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Voice Instructors

Updated: Jul 21

Stephanie Hume

Voice Instructor

Stephanie holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education with a minor in Voice from the University of Rhode Island. She completed two years of master level work in vocal performance during which she had a choral assistantship where she conducted 100-voice choir, 40-voice choir and a 15-voice madrigal choir. She also taught various courses as needed by professors. Stephanie’s solo work includes performing with the University of Rhode Island’s orchestra as well as lead roles in operas. Her favorites were Amahl and the Night Visitors and The Old Maid and the Thief. While living in Rhode Island, Stephanie performed additional solo work throughout the state with various companies. She also worked with Asbury Methodist as soprano soloist and after two years she became the Choir Director. Stephanie was a guest performer with the Detroit Symphony Chorale for a production of The Messiah. She has performed locally in numerous recitals as well as with the North Penn String Quartet. Stephanie even stared as “Dolly” in the Schoolhouse Players (Lansdale) production of Hello Dolly. Stephanie’s work in Pennsylvania began with the Christ United Methodist Church (Lansdale) as Choir Director for 6 years. Today she continues a twenty-year commitment to choral directing at the Doylestown United Methodist Church where she works with ages 3-18 in four choirs with an approximate total of 125 members. She also teaches pre-school at the Doylestown United Methodist pre-school. Throughout her vocal career, Stephanie has always taught private voice lessons. She has been a faculty member at The Conservatory since 1993. In 2003 she co-founded ‘StarStruck’, a musical theatre camp. Stephanie enjoys working with vocal students of all ages and skill levels and strives to give her students a strong foundation in classical vocal technique.

Violet Mandic

Voice and Piano Instructor

Violet Mandic, soprano, began studying classical voice at Muhlenberg College, and classical piano at the Tri-County Music Conservatory. She began her education at Bucks County Community College where she earned her Associates Degree in Music. She was a part of the Bucks County Community College Concert Choir, and Percussion Ensemble. She graduated from Bucks County Community College with honors and then transferred to Moravian College to continue studying music. At Moravian College, Violet became a part of the Delta Omicron Music Honors Fraternity, won the Charlotte E. Newcombie Scholarship, and the Louise Moore Pine Music Scholarship. She was a part of the Moravian College Concert Choir, Women’s Chorus, Song and Stagecraft Ensemble, and Salon Ensemble. Violet graduated from Moravian College with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance with honors, summa cum laude. Violet held a church musician internship at Friedens United Church of Christ and began her teaching career at Miss Cindy’s School of Dance where she taught private voice and piano lessons as well as workshops in singing and acting. Violet most recently was a music teacher at The Stages Academy, a performing arts preschool with a kindergarten enrichment program, as well as an after-school program. She taught group piano courses as well as private voice and piano lessons at The Stages Academy and directed their recitals. Violet specializes in teaching preschool and kindergarten students. She currently teaches voice and piano lessons in her private home studio and at The Conservatory. Violet has taught students who have been accepted into the Lehigh Valley Performing Arts Charter School and who have competed in the Performing Arts Alliance Voice Competition. She is currently working on earning a certification in Music Education through a Masters degree program at Moravian College.

Faye Meyer

Voice and Piano Instructor

Faye Meyer graduated from the Boston Conservatory of Music where she earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. She studied singing, acting, and dance. After graduating, she performed with many theatres in the Boston area. She then moved to the Philadelphia area and has since been active in the theatre community. During this time, she became a member of the Actor's Equity Association. During her acting career, she performed in over 15 professional productions. Faye has taught at The Conservatory since 2006. She offers both private voice lessons and vocal coaching. This includes song interpretation and different styles of the Musical Theatre Songbook. Many of her students have been successful in achieving roles in their school's musicals and local productions. Faye enjoys working with students of all ages and skill levels!

Elizabeth Walton

Voice Instructor

Elizabeth (Liz), a Lyric Soprano, has her Master’s Degree from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in Vocal Performance. A native of Pennsylvania, she received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from the Pennsylvania State University. Elizabeth performed many opera roles with the Penn State Opera Theater, her favorites include Drusilla in Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea, and Laetitia in Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief. During her time at Peabody she premiered numerous operas with the Peabody Opera Theater as well as covered the role Donna Elvira from Mozart’s Don Giovanni. More recently, she was a Chorus Section Leader in Opera Delaware’s premier of Amleto (Hamlet) and the concert performance of Rossini’s Petite Messe Solnnelle. Liz directed Holicong’s Women’s Ensemble for three years and served as Assistant Vocal Coach for their musicals during that time. She has a deep appreciation for all genres of music but believes healthy technique must live in the heart of all of them. Liz enjoys working with vocal students of all skill levels, late Elementary aged through Adult.

Susan Whitenack

Voice and Ukulele Instructor

A native of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Susan Whitenack attended Smith College where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree, and the Eastman School of Music, where she received her Master of Music degree in Voice Performance and Literature, with Honors.

Residents of the Greater Delaware Valley region have enjoyed Miss Whitenack’s appearances with the Silver Dollar Singers and Camerata Opera Theater. In New York City, Susan has appeared and recorded with the Robert DeCormier Singers and the Dusing Singers. Also in New York, Susan sang for guest of honor Luciano Pavarotti at a fund-raising event, and he enthusiastically commented about her singing, “Bellissima!” Susan has sung all over the United States and abroad with many opera companies and orchestras. She has been featured soloist with the orchestras of Santo Domingo, Trenton (NJ), Reading (PA), and many others. Susan also served as choir section leader, soprano soloist and guitarist/song leader at Salem United Church of Christ in Doylestown, PA for many years. She is a member and soloist with the ensemble “Harp & 3 Divas” and the trio “How Fair a Sound” and has performed with these groups all over the Bucks County region. Susan is a very busy teacher of voice, piano, Ukulele, guitar and acting. Since 1993 she has maintained a private teaching studio at her home in Doylestown. From 1998 to 2008 Susan taught Broadway performance classes, acting improvisation classes, and private lessons for voice, piano, guitar and recorder during the summers at the Summer Arts Camp of Chestnut Hill College (1998-2005) and Plymouth Meeting Friends School (2006-2008). Susan is celebrating 15 years of teaching at The Conservatory and enjoys working with students of all ages and skill levels.

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