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Michelle Alexander

Opera & Vocal Studies Faculty

Michelle Alexander is a native of San Diego, California. She is a full-time lecturer and vocal coach at Boston University, where she teaches Song Literature classes, as well as Italian and German diction. She is also the chorus master for Boston Lyric Opera (BLO), as well as a member of the opera faculty at The Boston Conservatory, where she teaches Survey of Diction and coaches. Alexander has had the distinct pleasure and honor to perform with Frederica von Stade as a part of her farewell recital tour in Dorset, Vermont, as well as other recitals in the Greater New England area.

Alexander has also served as the assistant chorus master/rehearsal pianist for BLO, as well as the chorus master/assistant music director for Granite State Opera in Manchester, New Hampshire. She has conducted Cenerentola with chamber orchestra for the Marsh Chapel Collegium Soloists, and she has conducted Hansel and Gretel, as well as West Side Story and Così fan Tutte, for Riverside Theatreworks.

Alexander co-founded a new summer workshop/scenes program under the name The Coaching Divas with renowned mezzo-soprano Sondra Kelly in the summer of 2008. Now she and Kelly are advertising their fourth summer of teaching two audition workshops, as well as producing a fully staged and costumed scenes program. Alexander has been the music director for the Creede Repertory Theater in Creede, Colorado from 2005–2007, where she conducted Urinetown, Sweeney Todd and Crazy for You after making her debut in Harbledown. Alexander was the conductor/music director for the Boston Opera Project’s 2004 inaugural opera, Regina, and the 2005 New England premiere of Mark Adamo’s Little Women. Alexander conducted the spring production of H.M.S. Pinafore in 2001 as well as South Pacific in 2005 with Fiddlehead Theater in Norwood, Massachusetts, and she made her debut with the Riverside Theatreworks in Hyde Park, Massachusetts conducting Pirates of Penzance. Alexander has been on the coaching staff of Florida Grand Opera, Minnesota Opera, Gold Coast Opera and Glimmerglass Opera. Before moving to Boston in 1999, she was on the opera/diction faculty at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida.

Alexander holds a B.M. in piano performance from the University of Michigan, a M.M. in coaching/accompanying from the New England Conservatory (NEC) and a Ph.D. in coaching/accompanying from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

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