Originally from Wichita, Kansas, Dr. Christine Roberts is a dynamic music educator and performer. After seeing The Phantom of the Opera in middle school, Christine decided it was her destiny to become a career musician akin to main protagonist Christine Daaé — albeit without some of the dramatic twists and turns of an Andrew Lloyd Webber plot. Dr. Roberts holds advanced degrees in vocal performance and musicology from Michigan State University, where she earned her D.M.A., M.M., and M.A., as well as a B.M. from DePaul University. At Michigan State University, her outstanding work on operatic versions of the mythological figure, Iphigenia, earned her a Dissertation Completion Fellowship. Moreover, her dedication to teaching was recognized with the prestigious Somners Award for Excellence in Teaching, an honor signifying the pinnacle of teaching achievement in the humanities at the university.
A born and bred metal-head, Dr. Roberts's love for teaching music extends from opera to rock to musical theatre and every genre in between. She is a strong advocate for accessible learning environments and is deeply committed to working with neurodivergent students as well as students of all ages and ability levels. Firm in her belief that teaching isn't a “one-size-fits-all-method,” Dr. Roberts continually adapts her teaching style to cater to the needs of each individual student. This approach has paid dividends: her students have earned accolades including perfect scores at the Michigan Solo & Ensemble Festival, spots in the Michigan All-State Solo & Ensemble recitals, top honors at the Hal Leonard Vocal Competition, and representation of Michigan at the MSVMA Gala/Honors. Many have also gained admission to the country's top music colleges. In her free time, she enjoys playing complicated board games, wearing fun earrings and floral print, and attending to her two cats, Muffin and Dobby.