Dr. Stella Markou serves as Associate Professor of Music at University of Missouri-St Louis, where she directs the Vocal Studies department as well as UMSL’s Opera Theatre program. Dr. Markou has been a featured guest artist with the Edinburgh Contemporary Musical Ensemble, Union Avenue Opera, Masterworks Chorale, Arianna String Quartet, and Nashville Ballet. She is versed in the repertoire of oratorio, opera, and art song, as well as a passionate promoter of new music. In addition to performing engagements, Dr. Markou is frequently sought as a master teacher, adjudicator, and guest lecturer. She holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, and the University of Arizona.