Position: Professor Emerita, Voice
Employed Since: 1979–2013
Conservatory Professional Highlights:
Charlotte Nelson Aiosa, since retiring in 2013, has continued teaching voice and contributing to communities in various ways, including creating a singing class for retired persons while she was living in Pennsylvania.
Through her work as a teacher and pedagogue, many of her students have found success in the world of musical theater and opera performance. Some of her former students have completed graduate programs at Peabody Conservatory, New England School of Music, and the University of Michigan. Others hold faculty positions at Bloomsburg University, Pennsylvania; Grove City College, Pennsylvania; Dickinson College, Pennsylvania; the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia; and Shippensburg University, Pennsylvania, all the while continuing performance schedules in venues around the country.
Dr. Aiosa’s education was enhanced by receiving the Rackham Fellowship for graduate study at the University of Michigan, where she completed her D.M.A. in Voice Performance. She furthered her vocal studies at the Aspen Summer Music Festival Opera Program, after which she returned to her position at Shenandoah Conservatory. Her teachers have included James McDonald, Leslie Quinn and Louise McClelland Urban.
A desire to provide opportunities for her students to compete and perform led Dr. Aiosa to membership in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). This ultimately led to her being elected governor for the Mid-Atlantic Region of NATS, as well as having served as President and Vice President of the Virginia Chapter of NATS. She continues to maintain her membership in NATS at this time as well as lifetime membership in Sigma Alpha Iota and Pi Kappa Lambda.
B.S., University of Maryland; M.M., University of Maryland; D.M.A., University of Michigan
Dr. Aiosa currently resides in Frederick, Maryland, with her husband and her small dog, Rosie. The memories of her 34 years of teaching at Shenandoah University are full of the joy and happiness that she was privileged to share with colleagues, friends and students.