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Kellie Motter

Vocal Instructor and Recruiter


Praised for her “moving, involved expression,” Atlanta-born soprano Kellie Motter is a versatile artist in repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary. On the opera stage, Kellie has been engaged with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Central City Opera, and Des Moines Metro Opera. Notable role credits include the roles of Marie (La fille du régiment), Despina (Così fan tutte), Sivia (L’isola disabitata), La Fée (Cendrillon), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Galatea (Acis & Galatea), Morgana (Alcina) and the title role in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor.

As a concert soloist, she has been featured in Carissimi’s Jepthe, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Kleine Orgelmesse & Schöpfungmesse, Steve Reich’s Tehillim, the requiems of Brahms and Fauré, and in numerous works by J.S. Bach, including his solo cantata No. 51, Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen. An enthusiastic performer of new works, Kellie premiered the soprano solo in John Gibson’s In Flight for choir, soloists, and electronics with NOTUS: Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, which was released on the album Of Radiance & Refraction under the Innova Recordings label.

Kellie is a 2017-2018 Winner of The American Prize in Opera and a 2016 Georgia District Winner of the Metropolitan National Council Auditions. She received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Maryland and her Master of Music and Doctor of Music from Indiana University, where she held the prestigious Georgina Joshi Graduate Fellowship.


  • Voice performance
  • Opera
  • Vocal pedagogy
  • Ensemble singing pedagogy


  • The American Prize in Vocal Performance, 2018
  • Georgina Joshi Graduate Fellowship, 2016-2019
  • District Winner, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, 2017


  • B.M. in Voice Performance, University of Maryland, 2014
  • M.M. in Voice, Indiana University, 2016
  • D.M. In Voice, Indiana University, 2020