Mezzo soprano Dr. Dorea Cook is an Assistant Professor of Music at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA, where she teaches applied voice, musical theatre, song literature, and graduate vocal methods. She also serves as the Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Music. Dr. Cook has held previous appointments at Northeastern State University (OK), San Jacinto College (TX) and Lone Star College (TX).
Dr. Cook is known for her clear, vibrant sound, and flexibility within diverse styles from solo operatic roles to oratorio, chamber, Baroque, and contemporary repertoire. Recent performances include the title role in Massenet’s Cendrillon with the Valdosta State University Opera and performances at the 2019 and 2017 Music by Women Festivals. Dr. Cook has also performed with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with the Valdosta State University Departments of Theatre and Dance as the Soprano II soloist in Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other recent performances include art song world premieres in recitals at VSU and the 2019 Music by Women Festival, staged excerpts from Der Rosenkavalier (Strauss), and chamber music by Mahler, Brahms, and Ravel. Upcoming performances include the mezzo solos in Duruflé’s Requiem, excerpts from Der Kaiser von Atlantis (Ullmann), a recital tour in the Southeast, and more.
Dr. Cook’s current research focuses on twenty-first century North American art songs by women composers, particularly art songs approachable for the advanced high school or average freshman or sophomore college student. She presented her preliminary findings at the 2019 Music by Women Festival (Columbus, MS) and the 2019 Southeastern Regional National Association of Teachers of Singing Conference (Tallahassee, FL). Future competitive grant funding, other conference presentations, and creative performances are pending.
Dr. Cook has soloed with Conspirare Chamber of Voices, Conspirare Symphonic Choir and the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Chamber Choir, Texas Early Music Project, Austin Bach Cantata Project, Northbrook Symphony Orchestra, and the Chicago College of Performing Arts Orchestra. She can be heard commercially with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus on the CSO Resound label and on other recordings with the Houston Chamber Choir, San Antonio Chamber Choir, and the William Ferris Chorale.
Dr. Cook received her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a member of NATS and the College Music Society.
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