Mezzo-soprano, Nicole Asel, serves as an Assistant Professor of Voice at Sam Houston State University. She holds a D.M.A. in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from The University of Colorado at Boulder, an M.M. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a B.M. from Ithaca College. A finalist in the 2010 Rocky Mountain Regional Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions, she is a devoted operatic performer and recitalist.
Dr. Asel has a passion for new American Opera and song. She has collaborated with some of todays most accomplished living composers including Mark Adamo, Kirke Meachem, Robert Livingston Aldridge, Herschel Garfein, Daniel Kellogg and Robert Spillman. After working with Mark Adamo, she was selected by the composerto represent his opera, “Little Women” in the G. Schirmer New Opera Sampler CD in the role of Jo March. Active in creating and promoting new works, she has workshopped the role of Elizabeth Bennett in Kirke Mechem’s new opera “Pride and Prejudice,” and the role of Carrie Madenda in Grammy Award winning composer/librettist team Robert Aldridge and Hershel Garfein’s opera “Sister Carrie.” She has sung with Opera Carolina, Central City Opera, Opera San Antonio, Opera Fort Collins, Greensboro Opera, Long Leaf Opera, The Martina Arroyo Foundation and Colorado Light Opera Company.
Scholarship includes the history and tradition of Cabaret Song in the early Twentieth Century and the Music of Living American Song Composers Ricky Ian Gordon and Rufus Wainwright. An advocate of body wellness in the voice studio, Dr. Asel is passionate about bringing her experience with yoga, body mapping and the Alexander Technique as well as scholarship in voice pedagogy into the voice studio. Dr. Asel currently teaches applied voice and diction.