Dr. Sharon O'Connell Campbell

Chair / Professor of Music, Voice

Office: FAB 257   |    Phone: (308) 865-8828   |    Email: campbellso@unk.edu

Dr. Sharon O'Connell Campbell


SHARON O’CONNELL CAMPBELL, mezzo-soprano, is at home in opera, concert, and recital repertoire. She has appeared as a soloist in Beethoven's Mass in C with Skidmore College, in Handel's Messiah and Bach's St. Matthew Passion with Bethany College, in Vivaldi's Gloria with Black Hills State University, the Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the University of New Mexico and with the Kansas City Philharmonic, and in Bradley Ellingboe’s Requiem with the Chicago Arts Orchestra.


Campbell frequently performs (often premiering) newly-composed works and is an annual performer on the University of Nebraska at Kearney New Music Festival.  She has performed staged concerts in Minnesota (upcoming), New York, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska. Her numerous opera roles include the Third Lady in the Lyric Opera of Kansas City production of Die Zauberflöte,  Baba in The Medium and Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro with Civic Opera of Kansas City, La Badessa (Suor Angelica) with The Nebraska Opera Project, The Princess (Sister Angelica), Florence Pike (Albert Herring), Mistress Quickly (Falstaff), The Witch (Hansel and Gretel—upcoming),  Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), Mme. Du Croissy (Dialogue of the Carmelites), and as Rosemary Sidney in the University of Kansas world première production of Picnic.                                  

Dr. Campbell is a graduate of the University of Kansas, where she earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance (as a student of Joyce Castle). She holds the M.M. from the Conservatory of University of Missouri-Kansas City (Inci Bashar, Classical Singer 2009 "Teacher of the Year"), and B.M. from the University of New Mexico (Bradley Ellingboe).

As a scholar she has published articles in the AmeriGrove encyclopedia published by Oxford University Press and has published and presented internationally on musical theatre performance practices.  She has co-presented at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference on the evolution of the vocalist.                                

She is an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.  Previously, she taught studio voice for the University of Kansas and served as Visiting Lecturer in Music at Benedictine College (Atchison, KS). Dr. Campbell has worked as a performer and administrator for the Education/Outreach programs of both Santa Fe Opera and Lyric Opera of Kansas City where she developed educational materials and conducted clinics and workshops for preschool through high school students. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.