Karisa L. Millington is an active performer of opera and avid art song enthusiast. She has sung with New Voices Opera, Reimagining Opera for Kids, Opera on the Avalon, The Princeton Opera Festival, and the Beijing Festival Chorus. She also enjoys programming recitals filled with lesser-known vocal gems, highlighting compositions by American composers, female composers, and ethnic minority composers. She currently is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Wabash College where she teaches Voice and serves as the Interim Glee Club Director. Previously, she worked as an Adjunct Instructor of Musical Theatre Voice at the University of Evansville. During the summer, she teaches Voice at Belvoir Terrace, a performing arts camp in Massachusetts. As an educator, Ms. Millington has a passion for voice pedagogy - the anatomy and physiology of the voice, the physics of sound, historical and present theories of teaching singing, and diverse song repertoire - and merges all of these elements in her own teaching of classical voice, musical theatre, and commercial music. Having lived and taught in Beijing for over three years, she has worked with students from many countries. Her current research focuses on innovative voice pedagogy curriculum for undergraduate music students. Ms. Millington is a Doctor of Music in Voice Candidate at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She earned a Masters degree in Voice Performance/Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College and a Bachelor of Music Education PK-12 from Cedarville University.
Her roles include Helena from A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Britten); Cleopatra from Guilio Cesare (Handel); Donna Elvira from Don Giovanni (W.A. Mozart); Marschallin from Der Rosenkavalier (R. Strauss); Sifare from Mitridate (W.A. Mozart); Antonia’s Mother from Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Offenbach); Queen from The True Story of Cinderella (Martin); Dido from Dido and Aeneas (Purcell); and Laurie from The Tender Land (Copland). Voice Teachers: Alice Hopper, Costanza Cuccaro, Carol Vaness, Elem Eley, Mark Spencer
Vocal Coaches: Heidi-Grant Murphy, Gary Arvin, Kim Carballo, Nova Thomas, Dalton Baldwin
Performances in masterclasses with Dalton Baldwin, William E. McGraw, Joan Patenaude-Yarnell, Ben Moore, Kathryn Barnes-Burroughs