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Nancy Allen

Nancy Allen - Director of Musical Theatre

Nancy Allen is an instructor of classical voice and the coordinator of Musical Theater.  She works primarily with Musical Theater majors and 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, Dr. 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 before moving to Nashville.

Mrs. Allen has performed leading roles with equity and non equity theaters in the region and continues to enjoy performing when her teaching schedule allows. She has sung with the Nashville Symphony, the Waco Symphony and has sung featured roles with the Nashville Opera in their 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 and has three CD recordings: “Distant Melody”, which won a Parent’s Choice Award of Approval, “Shall We Gather”, and “A Christmas Kiss”.

At Belmont, Mrs. Allen enjoys blending her love of classical vocal technique with the challenges of performing musical theater repertoire. She believes all music is communication and the singer must find the story 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 is certified in 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.  Students in the Allen studio have gone on to perform on Broadway, in Broadway National Tours, with Disney and other top tier cruise lines, Off Broadway and in highly regarded regional equity theaters.  Her students have received top honors in NATS competitions.

As coordinator of the Belmont University Award Winning Musical Theatre program, Ms. Allen is extremely proud of the training and development provided to the talented students who attend Belmont. She is most proud to surround herself with incredible colleagues who bring artistic excellence and personal integrity to everything they do. Ms. Allen believes the attention to excellence and nurturing the whole artist is what makes a Belmont degree in Musical Theatre more valuable.

Nancy Allen lives in Nashville with her beloved dog J.J. She has two children and is an active participant at Brentwood United Methodist Church. She continues her vocal training with Marjorie Halbert and Jeanie LoVetri. Ms. Allen is a proud member of The Woman’s Musical of Nashville, Musical Theatre Educator’s Alliance, The League of Professional Theatre Women, The National Association of Teachers of Singing, Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Society, and Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society.

Favorite roles include  “Eliza Doolittle” in My Fair Lady, “Josephine” in I’ll Be Seeing You (originated the role), “Arlene” in Baby, “Velma von Tussle” in Hairspray,  “Lady of the Lake” in Spamalot and “Jenny” in Company with the Tennessee Repertory Theater.  Dream Role: “Desiree Armfeldt” in A Little Night Music.