Chadley Ballantyne


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.

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


Course Sampling

  • Studio Voice
  • Diction for Singers

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 performed with Opera Fort Collins, Fresco Opera Theatre, Union Avenue Opera Theatre, Light Opera Works, Opera for the Young, Utah Festival Opera Company, Main Street Opera, American Chamber Opera and Theo Ubique. Ballantyne is a frequent guest speaker on the topic of applying vocal acoustic pedagogy for both classical and CCM techniques. He has presented at Chicago Chapter NATS, the 2017 and 2018 Pan-American Vocology Association Symposiums, the 2017 West Central and Central Region NATS Conferences, and at the 55th NATS National Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was a co-instructor at the 2018 Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Workshop at the New England Conservatory of Music and is a contributing author to The Evolving Singing Voice: Changes Across the Lifespan. 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. He holds a bachelor of music degree from Drake University, and a master of music degree and 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.