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Jean Anderson Collier

Principal Coach, Opera; Vocal Studies Faculty

Jean Anderson Collier earned a B.A. from Cincinnati Bible College, a M.M. in piano performance from Miami University, a M.M. in accompanying from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a D.M.A. from the New England Conservatory (NEC). She completed lieder studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.

Anderson-Collier is on the faculty of the NEC in Boston, where she teaches courses in song repertoire and diction and coaches opera and art song; she also coaches for the opera department at The Boston Conservatory. She has worked frequently with Opera Providence, Longwood Opera (Boston), Boston Opera Collaborative (BOC) and Boston Lyric Opera (BLO), and is a coach at Northern Arizona University’s summer opera program in Italy, Flagstaff in Fidenza. She often accompanies auditions for the Tanglewood Music Festival and is an organist and choir director at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Scituate, Massachusetts.

Anderson Collier was formerly on the faculty of Miami University, where she was staff accompanist, and at Cincinnati Christian University, where she taught piano and music appreciation. She has served as accompanist and assistant conductor for choruses at Harvard University and as accompanist and diction coach for the Back Bay Chorale (Boston). She was also employed as a coach at the Brevard Music Festival (North Carolina) and at the summer vocal institute of the University of California at Santa Barbara. Collier’s principle teachers include Margo Garrett, Irma Vallecillo and Kayo Iwama at the NEC, where she earned her D.M.A.;  Kenneth Griffiths at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; and Hartmut Hoell at the Sommerakademie Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. She has been a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and a participant in the Cleveland Art Song Festival. She is active as a collaborative pianist around the country and in Europe.

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