Ellen Denham

Ellen Denham

Ellen Denham is a DMA student at the University of Illinois where she teaches voice to non-majors and minors. She previously taught voice at Earlham College and a writing seminar at Butler University. Recent roles include Jenny in The Threepenny Opera at UI and Violet in A Childhood Miracle with Intimate Opera of Indianapolis. Her latest directing project was a multidisciplinary piece on Otherness at the Indy Convergence and her latest fiction sale was a “steampunk opera dystopia” to the anthology Gears and Levers 3. Find out more about her published fiction and other projects at denham.virtualave.net.


Old Singers, New Tricks : Can I Go Back to School at My Age?

Singers who have returned to college well after the typical college age share the pros and cons of the decision to go back to school.

When There Are No Wrong Notes : Freeing the Voice through Improvisation

A traditional technique for actors and non-classical singers, improvisation is relatively new for the classical singer. OperaWorks director Ann Baltz has been using the technique for years, however, and seeing the amazing benefits singers gain from participating, including increased freedom both vocally and emotionally.

Indianapolis Opera: : A Singer's-Eye View

At Maestro Caraher’s suggestion, to get a “singer’s-eye view” I spoke with some singers who have performed roles with Indianapolis Opera. Gran Wilson, Sarah Coburn, and Timothy Noble all praised the friendly atmosphere and strong work ethic of the company.

Good Times, Great Opera : James Caraher and Indianapolis Opera

Indianapolis Opera, under the direction of James Caraher, is pleasing not only its audiences but also its singer employees. This two-part article shares first Mr. Caraher’s thoughts on everything from IO’s young artist program to his own training, and second, some singers’ thoughts on Indianapolis Opera.

Freelancing in Music : So you really do that for a living?

Only a small percentage of singers make their living singing opera in "A" level opera houses. Most singers put their living together in creative ways. Here's how one singer gets by.