|Music Department Faculty|
Sarah Mantel, D.M.A.
Music Theater Director
Dr. Sarah Mantel is Professor of Music and Director
of Opera/Music Theater at IUP. A mezzo-soprano, she
holds the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in vocal
performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
and is a frequent performer and champion of contemporary
music. Dr. Mantel is a founder and co-director of the
Festival of Women Composers, which, since its inception
in 1990, has become a highly respected symposium, with
scholarly and artistic participation on a national and
international level. She is the recipient of grants
from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Meet-the-Composers,
and the National Endowment for the Arts to sponsor performances
and commissions of the works of women composers. As
the Director of Opera/Music Theatre at IUP, Dr. Mantel
has directed over two dozen mainstage productions, including
such diverse genres as The Magic Flute, The
Pirates of Penzance, Die Fledermaus, West
Side Story, and Amahl and the Night Visitors.
Previous to joining the IUP faculty in 1986, Dr. Mantel
held academic positions at Montana State University,
Chicago State University, and Northern Illinois University.
She is active professionally in the National Association
of Teachers of Singing, the National Opera Association,
and Opera for Youth.