Sue Wallin headshot

Lecturer in Voice
B.M., Kent State University

Sue Wallin

Sue Wallin headshotLecturer of Voice

B.M., Vocal Performance, Kent State University

Sue Wallin, soprano, is lecturer in the Conservatory of Music Voice Department. She teaches applied lessons to music and theatre majors and non-majors, as well as voice class and phonetics. She is versatile in her pedagogical approach with bel canto, belt, classical and contemporary theatre styles.

A sparkling coloratura is Wallin's calling card as her career includes notable performances as the Queen of the Night in "Die Zauberflöte" with New York City Opera, Oper Der Stadt Köln, Central City Opera and Opera Carolina to name a few. She has performed the tour de force role of Zerbinetta in "Ariadne Auf Naxos" with Arizona Opera and Lyric Opera of Kansas City; Yum Yum in "The Mikado" and Adele in "Die Fledermaus" with New York City Opera and Arizona Opera; and Despina in "Cosi fan Tutte" with Arizona Opera. She has also performed with the Kentucky Opera, Chattanooga Opera, Greensboro Opera and Chicago Opera Theatre. Other roles include Mabel in "Pirates of Penzance," Josephine in "HMS Pinafore" and Nanetta in "Falstaff."

She made her Carnegie Hall debut singing the "Messiah" with The Masterworks Chorus under the direction of David Briskin. She performed in Mozart’s C Minor Mass with the North Carolina Symphony and the Canton Symphony. She has appeared with the Ashland Symphony in "Carmina Burana," the Wooster Symphony singing Mozart concert arias, The Akron Symphony in "The Messiah," the Opera Cleveland in "A Little Night Music" and "Il Barbieri di Siviglia," the Canton Symphony in the "Coffee Cantata" and Akron Baroque in Bach's Cantata #51 "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen." In April 2016, she performed "Exsultate Jubilate" with the Wooster Symphony in New York City as part of their 100th anniversary celebration.

Wallin has also appeared with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Akron Symphony, Canton Symphony and the North Carolina Symphony. Her orchestral repertoire includes Mozart's C Minor Mass, "Requiem" and "Exsultate Jubilate;" Faure's "Requiem;" Haydn's "Lord Nelson Mass" and "The Creation;" Handel's "The Messiah;" Orff's "Carmina Burana;" and others.

Since joining the National Association of Teachers of Singing in 2009, her students have regularly won at the Ohio NATS competition on the high school and college level. They have also won prizes at VOCI, the Schmidt Competition and Classical Singer. In fall 2017, Wallin started a three-year term as a board member for the Ohio National Association of Singers of Teaching. Wallin also teaches voice at West Side Vocal Academy, The College of Wooster and Akron School for the Arts at Firestone High School. Her students have been accepted into music and music theatre programs such as CCM, AMDA, NYU, Wright State, Michigan, Eastman, Northwestern, Boston, Oberlin, UNC and more. Many have appeared on Broadway, off-Broadway, national tours, Disneyland, and regional and national theaters.

Her awards include a $10,000 first prize at the MacAllister Awards, as well as first place with Opera Columbus and Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions. She has won first place twice with both the Tuesday Musical Club Gertrude Pflaum Scholarship and the Akron Symphony Chorus John MacDonald Vocal Scholarship. She earned her Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from Kent State University, where she also attended graduate school and studied with Jim Mismas.