At Stewarts Creek High School, we recognize the value of supplementing classroom musical instruction with individualized musical training. As such, private vocal instruction is an integral part of a student’s musical education. Enrolling in voice lessons allows for very careful investigation of a student’s voice, as well as time to explore vocal growth and literature from a variety of styles. A consistent lesson schedule develops a beneficial regimen of practice, discipline and vocal aptitude. Due to their benefits and convenience, every student should consider enrolling in private voice lessons.
Voice teachers will offer private and voice lessons on a weekly basis during a student’s choir class. Students will be excused from choir or theater class into one of the adjacent practice rooms for voice instruction (which means parents do not need to transport students after school!). All voice teachers have been vetted by choir and theater faculty, are fingerprinted and undergo a background check, and are considered employees of the Rutherford County Schools.
Some students may wish to take private voice lessons; this will, of course, allow the voice teacher to create an individualized course of study unique to your voice and development. Doing so will allow the choir directors and the voice teachers to collaboratively take your vocal instruction to a level unattainable in a class setting. If you want to advance in the Choral Program or make Mid-State/All-State/Governor’s School/ACDA National Honor Choir, VOICE LESSONS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED! Think of this as an investment! If you are looking into college scholarships, placement into these honor choirs and advanced vocal development through voice lessons is necessary and will yield a strong return in coming years!
Sarah Chapman is a classically-trained soprano and voice instructor.
A native of Bowling Green, Kentucky, she graduated with a BA in Vocal Performance from Western Kentucky University and an MM in Vocal Pedagogy from Belmont University. She has distinguished herself in stage performances, recitals, and choral masterworks as a soloist and actress. Some of her stage roles include Christine Daae from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera,” Cinderella from Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods,” Angelina from Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Trial by Jury,” and Ruth from Ronald Beckett’s “Ruth.”
Sarah also is a member of the Theta Eta Chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda, a selective music honors society. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee..
Kristine Smith is a Lyric Soprano based in Nashville, TN. Her most recent role was her debut as Mimì from Puccini's La Bohème with Midwest Opera Institute. She has performed as a soprano soloist in Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music with the Nashville Symphony Chorus.
Other roles performed from past seasons are the role of Laurie from Aaron Copland’s the Tender Land, and Donna Anna from Mozart’s Don Giovanni alongside Nathan Gunn.
Kristine completed her undergraduate education with a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Middle Tennessee State University and her Master’s degree in Vocal Performance and Literature as a Fellow at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.