Nicole Cooper was the first place winner in the emerging artist division of Elgin Opera’s fourth Annual Vocal Competition last summer. Nicole most recently performed with Chamber Opera of Chicago in the Sound of Music. Last season she performed under the baton of Maestro Alredo Munar in Maria La O Nicole sang with Chamber Opera of Chicago in 2010 under the baton of Nyela Basney as the Sandman in Hansel and Gretel. She performed many solos with orchestra in their production of Te Amo a night of Spanish music. She was the cover for the Mother in Amahl and the night visitors with Chamber Opera for the last 3 seasons. Nicole has performed with Da Corneto Opera in Aida. She was a guest performer for Williamstown College in Massachusetts as Susanna in the Marriage of Figaro. She was the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors with You Gotta Hear This! Inc. in New York. She has also appeared with Taconic Opera as Contessa Ceprano in Rigoletto. Past operatic performances include Amelia in Amelia goes to the Ball by Menotti, Miriam from The Scarf by Lee Hoiby and Papagena (cover) from the magic flute. She was also the first place winner of the Mendelssohn Club Competition in New York. She obtained her BM from SUNY Purchase in New York and her MM in voice performance and vocal pedagogy from Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. She has taught at The Music House Academy of Music and Dance, Merit School of Music, Five hands Studio, Forevermore Dance Studio, North Shore School for the Arts, Noble Street College Prep High School and has maintained a private studio for the last 8 years.