General Information About Voice Lessons
- The voice is an instrument and as such it is important that each individual avail himself or herself of the opportunity to learn how to use their instrument. While each Choir class will devote time to vocal development, it is highly recommended that singers study privately either through the KISD Private Lesson Program or with other teachers in Katy or Houston.
- All voice teachers who teach on campus are contracted by KISD. Students pay the teacher directly. The fee is $17.50 per half hour. Each teacher will provide a studio policy detailing the preferred method of payment and attendance guidelines. The KISD voice teachers will teach in the Choir Practice Rooms.
- The object of the voice lesson is for students to learn good vocal technique and how their individual voice functions. Students will build a repertoire that includes art songs, arias, and some musical theater or vocal jazz. Students will also study the All-Sate Choir repertoire, prepare for UIL Solo & Ensemble, and explore various composers and styles appropriate for the individual. In order for the student to be successful, it is crucial that he or she practice between lessons.
- Students desiring private lessons instruction must complete a student application, available from the choir director, and return it to the choir director. A deposit of $70.00 will be required which shall be given to the private lesson teacher before the first lesson is given.
- It is important that the student/parent obtain all contact information from the instructor (phone, email, etc.) in the event a lesson must be missed. Unexcused absences from voice lessons will be charged the full lesson price.
Amanda Shelton – Voice Teacher
Amanda K. Shelton (soprano) graduated with her Masters in Vocal Performance from Texas State University in San Marcos. Ms. Shelton has performed with Texas State Opera Theater as the Grand Duchess in Romberg’s The Student Prince, Mrs. Grose in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, Prince Orlofsky in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Mere Marie in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, La Ciesca in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, and the Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. She has also participated in Opera in the Ozarks, a two-month program in Arkansas, where she sang the roles of Lady Billows in Britten’s Albert Herring and the Witch in Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel. Recently, she has been singing with Austin Lyric Opera as a member of their chorus and participating in Spotlight on Opera singing the title role of Puccini’s Tosca.
Dorea Cook – Voice Teacher
Dr. Dorea Cook, mezzo soprano, is known for her clear, vibrant sound and flexibility within diverse styles from solo operatic roles to oratorio, chamber, Baroque, and contemporary repertoire.
In the past couple of years, Dorea has enjoyed performances with the Grammy-nominated Conspirare Chamber of Voices, the Conspirare Symphonic Choir & the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Bach Cantata Project, the San Antonio Chamber Choir, the University of Texas Choral Arts Society, and the UT Early Music Ensemble. Recent operatic performances include the Secretary from The Consul and Pamela from New York Stories. She has also performed in scenes from Cendrillon (Prince), Der Rosenkavalier (Octavian), Ariadne auf Naxos (Kompanist), Cosí fan tutte (Dorabella), Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina), Vanessa (Erika), and Dead Man Walking (Sister Helen Prejean).
In May of 2013, Dr. Cook received her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2005, she received a double masters in voice performance and voice pedagogy from the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University. While living in Chicago, Dr. Cook soloed with the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago College of Performing Arts Orchestra. She also sang with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chorus, the Grant Park Music Festival Chorus, and the William Ferris Chorale.
Dr. Cook has taught privately since 2006 in Chicago, Austin, and Round Rock area high schools. She was a vocal teaching assistant at UT Austin and has also taught with the UT Austin Outreach Program. She is a member of NATS and the College Music Society.
This season, Dr. Cook will be performing with the Houston Chamber Choir, Conspirare Chamber of Voices, the Texas Early Music Project, and the Church of St. John the Divine Chorale.
Logan Walsh – Voice Teacher
Baritone, Logan Walsh, has sung leading and supporting roles in opera, operetta, recital repertoire, sacred music, musical theater, and contemporary music. Through all genres and styles, Walsh values truthfulness first and foremost in hopes to create a meaningful connection with his audience.
Walsh’s interest in contemporary music has led him to work both with established and with up-and-coming composers. In 2013, he premiered Tony Fajt’s Drift in Wind at the Morgan Library in New York City in recital with Dawn Upshaw. In 2012, Logan collaborated with composer Jake Heggie on a recital that included some of the composer’s songs and arias from Moby Dick, The End of The Affair, and Three Decembers in Denton, Texas at Voertman Concert Hall. In June of 2012, he performed the role of Charlie in Heggie’s Three Decembers with the International Vocal Arts Institute in Blacksburg, Virginia. During the spring of 2012, he performed works of Meredith Monk in the MUSIC ALIVE! series curated by pianist Blair McMillin and composer/Grammy Award winner Joan Tower. Walsh also sang the role of Krumpelblatt in the world premiere of Elena Langer’s opera Four Sisters in March of 2012.
Dedicated to presenting literary art song repertoire in context-driven programming, Walsh has given recitals in New York City, Albany, Dallas, Boston, Los Angeles, and Houston. Most recently, Walsh presented De las Estrellas, a dynamic recital exploration of Astrology in music spanning repertoire of Lieberson, Ravel, Schubert and Wolf. He also performed in recital at the Bruno Walter Auditorium with pianist Matthew O’dell that shared the forgotten works of Claude Debussy. He has performed in Boston on Dawn Upshaw’s recital, First Songs and n 2012, he helped curate Pieces From the Spectrum, a recital that presented art songs in tandem with works of art done by autistic students of the Anderson Center for Autism.
Walsh spent three summer seasons with the Ohio Light Opera Company, participating in over 150 performances. Favorite roles with the company include Count Berezowski in Victor Herbert’s The Fortune Teller, Pauvel von Paulovitch in Franz Lehár’s The Count of Luxembourg, the Usher in Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial by Jury, and Sam Jenkins in Gershwin’s Of Thee I sing. Albany Records has produced a recording of the Ohio Light Opera Company’s performance of The Fortune Teller, and the Cleveland Daily Record wrote, “A suave and charming baritone, Walsh gives a gratifying performance worthy of much applause”.
Walsh has performed with training programs throughout the country including the Crested Butte Music Festival, OperaWorks in Los Angeles, and the Crittenden Summer Opera Studio. While completing his Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance at the University of North Texas, he sang the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro, Albert in Werther, Barone Duophol in La traviata, and Oscar in Regina. He was a finalist in the 2010 Winspear Opera Competition judged by Jonathan Pell (General Director, Dallas Opera). A recent graduate of the Bard College Conservatory’s Vocal Arts Program, Walsh is a student of Edith Bers and Dawn Upshaw.