Theodora Ivanova Nestorova

Bulgarian-British-American soprano, researcher, and teacher Theodora Ivanova Nestorova loves creating multidisciplinary and cross-cultural musical connections. Theodora was a 2018-2019 Fulbright Study/Research Grant Recipient to Vienna, Austria, studying MA Lied/Oratorio at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien and conducting voice science research. Theodora is currently pursuing an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, graduated in 2021 with a MM (Vocal Pedagogy & Music-in-Education Concentration) from New England Conservatory, and a BM (Voice Performance/Musicology) from Oberlin Conservatory in 2018.

As a scholar, Theodora was awarded the Pan American Vocology Association (PAVA)’s Best Student Presentation for her original vibrato research and has presented at The National Association of Teachers of Singing National Conference, The Voice Foundation’s Symposium, the 10th International Congress of Voice Teachers, the 7th International Physiology & Acoustics of Singing Conference, the National Opera Association conference, The Voice Foundation’s New Investigator Research Forum, and the International Symposium on Performance Science. Theodora’s work has been published in PAVA’s InFormant. Theodora has also won regional and international grants to present and perform her simultaneous research stream elevating Slavic Female Composers & Poets.
Serving on the e-board of International Montréal National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Chapter/ NATS International Chapître, Theodora is an active pedagogue, continuing to maintain a private voice teaching and language coaching studio while serving as a course lecturer/instructor at Framingham State University.

The 2018-2019 first-place winner of the American Prize in Vocal Performance (Art Song), Theodora is an avid early and contemporary musician. She has recorded world premiere compositions for international record label album releases with the Wladigeroff Brothers, at the Bulgarian National Radio, with the Indictus Project, and has performed in New England Conservatory (NEC)’s Liederabend Series in Jordan Hall, Wien Modern Festival, Bang on a Can, and Emmanuel Music’s The Bach Institute. Theodora is one-half of the experimental soprano-cello duo, Pizzicanto.

She is a formerly competitive figure skater and pentalinguaphile with a passion for traveling internationally. For more information, visit: