Dr. Susan Hochmiller, soprano, is an accomplished performer of chamber music, art song, oratorio, opera, musical theater, and jazz. Performance highlights include singing at the Teatro Mancinelli in Orvieto, Italy, Carnegie Hall with the Susquehanna University Masterworks Chorus and Orchestra, in the Mozart 101 Series with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Colorado Bach Ensemble, concerts with the Music, Gettysburg! series, and numerous recitals in Italy and across the United States. She has been the soprano soloist for many concert works, including Orff’s Carmina Burana, Vaughan Williams’s Hodie, Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis, Schubert’s Mass in C and Mass in G, and Bach’s St. John Passion and Cantata BWV 61. She premiered the role of Joanne in Charles Strouse’s opera The West, and appeared as Constance in Dialogues des Carmélites, Le Feu in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, and First Spirit in Die Zauberflöte. Dedicated to the promotion and performance of chamber music, she is an avid chamber recitalist who co-founded the soprano and trumpet collaboration Aire Duo, and is the author of So You Want To Sing Chamber Music published by Rowman & Littlefield (2019).
Dr. Hochmiller has presented on chamber music at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) National Convention, the College Music Society National Conference, and the Music by Women Festival, in addition to other topics at the PMEA/NAfME Eastern Division Conference, Classical Singer National Convention, Colorado Music Educators Association Conference, and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 8 Choral Festival. An active member of NATS since 2007, she served as president of the Allegheny Mountain Chapter from 2016-2019. In the summer of 2012, Dr. Hochmiller was one of twelve voice teachers from the United States and Canada selected to participate in the prestigious NATS Intern Program. Her students have received numerous awards in Classical and Musical Theatre divisions at District and Regional NATS Student Auditions in Pennsylvania and Colorado, and were national semi-finalists at the 2019 Classical Singer Competition. They have also been accepted into competitive graduate programs, including Manhattan School of Music, Shenandoah Conservatory, and Boston University, attended reputable summer programs, and have sung with professional opera companies.
Susan Hochmiller earned a Doctor of Musical Arts and a Master of Music in Voice Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor of Music from Susquehanna University. She has served on the voice faculty at Colorado State University, Dickinson College, and the New York State Summer School of the Arts, School of Choral Studies. Dr. Hochmiller is the Coordinator of Vocal Studies and Director of Opera Workshop at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College, and directs Orvieto Musica’s Art of Song summer vocal chamber music festival in Orvieto, Italy.