Brigham Young University
Southern Virginia University
I graduated from Southern Virgnia University in 2005 with a bachelor of arts degree, major in music. While there I performed my first opera scenes, my first full role, and gained my love for the art. It was also there that I learned that I could sing high. My voice teacher, Dr. Margaret Gingerich, cast me in the role of Mabel in a scene from Pirates of Penzance, where a high Eb was required. I was surprised and thrilled to find I could hit it.
Three years after completing my Bachelor or Arts, I decided I needed to have a Master's Degree if I was ever going to achieve my goal to be a performer. At BYU I had the opportunity to sing in the opera sketches and perform the role of Antonia in Tales of Hoffmann. While there I studied with Dianne Reich and Lawrence and Jeannie Vincent. I learned a lot about teaching in those two years which influenced the path of the next several years of my life. I received my degree in 2010.
In 2010, eight months after graduatig from BYU, I served a mission for my church. When I got home in 2012, I immediately searched out training opportunities in my area. Opera Roanoke provided just the training and encouragement I needed. I've had the opportunity to cover roles, perform at gala events and fund raisers, and receive coachings with co-director, Amy Cofield Williamson.
This two week intensive scenes program was a major turning point for me. It was the proving ground wherein I decided to really become serious about pursuing a career in opera. Working with so many talented students, coaches, directors, and teachers was inspiring. I grew more than I thought possible in that short time. I enjoyed this expereience between semesters at BYU in 2009.
Opera Roanoke Young Apprentice Artists
Richard Crittendon's Opera Workshop, Washington, DC