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Danielle Cozart Steele
Adjunct Instructor and Conference Coordinator

Danielle's colorful, lyric soprano voice has earned her roles on the stages of Des Moines Metro Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Peach State Opera, Sugar Creek Symphony and Song, and Intimate Opera of Indianapolis.

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213 Landrum Bolling Center


  • Visual and Performing Arts


  • M.M., University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music
  • B.M., Butler University

Danielle's 15-year career in choral conducting began at her hometown church, Alexandria First United Methodist, and lead her on to conduct the prestigious Indianapolis Children’s Choir under the tutelage of Henry Leck, the Indianapolis Youth Chorale with Cheryl West, the Earlham College Madrigal Singers, Women’s Chorus and Gentlemen’s Quartet. In the spring of 2013, Danielle assisted with the choral preparation of Michael Tippett's A Child of Our Time with Earlham College and Richmond Community Choirs. In January 2014, Danielle led the Earlham College Choirs on their East Coast Tour, with stops in Pennsylvania, New York City and Washington, D.C.

Danielle has also worked with numerous other ensembles, conducting styles from classical choral works to barbershop. She has served as a vocal clinician with numerous high school choirs, an adjudicator of vocal and choral competitions and led master classes for the professional development of the young singer at both Georgia Perimeter Clarkston and Shorter Colleges.

Parallel to Danielle's conducting career is an active and vibrant vocal performance career. Her colorful, lyric soprano voice has earned her roles on the stages of Des Moines Metro Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Peach State Opera, Sugar Creek Symphony and Song, and Intimate Opera of Indianapolis. Her roles include Manon in Manon, Adina in The Elixir of Love, Micaëla in La Tragédie de Carmen, Clorinda in La Cenerentola, Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos, Lucy in The Telephone, Yum Yum in The Mikado, and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance. A champion of new works, she recently premiered an opera in collaboration with Earlham College Orchestra, Midsummer, about Japanese internment during World War II.

Danielle is also an active performer of oratorio and chamber works. Recent engagements include a radio feature with Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer, 1915, and Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time with Earlham College. She has sung the soprano solos in Carmina Burana, Haydn’s Creation, and Vivaldi’s Gloria with both Lebanon Symphony Orchestra and the Bloomington Early Music Ensemble. Upcoming performances include a concert tour with the esteemed Larchmere String Quartet, Mozart’s Requiem with Kokomo Symphony Orchestra, and Handel’s Messiah at Earlham College during the inaugural year of the new Visual and Performing Arts building.

An active supporter of arts in education, Danielle’s career reflects an intense dedication to keeping classical music alive and relevant to today’s audiences. Most recently, Danielle held the position of Director of Education for Indianapolis Opera, where she coordinated community outreach, the pre-concert lecture series and the Indianapolis Opera Young Artist Program, advancing the careers of opera’s brightest up-and-coming young talent.

A believer that collaboration is the truest way to preserve classical music, Danielle spent the last two years working with the Indianapolis Spirit and Place Festival, producing avant-garde operatic works focused on diverse themes and collaborating with mixed-media artists, professional dancers, writers, instrumentalists, theater directors and the Indianapolis Men’s Chorus.   

Danielle is currently engaged in the study of yoga on the singing voice and anticipates a trip to Mysore, India this summer where she will study Ashtanga yoga in the yogashala there while studying voice and documenting the physical changes in her instrument.

In my first year at Earlham, I was engaged in a gender identity project as part of a collaboration with the Indianapolis Spirit and Place Festival. For two months, my team and I interviewed people from across Indiana about their experiences growing up, how they identified with their assigned gender, how they presented themselves in society, their sexual orientation and their encounters with others regarding this issue. From there, my team and I created a program of original monologues that were subsequently presented at the Festival, paired with music from operas and musicals that highlighted the emotional struggles of each character in each monologue. Earlham students contributed stories, filled out surveys and participated in a "Gender Workshop" (exploring gender through theater games).

Currently, I am doing research in collaboration with a transgender student at Earlham regarding their transition from one gender to another and exploring the changes in the singing voice of this person. This project began upon the student's arrival as a freshman and will finish upon the student's graduation. It is my intention to chart the development of the student's voice for a published article on the teaching of transgender voice students.


American Choral Directors Association
Indiana Choral Directors Association
National Collegiate Choral Organization
National Association of the Teachers of Singing

Earlham provides an environment where I cannot only do what I love but I can expand on other interests I have, as well. Not only that, but I can bring diverse interests together in my teaching. For example, I am a dedicated yoga practitioner and can bring the physical and mental practice of yoga into my voice classes.

At Earlham, I can teach, pursue a performing career, and nurture myself as a human being. I find teaching at Earlham to be particularly gratifying because Earlham recognizes the need of every human being to be a whole person with the need to express themselves in multiple ways. At Earlham, I feel that all the facets of my personality and career are welcome and embraced. It makes me a better, more energetic teacher and I find that I have a deep connection with students and colleagues as a result.

Interesting, unique, wholly themselves.

I enjoy practicing yoga, doing long-distance biking, going to farmers' markets, riding horses, playing with my dog, gardening. And I love spending time with my amazing parents! I'm a ridiculous Star Trek and Doctor Who nerd. Beam me up, Scotty!


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