Lorraine Manz

  • Professor of Voice
  • Director, Division of Vocal Studies
  • Director, Otto B. Schoepfle Vocal Arts Center

Areas of Study


  • BA, Kalamazoo College, 1975
  • MM, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, 1977
  • Additional studies as a doctoral fellow at the University of Texas at Austin


Mezzo-soprano Lorraine Manz has been featured as soloist in the United States in orchestral, oratorio, recital, and chamber music settings. She has performed as soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra, Blossom Music Festival (Cleveland), New Hampshire Music Festival, Round Top Festival in Texas, Bach Festival Society, Shreveport Summer Music Festival, and the Jefferson Performing Arts Society (New Orleans) with conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Robert Spano, Marin Alsop, Gareth Morrell, and Steven Smith.  She received critical praise for her performances with Lyric Opera Cleveland in Little Women, for which composer Mark Adamo was stage director.

Manz has been heard on artist series in recital and contemporary chamber music ensembles, including performances at the Lincoln Center, Contemporary Directions of the Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, the Walker Arts Center (Minneapolis), and the New Music Festival (California). She has toured Japan, Hawaii, and the West Coast, performing a variety of chamber music works.

A member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Manz was a Master Teacher for the prestigious Intern Program in 2006.  She also served as clinician at a workshop at New England NATS in 2009. She presented at the 2002 First International Conference on Physics and Acoustics of Singing in Groningen, the Netherlands, and the Chicago Humanities Festival in 2010. As a teacher of singing, she also has special interest in voice pedagogy. 

A number of her students have enjoyed thriving professional careers and have performed with the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Opera, the Los Angeles Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Glimmerglass, Santa Fe, and the San Francisco Opera Merola apprentice programs. Additional students are active performers of early and contemporary music in the United States and abroad.

Manz has studied with Elizabeth Mannion, Elisabeth Mosher, Jan DeGaetani, Adele Addison, Eugene Bossart, and David Garvey, as well as additional work in masterclasses with artists including Gerhard Hüsch, Gerard Souzay, Flor Wend, and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. 

Prior to joining the faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1993, Manz taught at the University of California and at St. Olaf College.

Manz was elected to the American Academy of Teachers of Singing in 2014.

Spring 2022

Prin Pvt Voice: — PVST 002
Sec Pvt Voice: — PVST 052
Voice Pedagogy: Supervised Teaching — PACE 231


Lorraine Manz Elected to American Academy of Teachers of Singing

January 30, 2014

Associate Professor of Singing Lorraine Manz has been unanimously elected to membership of the American Academy of Teachers of Singing. Established in 1945, the AATS consists of nationally recognized teachers of singing and voice experts, as well as esteemed performers of classical and contemporary commercial music, noted authors, and voice science researchers. The academy consists of only 30 members, and all members are admitted solely by invitation. Manz will be inducted in a ceremony at Columbia University’s Teachers College on February 10.



September 8, 2017

Voice major Theodora Nestorova launches a campus group for singers.