Voice Instructors

Adrienne Smedley

Adrienne Smedley

Voice

Adrienne has a BA degree in Vocal Performance as well as a BA degree in Communications from Kent State University.

Her extensive background includes private study at the Cleveland Music School Settlement, Ohio State University, Kent State University, and additional Opera study. As a performer Adrienne has been a member of the Ohio State Symphonic and University Choirs and roles in the Marriage of Figaro, H.M.S. Pinafore, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Brigadoon.

In addition to being a member of our teaching staff she is currently working in the Kent Opera program. Adrienne’s versatile background provides her with the experience to teach everything from basic vocal instruction, Broadway music, to Opera.

Chelsea Young

Chelsea Young

Voice

Chelsea is and experienced vocal teacher and performer. Hailing from Pennsylvania, she earned her B.S. in Music Education at Messiah College and taught at the Indiana University Community Music School. She has served as the music director for nearly a dozen major theater productions throughout Pennsylvania.

As a performer she has performed leading vocal roles in over a dozen Broadway shows and Opera. Chelsea's background provides her with the experience to teach a wide range of styles and age groups.

Ashley Hafler

Ashley Hafler

Voice

Ashley earned a Bachelors of Music Degree from K.S.U. and a second Degree in Vocal Performance from Akron University.

An active performer, Ashley has performed roles in nine major opera productions in Kent, Akron, and the Solon Center for the Arts. She also directs the vocal performance program in a local church and sings with the Akron Symphony Chorus. An experienced teacher in traditional and pop styles, Ashley enjoys students of all ages, and all backgrounds and interest.

Julia Mihalich

Julia Mihalich

Voice

Julia earned her Music Degree from Kent State and has also studied advanced vocal techniques in Italy. In addition to her student operatic roles at Kent she continues to perform throughout the area in Musical Theater and Opera productions.

Before joining the staff at Woodsy’s she maintained an active personal teaching studio. Julia is well versed and experienced in all vocal styles and enjoys teaching students of all ages. She routinely supplements her approach with basic piano keyboard skills.

Jaclyn Kurtz

Jaclyn Kurtz

Piano & Voice

Jaclyn has earned three college degrees in music, including a B.A. in Music Education form Mount Union, a MM in Vocal Performance and a MA in Music Theory from Kent State University. She has taught piano and voice to students from Kindergarten to High School in area Public and Private Schools for six years, as well as the college level. In addition, Jaclyn has maintained a private studio in the area for a number of years. She is a personable and patient teacher who is comfortable with students of all age levels and experience.

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