School of Music

Mariana Mihai-Zoeter

Lecturer in Voice, Head of Voice Program
Mariana Mihai-Zoeter

Office Location

100A Corthell Hall, USM Gorham Campus

Faculty Office Hours Summer 2016



(207) 780-5980

Academic Degrees

  • D.M.A., Vocal Performance, Shenandoah Conservatory
  • M.M., Vocal Performance, Shenandoah Conservatory
  • B.M., Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy, National University of Music, Bucharest-Romania


Soprano Mariana Mihai-Zoeter has been described as “an uncommonly beautiful presence on the stage…possessing an inborn instinct for emotional coloring, a sense of coming from inside the poetry and the music rather than approaching it from outside… with a human vulnerability that radiates from a touching and magnetic voice…” (Francisco Vidal-Notas de Arte)

Dr. Mariana Mihai-Zoeter was born in Braila, Romania. Her first serious voice lessons were with Mariana Iordache at the School of Arts in Braila, where in 1986 she graduated with highest honors. She performed her first recital with arias and lied at the age of seventeen and at the age of eighteen she was contracted by the Opera and Operetta Theater “Nae Leonard” in Galati, Romania.

Dr. Mariana Mihai-Zoeter joins the School of Music faculty at USM after thirty years of an international career as a performer, voice teacher, clinician, conductor, and opera director.

Dr. Mihai-Zoeter graduated from the Bucharest University of Music, Romania with a BM in Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy. She received her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Vocal Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory. Dr. Mariana is also a certified voice teacher of the Institute for Contemporary Commercial Music, Vocal Pedagogy Somatic Voicework™, The LoVetri Method. (Musical Theater, Pop, Rock), and she received a certification in A Practical Approach to Directing at Yale University, School of Drama.

A dedicated and beloved teacher, described by her students as being passionate, supportive, creative, inspired, dedicated, giving, determined, knowledgeable, outstanding leader, and professional Dr. Mihai-Zoeter won the 2016 Outstanding Faculty Award at the 2015-16 Leadership Awards Reception at the Frostburg State University. She was selected from a group of 16 other nominees from the entire university.

In July 2012 Dr. Mariana Mihai-Zoeter was awarded the medal and diploma of excellence from the city of Braila, Romania for her artistic and pedagogic contributions to the art of singing. 

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