College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Susan Ali

Susan Ali

Contact Information:

Faculty Office Telephone: (909) 979-5569
Music Department Office: (909) 869-3548
Fax #: (909) 869-4145


  • Ed.D in College Music Pedagogy-Voice, Columbia University, Teachers College, New York, New York
  • M.F.A. in Vocal Performance, University of California, Irvine
  • B.M. in Vocal Performance, San Diego State University


  • Voice Seminar
  • Beginning and Intermediate Voice Class
  • Music Theatre Workshop (Operetta, Musical Theatre, Opera)

Professional Memberships:

  • College Music Society
  • National Opera Association


Dr. Susan Ali has been teaching private voice lessons since 1998 and has been on the faculties of outstanding music schools such as Chapman University, Biola University Conservatory of Music, Fullerton College, Orange Coast College, and Gardner-Webb University. She has had the honor of working with voice students who have won such prestigious competitions as POSA (Professional Opera Singers’ Association), A.E.I.O.U Italian Educators Vocal Competition, National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Collegiate Auditions, NATS Student Evaluation Program, New Century Singers Competition, Intimate Opera Competition, and more. She created, developed, and continues to direct the Opera Workshop program at Fullerton College; and served as Director of Opera and directed musical theatre productions at Gardner-Webb University. She also directs the opera program at Orange Coast College.

Mezzo-soprano Susan Ali has performed the role of Sally Durant in Sondheim’s Follies and served as Mezzo soloist for Robert Denham’s new sacred oratorio, Under the Shadow, with Maestro Carl St. Clair conducting the Pacific Symphony Chamber Orchestra. She has also recently enjoyed solo engagements in Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with Dana Point Symphony, and MahlerSymphonies No. 2 and No. 3 with Montage Orchestra. Upcoming solo engagements include Mahler Symphony No. 4 this month with Irvine Symphony and a July Pops Concert with Symphonic Winds of the Pacific. She has performed with San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Pasadena Pops, Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Dana Point Symphony, Montage Orchestra, Orange County Opera, South Bay Opera, Concordia Masterworks, and with a variety of other regional orchestras.

Solo concert engagements include Handel’s Messiah, Mozart Requiem, Falla’s El Amor Brujo, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, and Honnager’s King David Oratorio. Some roles Ms. Ali has enjoyed performing on stage include the title role in Carmen, the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, Clothilde inBayou Legend, Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Maria in The Sound of Music, Nancy in Oliver, and Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti.