School of Visual & Performing Arts

Department of Music : Faculty

Janelle Robinson

Adjunct Instructor of Music
Applied Voice

For the past ten years, Janelle Anne Robinson has enjoyed an ongoing professional career on the operatic and musical theater stage. She has performed in France and Japan, and also toured extensively within the United States. Janelle has also been honored with several awards, including The Richard Tucker Study Grant and the MacAllister Award.

Some of Janelle’s credits include the Broadway productions of Cameron Mackintosh and Disney’s Mary Poppins, directed by the award-winning Sir Richard Eyre, in which she originated the role of Mrs. Corry; Oklahoma, also produced by Cameron Mackintosh and directed by Trevor Nunn and Hal Prince; and Susan Stroman’s revival of Showboat. She has performed with Virginia Opera, Opera Omaha, Connecticut Opera, and Opera Company Philadelphia. Off Broadway, productions include Slag Heap, directed by Michael Morris at Cherry Lane Theater, and Golden Boy, directed by Walter Bobby at City Center. Janelle has worked with many illustrious directors and choreographers throughout the years, including Michael Mayer, Lynn Taylor-Corbett, Barry Ivan, Vicky Bussert, Dotty Danner, Wayne Cilento, Eric Stern, and David Caddick. Also, she has been active in film and television, appearing most recently in a national commercial for Febreze, and on Law and Order: Criminal Intent.

In the course of her professional career, Janelle has studied voice, acting, and dance, and also pursued commercial and voice-over training. She has excellent academic credentials, having received a Bachelor of Music in Opera from the Hartt School, an Advanced Certificate in Voice from the Juilliard School, and a Master of Music in Opera from The Curtis Institute. She has also trained at the School for Film and Television. Janelle feels privileged to have studied under some masterful instructors, including Marlena Malas, Fredric Moses, William Ferro, Sofia Steffan, Bruce Kolb, Dr. Linda Carroll, Joan Leder, Craig Carnelia, and Rob Melrose.

At this point in her career path, Janelle would like to follow in the footsteps of these teachers and dedicate her collected talent, experience and training to an academic role. Her desire is to share her gifts, and to pass along to aspiring young performers not only what she was taught in school, but also the wisdom of her life as an artist to prepare them for a successful and satisfying career in the real world. Previously, Janelle taught at Juilliard’s summer exchange program and was also an adjunct faculty member at The Hartt School, and looks forward to bringing her creativity, passion, and wisdom to further teaching opportunities in music and theater programs in and around Connecticut.