Faculty Bio

Ms. Szymanski taught voice at UNC-CH for seven years before opening her own studio in Chapel Hill in 2000. Formerly the Associate Director of the Delaware Music School, she received her vocal training at Miami University (OH), UNC-CH, and Meredith College. Her performing resume includes over 70 roles in theater, musical theater and opera, as well as solo appearances in recitals, concerts and oratorios. In 2004 she premiered Mark Glick's "The Wife of Bath", winner of the NATS national art song competition, at the group's national conference. Her most recent venture was the filming of a new contemporary one-act opera. Ms. Szymanski is a former president of the Durham Music Teachers Association, former president of the Chapel Hill Music Teachers Association, and formely served on the Executive Boards of both NCMTA and the NC National Association of Teachers of Singing. She was selected to give her presentation "Expanding the Private Voice Studio" at the 2006 NATS National conference in Minneapolis, and has since spoken at various other professional meetings in the southeast region. Over the years she has been fortunate to teach hundreds of students of all ages, backgrounds and vocal abilities. Her teaching experience encompasses virtually all genres of music and both contemporary commercial and classical styles. She also works with singers who have had vocal problems and medical treatment, helping them to find more healthy singing practices.