Rochelle Ellis, an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Voice, has taught private voice at the collegiate level for over 20 years. She has dedicated herself to developing teaching techniques that improve the success of her students by serving the whole student, both musically and personally. She is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice Performance candidate at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts.
Active in both Rider University and community outreach in music, Ms. Ellis teaches in the Westminster Conservatory Summer Vocal Institutes for middle school and high school students. She has been the vocal teacher for the Rider University Educational Opportunity Program. Locally, she serves as a vocal consultant with the Trenton Children’s Choir.
Ms. Ellis has distinguished herself in both the concert hall and opera stage. She made her New York City Opera debut as Serena in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, and her Carnegie Hall debut in Schubert’s Mass in G and Bach’s Cantata 140. She has performed under conductors Christoph Eschenbach, James DePriest, Leonard Slatkin, and Joseph Flummerfelt, and has been a frequent soloist with the Berkshire Choral Festival in Massachusetts. Internationally, she has performed at the National Opera of China in Beijing, the Prague (Czech Republic) Autumn Music Festival, and performed solo recitals in Japan.