Professor of Music (Voice and Musical Theatre)
BA, St. Joseph College; MM, Eastman School of Music; DMA, University of Maryland
Kathleen H. Arecchi, D.M.A, Professor: Voice, Vice-Chair for Music, and Coordinator of Voice Performance Studies at Plymouth State University.
Dr. Arecchi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Saint Joseph (CT), the Master of Music in Voice Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Maryland. Dr. Arecchi received the Plymouth State University Distinguished Teacher Award for 2012. While active as a soprano soloist, Dr. Arecchi performed with the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra in opera, oratorio, cantata, and chamber music. For Opera North (NH), she performed the title role in The Merry Widow, Adele in Die Fledermaus, and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, among others. She appeared in numerous musical theatre, operetta, and opera productions in CA, CT, MA, MD, and NY. At Plymouth State, Dr. Arecchi has served as either music director or stage director for many productions in the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance, among them: Iolanthe, City of Angels, Carousel, Trouble in Tahiti, Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, a program of opera scenes: Sinners, Saints and Sirens, The Drowsy Chaperone, and currently Les Misérables. From 2001 to 2003 she was a member of the voice faculty at Opera Festival di Roma, where she also staged a program of American musical theatre for Italian audiences. Experienced in teaching both classical and musical theatre singing techniques and repertory, Dr. Arecchi has been a casting consultant for the Papermill Theatre (NH) for over twenty years. Her students have received awards in singing competitions, both classical and musical theatre, and have been accepted into prestigious graduate music programs. Many are enjoying success as professional singers in regional companies, on national tours, in New York, and on major cruise lines. Dr. Arecchi was a founding member and first President of the Granite State Chapter of NATS (NH), and has served also as the NH District Governor, the New England Regional Governor (2006-2010). She currently is NATS Vice-President for Workshops and serves on the national board.