Assistant Professor of Opera and Musical Theatre
M.M. - University of Minnesota
Office: 53 Russell Hall
Phone: (319) 273-2353
Sandra Walden is the director of the UNI Opera and Assistant Professor in Opera and Musical Theatre at the University of Northern Iowa.
With an extensive background in operatic and musical theatre performance, Walden began directing opera while pursuing her MM in Vocal Performance at the University of Minnesota. She served as the Assistant Director for the University of Minnesota Opera program for two years, directing Riders to the Sea, and Assistant Directing/Choreographing Idomeneo, Bernstein's Mass, and Die Entführung aus dem Serail, among others. While at UNI, Walden has directed Lyric Theatre and UNI Opera productions of The Crucible, A Chorus Line, Sweeney Todd, Gianni Schicchi, La Serva Padrona, Riders to the Sea, Prima Donna, The Tender Land, A Day in Hollywood/Night in the Ukraine, The Threepenny Opera, The Old Maid and the Thief, The Telephone, Die Fledermaus, and Fiddler on the Roof to critical success. Her production of Sweeney Todd garnered awards for directing and ensemble acting from the regional KCACTF.
Walden also directs the UNI Opera Ensemble, which presents opera scenes concerts and chamber operas. The Opera Ensemble has been invited to Costa Rica on several occasions, performing Walden’s original Broadway Revues. Her regional directing credits include The Telephone, The Old Maid and the Thief, Hansel and Gretel and Peter Pan. She has served as Assistant Director for productions of Mignon and Don Giovanni at the Music Academy of the West, under the Artistic Direction of Marilyn Horne, and mounted two innovative staged vocal chamber concerts with the Music Academy Fellows, along with music director John Churchwell.
In addition to directing and performing, Walden has worked nationally as a music director and choreographer, and has sung professionally with the Dale Warland Singers, LA Master Chorale, and LA Jazz Singers. Walden has studied directing with Wesley Balk, Vern Sutton, Ben Krywosz, and Karen Miller, and co-founded an improvisational ensemble in New York (ActionNYC) which created new works synthesizing music, theatre and dance. Walden is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Kappa Lambda, the music honor society.