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Andrea Chenoweth Wells

Lecturer, Voice

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Music


Email: Andrea Chenoweth Wells
Phone: 937-229-3936
FH 466
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  • Ph.D., Musical Arts, Voice and Opera Direction, University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, 2017
  • M.M., Voice, The Cleveland Institute of Music
  • B.A., English and Communication Management, University of Dayton


Andrea Chenoweth Wells, DMA and soprano, is a two-time regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. She has appeared with orchestras and opera companies throughout the U.S., including regular appearances with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Cleveland Opera and Dayton Opera. Career highlights include her Carnegie Hall debut singing Verdi’s Requiem and touring Japan with Maestro Neal Gittleman and the Telemann Chamber Orchestra. She has sung numerous operatic roles, including Fiordiligi in Mozart's Così fan tutte, Atalanta in Handel's Xerxes, the First Lady in Mozart’s Magic Flute, Kitty Hart in Heggie’s Dead Man Walking and the Foreign Woman in Menotti’s The Consul.

Wells concertizes frequently. She is a frequent soloist at Boston’s The Shakespeare Concerts, and is featured on several recordings of works with text by Shakespeare on the Parma label.

A proponent of new music, Wells has collaborated with many living composers including Libby Larsen, Joseph Summer, Jack Perla, Jonathon Sheffer and Monica Houghton.

She earned her Doctorate in Music in Voice and Opera Directing at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, her Masters of Music degree in Voice from The Cleveland Institute of Music and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Dayton. Her teachers include Kenneth Shaw, Ruth Golden, George Vassos, Ellen Shade and Linda Snyder. Previous directing credits include Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring, Marc Antoine Charpentier’s La Fête de Ruel, Mozart’s The Magic Flute and the musical Chicago. 

Wells is a Lecturer at the University of Dayton, where she teaches voice, opera and a course of her own design, Music and Faith on Stage. 

Research interests

  • Women in Opera
  • Performing Arts and Social Justice
  • Sacred in Opera
  • Vocal Pedagogy

Courses taught

  • MUS 363: Music and Faith On Stage
  • MUS 390: Opera Workshop
  • MUS 399: Studio Voice Lessons


  • The Shakespeare Concerts Series: Navona Records, an imprint of Parma Recordings Music to Hear: Released May 2020.
  • Who Is Sylvia?: Released May 2020.
  • No Enemy but Winter and Rough Weather: Released January 2018.
  • The Tempest: Joseph Summer, World Premiere recording: Albany Records. Released March 2016.
  • Orpheus with his Lute: Released April 2015.
  • Full Fathom Five: Released April 2015.
  • Goddesses: Released August 2014.
  • The Fair Ophelia: Released November 2013.
  • Shakespeare’s Memory: Released January 2013.

Selected presentations

“Inclusive Vocal Pedagogy;” College Music Society National Conference, Louisville, Ky., Oct. 2019

“Social Justice & American Opera: Sparking Community Conversations with the Performing Arts;” National Opera Association National Conference, New Orleans, Jan. 2018