Curriculum Vita

Susan Mohini Kane, DMA
Singer ~ Professor ~ Author
Full-length book providing skills and knowledge for singers to make a living and a difference in the world after university training.
Recording Artist
Teaching Artist
California State University, Los Angeles 2001-present
Full Professor –
Recipient of the Distinguished Woman Award 2015
Faculty Fellow for the Public Good 2015
Coordinate the vocal arts area
Teach graduate and undergraduate applied voice
Direct the CSULA Opera Theatre Program
Teach song literature, foreign language diction, vocal pedagogy
Supervise Undergraduate and Masters Projects/Theses
Vanderbilt University Residency – September 2015
Teaching voice, master classes, presentation on The 21st Century Singer
Angels Vocal Art Summer Opera Intensive – July 2015
The 21st Century Singer Courses for Emerging Professionals
Self-Care for Artists Classes (yoga, meditation, journaling, fun)
The 21st Century Singer Workshop – April 2015
Making the Leap from the University into the World –  Workshops Summer 2011-12
CSU Summer Arts Summer 2009
Workshop:  The Complete Singer-Actor: Getting Your Act Together
Summer Vocal Intensive I & II at Cal State LA Summer 2008
I:  Building Your Vocal Technique
II:  Preparing for Fall Auditions
New Israeli Opera Spring 2007
Young Artist Program:  Workshops, Lectures, Master classes, Voice Lessons
Murray State University 1994-2001
Lecturer in Voice
Performing Artist
Full Moon Concert Series on, November 2014 – June 2015
   Kristof & Kane (Piano/Singer Duo) Various concerts
     “Better Together” Shuffle Concert at Sessions at the Loft, Camarillo, CA May 2015
     “Better Together” First Presbyterian Church, Pasadena, CA April 2015
     “Better Together” Concerts at the Merc, Temecula, CA March 2015
     “Falling in Love Again” Concerts in January/February
     “The Secret of Christmas” November/December in Los Angeles, CA
Soloist  Elijah with Cal State LA chorus and symphony, June 2014
Soloist  Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (semi-staged, cut version) Bakersfield Symphony, February, 2014
Soloist Verdi & Wagner Night Bakersfield Symphony Bakersfield, CA February 9, 2013
Soloist Duel Duet Kristof & Kane
The Gardenia/Mbar Classical Cabaret Show Hollywood, CA Oct., Nov., Dec. 1012
Soloist Handel’s Messiah Master Chorale Bakersfield, CA December 1, 2012
Soloist A German Requiem Bakersfield Symphony RaboBank Theatre March 9, 2012
Soloist Duel Duet Kristof & Kane Tinnenpot Theatre February 26 & 28, 2012
Soloist A Midsummernight’s Dream Mendelssohn Bakersfield Symphony March 2011
Soloist Christmas Oratorio Saint-Saëns Schantz Music Series December 2010
Soloist A German Requiem Brahms
Schantz Music Series May 2010
Soloist Messiah Handel
Bakersfield Symphony December 2009
Micaëla La Tragédie de Carmen Intimate Opera
Pasadena, CA May 2009
Soloist Te Deum Dvorak
Bakersfield Symphony March 2009
Soloist Christmas at The Ambassador Puccini/Handel California Philharmonic December 2007
Soloist Trois Poèmes Mallarmé Ravel
Jacaranda Series
Three Japanese Lyrics Stravinsky Santa Monica, CA
Soloist Lord Nelson Mass Haydn
Paducah Symphony
Soloist Requiem Mozart
Paducah Symphony
Recent Recital Performances:
Classical Cabaret Brussels, BELGIUM September 5, 2011 Izagem, BELGIUM August 27, 2011
La Canada, CA August 14, 2011
Featured Soloist Pilgrim School Los Angeles, CA In Shatto Chapel November 2010
Concert Artist A Moment of Joy SOLO CD
CD Release Concert Tour
Red White & Bluezz Los Angeles, CA November 4, 2009
Victory Christian Center Dallas, TX November 6, 2009
First Unitarian Church Chicago, IL November 8, 2009
Soloist “Ich folge dir gleichfals” September 14, 2007
St. Andrew’s Cathedral
Suzanna Guzman and Friends
Invited Master Classes & Adjudications
Fresno State Master Class & Workshop March 2016
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, September 2015
Angels Vocal Art Summer Opera Intensive Master Class, July 2015
San Diego State Master Class & Workshop April, 2015
San Diego State Master Class & Workshop April, 2014
Fullerton College Master Class February 4, 2011
Harvard-Westlake HS Master Class February 1, 2011
La Jolla Symphony Adjudication January 29, 2011
Intimate Opera Wkshp Master Class July 13, 2010
Schmidt Youth Awards Adjudication January 30, 2010
Schmidt Youth Awards Adjudication January 24, 2009
Alltech Vocal Comp. Adjudication March 8, 2009
Classical Singer Adjudication
Master Class May 26, 2008
Rio Hondo Symphony Adjudication February 2, 2008
New Israeli Opera Master ClassesMarch, 2007
Invited Presentations & Papers
“Tips for ‘Making it’ as a Singer in the 21st Century” Classical Singer Convention, Chicago, IL May, 2015
“Rethinking Performance Curriculum for the 21st Century” – National Association of Schools of Music National Conference, Scottsdale, AZ October, 2014
“Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief:  A reflection of 1939”
The Roy Harris Lecture Series
California State University, LA
February 26, 2013
“Bridging the Gap Between the University and the Stage”
BTG Workshop, Altadena, CA September 2012
BTG Workshop, Pasadena, CA August 2011
NATS-Los Angeles Chapter,
March 7, 2010
California State University, LA,
Sept. 2009
ICVT Paris, France, July 2009
“Mental, Musical and Vocal Preparation for Singing”
Classical Singer Expo, May 26, 2008
Brooklyn, NY
“Ways of Knowing – Using Your Strengths to Learn an Opera Role”
New Israeli Opera Young Artists,
Tel Aviv, March 2007
“Ways of Knowing – Teaching in the 21st Century”
Huntington Library Faculty Lecture Series, Feb 2007
“Athletics & Aesthetics – Teaching the Next Generation of Opera Singers”
Los Angeles Opera 101,
October 2006
 “Countertenors as Substitutes for Castrati in the Music of Monteverdi”
Los Angeles Opera for Educators, October 2006
“Singing in the French Style”
Los Angeles Opera for Educators, September 2006
“Part II:  Athletics & Aesthetics—Teaching the Next Generation of Opera Singers”
Los Angeles Opera for Educators, May 2006
 “Athletics & Aesthetics – Teaching the Next Generation of Opera Singers”
Los Angeles Opera for Educators, March 2006
“Intelligence and Singing:  Shifting the Paradigm”
Presented for National Association of Teachers of Singing
National Convention in Minneapolis, July 2006
“More Women Composers”
Poster Paper Proposal for National Association of Teachers of Singing
National Convention in Minneapolis, July 2006
Certified Practitioner LMRVT 2010
Lessac-Madsen Resonant Vocal Therapy
Training in repair and maintenance of the
professional voice.
Director:  Dr. Katherine Verdolini Abbott
Doctor of Musical Arts Vocal Performance 2000
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Voice teacher:  Professor Barbara Honn
Lecture Recital:  Robert and Clara Schumann’s Liebesfrühling, Op. 37/12
Thesis advisor: Dr. Karin Pendle
Thesis:  Liza Lehmann (1862-1918):
Her Times, Roles, and Songs
Master of Music Vocal Performance 1990
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Voice teacher: Professor Barbara Honn
Vocal Coaches:  Peter Poliakine, Donna Loewy
Bachelor of Music Vocal Performance 1983
University of Iowa
Voice teacher: Professor Albert Gammon
Also certified in Music Education
Students’ Performing Experience Outside Cal State LA
Los Angeles Opera Leading Roles Los Angeles, CA
Wolftrap Opera Program Young Artist Vienna, VA
Opera New Jersey Studio Artist Princeton, NJ
New Israeli Opera Young Artist Tel Aviv, Israel
Taos Opera Institute Young Artist Taos, NM
Westminster Choir CollegeBaroque Vocal ArtistPrinceton, NJ
Bay View Music Festival Summer Voice Bay View, MI
Opera Festival di Roma Leading Role Rome, Italy
Riverside Lyric Opera Leading Role Riverside, CA
Sacramento Opera Opera Chorus Sacramento, CA
Celestial Opera Leads main stage Pasadena, CA
Intimate Opera Leads main stage LA, CA
Bi-lingual Foundation Leads and Chorus LA, CA
Pasadena Symphony Special Events SoloistPasadena, CA
Sierra Madre G & S Leading Roles Sierra Madre
Music Enrichment Soc. Featured Artist Ridgecrest, CA
Desert Symphony Orch. Featured Soloist Ridgecrest, CA
Pasadena Symph. ChorusChorister Pasadena, CA
LA Master Chorale Chorister Los Angeles, CA
Opera Posse Chorister Pasadena, CA
Celestial Opera Lead Roles Pasadena, CA
Students’ Awards
Opera Buffs Competition Competition Winner 2012
West Bay Opera Competition Winner 2009
Mozart Soc. Long Beach Winner 2007
LA Opera Buffs Scholarship winner 2003-06
Friends of Music LA Scholarship winners 2001-09
Zachary Vocal Comp. Honorable mention 2005
Hollywood Reading Club Winner 2005
NATS-LA Audition Winners 2001-2009
Professional Memberships
Americans for the Arts 2011 to present
ASCAP 2008 to present
California Teachers Association 2001 to present
College Music Society 1994 to present
Fractured Atlas 2010 to present
International Congress of Voice Teachers 2009 to present
Musical America 2010 to present
National Association of Teachers of Singing National Chapter 1994 to present
National Association of Teachers of Singing, Los Angeles Chapter 2000 to present
Vice-President for Young Artist Awards 2009-10
Founded NATS-LA Collegiate Competition 2007-08
4th Vice-President for Student Evaluation Program 2004-05
National Association of Teachers of Singing, Mid-South Region
NATSAA coordinator and executive board 1996-2001
Opera America 2010 to present
Pan-European Voice Conference 2011 to present
Sigma Alpha Iota (Professional Music Fraternity), Patroness Member 1994 to present
Recent Conferences Attended
The Savvy Musician in Action, Columbia, SC June 2015
Classical Singer National Conference, Chicago, IL May 2015
NASM National Conference, Scottsdale, AZ October 2014
Pan-European Voice Conference 9 Marsailles, FRANCE August, 2011
Barbara Honn Invited Workshop San Diego, CA June, 2011
Americans for the Arts San Diego, CA May. 2011
LMRVT Training Long Beach, CA May, 2010
Internat’l Congress of Voice Teachers Paris, FRANCE July, 2009



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