Janet Alcorn earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Music degree from Boston University. She was a member of the Metropolitan Opera Studio and the New York City Opera and sang major roles with the opera companies of Cleveland, Dallas, Philadelphia, Frankfort Germany and Manila, the Philippines. She appeared a soloist with many symphony orchestras, including Philadelphia, Cleveland and Cincinnati.
Janet was on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music for many years. In 1985 she came to Iowa State University to teach voice and opera studio. Janet retired in 2000 with the rank of Associate Professor of Music, with Emeritus status. Moving to Connecticut, she taught at the Hartt School. She returned to Iowa in 2007 and rejoined the ISU music faculty. She teaches voice and gives Body Mapping presentations to the faculty and students.
Janet Alcorn is a Sponsoring Teacher for Andover Educators, the professional organization for Body Mapping. She trains musicians to teach the course What Every Musicians Needs to Know About the Body. She trained with Barbara Conable, author of the textbook and founder of Andover Educators. She has also studied extensively in the Alexander Technique.
Her other primary interests are musicians’ health and vocal health and rehabilitation. She is a Past President of the McClosky Institute of Voice, training teachers in vocal health techniques.