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Carissa Scroggins', DA, most recent opera roles include Marie from La fille du Régiment [2020], Die Königin der Nacht from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte [2018] and Ännchen from Weber’s Der Freischütz [2018]. She is also an experienced opera director, most recently premiering Arlene Siagian’s Pride and Prejudice [2019].

In 2019, Scroggins produced her first recording titled Beautiful Dreamer: a collection of classical lullabies. She is an active soloist in Colorado and has placed in state and regional vocal competitions. She has her Doctor of Arts in Vocal Performance from the University of Northern Colorado with a secondary emphasis in musicology.

She is a member of several music organizations, including the National Opera Association, Opera America, National Association of Teachers of Singing, College Music Society and Music Teachers National Association. Her current research is focused on lullabies as an art song repertoire choice, teaching community classes in how to sing to your baby and a project funneling performance arts experiences towards children in the foster care system. She is also writing a children’s opera that she hopes will be used by CMU students to engage the Grand Junction community. Scroggins currently teaches applied voice lessons at CMU.

Scroggins' goal is to have students leave her office more solid in why they are singing. She teaches students about correlating careers, creating performance opportunities and engaging communities in the performance arts. There is room for everyone in the performing arts, it's just a matter of exploring each person's skills, strengths and values to find their perfect niche.

Carissa Scroggin's Curriculum Vitae

Selected Published and Creative Work

The Lullaby as Art Song: Engaging Repertoire for Study and Performance (Lullaby catalog included)

Promotion of living Icelandic composers

Opera Outreach program in D51 schools