Mitra Sadeghpour, DM, opera educator and soprano, joined the University of Northern Iowa School of Music in 2014 after 12 years at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where she was honored as a Max Schoenfeld Distinguished Professor. At UNI, Dr. Sadeghpour directs the opera program, which includes productions, Opera Performance I and II, and Advanced Vocal Performance. She also teaches applied voice and collaborates with the Theatre Department on musical theatre productions. Since joining the UNI faculty, she has directed full productions of Riders to the Sea, L’Enfant et les Sortileges, Signor Deluso, Hansel and Gretel, Susannah and Merry Wives of Windsor, directed numerous scenes programs and two Opera Showcases, and taken opera students on tour to Costa Rica. As a performer, Dr. Sadeghpour regularly performs in recital and concert. She served from 2012-2016 as the NATS National Vice President of Outreach, and joined the board of directors of the National Opera Association in 2017 where she has been tasked to expand student initiatives. She has taught at Harrower Opera Workshop at Georgia State University, at La Musica Lirica, and InterHarmony Music Festival in Acqui Terme, Italia. Upcoming directing includes Carmen with Opera Louisiane, acting styles with UW-Milwaukee's "Leaders of Versatile Voice Education," presentations at the National Opera Association and Opera America conferences, and the Artist Training Program at Minnesota Opera. Dr. Sadeghpour was selected as one of three participants in Opera America’s inaugural Mentorship Program for Women, and she was paired in 2018 with Stacy Brightman, Vice President for Education and Community Engagement at LA Opera. Her special interests are American opera, art song, popular song, and musical theatre, traveling, and dogs. A native of Martelle, Iowa, Sadeghpour has degrees from Luther College and Indiana University- Bloomington.