Actress, Singer, Vocal & Acting Coach
Ms. Cohenour received the 2013 Gregory Award for her critically acclaimed portrayals of Edith/Little Edie in Seattle’s 5th Avenue and ACT theatre’s production of Grey Gardens.
She has created and performed numerous roles on Broadway including Signora Naccarelli and Margaret Johnson (Alternate) in The Light in the Piazza for Lincoln Center, Christine Daae’ in the original Broadway cast of The Phantom of the Opera (also Canada), Rosabud in The Mystery Of Edwin Drood (New York/London); winning the Clarence Derwent Award, a Tony and Drama Desk nomination, and Mary Jane Wilkes in Big River; winning a Theater World Award, and a Drama Desk nomination. She portrayed the Mother Abbess in the revival of The Sound of Music, and received a 2012 Jeff Award nomination for reprising the role at Chicago’s Drury Lane Theatre.
Other credits include Adeline in Sweet Adeline for NYC’s Encores! Magnolia in Hal Prince’s Showboat, Mimi in La Boheme and Isabel/Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance for the New York Shakespeare Festival.
Her concert performances have been conducted by such luminaries as Rob Fisher, Peter Nero, Paul Gemignani, the late Marvin Hamlish and John Dankworth, and she had the honor of performing the World Premiere of Imant Kalnin’s Rock Symphony No. 4 with the Detroit Symphony and the Leipaja Symphony in Leipaja, and Riga, Latvia.
Her solo recording To an Isle in the Water: The Poetry of William Butler Yeats was produced by multiple Grammy winner Thomas Z. Shepard, and she is currently working on another solo recording in her beloved home state of New Mexico.
For the last twenty two years, Patti has resided in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and performs leading roles in productions for the 5th Avenue, Intiman, ACT, and Seattle Repertory theaters. She is also a featured instructor with the 5th Avenue Musical Theater Seminars, holds Vocal/Acting Technique Master Classes, and conducts private sessions in her home studio.
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Melissa is eternally grateful that she comes from a musical background, and began playing (and of course practicing) piano at age five under the tutelage of her mother who would yell corrections from the kitchen. Later, she was able to have two formative years studying under Miss Nancy Drake in Bellevue, Washington.
She has performed as a soloist as well as an accompanist to choirs and vocalists, and continues to perform for church and community audiences across the country.
Currently, she collaborates with Ms. Cohenour as both accompanist and arranger for advanced vocal students, and contributed to the song selections, arrangements, and development for two one woman programs I Will Wait For You and The Ladies of Lyric and Song. The latter will be presented at Pacific Lutheran University starring Ms. Erin Guinup on Saturday evening of November 16th at 7:30pm. She is very happy to be a part of the project, but her favorite performance is that of mother to four active children, and living a quiet happy life with her hero (an enormously supportive husband) of sixteen years!