Voice Department Chair
Ellen Nordstrom (lyric mezzo) graduated from the University of North Carolina and continued her studies in voice with Sandra Sliker and Louis Burkot at Dartmouth College. She later served as an intern for two years with the Lake George Opera and received a Lila Wallace Grant awarded to music school faculty to pursue studies in speech pathology under mentor Mary McDonald Klimek at Harvard Medical School. Her other coaches and teachers have included John Balme, Steve Steiner, John Wustman, Richard Hughes, Stafford Wing, Marajean Marvin and Peggy Russell. She debuted in Europe in 1995 with the Rome Opera Festival as Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus. She also has performed lead and comprimaria roles with the Brandenburg Opera, Dartmouth Repertory Players, Echo Valley Arts Opera Series, Granite State Opera, Handel Society of Dartmouth College, Liederkranz Society of Manhattan, Northern Stage, Opera Burlington, Opera North, Operafest of New Hampshire, Vermont Opera Theater and Woodstock Madrigals. She is a frequent lecturer in northern New England on vocal health and Italian diction and has been featured as a vocal coach on MTV's Made as well as NECN's Sports World. Nordstrom has taught at Classicopia, Colby-Sawyer College, Dartmouth College, Interplay Jazz, Kimball Union Academy, Operafestival di Roma's Opera Academy in collaboration with the University of Virginia, Phillips Exeter Academy, Plymouth State University, St. Paul's School, UNH and UVMC. Some of her students have gone on to perform on American Idol, MTV, Star Search and at the Metropolitan Opera. She works in conjunction with local speech therapy recovery programs and serves as a freelance music critic for the state of New Hampshire for the Performing Arts of New England out of Kennebunk, Maine. Most recently, Nordstrom taught at AIR (Arts in Reach) in Portsmouth as well as BYPC (Bedford Youth Performing Company).