Director of Opera Theater
Delighting audiences for years, Eileen Moremen has been praised for her intelligence of interpretation and clear-voiced sweetness of tone. Her early performing specialized in Baroque Opera and oratorio of Bach, Handel, Haydn, Vivaldi, and Mozart, with Boston Baroque, New England Baroque Ensemble, Belmont Chamber Ensemble, Much Ado – a Renaissance Consort, and award winning performances at the Boston Early Music Festival. Ms. Moremen's opera roles are Nanetta (Falstaff), Despina (Cosi Fan Tutte), Papagena (The Magic Flute), Nora (Riders to the Sea). She also performed characters for musical theater productions including Rose (Gypsy), Carrie Pipperidge (Carousel), Little Mary (Little Mary Sunshine), and Martha (Secret Garden). As an interpreter of contemporary music, she performed World Premieres by composers Jose Martinez, John Polifrone, Rene Leibowitz, and Galt McDermott featured at the Aspen Music Festival. She has performed throughout the United States as a song recitalist, oratorio soloist and chamber musician. Born in Portland, Oregon, Ms. Moremen received her Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance and Opera from the Eastman School of Music and her Master’s Degree in Performance and Music History at the University of Michigan. Her voice teachers include Jan DeGaetani, Leslie Guinn and Nina Hinson. On the faculty at KSU since 1995, she is Director of Opera Theater, teacher of Studio Voice and is a sought after vocal clinician, adjudicator and master class teacher in the Southeast. Her Opera Director credits include Dido and Aeneas, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Old Maid and the Thief, Hansel and Gretel, The Hotel Casablanca, The Three Hermits, Speed Dating Tonight!, Trouble in Tahiti, A Hand of Bridge, A Game of Chance, The Light in the Piazza, RSBE (Remove Shoes Before Entering), and countless KSU Opera Galas and scenes programs. In January 2016, KSU Opera Theater won 2nd prize in National Opera Association's Collegiate Scenes Competition, with a scene from The Hotel Casablanca, and in January 2021 again, with a scene from Semele. Ms. Moremen is a creative and innovative opera director who has placed KSU Opera Theater in the national spotlight.