Kelly Miller of Rockaway Township entered County College of Morris (CCM) prepared to study for a career in music therapy. Though her real passion was musical performance, she wasn’t sure if her singing abilities could lead to a career in the field so she focused on a different option.
However, after taking courses and working with Professor Marielaine Mammon, chair of the Department of Music, Dance and Performing Arts, Miller gained the confidence she needed to pursue musical performance. Now as a music performance student at New York University (NYU), Miller and fellow CCM graduate and NYU student Katie Smith will be performing in the two female lead roles of The Marriage of Figaro
as Susanna and Marcellina respectively.
“Professor Mammon encouraged me to do what I really want to do – perform as a singer and become a teacher – rather than just what I thought I could do,” says Miller, who graduated with her Associate in Arts in 2011. “I’m so happy I attended CCM.”
While at CCM, Miller landed the leading roles in the college’s productions of Cinderella
and The Phantom of the Opera
. She also was chosen as one of five people to perform the national anthem at Citi Field in New York City in 2011.
The Marriage of Figaro
has performances from Thursday, April 4, to Saturday, April 6, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 7, at 3 p.m. at NYU’s Frederick Loewe Theatre, 35 West 4th Street New York, NY. Tickets are available through www.nyu.edu/ticketcentral/calendar.
Photo: Kelly Miller (right) with Professor Marielaine Mammon at County College of Morris, who Miller credits for launching her success in musical performance.
Credit: Life in Motion Photography