Angela Irving, soprano
Angela Irving graduated from the University of North Texas in 2004 with a Bachelors degree in Vocal Performance, having studied with Laurel Miller. She started teaching voice lessons right after graduating, particularly focusing on teaching high school students, but she also teaches younger kids and adults. Ms. Irving sings with the Austin Opera Chorus, performs roles with the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin, has performed with Opera Outreach Programs SMART Opera, and Opera Pals, is a regular performer with One Ounce Opera, has sung leads in many musicals around town, has sung in a few bands, even back-ups in a funk cover band at one time! Even though her pedagogy background is in classical technique, she welcomes all types of singing in her studio. Her main teaching goal is to help singing be as fun and healthy as possible, whatever style it may be. Ms. Irving enjoys being a lifetime learner, therefore there is no style of singing she won't try to help with or do herself!
Many of Ms. Irving's students have made 1’s at UIL Solo & Ensemble, District and State-levels, some of whom have been awarded Outstanding Performer at State. Many students have made All-Region Choir, 14 of whom have made the Texas All-State Choir. Most of the students she takes to the NATS Vocal Competition place in at least the Semi-Finals, about a 3rd have placed in the Finals, and a few have won in their division. Many of her students have been awarded solos for their choir concerts, have sung leads in musicals, have performed on their own in various venues, even including Carnegie Hall. Some of her students have performed with the following organizations: Austin Opera Chorus, Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin, Brevard Summer Program, Spotlight on Opera, OAKE National Choir, TexArts, Texas A&M Singing Cadets, Zilker Summer Musicals, Summer Stock Austin, the Vortex, and various community theatres. She's also helped a good number of students prepare for music college auditions and get accepted to music programs at schools such as AMDA, Interlochen, Rice, University of Houston, Oklahoma City University, Ithaca University, University of Toronto, University of Kansas City Missouri, Baylor, Sam Houston State, Texas State, University of North Texas, Texas Lutheran University, University of Texas, Southwestern University, and St. Edwards University, among others.
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Icy Monroe, soprano
Icy Monroe has been hailed as a passionate singer whose love for music flows through everyone that hears her. Ms. Monroe's grace and talent has been conveyed through many roles on the operatic stage including Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel, Despina in Cosï fan tutte, and Catherine in A View from the Bridge. Three-time winner of the District Council Auditions for the Metropolitan Opera Nation Council, Monroe has also been a Finalist in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Contests, the Classical Singer Magazine Vocal Competition, and was the "People's Choice" Award Winner at the 2008 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition. Ms. Monroe has been a featured vocalist with multiple festivals and orchestras including the Colour of Music Festival, Shreveport Summer Music Festival, South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Marshall Symphony Orchestra, and the Alleluia Festival at Baylor University and was selected among other singers through the Marilyn Horne Foundation to participate in a Master Class with Metropolitan Opera Conductor Maestro James Levine.
Fully funded by the University of Texas at Austin, her recording with music partner Artina McCain titled "I, Too" was produced during her studies and distributed through the largest Classical Music label, NAXOS. Icy is also featured in the award winning documentary, "When I Rise - The Story of Barbara Smith Conrad." Ms Monroe holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance, Master of Music in Opera Performance, and an Artist's Diploma in Opera Performance from the University of Texas at Austin - Butler Opera Center. Ms. Monroe continues to perform extensively, and has expanded her work to include her business, The Voice Clinic, which specializes in voice rehabilitation, preventative technique, and pre-diagnosis of physiology. The Voice Clinic can be reached at www.thevoiceclinicaustin.com
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