Adjunct FacultyCedar Valley CollegeCourses: Applied Voice, Voice Class
Mezzo-soprano Arielle Collier has been praised for her “dark and lustrous, focused and immense” voice (Theater Jones). A native of Mesquite, she received her Master of Music degree and Performer’s Diploma at SMU, studying under Virginia Dupuy. While at SMU, she participated in productions of Britten’s Albert Herring (Mrs. Herring), Simon Sargon’s The Singing Violin (Katia), and Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah (Mrs. McLean). She more recently performed at SMU as Second Lady in its production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Abilene Christian University, where she performed in Bizet’s Carmen (Carmen), Menotti’s The Consul (Mother), and Massenet’s Cendrillon (Madame de la Haltière).
Ms. Collier participated as an apprentice artist in the 2014 season at Opera in the Ozarks, playing La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica and Jack’s Mother in Into the Woods. In 2013, she portrayed Marcellina in the Amalfi Coast Music Program’s production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro in Maiori, Italy.
Ms. Collier is a frequent soloist with churches and choirs around the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Performances include the Agnus Dei from Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and the contralto soloist in Vivaldi’s Magnificat with the Brookhaven Choral Society of Dallas. In addition to singing, she is an accomplished trombonist, having played with ACU’s Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Trombone Quartet. She is a recipient of the Roy and Sue Johnson Opera Theatre Award, a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, and a two-time finalist in the SMU Concerto/Aria competition.
She received the Bill Reese Memorial Scholarship for her contributions to marching band and served as her class representative all four years of her undergraduate career. For the past five years, she has been working as a teaching artist for Fine Arts Chamber Players, a nonprofit organization that provides free voice lessons to students at David W. Carter High School. She joined Cedar Valley College’s Commercial Music faculty as an adjunct professor of voice in January 2017.