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All Roles I've Ever Performed in My Whole Life

Mimì (Cover), La Bohème

Fiordiligi, Così fan tutte

The Witch, Hansel and Gretel

Rosalinde, Die Fledermaus

Mother (Cover), Dog Days

Marcellina, Le nozze di Figaro

Barbarina, Le nozze di Figaro

Chorus, Die Fledermaus

Mercury, Dido and Aeneas

Chorus, Orfeo ed Euridice

Chorus, La Bohème

Mrs. Meers, Thoroughly Modern Millie

Betty"Sure Thing," All in the Timing

Mae "Mama" Peterson, Bye Bye Birdie

Juror #9, Twelve Angry Men

Aysha and Storyteller, Children of Eden

Chorus, Beauty and the Beast

Northwestern University Opera Theatre, May 2022

Northwestern University Opera Theatre, March 2021

Northwestern University OPUS, November 2020

Northwestern University Opera Theatre, February 2020

Northwestern University Opera Theatre, November 2019

La Musica Lirica, July 2019

Ball State Opera Theatre, April 2017

Ball State Opera Theatre, March 2016

Ball State Opera Theatre, December 2015

Ball State Opera Theatre, December 2015

Ball State Opera Theatre, March 2015

Hoffman Estates High School, March 2013

Hoffman Estates High School, November 2012

Hoffman Estates High School, March 2012

Hoffman Estates High School, November 2011

Hoffman Estates High School, March 2011

Hoffman Estates High School, March 2010

Opera Scenes

Violetta, La Traviata

Alice, Falstaff

Zerlina, Don Giovanni

Northwestern University, July 2018

Ball State Opera Theatre, February 2017

Ball State Opera Theatre, April 2015

Solo Experience

Master's Recital

Senior Recital

Junior Recital

Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb

Saint-Saëns: Oratorio de Noël

Northwestern University, June 2022

Ball State University, April 2017

Ball State University, December 2015

Ball State University, April 2015

Hoffman Estates High School, May 2013


Master of Music (Voice & Opera Performance), Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music 

Chautauqua School of Music Voice Program

La Musica Lirica Italian Summer Opera Program and International Music Festival 

Northwestern University Summer Intensive Vocal Career Seminar 

Bachelor of Music (Music Performance with a Minor in Theatre), Ball State University 

June 2022

Summers 2020 & 2021


July 2018

May 2017


Honorable Mention, Ball State University 11th Annual Vocal Competition
Third Place, Ball State University 10th Annual Vocal Competition

March 2017

March 2016

Voice Teachers

Pamela Hinchman, Northwestern University
Dr. Craig Priebe, Ball State University
Johnna Tavianini, Ball State University
Catherine Caccavallo, Hoffman Estates High School

August 2017 - Present

January 2014 - May 2017

August 2013 - December 2013

October 2010 - June 2013

Kelsey's Bio

          Kelsey Sandefur, soprano, is at the launching point of an exciting career. A Chicago native, Miss Sandefur is a student of Pamela Hinchman and holds a Master of Music degree in Voice and Opera Performance from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. While at Northwestern, she starred as Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Fiordiligi in a virtual production of Così fan tutte, and The Witch in a virtual production of Hansel and Gretel; additionally, she covered the roles of both Mimì in La Bohème and Mother in the Chicago premiere of David T. Little’s Dog Days. Miss Sandefur received her Bachelor of Music in Music Performance and a Minor in Theatre from Ball State University. While there, she studied under the tutelage of Dr. Craig Preibe and performed in five operas, including a portrayal of the role of Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro for which Francesca Levitt, daughter of acclaimed American opera conductor and teacher Fiora Contino, regarded her as the “favorite voice on the stage.”


            Miss Sandefur has twice attended the Chautauqua School of Music’s Virtual Voice Program and has appeared as Marcellina in La Musica Lirica’s 20th Anniversary Opera Festival’s presentation of Le Nozze di Figaro in Novelfeltria, Italy, under the baton of Maestro Pietro Billi with the Ravenna Orchestra. During her time with La Musica Lirica, Miss Sandefur sang in numerous concerts, galas, and operatic productions in sold-out opera theatres throughout Italy, including an opportunity to perform for the Captains Regent of the Republic of San Marino. A versatile artist, she has also sung famous scenes and arias with orchestra in numerous opera galas, including Violetta from La Traviata, Alice from Falstaff, and Zerlina from Don Giovanni.


            Miss Sandefur has attended vocal coachings and performed in master classes with high-level professionals such as the famed Marlena Malas; Maestro Joseph Rescigno; Ubaldo Fabbri, Artistic Director of Voci Nel Montefeltro in Novafeltria, Italy; Donna Loewy from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music; Richard Boldrey from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music; and Tracy Watson of Central Michigan University. Her numerous solo recitals and concert performances have been highly acclaimed by faculty and guests. Miss Sandefur is also an experienced vocal instructor who eagerly offers all students not only instruction on proper technique, but also insights on how to most effectively portray each moment and message within each piece they perform.


              Miss Sandefur sings weekly as a section leader and soloist in Kenilworth Union Church’s Chancel Choir and also sings as a guest soloist and section leader at several other Chicagoland churches. She is currently preparing for the approaching audition season, and she continues to look forward to what will undoubtedly be a fruitful career.

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