Iowa native soprano Dr. Nicole Van Every (Dr. V) is quickly making a name for herself in the vocal performance world. Hailed as providing a “stunning feast for the ears” (The City Sentinel, Oklahoma City), her lyrical voice is known for its rich warmth, versatility, and particular ease of high sustained pianissimos. Nicole was a winner of the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions. Most recently, she was announced as first-place winner of the 2016 National Classical Singer Online Competition.
Nicole made her professional debut as Violetta (La Traviata) with Painted Sky Opera at the Oklahoma City Civic Center in February 2017. Her performance was met with high praise from audience and media. She will join the company again in October 2017, as Tosca in Puccini’s Tosca. Other favorite operatic roles include Alcina (Alcina), Alice (Falstaff), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), and Ottavia (L'incoronazione di Poppea).
Nicole is also a very active soloist throughout the United States and beyond. Recent concert credits include: Dubois’ Seven Last Words with the Norman Philharmonic; Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate’s Hymn; Carmina Burana with The OU Schools of Music and Dance, Saint-Saëns’ La Nuit with the Quincy, Ill. Symphony; Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate for a concert commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing; and Mozart’s Regina coeli at Alice Tully Hall in New York City. She was also pleased to be an invited soloist at the 2014 International Computer Music Conference in Athens, Greece. She will join the OU Festival Ballet and choirs as the soprano soloist in Stravinsky’s Les noces in April 2018.
Nicole earned her Bachelor of Arts in Voice from Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa, and her Master of Arts in Choral Conducting from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. She holds her Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice from OU (2016, studying with Kim Josephson and Marilyn Horne). Nicole has taught voice in Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas since 2005, and has been the director of numerous choirs, including the Truman State University Chamber Choir and Cantilena (UCO women’s choir).
Her dissertation research, titled The Effects of Atmospheric Conditions on the Singer, was presented at the 2015 National American Meteorological Society conference in Austin, Texas, and combines her passion for both meteorology and music. She has helped teach radar courses in Shanghai, Taipei, and Mexico City, has taught Intro to Meteorology courses at OU, and currently does forensic meteorology consulting for a private Norman-based firm.