Dr. Ellen Graham is a native of Cincinnati, OH. She began singing as a member of the Cincinnati Children’s Choir and went on to earn music degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, Miami University and the University of Kentucky. She is a versatile performer who appears regularly in concert, operas, musical theater and recital. Her favorite operatic roles include Meg Page (Falstaff), Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte). Equally at home on the musical theater stage, Dr. Graham has performed at such regional theaters as Pittsburgh Public Theater and the College Light Opera Company and has portrayed such roles as Madame Giry (Phantom of the Opera), Sheila (A Chorus Line) and Katisha in The Mikado.
Dr. Graham has been a core member of the Cincinnati Opera Chorus under the direction of Chorus Master Henri Venanzi for nine seasons. Recently she has also performed with the Cincinnati Opera Outbound Tour, Collegium Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Fusion Ensemble. In addition, she is currently a member of the Vocal Arts Ensemble under the direction of Craig Hella Johnson and the Chicago Symphony Chorus, under Duain Wolfe.
Dr. Graham has been teaching voice for over 15 years in styles ranging from opera to pop. Her private voice students have ranged in age from 9 to 65. She is especially interested in helping students discover their full potential through a healthy vocal technique and strong musicianship skills. Dr. Graham served as the Director of Vocal Studies at Xavier University for 2 years and currently teaches voice in the Commercial Music Program at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Wondering what a Mezzo Soprano sounds like?
Dr. Graham recently produced this Voice Type Introduction video for The May Festival: