Christianne Roll, Ed.D.C.T.

Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre - Musical Theatre Program Coordinator

Taking the time to get to know every student, finding out how each student learns, and giving them the tools they need to successfully progress through levels of development are the ways I exhibit my philosophy of supportive, constructive teaching. This is my approach whether I am teaching a voice lesson, an acting class, or musically directing. I aim to gain my students trust, not only as a theatre professional, but also as a mentor.”

Christianne Roll received her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from the CAP21 studio of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. As a student at NYU, she was a Tisch Scholar and selected as one of the top performers of her class. She received her Master and Doctoral degrees from Columbia University, focusing on musical theatre vocal pedagogy. As a member of the Actors’ Equity Association, Christianne has performed at the Goodspeed Opera House, the Lucille Lortel Theatre, the York Theatre, and internationally as the principal singer for Norwegian Cruise Lines. She has soloed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, as well as Euro Disney and Disneyland. She has sung the National Anthem on television on The Roseanne Show, and for the Philadelphia Eagles. Christianne competed in the BBC’s international vocal competition, “Voice of Musical Theatre,” in Cardiff, Wales, and was a finalist of that competition. As an educator , Christianne has served as the music director for Norwegian Cruise Lines, and the Broadway Theatre Project. She has taught musical theatre singing at Columbia University, is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, NYSTA, and started the musical theatre program at Emory & Henry College. She is an active presenter at the Voice Foundation, the Southeastern Theatre Conference, and the Florida Theatre Conference. Most recently, Christianne was asked to serve as the American representative on a panel discussion of musical theatre singing technique at the international Musical Theatre Educators' Alliance conference in Perth, Australia.


Ed.D.C.T. Music and Music Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
M.A. Music and Music Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
B.F.A. Theatre, New York University
B.A. Psychology, New York University

Honors and Awards

Finalist - BBC’s Voice of Musical Theatre International Competition, Cardiff, Wales 4.0 GPA – Teachers College, Columbia University Highest Teacher Evaluations, 2009/2010 – Emory & Henry College Tisch Scholar – New York University Valedictorian – Kutztown Area High School, Kutztown, Pennsylvania

Publications or Exhibitions

The Evolution of the Female Broadway Belt Voice: Implications for Teachers and Singers – Journal of Voice, 2015, doi:10.1016/j.jvoice.2015.07.008

Thank you for the Music: Navigating the Collaboration between Stage Director and Music Director in a Musical Theatre Production and the Vital Role of the Voice Teacher - VoicePrints, Journal of the New York Singing Teachers’ Association, Sept/Oct 2105

There’s A Place For Us: Musical Theatre Voice Teachers’ Location in Higher Education
VMEA NOTES, Journal of the Virginia Music Educators Association, Fall 2011

“Female Musical Theatre Belting in the 21st Century: Interaction between Teachers and Singers,” – Oral Presentation in Perth, Australia at the Musical Theatre Educators’ Alliance Conference: Australasian Overtures, 2015

“The Evolution of the Female Broadway Belt Voice: Implications for Teachers and Singers,” – Oral presentation in Philadelphia at The Voice Foundation’s 44th Annual Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice joint meeting with the International Association of Phonosurgery, 2015