Susan Mardinly


HCD Music

Hartt Community Division
860.346.7171 F 19

Susan Mardinly, PhD, 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, Dr. 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). Oratorio work includes the solo soprano role opposite Jennifer Larmore and Jacques Trussel of the Metropolitan Opera in Handel's Judas Maccabeus, Faure Requiem, Haydn's Missa Brevis, Vivaldi's Gloria; Handel's Messiah and the premiere of Fanny Mendelssohn's Faust with Peter Harvey. A soloist on Public radio and TV, in Carnegie Hall, as a Connecticut Commission on the Arts Touring Artist, she has sung jazz, solo cabarets and on concert series throughout the Northeast and California. 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. Soloist and Music Director/organist positions include King’s Chapel and Arlington St. Church/Boston. She has also directed/coached Broadway shows, winning Best Musical Director for Into The Woods. Receiving 5 grants to research Fanny Mendelssohn, Amy Beach and Barbara Strozzi resulted in feature journal articles, publication of 60 scores by ClarNan, and lecture/recitals throughout the world including Venice, Boston, and New York. Dr Mardinly is also a published poet, nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Elected to Pi Kappa Lambda, and recipient of Who's Who Lifetime Achievement Award, she holds a B.Music degree from New England Conservatory, M.M from The Hartt School and a PhD from University of Connecticut.

She 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 music theater; scholarships from HCD Bel Canto, Ensign Darling, Musical Club of Hartford, National Association of Teachers of Singing; and acceptance to colleges such as Boston Conservatory; Boston University; Carnegie Mellon; Hartt Music Theater and Opera; New England Conservatory; New York University Tisch; Oberlin; McGill; Ithaca; Yale, and Berklee School of Music."