Nancy Ellen Ogle

Teaching Areas

  • Applied Voice


Nancy Ellen Ogle holds a master of music degree in vocal performance from Indiana University. She studied voice with Birgit Nilsson, Edward Zambara, Charlotte Aldrich and Elizabeth Cole. Her concert career has included television appearances in Canada and Germany as well as the United States and performances in England, Austria, Russia, Georgia (Republic), and Japan. Operatic appearances include Leonore in Beethovenís Fidelio and Brünnhilde in Wagnerís Die Walküre with the Apollon Arts Society in St. Petersburg (Russia), and Isolde in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde with the Surry Opera (Maine). Ms. Ogle has performed premieres of many concert and operatic works, including pieces by John Eaton, Don Stratton, Jan Gilbert, Joyce Hope Suskind, Donald Hagar and Mary Ann Joyce.

Ms. Ogle was a Maine Touring Artist for many years. With help from accompanying musicians and scholars of poetry and composition, she has evaluated hundreds of works by American composers. From these sources, Ogle has created recitals which she has performed throughout the United States and abroad.

Her programs included such subjects as American Poetry of the 1930’s, American Poetry of the 1950’s, American Women Poets, American Women Composers, Maine Composers, New York Composers, and recitals featuring the work of individual poets such Edna St. Vincent Millay, Gerard Manley Hopkins, W.H. Auden and Emily Dickinson. Her research and performance in the field of modern American song literature has been supported by the National Poetry Foundation, the Maine Humanities Council, the Womenís Literary Union, the Maine Composersí Forum, the Long Island Composers’ Alliance and the Live Poet’s Society.

Her recordings have been published on many recording labels, including Capstone, Cormorant, Woodsum, New Media Productions and Parma. In 2014, Ms. Ogle was a Grammy nominee in the category of best classical solo vocal recording for a CD of Scott Brickman’s music featuring Ogle singing his Dear Darwin songs (Ravello).

Ms. Ogle is currently Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Maine, where she taught voice and directed the Opera Workshop.