Faculty & Staff
Nina M. Tober, D.M.A.
A lyric coloratura soprano, Tober has performed in opera, oratorio, recital and early music performance with the Pittsburgh Opera, the Pittsburgh Chamber Opera Theater, and the San Francisco Early Music Society. She was twice a winner of the Metropolitan Opera district auditions and a regional finalist. Her opera roles have included Pamina and Papagena in The Magic Flute, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Musetta in La Boheme, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and Cherubino, Susanna, and Barbarina in La Nozze di Figaro.
Her voice teachers and coaches have included Claudia Pinza, Joan Dorneman, Gildo DiNunzio, and Richard Woitach of the Metropolitan Opera; Felix Popper and Anne Elgar Kopta of the New York City Opera; and Carlo Maestrini of La Scala.
Tober received her Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude with music department honors from Chatham College where she was a student of the late Lorenzo Malfatti. She began her college-teaching career as a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied musicology and ethnomusicology for two years. At the school, she directed the Men’s Glee Club and taught studio voice, music theory and piano classes. As a doctoral student at Claremont she continued to teach studio, voice class and history of art song at Scripps and Pomona Colleges.
Since coming to Susquehanna in 1993 she has taught studio voice, voice class, vocal literature, music history, music theory, vocal diction and vocal pedagogy, and directed the University Chorale and opera studio. In addition to teaching she has served Susquehanna as music department head since 2005. She is past vice president and president of the Allegheny Mountain Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Many of her former students are professional performers, teachers and recording artists, and have pursued graduate work in opera, music education and music therapy at major conservatories and universities in the U.S. and abroad.