Style: Pop; Opera; Jazz; Folk; Rock; Classical; Musical Theatre
Title: Adjunct Professor of Voice
Bio: Dr. Lara Wilson has been building businesses, performing nationally and teaching voice for over 25 years. Currently, she is an adjunct professor of voice at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and Coker University specializing in contemporary and classical vocal styles. Her research centers on vocal cross-training, a method of teaching multiple styles aimed at a more flexible, successful singer. Lara has also taught Music Entrepreneurship at The University of South Carolina and teaches voice at Lee Correctional Institution, a maximum-security prison in South Carolina, as a part of the chamber ensemble De Coda’s outreach initiative and anti-recidivism program, Music for Transformation.
Lara co-founded the Charleston Chamber Opera in 2007, producing and directing creatively staged performances for the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the Gibbes Museum Concert Series and the Pawleys Island Festival of Music. Her recent local performances include the role of the Fox in the premiere of Richard Maltz’s A Day at the Beach as well as a featured soloist with the Aiken Symphony and the Columbia Choral Society. Lara performed with the Greenville Light Opera as Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance and as Lady Jane in Patience for the Camp Hill Light Opera, PA. Additional mainstage credits include appearances with Savannah Philharmonic, Harrisburg Opera, Ridge Light Opera, Opera Northeast, Theater of Monmouth, New York Chamber Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, dell'Arte Opera Ensemble NYC, Natchez Opera Festival and New Bedford Symphony.
Lara debuted off-Broadway with the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players as Lady Blanche in Princess Ida, followed by a second appearance with the company as Lady Sangazure in the critically acclaimed production of The Sorcerer. Currently, Dr. Wilson is a professional voice-over actress as well as singer in the jazz combo Eleven11 and rock band 48 Fables. Apprenticeships include Des Moines Metro Opera and Sarasota Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Artist in Residence with Tulsa Opera. Dr. Wilson holds Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from Indiana University and Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music respectively and is a recent graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Music.
Voice Type: Contralto
Music Styles Taught: Pop; Opera; Jazz; Folk; Rock; Classical; Musical Theatre
Availability: I am available as a performer; I am currently accepting private students; I am available as a clinician or presenter