Director of Graduate Studies
D.M., Performance from Indiana University; M.M., Performance from Baylor University; B.M.E., Choral Music and Conducting from Baylor University.
Lyric Coloratura Rachel E. Copeland continues to receive acclaim as a thriving young artist combining her crystalline voice with her compelling and energetic stage presence. As Ms. Copeland's career and reputation continue to grow, the 2014-2016 seasons shows Ms. Copeland’s Avery Fisher Hall debut in Mozart’s Coronation Mass, as well as debuts with Asheville Lyric Opera, Wilmington Opera, the Helena Symphony (MT), a series of recitals throughout Ontario, Canada, the Choral Society of Durham (NC), and repeat engagements in North Carolina Opera’s Rusalka, nation-wide master classes, Greenville Choral Society, and Cleveland Opera Theater. Recent seasons included Ms. Copeland’s debut with the Brussels Chamber Orchestra in a concert of arias and duets with the highly acclaimed 2012 Operalia winner, Anthony Roth Costanzo. The season continued with multiple North Carolina recitals and performances, notably with the East Carolina University Symphony as the soprano soloist in Hadyn’s “Lord Nelson’s Mass” as well as repeat engagements with Opera per Tutti as Lauretta in Puccini’s most beloved Gianni Schicchi as well as North Carolina Opera.
In the 2011 - 2012 season, Ms. Copeland returned to Apollo’s Fire debuting as Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, including a national broadcast and her debut at Severance Hall, the prestigious home to the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Copeland will also debuted with Opera North Carolina as Frasquita in their fall production of Bizet’s Carmen as well as a return to Opera Per Tutti as Musetta in La bohème. Ms. Copeland was also the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with East Carolina University Symphony.
The 2010 - 2011 season was filled with exciting and wonderful opportunities. It began with a debut of the role of Adele in Die Fledermaus, followed by an engagement with the prestigious Baroque Orchestra Apollo's Fire for Handel's Messiah. In the spring, Ms. Copeland returned to Indianapolis Opera to sing the role of Micaela in Peter Brook's La Tragédie de Carmen. In May, Ms. Copeland made her company debut to rave reviews at San Diego Opera singing Frasquita in Bizet's Carmen. The summer of 2011 saw Dr. Copeland singing Adina in Donizetti’s famous L’elisir d’amore in Cortona, Italy, followed by a voice faculty position at Musica nelle Marche in Urbania, Italy.
Ms. Copeland began the 2009 - 2010 season as a Guest Artist at the International Pediatric Endocinology Lawson-Wilkens Society President's Concert in New York City. Shortly thereafter, she appeared as a guest recitalist at Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory in Cleveland, Ohio where she frequently coaches. She also reprised the role of Musetta and debuted the role of Mercedes in Carmen. In the spring, Ms. Copeland premiered the role of Syvia Varescu, a fiesty gypsy lover, in Kalman's The Csardas Princess under the baton of internationally acclaimed conductor Andrzej Knap. In the following months, she covered the title roles of Lucia di Lammermoor with Cleveland Opera and Romeo et Juliette with San Diego Opera. In July, Ms. Copeland made her Italian debut as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni. To finish the summer, Ms. Copeland joined the voice faculty of Musica nelle Marche in Urbania, Italy.
In the 2008 - 2009 season, Ms. Copeland sang with New Jersey Opera as the cover for the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor and with the San Diego Opera as their Young Artist, performing the roles of Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte and Nell in Rumpelstiltskin.
Other considerable performances include Papagena in The Magic Flute, Antonia in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, and Zdenka in Strauss’s Arabella.
Dr. Copeland is currently on the faculty of East Carolina University School of Music where she teaches voice and diction courses and is the Director for Graduate Studies. Her students continue to be successful at district and regional NATS competitions and have gone on to study at prestigious music schools such as Boston Conservatory, Florida State University, Indiana University, and the University of North Texas. She is active in teaching nation-wide and international master class and is on the faculty of the Cornish American Song Institute in England. She also is the Director of Operations for Oberlin in Italy, Oberlin Conservatory of Music’s prestigious summer program in Arezzo, Italy. While at Indiana University, she studied with Distinguished Professor of Music Timothy Noble. She continues to work with Daune Mahy and coaches with Carol Vaness. She has also studied various roles under the guidance of Martina Arroyo and Patricia Wise.