Instructor, Voice

Lucy Owen Hoyt, lyric soprano, is an active recitalist, oratorio soloist and teacher of voice, with a passion for French mélodie and vocal health.  Her most recent performances include numerous solo recitals in the greater Shenandoah Valley area, as well as a solo recital for the Edinburgh Festival-Fringe in Scotland.  Her oratorio roles include Gabriel in Haydn's Creation, the Brahms' Requiem, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Handel's Messiah, Rutter's Requiem, Britten's Ceremony of Carols, and Jonathan Willcock’s Magnificat.  In addition to degrees from Westminster Choir College and James Madison University, Hoyt has a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. Hoyt has a special interest and expertise in vocal rehabilitation, which she pursued in advanced studies with Ingo Titze and Katherine Verdolini at the National Center for Voice and Speech.  She has presented on the topics of “Vocology: Strategies for Improving Our Voice Teaching" and "Between the Lessons: Teaching our students to teach themselves" for the Virginia National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).  Previous voice teachers include Robert Simpson, Helen Kemp, Sally Lance, LaVerne Roberts, and Robert Bracey with vocal coaching from Margaret Harshaw, Martin Katz, and John Wustman.  Currently on the voice faculties of James Madison University and Bridgewater College, Dr. Hoyt has also served on the faculties of Shenandoah Conservatory and Campbell University, where she taught undergraduate and graduate Vocal Literature and Diction classes.  Currently, Dr. Hoyt serves on the Executive Board of the Virginia Chapter of NATS and is a member of The Voice Foundation and The American Association of University Women.

Voice Professors and Instructors

Don Rierson

Don Rierson
Associate Professor, Director of Opera and Music Theatre
riersodg@jmu.edu
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Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy

Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy
Assistant Professor, Director of Choral Activities
vanderjx@jmu.edu
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Bryce Hayes

W. Bryce Hayes
Associate Professor, Associate Director of Choral Activities
hayeswb@jmu.edu
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