Style: Opera; Jazz; Folk; Gospel; Rock; Classical; World; Pop; Musical Theatre
Title: Independent Vocal Coach and Clinician
Bio: I currently hold BMEV and MA degrees from Eastern Michigan University with add'l study at Rene Clausen Choral School, UMich and VanderCook School of Music. I am retired as Director of Choral Activities, piano instructor and musical theater vocal director at Lincoln High School (Ypsilanti, MI) after twenty years of teaching in the public schools. I have taught Applied Voice and Secondary Choral Methods as adjunct instructor at Adrian College. I serve as the Founding Artistic Director and Executive Director of Carillon Women's Chorale (Ypsilanti), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which promotes SSAA Intermediate to Advanced SSAA opportunity to women of all ages and all walks of life from throughout Southeast Michigan. I have taught private studio voice and in SE Michigan schools since 1984 and for five years at Adrian College (Michigan). My private voice students have won at NATS auditions and consistently receive First Division and Superior ratings at MSVMA Festivals under. Individual students in my programs/studio have been promoted to State, All-State and National Honors Choirs. I utilize the Berton Coffin Bel Canto vowel modification system to facilitate maximum resonance and healthy tone production for solo voice/theater and in the choral setting. Having served the MSVMA organization in multiple leadership rolls, in retirement, I continue to serve as a Vocal Solo/Ensemble/Choral Adjudicator/Clinician since 1992. In retirement, I received the 2015 MSVMA Member Emeritus award and serve as a clinician for school and church choirs and have also judged for NATS auditions. I was the recipient of the 2016 ACDA-Michigan Maynard Klein Award.
Voice Type: Mezzo-soprano
Music Styles Taught: Opera; Jazz; Folk; Gospel; Rock; Classical; World; Pop; Musical Theatre
Availability: I am available as a performer; I am currently accepting private students; I offer lessons in a group environment; I am available as a clinician or presenter