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Nancy Allen

Nancy Allen

Nancy Allen is a full-time adjunct instructor of classical voice working primarily with Musical Theater majors.  Mrs. Allen has taught at Belmont for 10 years with a brief hiatus after the birth of her second child. 

After graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from Vanderbilt University, Mrs. Allen attended The Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, MD where she studied with Ruth Drucker, Thomas Houser and Gordon Hawkins.  She received a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from the conservatory in voice performance and taught voice there for one year before moving to Nashville.

Mrs. Allen has performed leading roles with almost every professional theater in Nashville and continues to enjoy performing when her teaching schedule allows.  She has sung with the Nashville Symphony, the Waco Symphony and has been a featured soloist with the Nashville Opera productions of “Surrender Road” by Marcus Hummon and Puccini’s “Turandot”.  In addition to opera and musical theater, Mrs. Allen continues to do studio work, conferences and inspirational music throughout the region.

At Belmont, Mrs. Allen enjoys blending her love for classical vocal technique with the challenges of performing musical theater repertoire.  She believes all music is communication and the singer must find the meaning and emotion in every piece, no matter the style.  She uses science and imagery to help students realize the fullness of their potential and encourages good vocal hygiene for vocal beauty and longevity.  Mrs. Allen recently became certified in teaching Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method - a “body-based method of vocal training which draws from many disciplines” – and incorporates these principles in her teaching and personal performing.

Nancy Allen lives in Nashville with her husband, two children and three dogs.  She continues her vocal training as a student of Marjorie Halbert and Chris Beatty.  She is very active in Forest Hills Baptist Church and she is a member of The Woman's Musicale, The National Association of Teachers of Singing, The Golden Key National Honor Society, and Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society.

Favorite roles include “Grace Farrell” in Annie, “Eliza Doolittle” in My Fair Lady, “Josephine” in I’ll Be Seeing You, “Woman One” in My Way, “Grisabella” in Cats (concert version), “Arlene” in Baby, “Velma von Tussle” in Hairspray, and “Lady of the Lake” in Spamalot.  Upcoming:  “Jenny” in Company with Tennessee Repertory Theater.  Dream Role:  “Desiree Armfeldt” in A Little Night Music.

Contact information: nancy.allen@belmont.edu