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Dr. Kathleen Allen

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Assistant Professor

Soprano Kathleen Allen has been singing and teaching professionally throughout the United States for over 25 years, in the genres of Opera, Operetta, Musical Theater, Concert, Chamber, Choral and Recital music. Specializing in new and experimental music, she is also comfortable in Baroque and Traditional Operatic performance practices.

Dr. Allen's favorite roles include Madame Lidoine in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Eleanor of Aquitaine in Carlisle Floyds monodrama Flower and Hawk, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, and Female Chorus in Benjamin Britten’s Rape of Lucretia. Educated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Dr. Allen received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance, in 2004. She has studied with Ilona Kombrink, Dr. Stanley Cornett, William McGraw, William Eddy and Paul Rowe, and coached with Thomas Grubb, Donna Loewy, Martha Fischer, Dean Williamson, Beth Kirschoff, Bill Lutes, and Joseph Bates. Dr. Allen has sung with conductors such as Dr. Robert Fountain, Dr. Earl Rivers, Benton Hess, Eric Townell, Carl Chapman, Edward Polochik, Richard Westenberg and Stephen Cleobury, with organizations including the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati, Kitsap Peninsula Opera Company, the Maryland Arts Festival, the Menomenee Falls Symphony Orchestra, Festival Choir of Madison, Tacoma Opera, and the Madison Opera Showcase, and worked with directors such as David Bartholomew, Brenda Nuckton, William Farlow, Franklin-White, and Roger Brunyate. In her younger years, the soprano worked at the famous Cincinnati German Restaurant institution, Forest View Gardens, where she learned her performing craft with other opera singers in training, waiting tables, singing popular tunes and performing a different Musical Theater revue every month.

In 2011, Dr. Allen was named a finalist in the American Prize Professional Women’s Division Art Song Competition, with her live recording of Ned Rorem’s Women’s Voices, in collaboration with pianist Dr. Jeremy Samolesky. In 2004, Dr. Allen began a career in Academia, teaching at two major universities in eight years, the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam, and Auburn University in Alabama. She worked with students in the Music Education, Performance and Music Business degree programs, and at Auburn she added the Musical Theater majors in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program of the theater department. Many of her students have gone on to graduate work at top Music Conservatories and Schools in the country, such as Manhattan School of Music, Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Boston University and Peabody Conservatory of Music. Others are teaching professionals in Music Education, and many are pursuing performing careers in opera and on Broadway.

The soprano has also appeared as a guest Recital Artist and Master Class technician throughout the country, working with professional, college and high school aged singers. Dr. Allen joined the faculty of Central State University in the fall of 2013 as an Assistant Professor of Music, where she works with serious young singers pursuing performing and teaching careers in Classical Music. Always looking for interesting performing projects, the soprano enjoys premiering colleagues’ new works, recording the French Melodies of the great 19th and 20th century composers, teaching the essential knowledge of caring for the professional voice, and, as always, performing onstage in an opera or musical.