Doreen Kelly Alsen – is the proud owner of a varied and extremely checkered musical past. She graduated magna cum laude from Barrington College with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education, and followed that up with a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Ithaca College. She studied conducting with Alfred Smith, Frank Marinaccio, and Larry Doebler.
Her voice teachers include Rosamund Wadsworth, Ed Doucette, Carol McAmis, Gary Race, and Peter Sicilian, as well as master classes in Vienna, Austria with Kammersängerin Sena Jurinac.

Doreen teaches singing at the Community School of Music and Arts in Ithaca, NY. She’s been an active member of the CSMA faculty since 1985. She has sung featured roles for the Ithaca Opera, the Cabot Street Light Opera (Providence, RI) and the Rhode Island Gilbert and Sullivan Society.

Doreen is a frequent panelist for Ithaca’s annual literary festival, Spring Writes, along with her colleagues from Strictly Genre: Ithaca Fiction Critique Group.

Students of Doreen’s achieve their goals, big and small, from getting roles in school musicals, high scores on their NYSSMA solo auditions, getting into the colleges of their choice, into traveling and off Broadway casts, up to performing leading roles on Broadway. Doreen is devoted to student success. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

While living in Trier, Germany, Doreen taught American musical theater at the Universität Trier, as well as giving a series of lectures and recitals on the connections between American composers and poets.

As the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor for The Women’s Chorale of Corning, Doreen is devoted to the cause of excellence in performance of the rich and varied catalog of treble choral literature. She is a member of the American Choral Directors Association.

A published author, Doreen writes the scripts and directs the music for CSMA’s wildly popular teen musical theater camp Star Search.
Doreen is a published author with six novels and one novella from The Wild Rose Press. She is a long time member of the Romance Writers of America, the Central New York Romance Writers, and the Southern Tier Authors of

Check her out at and follow her on Facebook at her author page She also teaches water aerobics at Island Health and Fitness in Ithaca, NY in her free time.