Penelope Speedie, D.M.A.
Associate Professor
Artistic Director, Opera Theatre

Department of Music, Box 4029
Emporia State University
Emporia, KS 66801-5087
(620) 341-5438

  Dr. Penny Speedie


D.M.A. Ohio State University, Opera
M.M. Ohio State University, Voice Performance
B.M. Ohio State University, Voice Performance
A.R.C.T Royal Conservatory of Music, Voice Performance
A.R.C.T. Royal Conservatory of Music, Piano Performance


A singer of considerable dramatic skill, Ms. Speedie has appeared in such diverse roles as: Mimi (La Boheme), Susanna (La Nozze di Figaro), Elise (Yeoman of the Guard), Phoebe (Romantic Comedy), Nora (Riders to the Sea), Johanna (Sweeney Todd), and Kate (Kiss Me Kate). A native of Canada, she holds music degrees from the University of Toronto and the Ohio State University. Her talents encompass singing, acting, directing and costuming in opera, oratorio, musical theater and drama. Groups she has worked and performed with include Theater London, the Stratford Festival, the Shaw Festival, the Gaslight Dinner Theater, the Columbus Opera, Courtney Opera, CBC Radio and Television, British Opera Federation, Columbus Light Opera and Emporia Summer Theater. She has served as president for the National Opera association, representing the organization at the International Voice Congress and National NATS conventions. At present she teaches voice and directs opera and musical theater at Emporia State University.