M.M., Southern Illinois University (2011); B.F.A. Elon University (2008)
Natalie Stephens is thrilled to join the Music Theatre team in the fall of 2012 as an Instructor. Her primary responsibilities will include teaching private singing lessons and musically directing the Senior Showcase.
Ms. Stephens completed her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in the spring of 2011. She also holds a BFA in Music Theater from the esteemed program at Elon University in North Carolina. While at SIU, Ms. Stephens had the privilege to sing operatic roles such as Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro and Mariane in Mechem's Tartuffe. She has also been featured in many concerts and opera galas with the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra, performing roles such as Adele in Die Fledermaus and Frasquita in Carmen, as well as a featured soloist role in Handel's Messiah. Ms. Stephens was a soloist in the world premiere of Dr. Frank Stemper's composition, "A Brief Message from Makanda, Illinois" at Orchestra Hall in Chicago.
Although the last few years have been devoted solely to classical voice, Ms. Stephens' primary professional background is in musical theatre. Recent professional roles include Maria in West Side Story, Luisa in The Fantasticks, Olive in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Emma in Tell Me On a Sunday, Natalie in All Shook Up, and many more. While she hails originally from North Carolina, Ms. Stephens has called many places around the world "home," including New York City, Savannah, GA, and Perugia, Italy. In addition to teaching at IWU, Ms. Stephens maintains a voice and photography studio from her home.