" If the angels in heaven really sing, please let them do it like Nassief. Her voice combines the best of two worlds: It has bel canto size, warmth and height, and yet is svelte, with a youthful sparkle." - So wrote the Leipziger Volkszeitung when Kelley Nassief sang Elijah with the Gewandhausorchester and Kurt Masur on the occasion of the sesquicentennial of Mendelssohn's death.
Kelley Nassief's critically acclaimed and exquisite performances on symphonic stages across the globe have established her as one of the world's leading concert and recital artists. She has performed with
such conductors as Kurt Masur, Michael Tilson Thomas, Charles Dutois, Julius Rudel, Marin Alsop, Joann Falletta, Seiji Ozawa, Hans Vonk, Neemi Jarvi, Carlos Prieto, Yeol Levi, and Miguel Harth Bedoya. Some orchestras Miss Nassief has performed with include: The New York Philharmonic, L'Orchestre de Paris, Dresden Philharmonic, The National Symphony, The Royal Flemish Philharminic, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Symphony, Radio France, La Verdi Orchestra in Milan, Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla, Spain, Tanglewood, and Houston Symphony. Miss Nassief continues to perform in concert and recital venues internationally.
Kelley Nassief was named a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, was awarded a Sullivan Foundation Grant, is a Laureate of the Leonard Bernstein Jerusalem International Oratorio and Song Competition, and received a Richard Tucker Career Grant.
Kelley Nassief is the Director of Opera and Opera Studios and the Marilyn Crilley Professor of Opera at Portland State University. She is a vocal pedagogue sought after for master classes and clinics throughout the country. She has been an adjudicator for several competitions including National NATS. Miss Nassief has a private studio in Portland Oregon.
Students from Miss Nassief's Studio have had great success in a variety of genres and have gone on to sing in opera and theater companies throughout the U.S, national Broadway tours, and in off Broadway productions. Students have won several competitions including NYC NATS for classical and Musical Theater, the International Festival of Song Competition in New York, and have been admitted to such prestigious schools as NYU Steinhardt, Indiana Jacobs School, Manhattan School of Music, and the San Francisco Conservetory of Music.
Miss Nassief is an experienced teacher who has developed a personally tailored advanced teaching intensive program for private instructors and music educators who seek to develop advanced skills in teaching the voice.
Miss Nassief is a member of NATS, VF, NOA, NAfME, and AGMA. She holds a Masters Degree in Vocal Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College with additional studies in voice disorders, and a Bachelors of Music from Portland State University.