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.
Renee Rybolt – Voice Teacher
Soprano, Renee Rybolt,soprano, fulfills her musical life as a teacher, vocalist, and choir director in the Houston area. As a professional vocalist, Renee is currently a member and frequent soloist of Bach Society Houston and has also sung with Cantare and Sola Stella. She has been a featured soloist in concerts with Mercury, Ars Lyrica, and River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. Her passion for choral music has led her to the position of Director of Choral Ministry at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Bellaire. Renee has enjoyed teaching private voice lessons in the Katy area since 2014.
Renee received her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Saint Joseph’s College and Masters of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Southern Illinois University.
Mr. Talley – Voice Teacher
I am a retired high school and college choir director and music professor with 35 years of teaching experience. Degrees include: Bachelor of Music Education from Baylor University, Master of Music in Conducting from Sam Houston State University, and extensive post-graduate work at the University of Houston. I now working as free-lance accompanist for choirs and soloists, voice teacher, piano teacher, Director of Music Ministries at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, and Director of the Houston Lutheran Chorale.
I will be at Tompkins on Mondays and Tuesdays. If we should need to make-up a lesson, I can do that on Fridays, or we can meet at my house over the weekend.If you have to miss a lesson, please notify me within twenty-four hours of your lesson.
I am looking forward to working with you this year,
Benjamin Williams – Voice Teacher
H ouston – based Tenor Benjamin S. Williams has performed across the U.S. and Europe in diverse venues ranging from Trebah Gardens in the United Kingdom to concert halls in Florence, Italy. He currently sings with First Presbyterian Church in Houston where he has performed solos from Mozart’s Requiem, Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living and many others. He was a finalist in the Christopher Newport University School of Music Concerto and Aria competition in 2012, and has participated in numerous music festivals both abroad and in the United States. These include the Bay View Music Festival, the New York Opera Studio with Nico Castle, the Cornish American Song Institute, and the Institute of Bel Canto Singing. Additionally, he has performed in masters calluses with George Shirley, Nico Castel, Dimitri Pittas, and Stanford Olsen, among others.
Committed to sharing music with his community, Mr. Williams often performs for churches, and retirement communities. He has give interactive lectures to High School and Elementary students about opera and classical singing.
Mr. Williams is a 2012 inductee of the Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society and has received numerous merit based scholarships as both a graduate and undergraduate student.
Mr. Williams holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy from the Moore’s School of Music at the University of Houston, where he studied with Dr. Timothy Jones. He studied abroad in Florence Italy where he attended L’Academia Europa and studied with Italian soprano Susannah Rigacci. He graduated Cum Laude from Christopher Newport University with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance where he studied with Dr. David Sadlier.
Amanda Menzie – Voice Teacher
A manda Menzie, soprano, is a recent graduate of Northwestern University with her Master’s degree in Voice and Opera Performance under the tutelage of W. Stephen Smith. While at Northwestern, she appeared as Sister Constance in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, Ruth in John Musto’s Later the Same Evening, Mrs. Hayes in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, and Laurette in Bizet’s Doctor Miracle. Additionally in Chicago, she performed the role of the Sandman in Hänsel und Gretel with Chicago Summer Opera, as the soprano soloist in the Fauré Requiem with the First United Methodist Church of Evanston, and as a soloist with South Loop Symphony. Ms. Menzie received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, studying music and pre-medicine. While at UT, she premiered the art song Solstice by Troy Armstrong written for soprano, clarinet, and piano. She also performed as a soloist with the UT Concert Chorale on numerous occasions and was a part of the Undergraduate Opera Ensemble. As a native of Katy, TX and graduate of Cinco Ranch High School, Ms. Menzie is excited to be back teaching private lessons in the Houston area.