Dr. Kellie Motter

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Assistant Professor of Voice

Praised for her “moving, involved expression,” soprano Kellie Motter is a versatile artist in repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary. On the opera stage, Dr. Motter has performed with regional houses such as Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Central City Opera, Opera Naples, and Des Moines Metro Opera. Notable role credits include Marie (La fille du régiment), Despina (Così fan tutte), Lucy (The Telephone), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Morgana (Alcina), and the title role in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. As a concert soloist, she has been featured in Carissimi’s Jephte, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Steve Reich’s Tehillim, and in numerous works by J.S. Bach, including his solo cantata No. 51, Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen.

An enthusiastic performer of new music, Dr. Motter has premiered a number of works as both a soloist and an ensemble singer. Her doctoral research focuses on the pedagogy of choral singing.

Dr. Motter has been recognized as a winner of The American Prize in Opera and the Shirley Rabb-Winston Competition. She received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Maryland and both her Master of Music and Doctor of Music from Indiana University, where she held the Georgina Joshi Graduate Fellowship. Previous mentors have included Carol Vaness, Manny Perez, Delores Ziegler, and Elizabeth Colson.