PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

Education History

D.M.A. VOCAL PERFORMANCE AND PEDAGOGY, 1993

University of Southern Mississippi, 1988-1993
Major instructors: David Holley, voice/opera; Dr. Paul Andersen, organ
Dissertation Chair: Dr. Richard Sanchez
Dissertation Title: “A Comparison of Vocal Requirements Between the Leading Tenor Arias in Idomeneo and The Abduction from the Seraglio: How Mozart Wrote for Anton Raaff and Valentin Adamberger”

M.M. VOCAL PERFORMANCE, 1988

University of West Georgia, 1986-1988
Major instructors: Inge Manski-Lundeen, voice, opera; Dr. Robert Coe, organ

B.M. VOCAL PERFORMANCE, 1986

University of West Georgia, 1984-1986
Major instructors: Inge Manski-Lundeen, voice, opera; George Mann, piano

Stetson University, 1981-1984
Voice and Piano Performance Study
Major instructors: Mollie Rich, voice; Virginia Hutchings, piano

Post-Doctoral Studies

Vocal and Piano Instruction/Coaching

Karen Brunssen, Voice Faculty, Northwestern University, Chicago, June 2013-present

Dr. Thomas Houser, International Master Teacher of Singing, Pennsylvania, March 1994 to July 2012

Dr. Robert Palmer, Distinguished Professor of Piano, Ball State University, 2002-2004

Ted Taylor, New York City, Metropolitan Opera coach/accompanist, September 1998

David Holley, Director of Opera, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, 1992-94

National Association of Teachers of Singing 1997 Internship Program
One of twelve college teachers selected nationally for teacher training program
Penn State University, June 1997

Post-Doctoral Courses (voice-related courses taught by Thomas Houser, Ph.D. and others):

— “Body, Mind and Spirit Equals Voice,” Marywood University, Scranton, PA, July 1997
— “Vocal Pedagogy Part II,” Marywood University, Scranton, Pennsylvania, June 1995
— “Explorations in Singing,” Marywood University, Scranton, Pennsylvania, July 1995

Graduate Course in Opera Performance for the Singer-Actor:

— “Opera Workshop with Wesley Balk,” Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.