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Michelle Alexander

Assistant Teaching Professor, Vocal Coach/Accompanist

A native of San Diego, California, Dr. Michelle Alexander is an Assistant Teaching Professor, Vocal Coach/Accompanist at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she teaches Song Literature, Diction, coaching, and conducting opera. Dr. Alexander was Chorus Master for Boston Lyric Opera 2009–2018.  She was also a full-time Lecturer and member of the Voice faculty of Boston University, as well as an Assistant Professor at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Dr Alexander has had the distinct pleasure and honor to perform with Frederica von Stade as a part of her farewell recital tour in Dorset, VT (in 2008), as well as other recitals in the Greater New England area.

Dr. Alexander had been associated with Boston Lyric Opera in many roles, including as pianist for Opera New England, rehearsal pianist 2006–2008, and assistant Chorus Master 2007–2008.  She has been rehearsal pianist as well as Chorus Master for Granite State Opera 2004–2007. 

Recently, Dr. Alexander has been an adjudicator for the Peter Elvins competition, as well as an adjudicator for the Longy Honors recital competition, and is currently on the faculty at OperaWorks in Los Angeles, CA.  This past summer she was on music staff as pianist/Chorus Master for Opera NEO in San Diego, CA. She will be returning to OperaWorks summer 2018.

She has been the music director of the Creede Repertory Theater in Creede, CO 2005–2008, where she conducted Urinetown, Sweeney Todd, and Crazy for You after making her debut in Harbledown. Dr. 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. Dr. Alexander conducted the spring production of H.M.S. Pinafore in 2001 as well as South Pacific in 2005 with Fiddlehead Theater in Norwood, MA, as well as Pirates of Penzance in February 2008 with the Riverside Theater Works in Hyde Park, MA. She has also been the conductor/music director for Hansel and Gretel, Così fan tutte, and West Side Story at Riverside Theater.

Dr. 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 faculty at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida. Dr. Alexander holds a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan, a Master’s Degree in Coaching/Accompanying from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Doctorate in Coaching/Accompanying from the University of Minnesota.