Welcome!

I am a lyric soprano teaching classical singing in Durham, North Carolina.  

I teach Lessons in my studio, Choral Workshops at your venue, and lessons and classes at Duke University Department of Music.  

Current students, please use Resources for voice study and the private Studio Log-In.

 

Announcements

2021 NATS STUDENT AUDITIONS

This was a tough year to continue in voice lessons and competitions, since all activities were entirely on Zoom with recorded accompaniments.  However, the following students persevered and did well!

REGIONAL

Eleni Nicholas (UNCG)  and Isabelle Kosempa (UNC)  (1st year college) have advanced to National Student Auditions.  They are listed with me because they had less than 8 months of instruction under their current teachers and/or continue to study with me in the summer.

NC CLASSICAL

Carl May  2nd place (1st year college/private studio classical) Superior, advance to Regionals

Grace Waugh (Lower high school) Superior, advance to Regionals

Paige Thornton and Julia Tanzer received Excellent scores

NC MUSIC THEATER/CCM

Eliza Meyer (CCM) 3rd place, Superior

Carl May (MT) Superior, advanced to Regionals

Rebecca Esther (Youth MT) received Superior

Grace Waugh and Paige Thorton received Excellent scores

2020 NATS Nationals

Isabelle Kosempa, mezzo-soprano, senior at Durham School of the Arts, and
John Dreyer, baritone, rising junior at Duke,
have advanced to the final rounds of National Association of Teachers of Singing National Student Auditions, now being one of the top 14 singers in each category in the nationwide contest.

Congratulations, Isabelle and John, on this stellar achievement! Best wishes for semifinals and finals!!

Their previously recorded video auditions have advanced to the June 21 semifinals; the final round will be held June 28.

Isabelle Kosempa received the Outstanding High School Female award at NC NATS, as well as First Place in her category in NC and Mid-Atlantic Regionals. Isabelle attended and soloed at NC Governor’s School and Brevard Summer Institute, and won the NC Bach Festival Young Artists Aria Competition top vocal award. She will be attending UNC Chapel Hill in the fall, with the Emerging Talent in Voice Scholarship.

John Dreyer is a talented composer and singer majoring in composition at Duke University.

2020 NATS Regionals

Congratulations to students who auditioned with singers from MD, DC, VA, NC and SC (NATS Mid-Atlantic Region, in our newly online auditions) to advance to the National Student Auditions!

Isabelle Kosempa, 1st place, advance to Nationals, Upper High School, Classical (DSA)

John Dreyer, 4th place, advance to Nationals, 2nd year College Classical, (Duke)

Carl May, 4th place, advance to Nationals, Upper High School, Music Theater (DA)

2020 NC NATS Classical

Isabelle Kosempa, Upper High School Treble: 1ST PLACE, Regionals, Honors Recital,
**Outstanding High School Woman Award
John Dreyer, Duke, College Sophomore TBB: 1ST PLACE, Regionals, Honors Recital
Grace Waugh, Youth: 2ND PLACE
Eleni Nicholas, Upper High School Treble: 1ST PLACE, Regionals, Honors Recital
Noah Mofield, Upper High School TBB: Regionals
Cordia Ritz, Upper High School Treble: 3RD PLACE, Regionals
Julia Tanzer, Upper High School Treble
Eliza Meyer, Upper High School Treble
Lacie Scofield, Adult Treble (comments only)

High School and College singers can qualify for Regionals and are invited to audition with singers from MD, DC, VA, NC, and SC in mid-March in Columbia, South Carolina, with possible advancement to National Auditions.

2019-20 NATS Music Theater/CCM

Congratulations to the following students who auditionED for the NC Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Music Theater and Contemporary Commercial Music Student Auditions:

Emily Dean (Duke), College Treble CCM (jazz): 1ST PLACE
Eliza Meyer, High School Treble CCM (country): 2ND PLACE
Emily Dean, Third Year College Treble Music Theater: 3RD PLACE, Regionals
Lily Posner-Hess, High School Treble Music Theater: Regionals
Carl May, High School TBB: Regionals
Grace Waugh, Youth
Sofia Fernandez, High School Treble Music Theater and CCM (jazz)