Melody Racine – mezzo-soprano, associate professor, and formerly chair of the Department of Voice, senior associate dean for academic, faculty and student affairs, and interim dean of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance – is a master teacher in the fields of classical performance and musical theatre. She is a recipient of the Harold Haugh Award for excellence in studio instruction. In addition, she maintains a studio of professional singers who grace the Broadway stage and the operatic stage. Gavin Creel, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Alex Gemignani, and Daniel Reichard – to name but a few – are presently making a difference in the world of musical theatre.
In addition to her teaching and administrative responsibilities, Racine continues to perform. At home, she is honored to have sung with U-M’s own Martin Katz, a world-renowned collaborative pianist. Her singing has taken her to music festivals in Aspen and Tanglewood, along with concert, oratorio, and operatic stages all over the United States and in Italy. She has performed leading roles in Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte, Così fan tutte, Turn of the Screw, Der fliegende Hollander, Lakmé, and Four Saints in Three Acts, among others. Recent concert appearances have included Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony with the University Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Kenneth Kiesler.