Nicholas K. Perna

Style: Opera; Rock; Classical; Pop; Musical Theatre


Title: Associate Professor of Voice and Voice Pedagogy/Mississippi College

Bio: Dr. Nicholas Perna is Associate Professor of Voice and Voice Pedagogy at Mississippi College. He is a Presser Music Foundation awardee and currently a voice research associate at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. His primary research areas are Laryngeal Manipulation and Singing Voice Acoustics. Perna has presented research on four continents at notable events such as the International Congress of Voice Teachers, the Voice Foundation’s Annual Symposium on the Care of the Professional Voice, and NATS National Conferences. Publications include articles in Journal of Singing, Journal of Voice, and VOICEPrints. He has served on the faculty of Donald G. Miller’s Singing Voice Science Workshop, and the New England Conservatory Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Workshop. He is the creator and co-host of the VocalFri Podcast, Your weekly dash of voice science, pedagogy, and pop culture. Perna was a recent finalist for the American Prize for men in opera, and has appeared multiple times in recent seasons with Opera Mississippi. He debuted the one person play Letters to Puccini for Opera Mississippi in 2022. Perna was twice selected as a Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Artist singer. Additional Operatic credits include Rodolfo, The Duke, Nemorino, Alfred, & Tamino. Symphonic appearances include Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, Beethoven's Symphony no. 9, Messiah, & Carmina Burana. Along with Dr. Mandy Spivak, they created The Comprehensive Britten Song Database. Perna holds graduate degrees from the University of Miami & the University of Houston. Perna is Vice President for Outreach for the National Association of Teachers of Singing for the 2022-2026 term. He is also President of the MS Chapter, and Treasurer for the Southern Region.

Voice Type: Tenor

Music Styles Taught: Opera; Rock; Classical; Pop; Musical Theatre

Availability: I am available as a performer; I am currently accepting private students; I am available as a clinician or presenter; I accept students through a college or university program

Contact Information


315 Stonegate Dr
Clinton, MS
USA 39056

TEL: 7862694841
MOBILE: 7862694841


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Other Contacts

Mary A. Spivak