Lecturer in Voice
M.M., B.M. West Chester University, Pennsylvania
Cynthia O’Connell has her undergraduate degree in Music Education and her Masters in Vocal Performance from West Chester University in PA. She has further studied with Marianne Challis in New York City on the belt technique.
She had a private voice studio in San Francisco prior to 1998 and was a vocal coach for the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. Since 1998, Mrs. O’Connell has been a Lecturer in Voice at BW and has a private studio in her home in Shaker Heights.
Mrs. O’Connell was understudy for Pamela Myers in Sondheim on Sondheim, a co-production of Playhouse Square and Great Lakes Theater, summer 2012. She has appeared with Bill Rudman’s The Music Theater Project in The Making of ‘Carousel’ (Nettie) and Vocal Minority: The Amazing Female Songwriters. She sang the role of Meg in Cain Park’s Damn Yankees. Cabaret performances at Cain Park in Cleveland Heights and regionally: A Soprano in Love, So in Love, Bosom Buddies, Divas Duet Simply Cynthia and her newest Something Wonderful. She is Temple soloist at Tiffereth Israel, Cleveland, and has been soprano soloist at Trinity Cathedral and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. She has performed with the Opera Company of Philadelphia and The Pennsylvania Opera Theater. Cynthia O’Connell was an AGMA member of the Grammy winning San Francisco Symphony Chorus. She was the vocal coach for the Ohio premieres of Bat Boy and Avenue X.
Mrs. O’Connell’s BW grads and private students have appeared on Broadway and London’s West End, on national and international tours, Disney cruises, and in productions at Great Lakes Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Regional Theater, and on television and voice-overs. A partial list of shows: Rebecca (2002 BW grads Jill Paice & Kevin David Thomas; November 2012 Broadway), Phantom of the Opera (2002 BW grad Trista Moldovan as Christine, Broadway), Peter and the Starcatcher, Lysistrata Jones, Mamma Mia, Wicked, The Woman in White, The 39 Steps, Curtains, Les Miserables, A Little Night Music, Fiddler on the Roof, Gone with the Wind, Lord of the Rings: The Musical, to name a few.
Cynthia O’Connell is a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists, the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the Governing Council of the Art Song Festival at BW. In addition to teaching voice, also teaches Phonetics for all voice primaries.