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Judith Nicosia

Area Coordinator of the Voice Program

Soprano Judith Nicosia is the area coordinator of the voice program and associate professor at Rutgers University, where she teaches voice, undergraduate and graduate voice pedagogy, and graduate voice literature classes. She has frequently been an invited clinician at local, regional, and national levels for the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the American Choral Directors Association. She was also honored to be chosen as a master teacher for the 2003 NATS Intern Program in Fredonia, NY. Her students are teaching and singing in tenured positions at institutions as varied as Boston University, Westminster Choir College of Rider University, University of Iowa, Idaho State University, New Jersey City University, and Lawrence Conservatory as well as in public and private schools throughout New Jersey, New York and Belgium, and on Broadway.

Nicosia is the president of the New York Singing Teachers Association, a position she assumed in 2014. Appointed to the editorial board of the NATS Journal of Singing in 2013, she looks forward to contributing to both professional voice organizations in the coming years as well as continuing to serve as secretary for American Choral Directors Association - Eastern Division.

From 2016–17 she will be giving invited choral/vocal workshops in Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, and Connecticut as well as a Byrne Seminar on speech and singing for Rutgers University freshmen.

Winner of the 1981 Montreal International Voice Competition, Nicosia has received numerous awards including: first prize for woman's voice and second prize for the performance of Darius Milhaud songs at the Paris International Voice Competition; a career award from the National Opera Institute; a Sullivan Foundation grant; and three consecutive fellowships to Tanglewood. Nicosia has also been a soloist with the Opera Orchestra of New York, Opera Company of Philadelphia, and Mississippi Opera, as well as the Montreal, Quebec, Hartford, and Nashville symphonies, among others.

A specialist in contemporary music, she has sung works by Messiaen and Rorem with the composers at the piano, and recorded for the Albany, Orion, DR, C.R.I., and Centaur labels. As guest artist, she has performed with the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, Da Capo Chamber Players, Performer's Committee for 20th-Century Music, New York New Music Ensemble, Princeton Pro Musica, Princeton University Orchestra, the Alliance for American Song, and at Piccolo Spoleto

  • Expertise

    Soprano (Voice), voice literature, voice pedagogy