Dr. Alissa Mercurio Rowe
Director of Choral Activities, Associate Professor of Voice
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Dr. Alissa Mercurio Rowe is an active choral conductor, voice teacher, and soloist. She currently serves as Associate Professor, Director of Choral Activities at Southeastern Louisiana University. During the summers of 2003 and 2004 she served as a member of the All-State voice faculty at Interlochen Arts Academy. She conducts the Southeastern Concert Choir, Southeastern Louisiana University's premiere choral ensemble, with which she conducted the world premiere of Theodore Morrison's Canzoni d'amore and Stephen Suber's His Rhythm! She is active as an adjudicator, has given choral and vocal workshops in the Midwest and Southeastern states and has conducted numerous Honor Choirs.
Dr. Rowe is also the current Vocal Area Coordinator at Southeastern. She performed
Bach's Magnificat and Handel's Messiah this past December 2011 with the Louisiana
Philharmonic Orchestra. In May 2011, Dr. Rowe was the featured soloist with the National
Symphony Orchestra (Mexico) performing Symphony No. 4 by Gustav Mahler. In December
of 2006, she was the featured soprano soloist with Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra
for their performance of Handel's Messiah. In December of 2003-2007, she performed
with the New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra on their Holiday Concert Series. Having
been a conducting participant in 2002, Dr. Rowe returned to the Conductor's Retreat
at Medomak (Maine) as a soloist and sang two performances of Barber's Knoxville Summer
of 1915. She also performed and recorded three roles in David Schiff's opera Gimpel
the Fool, conducted by Kenneth Kiesler, with Third Angle, Portland Oregon's renowned
music ensemble. Dr. Rowe is a versatile performer who regularly performs a wide variety of works such as the Beethoven's Mass in C, Messiah of Handel, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater and Schubert's Mass in G, as well as opera roles in La Cenerentola, The Consul, Magic Flute and La Perichole, among others. She is also active as a recitalist.
Dr. Rowe holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Louisiana State University, a Master of Music in Conducting, a Master of Music in Vocal Performance, a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Teacher Certification K-12 from the University of Michigan.