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Susan Mardinly


Susan Mardinly, VoiceSusan Mardinly, Ph.D., has been teaching voice for over 30 years, previously at University of Connecticut as Director of Women in the Arts program and at Hartford Conservatory, where she was Chair of the Voice Department. After winning the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award for Connecticut, and placing Second in New England, Mardinly enjoyed operatic roles such as Gingerbread Witch (Hansel and Gretel) for Connecticut Opera and Opera Theatre of Connecticut; Rosina (Barber of Seville); Susanna (Marriage of Figaro); Pappagena (Magic Flute); Dido (Dido and Aeneas); Estella (La Perichole). She sang Senta in the Scena/Duet from Flying Dutchman opposite David Rae Smith of New York City Opera. Soprano oratorio roles include opposite Jennifer Larmore and Jacques Trussel in Handel's Judas Maccabeus; Gabriel Faure’s Requiem, Haydn's Missa Brevis, Vivaldi's Gloria; Handel's Messiah, and the premiere of Fanny Mendelssohn's Faust with Peter Harvey.

As soloist on Public radio and TV in Boston and San Francisco, in Carnegie Hall, and as a Connecticut Commission on the Arts Touring Artist, Mardinly has sung jazz, solo cabarets, and on concert series throughout the Northeast. She was an AGMA chorister and soloist at Connecticut Opera for 6 seasons under Rick Coffey and Stage hand for the Met Boston and Boston Opera under Sarah Caldwell. Church Soloist and Music Director/organist positions include King’s Chapel and Arlington St. Church/Boston. She has also directed/coached musical theatre, winning Best Musical Director for Into The Woods. Mardinly received 5 grants to research Fanny Mendelssohn, Amy Beach, and Barbara Strozzi, resulting in feature journal articles, publication of 60 scores by ClarNan, and lecture/recitals throughout the world including Venice, Boston, and New York. Mardinly is also a published poet, nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Elected to Pi Kappa Lambda, Who's Who in America, Women and the World, she holds a B.Music degree from New England Conservatory, M.M from The Hartt School, and a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. 

Mardinly has been a Hartt Community Division Faculty Member since 2005.

“My goal is to help each student develop their own unique talents through breath control, vocal production, dramatic expression, and musical skills. I am thrilled when students have roles in high- school musical theatre. [Students have won] scholarships from HCD Bel Canto, Ensign Darling, Musical Club of Hartford, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing; and acceptance to colleges as Berklee College, Boston Conservatory, Boston University, Carnegie Mellon, Hartt Music Theater and Opera, New England Conservatory, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, Oberlin, McGill, Ithaca, and Yale.”

Teaching Philosophy

My goal is to help students fulfill their dreams. They are not just students of vocal technique, but completely unique human beings. Every individual’s sense of music comes from their body, their mind, their emotions, and their culture. Vocal technique is only a channel to reveal their innermost being. Through training in singing and facial and theatrical expression, the music emanates from singers to embrace their audience and radiate back. Building confidence in musical abilities transfers to every aspect of a singer’s life. Trust is essential to release students’ potential, so I use a ‘sliding scale’ of encouraging compliments ranging from ‘acceptable’ to ‘superb’. With students who aspire to become professionals, I tenderly urge discipline. Becoming friends with parents and introducing students to each other creates a support system within the studio. I share present and ‘former’ students’ events so they can share advice with each other.