Professor of Music
Director, Mercer University Opera
Office: (478) 301-4015
Atlanta native Martha Malone has served as Director of Opera in the Townsend School of Music since joining the Mercer University faculty in 1990. During her tenure, Dr. Malone also served as Chair of Vocal Studies until 2019. She holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Performance from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the Master of Music from Converse College, and the Bachelor of Music from University of Georgia, as well as awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and the Goldovsky Foundation. Comfortable in musical styles from classical to jazz and musical theater, she performs as a principal in concerts, recitals, and productions regionally and on campus. In recent years she has made a specialty of one-woman cabaret shows, including The Fabulous Forties at Ames Hall in New York; Laughing at Love for Augusta, GA’s Westabou Festival; Vintage Jazz at the Douglass (Midsummer Macon series); numerous performances of Songs of Romance and Satire from Paris, Berlin, and New York; and Love Makes the World Go ‘Round at Little Carnegie of the South.
Other representative engagements include a benefit recital for Atlanta Opera; Vivian Fine: from Chamber Opera to Art Song at the Fifth Festival of Women Composers in Indiana, PA; soprano soloist in the Mozart Requiem with Albany (GA) Choral Society; in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Macon Civic Chorale; and in numerous performances of Handel’s Messiah. Favorite musical theater roles include Mother Superior in Nunsense, Nellie in South Pacific, the Witch in Into the Woods, and Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd. She is a featured soloist on Mystic Chords of Genocide: Music of the Holocaust, a compact disc by oboist Susan Eischeid on a.c.a. Digital Recording, released in 2001.
A former board member of Opera For Youth, Inc., Education Chair for the Central Georgia Opera Guild, and Education Co-Chair for the Georgia Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Dr. Malone is active in bringing opera to young audiences in middle Georgia. She served as a performing faculty member of the annual Bibb County Institute for the Arts in Education from 2006 to 2008 and is active as an adjudicator and vocal master class clinician. She served as a consultant/clinician in stage movement and acting for the youth choir at Lighthouse International’s Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg School of Music for visually impaired musicians in New York City in preparation for the Lighthouse School’s November 2013 opera production of Britten’s Noye’s Fludde.
Dr. Malone is proud of the success of her pupils. Graduates of her voice studio are singing with Palm Beach Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera North, The Cleveland Orchestra, Opera Omaha, Teatro Carlo Fenice in Genoa, Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point, Florida Grand Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, Opera North, the Atlanta Opera, and others. Her former students have won awards in competitions sponsored by the Metropolitan Opera National Council; Palm Beach Opera; Classical Singer Magazine; the Macon Symphony Orchestra; Atlanta Music Teachers’ Association; and Birmingham Opera; and have been accepted for advanced study at Indiana University, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the Fletcher Opera Institute at North Carolina School of the Arts, Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Texas Tech University, Georgia State University, the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, the Aspen Music Festival, the Bel Canto Institute at the University of Houston’s Texas Music Festival, and the American Institute of Musical Studies at Graz, Austria.
Mercer University Opera productions directed by Dr. Malone since 1990 include The Merry Widow, The Elixir of Love; The Magic Flute; Hansel and Gretel; Down in the Valley; Gallantry:A Soap Opera; La Divina; The Old Maid and the Thief; Cox and Box; Gianni Schicchi, Trouble in Tahiti; Amahl and the Night Visitors; Dido and Aeneas; L’ Egisto; and The Impresario; as well as A Muskrat Lullaby by Edward Barnes--an opera for young audiences produced in conjunction with the Macon Arts Alliance and Bibb County School System and Stone Academy’s after-school arts program for at-risk children. Mercer Opera’s educational/community outreach program continued in October 2012 with Dr. Malone’s direction of The Toy Shop by Seymour Barab, an opera for child and family audiences. Dr. Malone also serves regularly as music director in musical theatre productions such as Fiddler on the Roof and A Little Night Music, co-produced by Mercer U. Opera and Mercer Theatre.
“Performing and teaching music is a pleasure and a privilege--I cannot imagine a more fulfilling profession.”