Natalie Lerch holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree (DMA) from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, as well as a Master of Music degree from Ohio University and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. At Ohio University, Natalie majored in voice performance with a minor in Vocal Pedagogy. She performed with Ohio University Orchestra in operas and was a winner of the Concerto/Aria competition. At Eastman, Natalie again focused on aspects of vocal performance, but added a minor emphasis in opera direction. She performed in an opera each of her three years at Eastman and gave 3 graduate recitals, a half-recital, and gave a guest recital at a Rochester Church Concert Series.
As Professor of Voice at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, she teaches Opera Scenes/Musical Theatre Workshop; Foundations of Singing; English, Italian, French and German Diction for Singers; and voice lessons to voice and theatre majors.
In 2018, Natalie had the opportunity to teach an Advanced Diction class covering Spanish, Romanian and Russian diction – a class few undergraduates are offered.
In Fall of 2019, Natalie will add two new classes to her roster: Chamber Music (co-taught with Dr. Peter Mack) and Ear Training I.
Representative roles include
- elle in La Voix Humaine
- 8 different roles in King Harald’s Saga
- Lady Ella in Patience,
- Miss Pinkerton in The Old Maid and the Thief,
- Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte,
- Casilda in The Gondoliers,
- Peep Bo in The Mikado,
- Lenny in Crimes of the Heart,
- Nancy in Oliver, and
- Mrs. Grose in The Turn of the Screw
She has performed professionally with
- Fine Rain Falling
- Seattle Philharmonic
- Port Angeles Symphony
- Spotlight Dinner Theatre,
- Columbus Light Opera,
- The Reality Theatre, Opera!Columbus,
- The Norman Luboff Touring Choir and
- Divalycious, a soprano quartet.
Natalie has performed Knoxville: Summer of 1915 by Samuel Barber with the Port Angeles Symphony and the Ohio University Orchestra. During a trip to Brasil, she performed jazz standards, as well as a jazz version of Un bel di vedremo from Madama Butterfly, with the Jazz Ensemble at the Federal University of Rio in Rio de Janeiro.
She also participated in Monteverdi’s Orfeo in Orvieto, Italy, performed with The Jazz Police at the Tacoma Jazz Festival, and has sung under the direction of Brian Kay (The Kings’ Singers) in Canterbury Cathedral with the Berkshire Choral Festival.
She currently performs with Fine Rain Falling – a female vocal ensemble performing madrigals, folk songs, original arrangements and covers of the Wailin’ Jennys!
In March of 2010, Natalie presented an evening of opera for solo soprano on the Cornish Music Series, performing Judith Weir’s King Harald’s Saga, and Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine, in collaboration with Daniel Wilson and Adam Stern. In 2014, she created a theatrical recital called “What Would Alice Say?” which combined music of various periods and styles based on “Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass”. That same year, she performed Ravel’s Sheherazade with the Seattle Philharmonic at Benaroya Hall. In spring 2019, Natalie performed Goldbeater’s Skin by Christopher Cerrone with the Cornish Percussion Ensemble, led by Dr. Kerry O’Brien and Greg Campbell.
Throughout her career, Natalie has served as musical director, artistic director and/or vocal coach on various projects as well as performed on the Cornish Music Series, at The Good Shepherd Center, with Divalycious and the Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society. She has sung in masterclasses and week-long workshops with Renee Fleming, Julianne Baird, Dale Moore and Robert Edwin. This summer, she attended the McClosky Summer Institute of Voice through a faculty grant from Cornish College of the Arts.
Natalie previously worked for an Ohio State Representative, was a “Benefits Specialist” at CompuServe, and lived the life of a commercial salmon fisherman on Chisik Island, Alaska. To balance all the music in her life, Natalie takes riding lessons with her horse Mocha at Galt Valley Ranch in Redmond, WA.