I serve as Assistant Professor of Voice at Western Illinois University, where 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, and being hired for professional performance engagements. 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. With all my 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 current active professional performance career, I frequently perform as a soloist at WIU and have appeared with the Wind Ensemble, the Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra, University Singers, in solo recitals, in the Faculty Chamber Music concerts, and in other faculty recitals. I created the role of Rose in The World is Round, an opera by WIU faculty member, Dr. Paul Paccione. 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).

   Winner of the University Provost's Award

                Western Illinois University

Voice Student Accomplishments and Performances

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

             

            Kaiyan Wang                                        Mark Mixon                                         Claire Ryterski                                      Heather Johnson

                 Semi-Finalist                                                    2nd Place                                                Encouragement Award                                                 1st Place  

                       NATS                                                              NATS                                                      Metropolitan Opera                               Undergraduate Research Day

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             Claire Ryterski                                      Rachel Mason                                           Joshua Pitt                                         Amanda Ensign

              1st Place - NATS                                                  1st Place                                                        1st Place NATS                                The Queen of the Night MROC  Grand Prize and Division Winner                 Jacksonville Symphony                                Winner and Soloist Debut                  Grand Prize and Division Winner           Jacksonville Symphony                                                                                                        Racine Symphony Orchestra                           Jacksonville Symphony

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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                             Abigail Domann                                    DeOnte Bolden                                               Lucy Rieke

                                                                                                                   WIU Talent Awards

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

 

DeOnte Bolden, Baritone

"Make them hear you"

by Stephen Flaherty

Sophomore (Music Therapy)

with Collaborative Pianist,

Dr. Po-Chuan Chiang

Mark Mixon, Baritone

"At the River"

adapted by Aaron Copland

Junior (Music Education)

with Collaborative Pianist,

Dr. Liang-yu Wang

Joshua Pitt, Baritone

"Deh, vieni alla finestra"

by Mozart

Freshman (Vocal Performance/Music Education)

with Collaborative Pianist,

Dr. Minjung Seo

VOICE STUDIO DOCUMENTS

 Master Classes Presented

University of Arizona, Lee University, Liberty University, Texas Tech, University of Oklahoma, Drake University, Coastal Carolina University, Millikin University, and Western Illinois University

 

Presentations

"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 - Assistant 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 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.


 

EDUCATION

   Doctor of Musical Arts                  Master of Music                     Bachelor of Science

       Voice Performance           Opera and Voice Performance        Voice Performance

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                                                                                                        Radio and T.V. Broadcasting