Popham, Dr. Deborah
Assistant Professor of Music
Coordinator of Vocal Studies
Dr. Deborah Popham, Assistant Professor of Music/Opera Director and Coordinator of Vocal Studies, is originally from Cleveland, OH. Dr. Popham attended the University of Akron, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and with honors, earning a Bachelor of Music degree in voice performance, and two Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Philosophy. After finishing undergraduate studies, she remained at the University of Akron, studying Music Theory. She concluded her studies at Arizona State University, where she earned a Master of Music in Music Theater Performance (Opera) and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice Performance.
A few of Dr. Popham’s performing credits include Madame Lidoine in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito, Cathleen in Riders to the Sea, and Tatania Navigator in Royal Flush (an original improvisational opera). She has performed internationally as a soloist throughout Italy and Switzerland, including the soprano solo of Fauré’s Requiem. An active recitalist as well, her diverse repertoire includes Richard Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder, John Harbison’s Mirabai Songs, Antonín Dvořák’s Písne milostné , and P.D.Q. Bach’s Perückenstück . Dr. Popham has also performed in productions of Tosca and Sweeney Todd with Arizona Opera.
Some of her opera directing credits include Die Zauberflöte, The Ballad of Baby Doe, La Canterina, La Divina, and The Telephone with Shorter Opera Theatre, The Old Maid and the Thief with Penny Opera, and assistant director for L’elisir d’amore at Arizona State University. As part of her dissertation, Dr. Popham produced/ directed a production of Ricky Ian Gordon’s Orpheus and Euridice, for soprano, piano, and clarinet with a choreographer and three dancers.
Before coming to Shorter University, Dr. Popham taught voice and other music courses at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK, and at the University of Akron in Akron, OH. Dr. Popham has maintained a private studio since 2001 and is an active member of NATS.