Natalie Stephens-Pitchford, M.M.

Music Theatre Adjunct ProfessorNatalie-Stephens-Pitchford

Natalie Stephens-Pitchford (MM Vocal Performance, BFA Music Theatre) is in her fourth year at Illinois Wesleyan University as an Instructor of Music Theatre. She teaches private studio voice to BFA Musical Theatre major students. She also teaches or has taught Senior Showcase, Music Theatre Repertoire Class, and Music Theatre Workshop, and occasionally musically directs mainstage productions. 

Mrs. Pitchford 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, Mrs. Pitchford 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 soprano in Handel's  Messiah . Mrs. Pitchford was the featured soloist in the world premiere of Dr. Frank Stemper's composition, "A Brief Message from Makanda, Illinois" at Orchestra Hall in Chicago. 

At SIU, Mrs. Pitchford studied voice under Dr. Jeanine Wagner. Her opera coach was Dr. Paul Transue. At Elon University, she studied under Dr. Polly Butler Cornelius. Mrs. Pitchford has also had the honor of studying with Dr. Arlene Shrut, Doug Oberhamer, Sandy DeAthos, Carmen Gonzales, and many others.

While she has devoted many years of study, teaching, and performing to classical voice, Mrs. Pitchford's primary professional background is in musical theatre. Recent professional roles include Emma in  Tell Me On a  Sunday , Maria in  West Side Story , Luisa in  The Fantasticks , Olive in  The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee , Natalie in  All Shook Up , and many more. Born and raised in North Carolina, Mrs. Pitchford has called many places around the world "home," including New York City, Savannah, GA, and Perugia, Italy. Natalie currently resides in Bloomington, IL with her husband, Tim, professor of jazz and trombone at IWU and their toddler, Lucy June.