Dr. Nicole Sonbert, Mezzo-Soprano is recognized for work as a performer, clinician, guest presenter, adjudicator, and guest conductor. She has performed roles including Aunt Lou in Still's Highway One, USA, Madame Flora in Menotti's The Medium, Suzuki in Puccini's Madama Butterfly, the Mother in Menotti's The Consul, the ghost mother in Offenbach's Les contes d'Hoffmann, Buttercup in Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore, and Bloody Mary in Rodger and Hammerstein's South Pacific. She is also known for her orchestral performances as the alto soloist in Handel's Messiah.
Dr. Sonbert is a graduate of University of Kentucky with a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance. Her research area encompasses Evaluating Appropriate Repertoire for Developing Singers: An African-American Art Song Anthology. Sonbert was previously the Youth & Family Programs Manager for Seattle Opera, as well as a part of the voice faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has also taught in several other training programs, with many of her students winning first place awards for NATS and concerto competitions. In 2006, she was the recipient of the "My Teacher, My Hero" award, honoring her as a teacher and mentor for young voices. Dr. Sonbert is currently the Director of the Community Music School for the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University in North Carolina.