Performance Studies Instructor, Voice
Soprano Victoria Cole, a native of Franconia, N.H., made her debut at Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton, N.Y. as First Lady in Mozart’s Magic Flute. As an apprentice with Tri-Cities she appeared in many operas including Il Tabarro, Lakme, and Romeo et Juliette. Most recently she was seen as Lady Billows in Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring conducted by Sydney Harth at Duquesne University, a role that she first sang with conductor Robert Page at Carnegie-Mellon Unviersity. Also with Maestro Page she has appeared as soprano soloist at the Berkshire Choral Festival and the Shadyside MozartFest. She has numerous oratorio credits including Handel’s Messiah, Mozart Requiem and Coronation Mass, Vivaldi Gloria, and Mendelssohn Hear My Prayer. She has sung with the Pittsburgh Opera Chorus and toured with the Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh’s Educational Ensemble.
Ms. Cole has also served until 2007 as Director of the Sanctuary Choir at First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh and before that as Conducting Assistant at St. Andrews Episcopal Church of Pittsburgh. As conductor she has led many full productions including Faure’s Requiem, Vivaldi Gloria, and Schubert Mass in G. She is currently Music Director at Franconia Community Church.
Until moving back to Franconia in 2007, she maintained a thriving voice studio in Pittsburgh, PA where her students had success in competitions and have gained entrance into some of the country’s best conservatories including the Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, Indiana University, Lawrence University, and Carnegie-Mellon University. She has served on the voice faculty at Point Park University and at Carnegie-Mellon University. She has completed voice pedagogy workshops with Richard Miller at Oberlin College, David Jones, and Eastman Sings at the Eastman School of Music. She is a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) as well as ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) and Chorus America.