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!
Mezzo-soprano Sara Crigger has been praised for her “rich mezzo-soprano voice” and "flawless comedic timing." A few of her operatic credits include Nicklausse in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, and Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro. Ms. Crigger has appeared as a soloist with Middle Tennessee Choral Society, Nashville Collegiate Orchestra, and with the Austin Peay Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, Ms. Crigger appeared with Nashville Opera as a Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly.
A lover of contemporary music, Sara has made an effort to work with living composers on a regular basis. She has been fortunate to premiere works such as Rachel Devore Fogarty’s “As the rain hides the stars” and Darryl Nettles’ Harlem Shadows. Sara has sung the Tennessee premier of Andrea Clearfield's Women of Valor and Peter Dayton's May She, She May.
Sara received her Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and her Master of Music from Austin Peay State University. She has attended the Crittendon Opera workshop and has appeared as an Apprentice Artist with Miami Music Festival. A musician who crosses styles freely, Sara has performed at CMA Fest and the BMI Awards as well as appearing as a soloist for Ravel’s Shéhérazade and numerous recitals.
Stephanie Jones (soprano) is an adjunct instructor of voice at the Wright School of Music, Middle Tennessee University, a voice teacher at Stewarts Creek High School and runs a successful independent voice studio. Her students have been accepted to the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts, Mid-State and All-State honor choirs, Open Jar Institute, and often receive scholarships to university music and theatre programs. She has had several students win 1st place, Region 4 of The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and a 1st and 3rd place National winner in the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Student Auditions for Musical Theatre. Stephanie’s students can be seen at Dollywood, Cedar Point, Disney World, and in professional theaters around the nation. Stephanie has performed in The Music Man (Mrs. Paroo), The Secret Garden (Clarie), Titanic (Kate Murphey), The Pirates of Penzance (Ruth), Sweeney Todd, and Hello Dolly to name a few. She is not only active on the stage but behind the scenes serving as music director for musicals in local community theaters. Her professional memberships include National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Sweet Adelines International (SAI), and Music Theatre Educators’ Alliance (MTEA).
Kristine Phillips 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 Copeland’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.