Judith Nicosia


Soprano Judith Nicosia is an associate professor at Rutgers University, where she teaches voice, voice pedagogy, diction, and vocal literature classes. She has been an invited clinician at local, regional, and national levels for NATS and ACDA, and was chosen as a master teacher for the 2003 NATS Intern Program. In 2017–18, she will be giving vocal workshops for the Royal School of Church Music at King’s College, PA, and for ACDA at the Eastern Division Conference in Pittsburgh, PA

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.

As 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, and the Alliance for American Song.

She enjoys preparing singers for any type of repertoire and taking her students to perform for composers who reside in the New York Metropolitan area, among whom have been Chester Biscardi, Tom Cipullo, Richard Hundley, and John Musto.

Nicosia has been elected to membership in the prestigious American Academy of Singing Teachers, whose members number only 40 at any given time. Along with her duties as a member of the editorial board of the NATS Journal of Singing, vice president of the New York Singing Teachers’ Association, and secretary for American Choral Directors Association Eastern Division, she looks forward to contributing to all professional voice organizations in the coming years.

  • Expertise

    Soprano (Voice), voice literature, voice pedagogy