Soprano Judith Nicosia is associate professor at Rutgers University, where she teaches voice, undergraduate and graduate voice pedagogy, and graduate vocal literature classes. She has often been an invited clinician at local, regional, and national levels for the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the American Choral Directors Association. She was also honored to be chosen as a master teacher for the 2003 NATS Intern Program. Her students are teaching and singing in tenured positions at institutions as varied as Boston University, Westminster Choir College, University of Iowa, Idaho State University, and Lawrence Conservatory as well as in public and private schools throughout New Jersey and Belgium.
Nicosia has been elected to the office of president of the New York Singing Teachers Association and assumed those duties in the summer of 2014. She represents NYSTA at the annual Voice Foundation Symposium and at the biannual NATS National Conference, as well as at other professional functions during the year. She was appointed to the editorial board of theNATS Journal of Singing and looks forward to contributing to both professional voice organizations in the coming years. She continues to serve as secretary for American Choral Directors Association Eastern Division.
Winner of the 1981 Montreal International Voice Competition, Nicosia has received numerous awards including: first prize for woman's voice and second prize for the performance of Darius Milhaud songs at the Paris International Voice Competition; a career award from the National Opera Institute; a Sullivan Foundation grant; and three consecutive fellowships toTanglewood. Nicosia has also been a soloist with the Opera Orchestra of New York, Opera Company of Philadelphia, and Mississippi Opera, as well as the Montreal, Quebec, Hartford, and Nashville symphonies, among others.
A specialist in contemporary music, she has sung works by Messiaen andRorem with the composers at the piano, and recorded for the Albany, Orion, DR, C.R.I., and Centaur labels. As guest artist, she has performed with the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, Da Capo Chamber Players, Performer's Committee for 20th-Century Music, New York New Music Ensemble, Princeton Pro Musica, Princeton University Orchestra, the Alliance for American Song, and at Piccolo Spoleto.