Chadley Ballantyne

Chadley Ballantye

Assistant Professor of Music, Voice

The voice is a fundamental part of our personal identity. Each voice has its own beauty. I often say to my students, "Our voice is enough." Examination of this idea brings peace and empowerment. Combined with the broad knowledge of a liberal arts education, it becomes a powerful instrument for informed and engaged citizens in their speech and song.

  • BM, Vocal Performance, Drake University
  • M.M., D.MA, Vocal Performance and Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Course Sampling

  • Applied Voice Instruction
  • Diction for Singers
  • Voice Pedagogy

Areas of Expertise

  • Voice acoustics
  • Voice pedagogy in Western classical and CCM styles
  • Somatosensory awareness of the voice
  • Opera and song literature
  • Lyric diction
  • Adolescent voice


Bass-baritone Chadley Ballantyne has sung leading roles in productions of Rinaldo, Madama Butterfly, Falstaff, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, Le Nozze di Figaro, Elijah, The Pirates of Penzance, Cendrillon, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Sweeney Todd, Street Scene, Gallantry, and The Father in Neely Bruce's Hansel and Gretel. His most recent appearances were in Opera Orlando's productions of Le Nozze di Figaro and All is Calm. Dr. Ballantyne is a frequent guest speaker on the topic of applying vocal acoustic pedagogy for both classical and CCM techniques. He has presented his work at the 2017 Pan-American Vocology Association Symposium in Toronto, Canada, the 2017 West Central and Central Region NATS Conferences, the 55th NATS National Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, the VASTA/PAVA 2018 Joint Conference in Seattle, Washington, the National Opera Association 2020 Southeast Regional Conference, and at the 56th NATS National Virtual Conference. He is a co-in structor at the Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Summer Workshop held at the New England Conservatory of Music. Chadley is a contributing author to The Evolving Singing Voice: Changes Across the Lifespan, by Prof. Karen Brunssen. Ballantyne is Assistant Professor of Music, Voice at Stetson University. He has previously served on the voice faculties of the University of Northern Colorado, the Theatre Conservatory of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and North Park University. Dr. Ballantyne holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Drake University, and a Master of Music degree and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois.


  • Voice pedagogy
  • Voice acoustics
  • Neuroscience and somatosensory awareness as they relate to the voice


  • Contributing author (2018). The Evolving Singing Voice: Changes Across the Lifespan. San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing.
  • Author (2018). "Book Review: Kinesthetic Voice Pedagogy: Motivating Acoustic Efficiency." VOICEPrints, Journal of the New York Singing Teachers' Association 16(1), 19-22.