Students from CHSMA will sing for Dr. Sandra Cotton in this special class, receiving pointers on technique, musicality, style and interpretation of the classical art song and aria. Dr. Cotton is Adjunct Assistant Professor of the Practice of Music at Duke University, where she teaches private voice, the physiology of singing, class voice, diction, and musical theater performance.
She received her undergraduate education at Northern Arizona University, where she studied with Dr. Lloyd Hanson. A student of Dr. Nancy Walker and Dr. Robert Wells, she received the Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She received additional certification at the National Center for Voice and Speech under Dr. Ingo Titze and Dr. Katherine Verdolini Abbott. Since moving to Durham in 2007, Dr. Cotton has premiered roles and song cycles of local composers and collaborated on multiple lecture recitals.
She served as an adjudicator for the Long Leaf Opera Young Artist Award, the Meredith College Concerto Competition, and the Durham Music Teacher Association’s Young Artist Award and taught master-classes for the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover, Szymanski Studios and UNC Pembroke. Dr. Cotton appeared in recent years offering programs for the Eastern Music Festival, Greensboro Opera, Wake Forest University’s Irish Festival, Cornell University for the James Joyce Conference, Meredith College and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.