Carren D. Moham, D.M.A.
Professor of Music
B.A. in Music Education, Northeastern State University, M.M., University of Oklahoma, D.M.A., The Ohio State University
Dr. Carren Moham comes from Oklahoma where she received the Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and the Master of Music in Voice from the University of Oklahoma in Norman. She matriculated to The Ohio State University in Columbus where she earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Pedagogy and Black Music History.
Prior to accepting the position at Illinois Wesleyan, Dr. Moham was on staff at the Washington Cancer Institute in Washington, DC. She has done extensive research in the restorative properties of singing after trauma to the throat and has helped many professional and amateur singers recover their vocal abilities. Her research into the virtually unknown and unpublished art songs of African-American composers led Dr. Moham to devise two concert series entitled "Songs by African-American Women" and "Songs by African-American Composers." In 2002, Dr. Moham released a compact disc entitled "Sonnets on Love, Rosebuds and Death: Songs by African American Women" highlighting some of these songs and their composers. She is often engaged to give concerts and lecture recitals on this topic and has performed the series in many major cities in the United States, Europe and South America.
Since joining the voice faculty at Illinois Wesleyan, Dr. Moham has the privilege of teaching some very talented and committed voice students in music and music theatre. She has built a successful studio, and many of her students have been winners in such prestigious competitions as the District and Regional Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, National Association of Teachers of Singing and the Bel Canto competition. They have performed and participated in several renowned programs and opera companies such as the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, the Aspen Music Festival in Aspen, Colorado, Los Angeles Opera, Arizona Opera, Minnesota Opera, and Disney World in Japan. Many have gone on to enter prestigious graduate programs around the country and to pursue promising careers as teachers and performers.
Dr. Moham maintains an active performance schedule and has sung with such well-known organizations as Tulsa Opera, Virginia Opera, Opera Columbus, Opera North, Opera South and Summer Opera Theatre as well as in concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, and the Oklahoma City Symphony Orchestra. She has also been a winner in such prestigious competitions as the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Leontyne Price Vocal Competition.