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.

Jordy BETACOURT-VARGAS

Jordy BETACOURT-VARGAS

Voice

Jordy, who speaks English and Spanish fluently, was born in Nicaragua, but has spent most of his life in this country singing, singing, singing. A NATS competition winner, he has been teaching since his undergraduate years while earning his degree in vocal performance. Those years saw Jordy with singing roles in over 12 major productions. He is now pursuing his Masters Degree in vocal performance, serving as a section leader in his church choir, and teaching voice in several locations. Jordy is a fun teacher who relates well with young and old, and with male or female students.

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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