Mezzo soprano Dr. Dorea Cook is an Assistant Professor of Music at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA, where she teaches applied voice and musical theatre voice. Dr. Cook has held previous appointments at Northeastern State University (OK), San Jacinto College (TX) and Lone Star College (TX). She has directed the NSU Musical Theater/Opera Ensemble, taught applied voice lessons, and taught Italian & French Diction, Aural Theory, Music Appreciation, and Voice for Non-Majors.
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. In 2016-2017, Dr. Cook performed the title role in Massenet’s Cendrillon with the Valdosta State University Opera Program. She also performed with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra as the Soprano II soloist in Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Dr. Cook has appeared as a soloist 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. Past opera roles include Menotti’s Secretary (The Consul) and Daron Hagen’s Pamela (New York Stories).
In an ensemble capacity, Dr. Cook has performed with the Grammy-winning Conspirare Chamber of Voices, Conspirare Symphonic Choir, Austin Bach Cantata Project, San Antonio Chamber Choir, Texas Early Music Ensemble, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Grant Park Music Festival Chorus and the William Ferris Chorale. Dr. Cook 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’s research centers on modern American Art Song of the past twenty years. She has focused primarily on the evolution of American song from strictly classical to an increasingly diverse and genre-bending art form. Further research, conference participation, and lectures are currently pending.
Dr. Cook received her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. She is the faculty advisor for Sigma Alpha Iota, Zeta Theta chapter, and a member of NATS and the College Music Society.