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
National Council Auditions
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
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"
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
"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.
Doctor of Musical Arts Master of Music Bachelor of Science
Voice Performance Opera and Voice Performance Voice Performance
Radio and T.V. Broadcasting