Adjunct Faculty; Voice
Susan Dennis is a member of the vocal faculty at Elmhurst University as well as Harper College. A soprano, she is an active soloist equally at home with classical as well as the Broadway repertoire.
Dennis is the artistic director of BRAVISSIMO Vocal Ensemble, a professional vocal group which sings Opera, Musical Theatre and Art Song repertoire in Country Clubs, corporate events and restaurants.
Dennis was the music/artistic director of Elgin OPERA and performed in Love and Fairy Tales, A Taste of Italy, and L’Elisir d’Amore, Summer Music Festival’s 2009 Comedy Tonight, the 2010 Baroque and Beyond and Broadway/Patriotic Night, 2011 Ole! La Fuerza la Music! and Opera Fools, 2012 April in Austria and 2013 Savior Flaire.
She has been a soprano soloist with New Millennium Orchestra, Symphonic Pops Orchestra of Chicago, Navy Pier Pops Orchestra, Harper College Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Festival Orchestra and the Opening Night Broadway Review Troupe.
Her operatic roles include Despina in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, Monica in Menotti’s The Medium, Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel, Adele in Strauss’ Die Fledermausand understudy for Giannetta in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore.
Her musical theatre roles include Mrs. Nordstrom in A Little Night Music, Mary Sunshine in Chicago, Rosebud in Mystery of Edwin Drood, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance and Irina in Lost in the Stars.
Lawrence Johnson, writing in the Chicago Tribune, noted that “Dennis was delightful from the get go, her high-soprano singing and charming stage presence is hard to resist.”
She holds a bachelor of music degree from Eastern Illinois University and a master of music degree in vocal performance from Northwestern University.