Dr. Colleen Gray
Dr. Colleen Gray, soprano, is an Associate Professor of Music at Slippery Rock University where she teaches voice, language diction and vocal pedagogy, and directs opera productions. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance and Literature degree from West Virginia University and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Duquesne University. After completing her masters, she continued her studies at the Accademia Vocale di Lucca, Italy and subsequently completed an apprenticeship with the Pittsburgh Opera Center. She also holds a B.S. in Music Education degree with Advanced Standing in Voice from West Chester State College.
|Dr. Gray's awards include being presented in recital by the Delaware Jewish Community Center after winning first place in the 1977 Jewish Community Center Emerging Artists Competition. She also won the West Chester State College Concerto Competition, was second in the Pottstown Philadelphia Orchestra Competition, and was sponsored in recital after winning the Pittsburgh Concert Society Artist Competition.
Dr. Gray had her European debut performing the roles of Mimi in Puccini’s La Boheme and Lucia in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, both in Lucca, Italy. She has also performed with regional opera companies in the United States, including the Pittsburgh Opera. Her appearances with symphony include performances of Verdi’s Requiem, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Debussy’s La Damoiselle élue, Schubert’s Mass in G, Beethoven’s Mass in C minor and Handel’s Messiah. A frequent performer for music conferences, Dr. Gray has presented lecture-recitals at the International Conferences of the College Music Society in Bangkok, Thailand (2007), Alcalá de Henares, Spain (2005), Muelle, Costa Rica (2003), Limerick, Ireland (2001) and Kyoto, Japan (1999); the National College Music Society Conferences in Quebec City, Quebec (2005) and Miami, FL (2003); the Pennsylvania Music Teacher’s Association Conference (1987); and several times for the International Festival of Women Composers (1996, 1998, 2001 and 2004).
From 1993-2001, Dr. Gray served as President of the Tri-State Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and now remains an active member of the governing board. Her students have been frequent winners at the Tri-state and regional NATS student auditions.