Popham, Dr. Deborah
Assistant Professor of Music
Coordinator of Vocal Studies
Dr. Deborah Popham, Assistant Professor of Music, Opera Director, Coordinator of Vocal Studies, is originally from Cleveland, OH. Dr. Popham attended the University of Akron, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and with honors, earning a Bachelor of Music degree in voice performance, and two Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Philosophy. After finishing undergraduate studies, she remained at the University of Akron, studying Music Theory. She concluded her studies at Arizona State University, where she earned a Master of Music in Music Theater Performance (Opera) and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice Performance, where she was a student of Dr. Jerry Doan.
Dr. Popham has performed internationally as a soloist throughout Italy and Switzerland, including the soprano solo of Fauré’s Requiem, as well as the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy. An active recitalist as well, she has been guest recitalist throughout the United States, including South Carolina, Arizona, and Missouri. Dr. Popham has also performed with Arizona Opera, Rome Symphony, and was selected for the Emerging Artist program with OperaWorks. A few of Dr. Popham’s performing credits include Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors with Seven Hills Opera, Madame Lidoine in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito, Cathleen in Riders to the Sea, and Tatania Navigator in Royal Flush (an original improvisational opera).
Some of her opera directing credits at Shorter include La Divina (Haydn), La Canterina (Pasatieri), The Ballad of Baby Doe (Moore), and Die Zauberflöte (Mozart). As part of her dissertation, Dr. Popham produced/directed a performance of Ricky Ian Gordon’s Orpheus and Euridice, for soprano, piano, and clarinet with a choreographer and three dancers.
Dr. Popham’s students have won at State and Regional NATS auditions in both classical and musical theatre categories, and have been accepted into numerous universities, summer programs and summer stock around the country. Before coming to Shorter University, Dr. Popham taught voice and other music courses at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK, and at the University of Akron in Akron, OH. Dr. Popham has maintained a private studio since 2001 and is an active member of NATS.