Mezzo soprano Lauren McNeese’s colorful, resonant voice and beautiful stage presence have established her as a sought-out artist in the leading lyric mezzo soprano repertoire.
David Robinson joined the UNT voice faculty in 2016. Previously he served as professor of voice and chair of the voice department in the School of Church Music at Southwestern Seminary until 2015. Previously he taught at William Jewell College. He holds the Bachelor of Music Education and the Master of Music in Voice from West Texas State University and the DMA in voice from Southwestern Seminary. Robinson is an active recitalist, oratorio soloist and concert artist.
Helen Dewey Reikofski joined the UNT voice faculty in 2015, teaching English Diction for Singers. Previously she taught in the UNT Theater department, and prior to that was the Artistic Director of the Denton Light Opera Company. She holds the Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado, M.M. in Voice Performance from Texas Tech University, the M.A. in Theater from Texas Woman’s University and the D.M.A in Voice from the University of North Texas.
Jeffrey Snider is a native of Buffalo, New York, and received both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana University. He received the doctor of musical arts degree from the University of North Texas in 1996 and in 1998 he returned to UNT as an associate professor in the College of Music.
Diana Cooley provides administrative support for three Divisions within the College of Music: Keyboard Studies, Vocal Studies and Conducting & Ensembles. She joined the UNT staff in 2015 and was nominated for the Rising Star Award in 2017.
Diana has been both a Children’s Choir director and Adult Handbell Choir Director, with memberships in Chorister’s Guild and the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers. She performed with the professional Dallas Handbell Ensemble led by David R. Davidson, and was President of the Greater Dallas Handbell Association.
Carol Wilson joined the UNT voice faculty in 2012 with an extensive and distinguished singing career with major opera houses throughout the world: Dresden, Frankfurt, Netherlands, San Francisco, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Taipei, Vancouver, Manitoba, Bonn, Hannover, Nürnberg, and with the Metropolitan Opera where she was responsible for the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, a role for which she has earned critical acclaim. She made her international opera debut with Deutsche Oper am Rhein in 1999 as Fiordiligi, and as one of their principal soloists performed over 25 major roles includi
Pianist Elvia L. Puccinelli is Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Collaborative Piano at the University of North Texas College of Music, where she has served on the faculty since 2004 as both vocal coach and professor of collaborative piano. A dedicated educator in the field of collaborative arts and a specialist in vocal literature, she has held previous appointments with Baylor University and the Thornton School of Music of the University of Southern California.
Bass-baritone Stephen Morscheck is widely respected for the dignity he brings in concert and opera performances. “Stephen Morscheck's Leporello was genuinely funny, as well as solidly sung. His catalogue aria was almost too effective, drawing applause before its conclusion,” says Opera News of a recent Don Giovanni performance. Of Bach’s St..Matthew Passion, the Chicago Classical Review said Stephen Morscheck, brought an authoritative bass-baritone to Jesus, singing with dignified strength and expressive restraint.
Nominated for a Grammy in 2015 for her role (Athena) in Milhaud's Orestie, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Lane came to UNT in 2007 with an already extensive academic teaching background, having taught Voice at Stanford University, the University of Kentucky, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, and at summer programs and master classes for The Peabody Institute, San Francisco Conservatory, Baldwin-Wallace University, Oberlin College, The City University of New York, and many others. Also in 2015, two of her recordings (Threni and A Sermon, A Narrative, and A Prayer) were in
Tenor and Assistant Professor William Joyner joined the Division of Vocal Studies of the UNT College of Music in 2014. Over the course of his career, he has performed 55 different roles, singing in 12 countries on 3 continents. He has been engaged by some of the world’s foremost opera theaters, including Teatro alla Scala, Gran Teatro la Fenice di Venezia, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Washington National Opera, and Santa Fe Opera. Mr.