Voice Instructor, 2004 to present
I oversee a private voice studio consisting of, on average, thirty voice students, providing instruction in vocal technique and musicianship. Educating students in the importance of the mechanics of the singing process, including proper posture and breathing techniques. Developing personalized strategies tailored to individual students for improving tone quality and resonance. Providing instruction in correct diction and vowel formulation, and assisting with the selection of skill and age-appropriate repertoire. In addition, teaching students to recognize and maintain proper intonation.
Professor, Digipen Institute of Technology, 2016- present
Since the fall of 2016 I have been a member of the faculty at the Digipen Institute of Technology where I serve as the professor of voice in the Music and Sound Design department.
VOCAL PEDAGOGY: Obtained experience in lesson preparation and execution. Executed extensive studies in the areas of the anatomical aspects of singing, discussion of pedagogical theory, identifying, diagnosing, and solving technical issues and vocal damage, engaged in faculty-supervised vocal instruction.
VOCAL REPERTORY: First-hand experience with Baroque through twenty-first-century operatic and song literature, including American, English, Italian, French, German, Spanish, South American, Russian, and Scandinavian works. Also have working knowledge of music theater repertory.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE: Extensive experience with the vocabulary, grammar, and cultures pertaining to the study of German, French, Italian, and Spanish. Skills include writing, reading, and conversational skills in the aforementioned languages.
DICTION: International Phonetic Alphabet-based studies of diction in German, French, Italian, and English.
THEORY/MUSIC HISTORY: Skills include providing a historical and theoretical context for performed works, including the performance techniques specific to different eras. Received additional instruction in the history of opera and in the pedagogy of music theory.
ROLE PREPARATION: Personally prepared complete roles in both opera and musical theater including singing, acting, and dialect development, in addition to solos in larger choral works.
COMPETITIONS: Participated in the Texas Music Educator’s Association auditions for four years and was selected to the All-District, All-Region, All-Area and All-State Mixed Choirs. Participated in UIL solo and ensemble competitions for four years, receiving “ones” (highest rating) each year. Selected as a semi-finalist at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition in college.
AUDITION PREPARATION: Completed several seminars on audition preparation with Debra Dickinson (Director of Operatic Studies, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University), Michael Franciosi (Assistant Professor of Opera Studies, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University), Cindy Sadler (Business of Music Seminars), and Diane Zola (former Director of the Young Artists’ Studio, Houston Grand Opera). Personal experience with college, summer program, Young Artist Program, and mainstage opera auditions.
To utilize my skills as a vocal performance instructor, honed during my four years of teaching and my tenure at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and the Moores School of Music at University of Houston, to prepare students for voice competitions, and auditions, expand their musical education, and facilitate the development of their performance skills.
Master of Music, Vocal Performance, 2007
Moores School of Music, UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance, Cum Laude, 2004
Shepherd School of Music, RICE UNIVERSITY