WOODSON E. FAULKNER, II is a graduate of Greensboro College with a Bachelor of Music degree subsequently attending UNCG for post-graduate study in choral conducting, voice training and music education. He was a featured soloist with the Bel Canto Company in their appearance at the Hinshaw Music Festival held in Raleigh August of 2014 and also in 2015 where he was again soloist in the 2nd Premier of John Rutter’s “Six Canticles of Light”. In 2007 Mr. Faulkner became the Choir Director/Organist at Wake Forest Baptist Church, Winston-Salem and on Sept. 11, 2011 in Wait Chapel, Mr. Faulkner conducted the premier performance of “Angels and Fireflies” written by Kevin Malone for solo flute and string orchestra for the 10th anniversary commemorating the tragic events of 9-11. The performance was simulcast to the Imperial War Museum in Manchester, England and radio broadcast live from Wake Forest on local NPR station WFDD. In addition, Mr. Faulkner serves as Accompanist, Assistant Director, and Vocal Coach for the Burlington Boys Choir since 1999, with tours to New York, Atlanta, Toronto, Mexico and Vienna.
Mr. Faulkner was Artistic Director and Founding Conductor of the Triad Pride Men’s Chorus from 1998 – 2012. His professional credits include appearances conducting TPMC at the International Festival of Gay and Lesbian Choruses (GALA) in Montreal, Miami, Denver, and at a regional conference in Cincinnati, OH. He has also sung professionally under the direction of the late Robert Shaw at Carnegie Hall and has performed as singer/assistant director of The Desert Chorale of Santa Fe, NM in four summer seasons.
Among his other artistic endeavors, Mr. Faulkner is a past Board President of Greensboro Opera and was recently a featured writer for the O.Henry Magazine in the July 2014 issue. He has been a presenter/speaker at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Didactic Seminar on Arts and Healing for Chaplaincy program – May 25, 2012, a guest presenter at the SEA (Southern Entrepreneur in the Arts) Conference at UNCG in Feb. 2012, Music Director/Arranger/Actor for the Touring Theatre Ensemble of NC from 1995-2004. He sang with the Bel Canto Company of Greensboro for 20+ years appearing numerous times with the ensemble as soloist. Mr. Faulkner also holds a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
STEPHANIE FOLEY DAVIS is thrilled to be Chair of the Voice Faculty of The Music Academy of North Carolina. She has been teaching private voice lessons since high school and has since developed a wide range of teaching styles from opera to pop and rock. A successful opera singer since 2005, Ms. Davis brings solid technique, professionalism, and dramatic interpretation to her studio and the stage. Davis was praised by the New York Times in her Glimmerglass Festival debut as “a poised, touching Ma Moss” and Opera News said she was “a loving, careworn Ma, warm of voice and presence.” Mrs. Davis returned to The Glimmerglass Festival to create the role of Mary McCarthy in Jeanine Tesori’s A Blizzard in Marblehead Neck. She made her Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra debut as Giovanna in Rigoletto in 2012 and was invited back to perform Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro in November. Ms. Davis joined Arizona Opera’s Pullin Opera Studio for the 2010/2011 season and performed Kate in Pirates of Penzance, Mercedes in Carmen, and Emilia in Otello. She has also been engaged at Nashville Opera (Giovanna/Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto) and Opera Carolina (Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro and Berta in Il Barbiere di Siviglia.) Ms. Davis created the role of “Flo” in the World Premiere of Libby Larsen’s Picnic in April 2009. She also made her Piedmont Opera debut as the “Sandman” in Hansel and Gretel in October 2009. Mrs. Davis received a Professional Artist Certificate at the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute at the North Carolina School of the Arts where she studies with Marion Pratnicki. She completed a Master of Music degree in vocal performance with Robert Wells at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Click here to visit Mrs. Davis’ studio blog. She can be reached at 336.379.8748, ext. 206, or email@example.com.
CHARLENE MARCHANT, voice faculty member at The Music Academy of North Carolina, received her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from The Catholic University of America and her A.B. in Visual and Environmental Studies cum laude from Harvard University. She brings extensive voice teaching experience having been adjunct faculty in the Music Departments of Hampton University (fourteen years) and Chowan University (one year), and in the Vocal Music Department (eleven years) of The Governor’s School for the Arts, a magnet school in Norfolk, Virginia. She has professional performance experience having sung in the choruses of over 30 different operas with the following companies: Virginia Opera, The Washington (National) Opera, Washington Concert Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and Opera Ayr (Scotland). She has also performed small roles such as her most recent, Strawberry Woman in Porgy and Bess (Virginia Opera, 2010). She has sung professionally everything from chamber music to Music Theater and cabaret. She has taught madrigals and opera workshop and she loves teaching diction for singers, specializing in the major foreign languages and English using the International Phonetic Alphabet. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HANNAH RIDDLE, voice faculty member at The Music Academy of North Carolina, is a native of Charleston, SC and a recent graduate of East Carolina University where she received her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy. She discovered her passion for voice science and private voice instruction while pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Music at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. During her graduate studies, she taught undergraduate group voice classes as well as private voice lessons. She also served as a recording technician along with fulfilling the duties of assistant stage manager to the director of the opera theatre program. Hannah’s passion lies in both teaching and performing, and her most recent roles include Edith in The Pirates of Penzance (Gilbert and Sullivan) and Carolina in Il Matrimonio Segreto (Cimarosa). She also has experience performing with the Winthrop Jazz Voices Ensemble, Winthrop Chamber Singers, and ECU Women’s Choir. Hannah is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Music Honor Society and is an active member of the Guilford, Forsyth, and Stokes County arts communities. She can be reached at email@example.com.