University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Colleen Brooks


Colleen_BrooksLecturer, Voice/Musical Theatre
Music 341
brooksjo@uwm.edu

Colleen Brooks, mezzo soprano, completed her DMA in vocal performance at the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) in Cincinnati, OH. Dr. Brooks holds a master’s degree in vocal performance from Indiana University as well as bachelor’s degrees in both vocal performance and biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has had the privilege of coaching with current American composers such as Thomas Pasatieri, Jake Heggie, and William Bolcom and performed with Mr. Heggie at the Grandin Music Festival in Cincinnati in 2006. She was an apprentice artist with Florentine Opera (Milwaukee, WI) for their 2008-09 season where she performed the roles of Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) and 3rd Lady (The Magic Flute). Dr. Brooks was the Wisconsin district winner in the Metropolitan Opera Competition in 2009, and she was a participant in San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program the summer of 2010. She looks forward to playing the role of Dora Marx in The Skylight's world premier of Snow Dragon this March and will also be featured in The Skylight Ring this May. Additional roles performed include Azucena, Rosina, Hansel, Garcias in Tulsa Opera’s Don Quichotte, Nora in Vaughan William’s Riders to the Sea, Donna Elvira, Catherine in A View from the Bridge, Piramo in Piramo e Tisbe, and Mrs. Webb in a workshop performance of Rorem’s Our Town. Dr. Brooks has been a member of the voice faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee since 2013.