Kelly Riordan

Voice Instructor

Instruments: Voice
Education: BM in Vocal Performance, Illinois Wesleyan University
MM in Performance and Pedagogy, University of Colorado Boulder (currently working on)
Currently Teaching: Music Academy Boulder, Music Academy

Kelly Riordan (mezzo-soprano), is a teaching artist, singer, and performer. Originally from Chicago, she is currently pursuing her MM in performance and pedagogy at the University of Colorado Boulder where she is a teaching assistant professor of voice. Riordan holds her BM in vocal performance from Illinois Wesleyan University. As a teacher, Riordan emphasizes the importance of holistic practices in singing, often focusing on how we can ‘get out of our own way’ in order to let the voice and intention flow. She has backgrounds in classical styles as well as musical theatre, jazz, and pop genres and likes to incorporate a blend of styles in lessons.


Riordan has performed many musical and operatic roles including Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel), Marcellina & Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Mother Bailey (It’s a Wonderful Life), and Little Buttercup (H.M.S. Pinafore). She has performed with companies such as the Boulder Opera Company, Eklund Opera, and Prairie Fire Theatre Company and has placed in a number of competitions including the 2019 National NATS competition as well as the 2020 Denver Lyric Opera Guild competition. In her free time, she loves to hike, travel, and craft.