Dr. Dana Rice Guidroz holds a B.M. degree in Vocal Performance from Baylor University, an M.M. degree in Vocal Performance from Florida State University, and a D.M.A. in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from The University of Southern Mississippi. She has distinguished herself on the concert, music theatre, and operatic stages alike. Dana's extensive solo career in concert and guest artist recitals include appearances throughout the southeastern United States. She was named state and regional winner of the NATSAA young Artist vocal competition in 2002 and was a state winner and regional finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the MTNA Young Artist Competition. She also received the Verdi award at the Mobile Opera Competition and was named a finalist at the Suncoast Opera Competition. Dana has sung leading roles with numerous opera companies as well and has had a wealth of experience in stage and musical direction in both music theatre and opera.
Dr. Dana Guidroz has been teaching voice and voice-related classes at the high school and college level for over twenty-five years. She recently moved to Houston, TX from Mandeville, LA where she taught in the talented music program. Prior to her tenure there, she served as Associate Professor of Voice and Opera Theatre at Mississippi College in Clinton, MS where she established and directed the Music Theatre Program and taught applied voice to undergraduate and graduate voice majors. In 2007, she was presented with the inaugural Outstanding Young Faculty Member of the Year Award in recognition of her accomplishments as a teacher, performer, and scholar. Students of Dr. Guidroz have been highly successful in performance, competition, graduate study, and teaching and are currently enjoying careers in all areas of music as well as receiving significant scholarships and assistantships throughout the country. Dana is married to Tom Guidroz, a C.F.O. at IRISNDT, who has three children, Molly, a teacher, Annie, a law student, and Jack, an engineering student. Dana has one daughter, Hannah Rice, who is currently working toward a dual degree at LSU in music composition and vocal performance. Together, they have two dogs, Ziggy and Riley.