Associate Professor of Voice
Western Illinois University
At Western Illinois University, my voice students' off-campus successes include being selected for international and national voice training programs, winning awards and placing in vocal competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and NATS (National and Regional - Classical and Musical Theatre categories), being hired for professional performance engagements, winning scholarships, and accepting awards at prestigious graduate programs. At WIU, my students' successes include being selected as winners of the School of Music Aria/Concerto Competition for 2019, 2017, and 2016, performing leading and supporting roles in the Opera Theatre main-stage productions, appearing as soloists with university ensembles, Opera Workshop, and Student Showcase Convocation concerts, and being awarded vocal scholarships.
I enjoy teaching students at beginning through advanced skill levels in both Classical and CCM vocal genres. With all students, I concentrate on helping them to develop efficient posture and breathing, and a healthy resonant tone, free of excess or unnecessary tension. Teaching and studying voice is a wonderful and never-ending journey in the fulfilling pursuit of artistic excellence. There is no end to improvement when hard work is present. I feel privileged to be given the opportunity to work with an instrument as precious and unique as the human voice. In addition to my extensive Vocal Pedagogy training during both my DMA and Master of Music degrees, I also studied Alexander Technique and Estill Voice Training.
Voice Student Accomplishments
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"Una voce poco fa"
with the WIU Symphony Orchestra
Winner of the University Provost's Award
and the COFAC Award of Excellence
Arias from Messiah
with my students
and the WIU Chamber Orchestra
I enjoy mentoring my students in their vocal and career development. In addition to my current active professional performance career, I frequently perform as a soloist at WIU and have appeared with the Wind Ensemble, the Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, University Singers, in solo recitals, in Faculty Chamber Music Series concerts and faculty recitals, and have also performed with my students. I was selected as the winner of the 2018 University Provost's Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative/ Performance/ Professional Activities. For two years in a row, I was also the winner of the College of Fine Arts and Communication Dean's Award of Excellence for Creative/Performing Activities (2018 & 2017). Through my performances I continue to gain knowledge and grow as an artist which helps me stay current in my field and to guide my students in their pursuit of artistic excellence.
WIU Concerto/Aria Competition Winners' Concerts
with Maestro Richard Hughey and the WIU Symphony Orchestra
Claire Ryterski, Soprano Mark Mixon, Baritone Amanda Ensign, Soprano
Junior (Vocal Performance) Senior (Vocal Performance) M.M. (Vocal Performance)
"Steal Me" "I got plenty o' nuttin" "Batti, batti"
from The Old Maid and The Thief from Porgy and Bess from Don Giovanni
2018 2020 2017
Joshua Pitt, Baritone
"Deh, vieni alla finestra" - Mozart
Sophomore (Vocal Perf. and Music Ed.)
with Collaborative Pianist,
Dr. Liang-yu Wang
Rachel Mason, Soprano
"Zueignung" by Strauss
Graduate, M.M. (Vocal Performance)
with Collaborative Pianist,
Dr. Minjung Seo
DeOnte Bolden, Baritone
"Make them hear you" - Stephen Flaherty
Sophomore (Music Therapy)
with Collaborative Pianist,
Dr. Po-Chuan Chiang
Master Classes Presented
University of Arizona, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, James Madison University, Lee University, Liberty University, Texas Tech, University of Oklahoma, Drake University, Coastal Carolina University, Millikin University, and Western Illinois University
"Diction Gems" - NATS and WIU Summer Music Institute
"Quality Music Preparation that Perserves the Voice" - NATS
“Skills for Success: Time Management and Believing” - WIU Graduate Research Conference
"How to Prepare Music for Performance" - WIU Summer Music Institute
“Audition Preparation in Three Parts: Securing Repertoire - Connecting the Dots - Performance Success”
WIU Student Chapter of American Choral Directors Association
WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY - Macomb, IL - Associate Professor of Voice (2014-Present)
I offer weekly, fifty-minute lessons to undergraduates and graduates, resulting in graded jury performances of five or eight songs, as well as recitals. The repertoire includes art song, opera, and oratorio arias in French, German, English, Spanish, Italian, and Latin, in addition to music from the CCM genre. Students are males and females, music majors and minors, with ages ranging from seventeen to twenty-three. I also teach Opera Workshop, Vocal Pedagogy, Vocal Literature, as well as English, Italian, German, and French Lyric Diction.
LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY - Baton Rouge, LA - Teaching Assistant of Voice (2011-2014)
I offered weekly, half-hour lessons to undergraduates as well as assisting voice faculty by sharing students, resulting in graded jury performances of six songs, as well as recitals. The repertoire included art song, opera, and oratorio arias in French, German, English, Spanish, Italian, and Latin, in addition to sacred music and musical theater. Students were males and females, music majors and minors with ages ranging from seventeen to forty. I also taught Voice Class, and German and French Lyric Diction.
DREXEL UNIVERSITY - Philadelphia, PA - Adjunct Instructor of Voice (2003-2010)
I offered weekly, fifty-minute lessons to undergraduates which resulted in graded jury performances of two songs. The repertoire consisted of art song, opera, and oratorio arias in French, German, English, Spanish, Italian, and Latin, and music of the CCM genre. Students included males and females, music majors and non-majors, as well as Drexel University employees. Students’ ages ranged from seventeen to forty-five.
PRIVATE HOME STUDIO - Philadelphia, PA (2000-2010)
I offered half-hour and one-hour voice lessons to a variety of students from beginners to advanced, males and females, with ages ranging from eight to thirty. The repertoire included a wide variety of music from classical to CCM genres.
COMHAR, INC. - Philadelphia, PA - Voice Teacher (2009)
I provided half-hour and one-hour voice lessons to the members of the Center City location. Students included beginner male and female with ages ranging from twenty-five to sixty-five, who were HIV positive, had developmental disabilities, mental health concerns, physical limitations, and drug dependencies. The repertoire consisted of music from classical and CCM genres.
TEMPLE UNIVERSITY MUSIC PREPARATORY DIVISION - Philadelphia, PA - Voice Teacher (2000-2004)
I provided half-hour, forty-five minute, and one-hour voice lessons. Students included beginners to intermediate, males and females, with ages ranging from eight to sixty. The repertoire consisted of music from classical and CCM genres.
Doctor of Musical Arts Master of Music Bachelor of Science
Voice Performance Opera and Voice Performance Voice Performance
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