Melissa Manseau

Melissa Manseau

Senior Lecturer
Phone: (603) 862-4354
Office: Theatre & Dance, Paul Creative Arts Center, Durham, NH 03824

Melissa Manseau graduated with a B.A. in Music Education from UNH and a M.M. in Vocal performance with an emphasis in Opera from the Univ. of Northern Iowa. Melissa is equally inspired on stage as well as in the classroom. Ms. Manseau has performed with Opera North, Opera by the Bay, Boston Vocal Artists, Salt Marsh Opera, Cape Cod Opera, Bronx Opera, Granite State Opera and Sarasota Opera. Favorite roles include, the title role in Suor Angelica, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, Leonore in Il Trovatore, Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw, and the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors. Ms. Manseau teaches to all ages and abilities. She believes that if you develop, build, and practice daily the fundamentals of good function and technique, you can sing well in any style, including Rock/Pop, Folk, Jazz, Opera, Choral, and Musical Theatre. Currently, Ms. Manseau is a full time Lecturer in Voice for the Theatre and Dance Department at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, where she teaches an average of 40 students per week how to belt in a healthier way, expand range and projection, overcome vocal challenges, build stamina and endurance, and explore all genres of Musical Theatre repertoire from Jerome Kern to Kerrigan and Lowdermilk. Ms. Manseau has been teaching, directing and developing young voices through Broadway Kids, UNH S.T.A.R.S camps, former Bell Center of Dover, Garrison Players Youth program, and Musical Arts in Exeter and Dover, for over 20 years. For more information please email: <a href=""></a&gt; or visit <a href=""></a&gt;.

Courses Taught

  • THDA 455: Musicianship/Vocal Tech for MT
  • THDA 500: Musical Theatre Voice I
  • THDA 555: Acting The Song
  • THDA 592A: Spc Top/Techniq Musical Theatr
  • THDA 600: Musical Theatre Voice II
  • THDA 655: Musical Theatre Scene Study
  • THDA 700: Musical Theatre Voice III
  • THDA 755: Musical Theatre Repertoire


  • M.M., University of Northern Iowa
  • B.A., Music Edu/Curriculum & Inst., University of New Hampshire

Research Interests

  • Singing: musical theatre and opera

Artistic Activities

  • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (2016).

  • Zombie Prom Festival (2016).

  • Faust 2 recording (2016).

  • Seussical Music Director (2016).

  • Exeter Seussical, Music Director (2016).

  • July Academy and Twinkles Music Director (2016).

  • Garrison Players, Music Director Guys and Dolls, JR, (2016).

  • Rep Opera Concert (2016).

  • PSO Guest Soloist/Opera Aria (2016).

  • Oliver (2015).