An accomplished dramatic performer, mezzo-soprano Alyssa Sullivan Volker is a native of Andover, Massachusetts. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance and Music Education from Ithaca College and a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has performed leading roles with the Illinois Opera Theater (including the First Lady in The Magic Flute and the title role in Carlisle Floyd's Susanna) and Ithaca College Opera (where she played the role of Grace Ansley in the regional premiere of Robert Ward's Roman Fever). Ms. Volker has appeared as a featured soloist with the Chicago Contemporary Chamber Players and the Pacifica Quartet at Rockefeller Chapel, and has participated in summer festivals at Tanglewood, Oberlin Conservatory, and the Cincinnati Conservatory. In 2006, she appeared in the starring role of “Maria Noto” in the original bicentennial musicale Dreams of Madison County, which was performed in multiple venues across Central New York. Recent oratorio roles include mezzo-soprano soloist for Colgate University’s performances of the Durufle Requiem and Michael Haydn’s Vespers and Hamilton College Oratorio Society’s performance of Bruckner’s Mass in F Minor. An active conductor and educator, Ms. Volker founded and directed The Chenango Valley Youth Chorale at the historic Earlville Opera House and has musically directed many high school and community musicals. She has served on the summer institute faculty of the Young Opera Company of New England and the Treble Chorus of New England. Her prior college teaching experience includes three years as Instructor of Voice at Colgate University. She has recently relocated to the Nasvhille area with her husband, Belmont composer Mark Volker and their children, Molly and Jacob.