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Ida Nicolosi

Ida Nicolosi

Assistant Instructor of Teaching of Vocal Studies
Fine Arts, Seaver College
MB 138


Ida Nicolosi is recognized for her command of a great breadth of repertoire that encompasses opera, oratorio, early music, musical theater, and new music. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2012 singing the world premiere of James Eakin’s Flowers Over the Graves of War presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York. Nicolosi has sung with the Spoleto Festival USA, Lincoln Center Festival, Kansas City Puccini Festival, OPERA Iowa, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, The Gotham Chamber Opera, The Des Moines Metro Opera, the Kansas City Civic Opera, the Jewell Early Music Festival, and the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers.

Ms. Nicolosi lives in Malibu with her husband and two sons and has taught voice and courses in Music Education at Pepperdine University for the past twelve years. She is thrilled to be joining her colleagues this year as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Voice, where she will be vocal directing the fall musical, teaching studio voice, Vocal Literature, and overseeing recruitment for the voice area. Ida also taught voice at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City for five years after pursuing an Artist Diploma in Opera Performance and holds both her Bachelors in Music Education and her Masters in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey.

Ida Nicolosi’s students have been accepted into graduate programs at such institutions as Indiana University, New England Conservatory, Boston University, Boston Conservatory, Longy School of Music at Bard College, NYU, Manhattan School of Music, Westminster Choir College, Notre Dame, the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Illinois, Conservatory of Music at UMKC, the University of North Texas, and Eastern Carolina University. In addition to classical training at the graduate level, Ida Nicolosi’s former students are currently pursuing careers in opera, musical theater, country music, and other popular genres.

Her current research interests include the study of cognitive behavioral therapy and applied practice techniques such as meditation and yoga and how they can create a singing environment that will promote optimal vulnerability for performance and artistic expression.


  • MM, Westminster Choir College of Rider University, 2003

  • BME, Westminster Choir College of Rider University, 1999


  • Rider University Leadership Award, 1997
  • “Bridging the Gap Between Vocal Technique and Dramatic Interpretation,” Classical Singer Convention, Chicago, 2022
  • “Preparing HS Singers for College Auditions,” Lecturer and Masterclass Teacher, National Association of Teachers of Singing-LA Chapter Symposium, 2021
  • “The Art of Baroque Ornamentation,” Lecturer and Masterclass Teacher, Baroque Introspective, Pepperdine University, Malibu 2015
  • “Vocal Techniques for the Soprano Voice,” Lecturer for the Osborne Head and Neck Institute Voice Conference, Pepperdine University,  Malibu, 2014
  • “Preparation Tools and Tips for a College Vocal Audition,” Lecturer and Masterclass Teacher, Classical Singer Convention, San Antonio, 2014
  • The University of Missouri-Kansas City-Women’s Council Grant 2004


  • Vocal Director of the Musical
  • Applied Voice
  • Voice Studio Class
  • Voice Literature