A native New Yorker, Ms. Lewin received her musical training at the High School of Music and Art, Barnard College, and U.C.L.A., where she wrote her Master’s thesis, “Text Setting in the Songs of Benjamin Britten.” She also took classes at the Juilliard School in opera coaching and jazz improvisation as well as at the Vocal Arts Institute at Manhattan School of Music and a seminar for pianists by the noted piano pedagogue Dorothy Taubman at the 92nd Street Y. Among the noted instructors she worked with are Alberta Masiello, Felix Popper, Joan Dornemann, and Natalie Limonick in opera coaching; Alan Marks and Elisabeth Moschetti in advanced piano; Roy Harris in composition and orchestration; Rudolf Thomas in conducting and score reading, and Edith Gordon Ainsburg in voice studies.
She has worked as assistant conductor and coach/pianist for over 50 opera productions in the United States for New Orleans Opera, Florentine Opera of Milwaukee, Opera Colorado, Michigan Opera Theater, Mississippi Opera, Opera Carolina, and Vancouver Opera. Conductors for these productions have included Anton Coppola, Klauspeter Seibel, Arthur Fagen, Joseph Rescigno, John DeMain, Julius Rudel, Kurt Klipstatter, David Effron, and Steven Mercurio. Artists in these productions have included Mignon Dunn, William Lewis, Justino Diaz, John Cheek, Ruth Falcon, Gary Lakes, Marilyn Zschau, Erie Mills, Marilyn Mims, Johanna Meier, Joyce Castle, Sumi Jo, and Maria Spacagna among others.
Ms. Lewin has performed recitals throughout the country, including 20 with Metropolitan Opera tenor and diction coach Nico Castel and others with Metropolitan Opera soloists.
She also played for Mr. Castel’s famous diction classes at the 92nd Street Y for almost 20 years, giving her a special facility for working in the various languages.
Since 1993, she has been on staff at various Young Artist Training Programs, including Opera Music Theater International (Jerome Hines, Director), Opera Colorado, and the University of Texas at Austin, where she was principal coach and lecturer. Since 2000, she has been on the faculty of Mannes College, the New School for Music.
In 2012, Ms. Lewin was appointed visiting professor at the University for Nationalities in Lanzhou, China. She has been on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music faculty since 2003.