Michelle Monroe joined the voice faculty at the University of Northern Iowa in the fall of 2016. She earned her Master of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Northern Iowa and her Bachelor of Music Education from Northern State University. Before joining the faculty at UNI, Monroe taught private voice for five years and K-12 General and Vocal Music in the Iowa public schools.
Monroe is a dedicated teacher and versatile performer, appearing as soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Grinnell Oratorio Society as well as Haydn’s Theresienmesse with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony. Her opera credits include Blanche (Dialogues des Carmélites), Mrs. Gleaton (Susannah), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Die Knusperhexe (Hänsel und Gretel), Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), and in the monodrama Black Water by Jeremy Beck.
Her Young Artist Programs include the Johanna Meier Opera Theater Institute, Music for Singers in Germany, Blooming Voce Summer Opera Workshop, and the Midwest Institute of Opera. While in Germany, she had the opportunity to perform with the Mittelsächsisches Theater in Freiberg, Germany and to study Hugo Wolf’s Mörike-Lieder.Monroe won first place in the South Dakota NATS competition in 2012 and was a finalist in the Iowa NATS competition in 2015 at the graduate level. She earned first place at the UNI Graduate Symposium two consecutive years for her research and performance of selections from Aaron Copland’s Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson and Jake Heggie’s Eve-Song. For her performance of Jake Heggie’s Eve-Song, one judge commented, “She truly committed to the emotional arc of the piece, her intonation was clear and beautiful. She... was truly engaging. She was easily the best performer of the evening.”