Professional Training


Education History


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”


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


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

Dorothy Stone, currently on the faculty of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City and is the creator, director and founder of the Restorative Vocal Training and TRANSForm Programs, 2019 – present

Karen Brunssen, Voice Faculty, Northwestern University, Chicago, June 2013 – 2014

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 – 1994

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.


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