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Elena Blyskal joined the Conservatory in 2021 as an assistant professor of voice for musical theater.
As a performer, Blyskal's recent performance credits include Rosalie Mullins in School of Rock, Madame Mao (cover) in Nixon in China, Queen of the Night, and Khloe/Kourtney in the workshop of Dana Kaufman’s Opera Kardashian, which were roles created for her. An advocate for cabaret song, art song, and new music, Blyskal has premiered the music of Julian Brijaldo, Dylan Findley, Peter Evans, Zachary Friedland, and Jared Hettrick, whose “Songs on Fire” was written expressly for her. She has enjoyed guest appearances with Kaleidoscope MusArt, Hispanic-American Lyric Theatre, and New American Voices, among others.
Blyskal is dedicated to vocal cross-training and mental performance skills for the college music student, particularly the intersections of mindfulness and performance anxiety. She is frequently invited to speak on these topics to students and educators alike, including engagements at Nassau Music Educators Association, Hardin-Simmons University, Lesley University, Western Connecticut State University, Broward College, University of Miami, Symposium of Eudaimonia and Music Learning, and NYSSMA’s CyberSummit. Blyskal continues her scholarship both independently and as an associate editor for VOICEPrints, the official journal of the New York Singing Teachers’ Association.
Blyskal earned a D.M.A. in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music and a M.M. in Vocal Performance from Longy School of Music of Bard College. In addition to the Conservatory, she currently teaches voice in classical, musical theater, and contemporary styles at The College of New Jersey as well as Vocal Pedagogy at Queens College. She lives in New York City.
My goal is for singers to build a sustainable, versatile vocal technique that enables meaningful storytelling. Artistry is as critical as technical proficiency, and I am passionate about guiding students to express themselves without inhibition.