Department: Music

Adjunct Faculty in Music

  • Education
  • DMA, Claremont Graduate University
  • MA, Univ of Colorado Boulder
  • BA, Chatham University
  • Areas of Specialty
  • Voice

Nina Tober received a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude with departmental honors from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA where she was a student of the late Lorenzo Malfatti. She went on to earn a Master of Music degree in voice performance from the University of Colorado and the Doctor of Musical Arts in voice performance and performance practice from Claremont Graduate University. She also studied musicology and ethnomusicology at the University of Pittsburgh where she held a teaching fellowship. Her voice teachers have included Claudia Pinza, Gerald Tate, Barbara Kinsey Sable, Anne Elgar Kopta and Thomas Hauser, and she has coached with Joan Dorneman, Gildo DiNunzio, and Richard Woitach of the Metropolitan Opera, Felix Popper of the New York City Opera and Carlo Maestrini of La Scala.

A lyric coloratura, she has performed in opera, oratorio, recital and early music performance with the Pittsburgh Opera, the Pittsburgh Chamber Opera Theater, the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra and the San Francisco Early Music Society. Twice she won the Metropolitan Opera district auditions and placed third as a regional finalist. She was also a winner of the Minna Kaufmann-Ruud Distinguished Performance Award.

Dr. Tober began her college teaching career as a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh where she directed the Men’s Glee Club and taught voice, music theory and piano classes. While studying in California she continued to teach studio voice, voice class and history of art song at both Scripps and Pomona Colleges.

Since coming to Susquehanna Dr. Tober has taught studio voice, voice class, vocal literature, music history courses, music theory, vocal diction and vocal pedagogy, and directed the University Chorale and Opera Studio. She served as Music Department head from 2005-2010. She has also traveled with students and colleagues to Japan and South Africa for the Go! and focus programs.

Dr. Tober served as both president and vice president of the Allegheny Mountain Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and remains active as an expert adjudicator for that organization at both the regional and national levels. With Dr. Marcos Krieger she recently published an article on Brazilian Portuguese lyric diction and presented lecture recitals at international conferences on that subject and on the songs of Argentinian composer Carlos Guastavino.

Many of her students and former students have been winners and finalists in major vocal competitions including regional and national NATS student auditions, the NATS Artist Awards, Metropolitan Opera auditions, as well as the Jenny Lind, Liederkreis, and Marcella Sembrich awards. Many have pursued graduate work in performance, music education and music therapy at major conservatories and universities and are active professionals in both the U.S and abroad. At Susquehanna’s 2013 commencement, Dr. Tober was recognized by the University with the award for outstanding teaching.

Courses taught:

  • MUSC-009 Voice Lesson
  • MUSC-010 Voice Lesson
  • MUSC-084 Diction I
  • MUSC-085 Diction II
  • MUSC-089 Opera Studio