Judith Cline

Judith Cline

A graduate of Drake University, University of Southern California, and Washington University in St. Louis, Cline has sung in concert halls across the United States, Europe, South America, and the Middle East, with ensembles including the Richmond Symphony, St. Louis Symphony Chamber Players, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Emrys Ensemble, Opera Roanoke, and the Roanoke Symphony. In addition to numerous performances throughout North America, she has presented recitals in South America, Europe, and the Middle East. She has been the recipient of several honors and awards, from organizations including the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. In the 200th anniversary year of Franz Schubert’s birth, Cline was chosen for participation in the prestigious International Franz Schubert Institute in Baden bei Wien, Austria. Joining the faculty of Hollins University in 1992, she has served as chairperson of the department and professor of music.

Areas of Expertise

  • Music of the United States of America
  • Music of women composers
  • Contemporary music for voice

Courses Taught

  • Private Study - Voice
  • Advanced Private Study - Voice
  • Senior Recital/Project
  • Lyric Diction
  • Introduction to America's Music
  • Opera Scenes Workshop
  • Vocal Pedagogy and Literature
  • The Opera
  • Women in Western Music


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Vocal Performance Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri
  • Master of Music in Vocal Performance University of Southern California Los Angeles, California
  • Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance Drake University Des Moines, Iowa

Publications & Articles

  • A Sampler in Song: Art Songs by Women Composers ProStar Label
  • Poulenc "Gloria" Mark Records
  • Felciano "Angels of Turtle Island" Grenadilla Label
  • Berio "Eleven Folk Songs" National NPR broadcast
  • Krenek "Quintina" National NPR broadcast


  • Recent completion of the All-Steinway School initiative for the department of music
  • East Coast premiere performance of Allan Smith’s “Vignettes:Ellis Island”
  • Collaborative performance project on the transcription of John Jacob Niles’ songs for voice and guitar with William Krause, guitarist

Research Interests

  • Music of the United States of America
  • Music of women composers
  • Cross-curricular studies in music and opera design