Catherine Allard joined the John M. Long School of Music faculty in the fall of 1989. She is the principal voice teacher at Troy and conducts the Troy University Opera Ensemble, Women’s Madrigal Ensemble and the Collegiate Singers. Dr. Allard also teaches the first two legs of the music history sequence and shepherds reluctant instrumentalists through Class Voice.
Prior to joining the ranks of academe, Dr. Allard spent eleven years as a professional musician, primarily in opera and recital, but also as a well-regarded conductor and stage director. She is a lyrico-spinto soprano, singing such roles as Mimi (La Boheme), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte), Leonora (Il Trovatore), Marguerite (Faust), Cio Cio San (Madama Butterfly), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), and Amelia (Un Ballo in Maschera), Dr. Allard has also premiered three operas: Ezra Laderman’s Galileo Galilei, Myron Fink’s Jeremiah, and the critically acclaimed From Winter Darkness by Elaine Erickson. She has appeared with numerous opera companies and symphony orchestras and served for twelve years as artistic director and conductor of the Summer Savoyards, a repertory group devoted exclusively to the works of Gilbert & Sullivan.
Dr. Allard received a B.S. in Performance and Music Education and an M.S. in Music from the Crane School of Music at the State University College of Potsdam, NY. She received her Doctorate in Musical Arts from the prestigious Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, where she studied voice with Elaine Bonazzi.
Dr. Allard maintains an active performing schedule in the southeast, appearing most recently as soloist in Handel’s Messiah and the Fauré Requiem. She hosts Opus 3, a classical music radio program (Sundays at noon) on Troy University Public Radio reaching more than 30,000 listeners weekly, and is the front-line director of the Alabama Jubilee Chorus, a prospective chorus in the Sweet Adelines International organization and a frequent guest clinician for other choral organizations.
In the spring of 2005 she joined fellow School of Music faculty members Carol Franks and John Jinright for a joint faculty recital. In addition to her professional appearances, Dr. Allard has had many guest solo experiences with Collegiate Singers, the Symphony Band and Chamber Winds but is probably best known for singing her “hit”, the National Anthem, throughout lower Alabama.
Last Updated: 08/06/2014