Dr. Mei Zhong, soprano, currently teaches at Ball State University as Professor of Voice. She earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Master of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance and Practices from the University of California at Los Angeles, a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance from Hunan Teachers University and a vocal performance diploma for advanced study from Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China.
As an opera singer and concert soloist, Zhong has performed extensively in both United States and China. Her lead roles in opera productions include Butterfly in Madama Butterfly, Sister Angelica in Suor Angelica, Micaëla in Carmen and Dido in Dido and Aeneas at Illinois Opera Theater, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. In China her lead roles include Haixia in The Militia Woman of the Island, and Hanying in Honghu Guerrilla at Baihua Opera Dance Theater in China.
A number of her articles, books and recordings have been published, several of which have been reviewed by NATS Journal of Singing.
An active singer, teacher and scholar, Dr. Zhong has given master classes, lecture recitals and presentations at institutions, conferences and festivals internationally. Her solo recitals and concert performances have taken her to performance venues all over the United States.
She received the top faculty honor of Outstanding Creative Endeavor Award from Ball State University in 2007, and was honored with the Master Teacher award from Idaho State University in 2002.