is an original Pittsburgher. A few of her operatic credits include "La Traviata" with the New York City Opera Touring Company, "Werther" with the Pittsburgh Opera Center at Duquesne, and numerous roles with the American Opera Project in New York City, a company dedicated to bringing new American opera's to the stage. Betsy has many musical theater credits including major roles with Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Pittsburgh Music Theater, and Stage Right. She traveled to Hamburg Germany for the roles of Jenny Any dots/Griddle bone and Gumby Cat in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats".
Betsy has appeared as a featured soloist numerous times with the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops Orchestra under the late Marvin Hamlisch. Betsy has also appeared with the River City Brass Band, Latshaw Orchestra, the Washington Symphony, and the Manhattan Philharmonic. She is a fixture on the local Pittsburgh music scene, including appearances on WQED All Star Holiday Jams.
Her national television credits include the currently running “Red White and Rock“, “The American Sound Track”, “More Rock at 50”, "My Music", "The Roots of Rock and Roll", "The British Invasion", and "Roots in Country". During these performances, Betsy sings and dances with such major recording artist's as Frankie Valley, Frankie Avalon, Gary Puckett, Connie Francis, Little Peggy Marsh, Jimmy Clanton, Mel Carter, Glenn Cambell, BJ Thomas, and many more. Betsy most recently returned from Nashville TN where she appeared as a featured soloist for two PBS television shows, singing country classics and 70’s classic rock.
Betsy is featured on national radio and television commercials as well including one for Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Captain Morgan’s Rum, and the currently running "Silver Microphone" award winning Dad's Dog food. Last year, Betsy added to her national credits, a promotion for CMT (County Music Television), singing a classic Loretta Lynn song. She was hand picked by Harpo productions to sing the Syrius radio lead in for “The Oprah Winfrey Show”. Betsy has sung for numerous local television and radio adds including Friedman’s Supermarkets, KDKA TV, Baierl Chevrolet, The New Shoppe’s at Northway, and Sturm and Larkin.
Betsy’s song “Lost without you” of the Roman Lawrence project was featured on the CW network hit show “Arrow” As a finalist in the Lilithe Faire International Songwriting Competition, Betsy was invited to perform her original song “Holland” at the famed "Opera House" in Toronto on Canadian national tv. Her song “Stonger” was used as the official ad campaign for SWAN day 2012 in Pittsburgh PA.
Her band has played major venues through out the eastern sea board including local venues such as the Mellon Arena for the Mario Lemeux International Celebrity Golf Tournament, the Benedum Center for the Pittsburgh Opera annual fundraiser, the Pittsburgh Hyatt for the American Heart Assoc. Heart Ball.
In the fall of 2004, she was invited to sing at the United Nations in New York City for “Nuclear Disarmament Worldwide“ in front of founding members Ted Turner and Mikhail Gorbachev, as well as being invited to perform at the French embassy in Washington D.C.
She is currently on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University as an Artist Lecturer in Jazz Voice and Operatic Studies. She is the director of JIVE the Carnegie Mellon Jazz choir and she teaches at the Richard E Rauh Conservatory for Pittsburgh Musical Theater. Betsy holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in both Voice and Music Theater, and a Masters of Music in Operatic Voice from the Manhattan School of Music.