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Yi-Lan Niu

Assistant Professor of Music

M.M., Eastman School of Music 
D.M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Programs: Music

Dr. Yi-Lan (Elaine) Niu completed her master’s degree in voice at the Eastman School of Music under the direction of Ms. Rita Shane, and her doctoral degree in vocal performance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the direction of Professor Paul Rowe and Professor William Farlow. Throughout her academic career, Dr. Niu has been the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships including the Joyce and William Wartmann Scholarship, UW-Madison Opera Props Award, and scholarships to the Hot Springs Music Festival, the Madison Early Music Festival, and the Vancouver Early Music Festival.

Dr. Niu has served on the faculties at both Ripon College and the Madison Academy of Music. Additionally, she has taught voice as an instructor at the Summer Music Clinic at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Niu enjoys performing both nationally and internationally, and her performances are broadcasted by National Public Radio in both the United States and Taiwan.  She actively premieres works written for her, including the epic Requiem for solo voice and orchestra by Alexander Nohai-Seaman and Chinese Yuan Songs newly written by Jerry (Chi-Wei) Hui.  As an early music enthusiast, Dr. Niu has performed masterworks by J.S. Bach, J. Dowland, H. Schütz, C. Monterverdi, B. Strozzi, and A. Scarlatti. Her numerous operatic roles have included Clorinda in “Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda”, Costanza in “La Griselda”, Serpina in “La Serva Padrona”, and Papagena in “The Magic Flute”.

Dr. Niu joined the faculty at St. Norbert College in the fall of 2007.