Susan Mardinly, Voice
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Susan Mardinly


Susan Mardinly, VoiceSusan Mardinly, Ph.D., has been teaching voice for over 30 years, at the University of Connecticut, Post University, and at Hartford Conservatory, where she was Chair of the Voice Department. After winning the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award, 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); and Estella (La Perichole). She has sung roles opposite Jennifer Larmore and Jacques Trussel of Metropolitan Opera and David Rae Smith of New York City Opera. A soloist on public radio and TV, in Carnegie Hall, and as a Connecticut Commission on the Arts Touring Artist, Mardinly has sung jazz, Broadway cabarets, and on concert series throughout the Northeast. A stage hand for the Metropolitan and Boston Operas, she has also directed/coached musical theatre, winning Best Musical Director for Into The Woods.

Mardinly has received grants to research Fanny Mendelssohn, Amy Beach, and Barbara Strozzi, resulting in feature journal articles, publication of 60 scores, 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, MM from the University of Hartford's The Hartt School, and a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut.

Mardinly has been a Hartt Community Division faculty member since 2005.

Teaching Philosophy

"My goal is to help each student fulfill their dreams, developing their own unique talents through breath control, vocal production, dramatic expression, and musical skills. Every individual’s sense of music comes from their body, their mind, their emotions, and their culture. Refining their unique expression of singing and building confidence in musical abilities transfers to every aspect of a singer’s life. I invite the parents to participate and introduce current and former students to each other, to creates a support system that encourages growth. I am thrilled when students have roles in musical theatre, 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. It is truly wonderful to see ‘former' students in opera, on Broadway and other music theater venues, giving encouragement to all of us."