Christianne Roll, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre
“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 was also selected as one of the top ten performers of her graduating acting class. She later pursued her Master's Degree from Columbia University. She was chosen as a doctoral cohort to continue her studies at Columbia University, focusing on musical theatre vocal pedagogy. As a performer, and 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. As a singer, she has soloed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York City, as well as Euro Disney and Disneyland. She has sung the American national anthem on television on The Roseanne Show, and for the Philadelphia Eagles. Most recently, 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, teaching singing to hundreds of international professional performers. She has taught musical theatre singing at Columbia University, is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and served as the head of musical theatre studies at Emory & Henry College.
Doctoral Cohort program, A.B.D., Ed.D.C.T. in 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
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