DANIELLE MCKAY

Voice and Piano

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Danielle recently moved to the D.C area is very excited to sing in this great city and work with singers! She enjoys singing music of all genres, but has an affinity for classical voice, jazz, the blues, and musical theater. This Fall she performed the role of Laurette in the English version of Bizet’s Le Docteur Miracle at the Catholic University of America and this Spring, she will be performing the role of Susannah in Le Nozze di Figaro, which is also taking place at the Catholic University of America. Previous memorable roles include, two roles in the new opera Speed Dating Tonight! and the Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel at the University of Memphis. Selected operatic appearances include Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Adele in Die Fledermaus, and Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief.
Also, a dancer, Danielle has a history of musical theater. She performed with ArtPark & Company for three seasons in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, All Shook Up, and Fame. Her favorite role to date was Jeanie in Hair, under the direction of André De Shields. A passion for concert repertoire and oratorio, she sang with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus for three years.
Originally from Buffalo, New York, Danielle received her Bachelor’s in Music Education from Buffalo State University specializing in K-12 chorus and band and her Master’s in Vocal Performance from the University of Memphis. Danielle is currently working on her doctorate in vocal performance at the Catholic University of America under the tutelage of renown soprano, Sharon Christman.
She previously taught at University of Memphis Community Music School and the Pro Music Center in Buffalo, NY. She is now Sharon Christman’s Teaching Assistant at the Catholic University of America.
Teaching:
It is my objective to gain an understanding of each student’s aspirations, goals, and needs. I do not teach any one student the same as another. Every voice is unique.
Student’s individualized goals guide the structure of each lesson. Whether this means focusing on exercises aimed to improve a specific technique, audition preparation, melodic and rhythmic work, strategies in coping with stage fright, sight reading, music theory, etc.– we work to enhance clarity of communication and expression.
The power of the human voice never ceases to amaze me. It is capable of expression and beauty far beyond other instruments or words. I look forward to working with students of all backgrounds, prior experience, and age.