Dr. Laurissa Backlin
Dr. Laurissa Backlin, soprano, is Assistant Professor of Music at Delta State University where she teaches studio voice and aural skills. She received the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from University of North Texas where she studied with Dr. Lynn Eustis and was the recipient of a Master’s/Doctoral Fellowship. She received her Master’s degree in vocal performance from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and her Bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Wheaton College (IL).
As soprano soloist, Dr. Backlin has sung in performances of Fauré’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Beatus Vir, Handel’s Messiah, Israel in Egypt, and Dixit Dominus, Bach’s Cantatas 93 and 140, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Schubert’s Mass in G Major, Haydn’s St. Nicolai Mass, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, and Schütz’s Musikalische Exequien. She has performed with the UNT Collegium Singers as a soloist at the UNT Winspear Hall, the Boston Early Music Festival, the Berkeley Early Music Festival, and at Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, TX. With the UNT opera, she has performed the role of Esmerelda in the opera Prodaná Nevĕsta (The Bartered Bride) by Bedřich Smetana. She was a professional member of the Orpheus Chamber Singers in Dallas, with whom she has sung as soloist. She was also a professional member of The Philadelphia Singers.
Dr. Backlin has been a committed voice teacher for over ten years. Prior to coming to Delta State, she was an Adjunct Professor of Music at Dallas Christian College where she taught studio voice, voice class, music history, and sightsinging/eartraining. She was recently a guest master class clinician at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, TX. As a Teaching Fellow at University of North Texas, she taught studio voice to music education, jazz and Bachelor of Arts majors, as well as class voice for music education instrumental majors. She was also a Teaching Assistant at Temple University, and she maintained private voice studios at the Conservatory of Musical Arts in Haddonfield, NJ and the Arts School at Prince of Peace in Carrollton, TX. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and College Music Society.
Department of Music
Delta State University
Cleveland, MS 38733