Autumn West, soprano, enjoys an active career in opera, oratorio, and concert performance. West's professional engagements have seen her perform with organizations such as Cincinnati Opera, Painted Sky Opera, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Canterbury Voices, Sugar Creek Opera, Grant Park Music Festival, Cincinnati Chamber Opera, Queen City Opera, Roundabout Opera for Kids Cincinnati, Tactus Chamber Orchestra and Vocal Ensemble, the Kemp Concert Series, the Carnegie Theater of Covington, Kentucky, and the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin from Moscow, among others. Her 2018-2019 season included a return to Painted Sky Opera in Trouble in Tahiti and a staging of Bernstein's Arias and Barcarolles, faculty recitals at Oklahoma City University highlighting female composers and honoring Leonard Bernstein in the centennial of his birth, soloist in a concert with the Tactus Vocal Ensemble which featured music composed during times of war entitled "Peace in our Time", and will include appearing as soprano soloist in Craig Hella Johnson’s Considering Matthew Shepard with the Interlochen Festival Chorus, as well as a return to the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and Canterbury Voices as soprano soloist in the Goossens arrangement of Handel's Messiah.
In addition to her performing, West is a committed music educator, serving on as Assistant Professor of Voice at the Wanda Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University. She also serves on the voice faculty of Interlochen Arts Camp, teaching in the six week Vocal Artist program. West has served on the voice faculty at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, teaching a studio of music majors and minors, and as a graduate assistant in voice at during her doctoral coursework at CCM. Here, she worked with students in the renowned Musical Theater and Drama programs both privately and as a classroom instructor. Internationally, West recently returned from teaching at a two week intensive on Musical Theater technique and style with students at the Tianjin Conservatory of Music in Tianjin, China.
An active arts administrator, in 2013 West co-founded Cincinnati Chamber Opera, a company devoted to showcasing rarely-performed operatic gems in non-traditional venues, presenting opera in a current, accessible, and relevant way. She currently serves as Executive and Artistic Director for this organization.
West received her Bachelors degree from Northwestern University and her Masters and Doctoral degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Her Doctoral degree includes specializations in arts administration and vocal pedagogy.