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Sandra Cotton

Instructor of Music
Box 90665, Durham, NC 27708
041 Biddle Music Building, Durham, NC 27708


Sandra Cotton, mezzo-soprano, joined the Voice Faculty at Duke University in 2007, where she teaches studio voice, the physiology of singing, class voice, diction, and musical theater performance.  She received her undergraduate education at Northern Arizona University, where she studied with Dr. Lloyd Hanson.  A student of Dr. Nancy Walker and Dr. Robert Wells, she received the Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  She received additional certification at the National Center for Voice and Speech under Dr. Ingo Titze and Dr. Katherine Verdolini Abbott.  


Since joining Duke’s faculty, Dr. Cotton has premiered roles and song cycles of local composers, collaborated on multiple lecture and chamber recitals, and offered programs for the Eastern Music Festival, Greensboro Opera, Campbell University, Wake Forest University’s Irish Festival, Cornell University for the James Joyce Conference, Meredith College and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She served as an adjudicator for the Long Leaf Opera Young Artist Award, the Meredith College Concerto Competition, and the Durham Music Teacher Association’s Young Artist Award and taught master-classes for the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover, Chapel Hill School of Music Arts and UNC Pembroke.  

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Instructor of Music · 2023 - Present Music, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications

University of North Carolina, Greensboro · 2007 D.M.A.
University of North Carolina, Greensboro · 2004 M.Mus.
Northern Arizona University · 1997 B.Mus.