Melinda Lein

Melinda Lein, Associate Professor of Music (Voice)
University of Missouri-Kansas City: D.M.A (Vocal Performance) and M.M. (Music History and Literature)
University of Missouri-Columbia: M.M. (Vocal Performance), B.M. (Vocal Performance), B.S. (Music Education)
Contact Information
Professional Activities
Dr. Lein is an active recitalist, with a special interest in art song. Recent recitals have included “What Sweeter Music: A Concert of Sacred Song” and “Songs to the Poetry of Christina Rossetti” (a lecture-recital).  She has appeared as soprano soloist in works such as Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s St. Paul, Bach’s Magnificat and Vivaldi’s Gloria.   Opera credits include roles in Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Handel), Dialogues of the Carmelites (Poulenc), Die Fledermaus (Strauss), Gianni Schicchi (Puccini), Die Zauberflöte (Mozart), and also a special appearance as a “Saving Suzy” in the Kansas City Ballet’s production of Frankie and Johnny in 2001.  

Positioning the Songs of Grieg and Debussy in Standard Vocal Repertoire 
(Master’s Thesis in Music History and Literature, UMKC)
Christina Rossetti: Victorian Poet and Modern Muse
(D.M.A. document and lecture, UMKC)

Applied Voice Lessons
MUS 156: Global Influences on Music in the U.S.A.
HON 205: Ideas in Fine Arts
Professional Organizations
National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)
College Music Society (CMS)
Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI)
Other Teaching Experience
Prior to joining the Wingate faculty, Dr. Lein taught at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, the University of Missouri-Columbia, Stetson University in Deland, Florida, and Daytona Beach Community College.  In addition, she has served three terms on the faculty for the Missouri Fine Arts Academy, held each June on the Missouri State University campus in Springfield, Missouri.