A.B., Princeton University
Andrea MatthewsSenior Music Performance Faculty in Voice
Soprano (opera/oratorio/concert), voice teacher, Alexander Technique teacher
The core of my work at Wellesley has been teaching studio voice at all levels. Additionally, I have taught classes such as Mus300 Mozart Operas, Mus230 History of Opera, and Mus240 Opera Workshop, and co-taught Mus 344 Performance Workshop; I also served briefly as the Interim Director of Performance Music.
I am particularly interested in helping students to bring all their talents — vocalism, drama, psychology, and physicality — to bear on their performance, with ease and joy. The benefits of vocal study are not limited to performance, however, as the skills and pleasures involved in singing can be seen to carry through into all aspects of daily life. I'm fascinated by the process of personal transformation involved in striving for mastery in any activity, and try to convey that larger picture to my students, even as they prepare for specific performances.
I appear regularly in concert at Wellesley and elsewhere; oratorio is a particular specialty of mine, but I have also appeared in opera and recital across the US and Europe. I am also frequently invited by Longy School of Music, Boston Conservatory, New England Conservatory, and other schools and organizations to teach workshops on Alexander Technique, especially for singers and other performers. I very much enjoy working with stage actors and teaching acting for singers. I also maintain a private voice and Alexander Technique studio in Needham, and have been featured on numerous recordings on such labels as Newport Classics, Naxos, Vox, and Polygram.
In addition to receiving my A.B. from Princeton University, I studied with Shirlee Emmons and Conrad L. Osborne in New York City, where I was based as a freelance singer for many years. I was in residence for opera and concerts with the Stadttheater Aachen in Germany for two years, and subsequently toured Spain and Portugal in the title role of Verdi’s La Traviata. Upon moving back to the Boston area, I earned a teacher certification from Alexander Technique Center at Cambridge, and a Certificate in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University. For more information on my repertoire and career, please visit: www.andreamatthews.com.