Photo Credit: Eric Michael Pearson


Lindsay Rider is a Singer, Producer, Teacher, Coach and the creator of Overture.  

Based in NYC, her projects range from performances of stage and concert work across the United States, to studio vocals and the hit television show, American Idol.  

Lindsay is a sought-after producer in the NYC Metro area, and to date has produced 250+ events.

She maintains an active teaching studio and has been affiliated with Broadway Dance Center, The Manhattan School of Music Musical Theater and many others. 

She served on the Board of Directors for the New York Singing Teachers’ Association and is a compassionate instructor and mentor.  

Lindsay Rider is a graduate of The Manhattan School of Music (MM) and Ithaca College (BM) and proud member of AEA and AGMA. 



  • Range: F3-F#6
  • Hair: Brown
  • Eyes: Blue 

+ Music

Solo Concert
The Triad

Where the Sky Ends
Background Vocalist
Broadway Records

Later the Same Evening
Albany Records

Sheri Sanders in Concert
Opening Act
American Theater of Actors

Three Way Street
Background Vocals
54 Below

The City Dark
Encompass Theater

Mendelssohn’s Elijah
Riverside Church, NYC

Orff’s Carmina Burana
Riverside Church, NYC

The Elision Ensemble
Robert Isaacs

Holy Women
Soprano Soloist
U.S. Tour

Column Classics Concert Series
West Chester, PA

Handel’s Messiah
Soprano Soloist
Cornell, NY

+ Theatre

Faustus – The Musical
AEA Reading

A Little Night Music
Michigan Opera Theater

A Wake or a Wedding
Encompass Theater

The Light in the Piazza
Franca Naccarelli
Ithaca College

+ Television

American Idol
Season 11 Finalist

Philadelphia Phillies
Philadelphia, PA

+ Awards

New York Empire State Competition
First Place

Curtis Institute of Music Competition
Honorable Mention

Lotte Lenya Competition
Encouragement Award

Ithaca College Concerto Competition

+ Training

Master of Music
Vocal Performance
Manhattan School of Music

Bachelor of Music
Vocal Performance
Ithaca College

+ Special Skills

Piano (13 years), Ballet (10 years), Jazz/Tap (3 years), Sightsinging, Harmonies, Languages (Italian, French, German, Spanish, Latin), Feldenkrais, Whistle


Producer/Director/Consultant/Project Manager/Creative

+ Experience

Northwestern University: NY Regional Office of Alumni Relations and Development
September 2014 - Present: Associate Director, Campaign and Constituent Engagement
February 2012 – September 2014: Assistant Director, Campaign and Constituent Engagement
May 2011 – February 2012: Program Assistant

  • Director of Events: ensure polished execution of conception, strategy and evaluation of high level events in Tier I market.
  • Proven fundraising success through thoughtful ROI evaluations and strict adherence to budget.
  • Management of various teams throughout event process.
  • Implemented Special Events Procedures for University, which includes venue database, specific event management guidelines, documentation and departmental procedures.
  • Guide and cultivate engagement for the Women’s Initiative of Northwestern – volunteer management with fundraising goals .
  • Increase strategic engagement and implement successful programming which impacts overall goals and metrics of current campaign initiatives.

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine
2015-2017: Customized Gala Event Production

  • Developed and implement customized event production manual, tailored to Cathedral’s specific event needs.
  • Delivered training to staff on overhauled program.
  • Directed all production elements with internal and external clients.
  • Aligned production with development and fundraising goals.

Farm Sanctuary
2015: Co-Coordinator, New York Walk for Farm Animals
The Farm Sanctuary annual Walk for Farm Animals is one of the largest engagement and fundraising components for the organization. This year I co-lead a team to organize, engage, and execute the NYC Walk. Responsibilities included fundraising, marketing, working with NYC Government, Parks and Rec, engaging talent, organizing volunteers, organizing raffle donations, collecting and accounting for funds, complete ROI and execution of day-of walk.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
May 2015: Producer and Performer
Created and produced high level benefit concert for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Details upon request.

Opera Singers Initiative
2010-2014: Director of Engagement and Events
Responsibilities include: As Director of Engagement I work closely with the Founder to identify and cultivate strategic relationships, vital to the growth of OSI. Director of Events produced all major events in the Season which include 6 performances, 2+ Master Classes and a 2-week Intensive program.

Classic Lyric Arts
2013 – 2015: New York Event Producer
Responsibilities include: Planning & execution of Annual NY Gala.

2013-2015: Project Coordinator
As project coordinator, I work with the President/CEO on specific, task oriented project work that strategically advances the growth and goals of the company. Projects include event production, communications, branding, policies, social media, HR, and strategic communications.

Manhattan School of Music
2011-2012: Assistant Director – Musical Theatre
Worked closely with the Director on seasonal Musical Theater productions; created rehearsal schedules; coordinated all cast/crew communications; ran additional rehearsals; worked closely with Stage Manager and technical crew to execute final production.

Lindsay Rider Studio
2002-Present: Private Music Studio
Teaching Voice and Piano in NY, NJ, PA, MI.

+ Education

Event and Meeting Management Fundamentals
Completion: Winter 2014 (36 CMP hours)

Certified Meeting Professional

Manhattan School of Music
Master of Music - Vocal Performance
Opera Concentration

Ithaca College
Bachelor of Music - Vocal Performance
Member: Mu Phi Epsilon (Social Chair)

+ Skills

Computer: type ~100wpm, Microsoft Office Suite, ACT!, CATracks (Raiser’s Edge), Networking/Social media, Internet Research

Languages: (familiar with French, German, Italian, Spanish); Music/Drama director, acting, Feldenkrais, sight- singing, piano

Additional: Member AGMA & AEA, Musical Theater Directing (Manhattan School of Music)

Experienced strategic event producer and manager with a demonstrated history of working in development and entertainment industries. Creative professional with skills and interests in the arts, environment and animal welfare.