Originally from a small town in Iowa, Dr. Shannon Cochran is a professional singer, actor, and teacher. After completing her Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice Performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in May 2021, she started teaching voice, lyric diction, and opera workshop at Northern Kentucky University. Her teaching experience spans over a decade, teaching voice lessons and acting sessions through private studios and in the greater Cincinnati area. She has experience teaching all genres and styles of singing with the teaching philosophy of focusing on the individual finding their own truest voice.
This past summer, she performed with Four Corners Musical Theatre as Marian in The Music Man and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance. Also at Four Corners, she workshopped a new musical as Gloria Worth in Gene Kelly’s Lost Musical in March of 2022. Her other recent performances include, Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos at CCM, Miss Jessel in Turn of the Screw, and Cunegonde in Candide. In addition to opera, she has performed frequently in the musical theatre world. Her professional theatre credits include Fiona in Shrek! The Musical at Great Plains Theatre, Ms. Pemberton in The Orphan Train under the direction of Patricia Birch, Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray and Rapunzel in Into the Woods at Way Off Broadway.