American soprano Dr. Madeline Harts is a voice teacher, coach, and music educator based in Western New York. She currently teaches at the State University of New York at Fredonia, Niagara University, and her own private practice. She is also the Associate Director of Development for the Grammy-Award winning Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus.
Praised for her "freely produced top and dark midrange" that "takes avian flight" by South Florida Classical Review, Dr. Harts sings repertoire spanning the canon of classical music; from Handel to contemporary works. Equal parts artist and scholar, she won the Presser Foundation's $10,000 Graduate Music Grant and is executing a research and recording project dedicated to British-American female vocal pedagogues and composers Liza Lehmann and Clara Kathleen Rogers. Most recently, Dr. Harts was an artist for the John Duffy Institute of New Opera, hosted by American composer Libby Larsen, where she workshopped roles for new operatic works. Her most recent workshop premieres also include Christopher Cerrone's In a Grove, Leanna Kirchoff's Friday After Friday, and Jamie Sampson's Immortal Games. She was also a winner of the Patti and Alan Herbert Frost School of Music's Mirabelle Competition in Salzburg, Austria where she also presented a recital during the annual Salzburgfestspiele, featuring music of American Musical Theater.
In theatrical works, Madeline was last seen performing the leading role of Madame Herz in Mozart's Der Schauspieldirektor. She is also an alumnus of the Resident Artist Program for the Toledo Opera Company, both as a soprano and pianist. Other productions performed include The Light in the Piazza (Margaret Johnson), The Pirates of Penzance (Mabel), The Music Man (Marian), Die Fledermaus (Adele), Werther (Sophie), Aïda, Roméo et Juliette, and Lucia di Lammermoor, among others.
A strong advocate for the advancement and outreach of musical arts, Madeline has an equal passion for performance, pedagogy, education, and voice habilitation. She was previously employed as an Adjunct Instructor of Voice at the University at Buffalo (SUNY), voice teacher at the Miami Conservatory of Music, and vocal instructor for Bowling Green State University's Summer Vocal Arts Academy. She was also the Director of Community Engagement and Assistant Director of Arts Education, as well as a Teaching Resident Artist and Children's Choir Director for the Toledo Opera in Toledo, OH. Research interests include the preservation and dissemination of Interfaith Art Song Literature, women composers and vocal pedagogues, and voice studio singer-habilitation.
Madeline is a doctoral graduate of the University of Miami Frost School of Music in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance (DMA) and holds degrees in Voice Performance from Bowling Green State University (MM) and Voice Performance and Music Education from Ithaca College (BM); she also studied historical musicology at the University at Buffalo (PhD). She is a standing member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and the Pan American Vocology Association (PAVA).
"An agitated keyboard and ensemble prelude sets up the soaring vocal lines... aptly rendered by soprano Madeline Harts, her high register taking avian flight.
Harts’ freely produced top and dark midrange brought weight and agility to [Melinda] Wagner’s beautiful vocal writing."
- South Florida Classical Review
Academic & Administrative Positions
Courses taught: Applied Voice, Vocal Techniques I (Class Voice for Freshmen BFA)
Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus
Associate Director of Development and Administration
Development and cultivation of individual donors and foundational and governmental grants. Grant writing and administrative tasks.
SUNY at Fredonia
Courses taught: Applied Voice, Class Voice (Music Education Instrumentalists)
University of Miami Frost School of Music
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Courses taught: Applied Voice, Class Voice (Non-Majors), English and Italian Lyric Diction for Singers, Studio Class, German and French Lyric Diction for Singers (TA), Opera Workshop (TA)
University at Buffalo (SUNY)
Courses taught: Applied Voice, Vocal Pedagogy (Undergrad/Graduate), Understanding Music, UB Capstone Curriculum
Toledo Opera Company
Director of Community Engagement & Assistant Director of Arts Administration
Bowling Green State University
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Courses taught: Applied Voice, Class Voice for Non-Majors
Applied Voice Lessons
Class Voice for Non-Majors
Class Voice (Music Education Instrumentalists)
Class Voice (Theater BFA)
English and Italian Diction for Singers
UB Capstone Curriculum
German and French Diction for Singers (TA)
Opera Workshop (TA)
Musical Theater Workshop
University of Miami
Frost School of Music
D.M.A. Vocal Pedagogy and Performance
Dissertation: Rediscovering the Pedagogies of Liza Lehmann and Clara Kathleen Rogers
Graduate Teaching Assistant. Course work specialization in vocal function, anatomy/physiology, voice disorders, and vocal pedagogy. Opera, chamber, and art song performance.
The New CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute
Credits for certification in CCM vocal pedagogy techniques under direction of Shenandoah Conservatory faculty Matt Edwards, Kathryn Green, and Marci Rosenberg.
M.M. Vocal Performance
Graduate Teaching Assistant. Course work in vocal performance for classical and contemporary styles. Emphasis on exploration of forgotten music and opera.
B.M. Music Education and Voice Performance