Winter 2022 Guest Artists and Scholars

Diverse Voices, Guest Lectures and Masterclasses in Voice, Winter 2022

Nathalie Doucet HeadshotNathalie Doucet: répétiteur, vocal coach, collaborative pianist, pianist, French Lyric Diction Specialist

Head of Music and Head of the Resident Artist Program at Michigan Opera Theatre - Detroit Opera House 

Since 2001, pianist Nathalie Doucet has enjoyed an international career working with many of the finest artists, producing organizations, and educational institutions in the world. 

As a répétiteur, coach, and collaborative pianist, Ms. Doucet has worked with a number of premier producing organizations, singers, and conductors including: Conservatorium van Amsterdam (CvA) Amsterdam, The Netherlands, The Dutch National Opera, the Nederlandse Reisopera, NTR-Zaterdagmatinee, Het Concertgebouworkest, Muziekgebouw aan het Ij, Opéra de Montréal, the Canadian Opera Company, and Het Concertgebouw; Christine Goerke, Lisette Oropesa, Étienne Dupuis, Lianna Haroutounian, Maria Agresta, Nicola Alaimo, Michèle Losier, Julie Boulianne, and Cheryl Studer; and Bernard Haitink, Charles Dutoit, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Markus Stenz, James Gaffigan, Karel Mark Chichon, Stéphane Denève, Richard Egarr, Edoardo Müller, and Jaap van Zweden. 

An esteemed and highly experienced educator, Ms. Doucet is currently a faculty member of the Classical Voice Department at the prestigious Conservatorium van Amsterdam (CvA), where she works as a vocal coach, Music Director for the concert opera series, French Lyric Diction teacher, and co-teacher for the undergraduate and graduate Opera Classes. Ms. Doucet also possesses extensive experience in young artist program development, administration, and management having served as Director of the Young Artist and Youth Opera Programs at Opera Orlando; Head Coach for the Opera Studio Nederlands; Coach for the Dutch National Opera Academy; Music Director of Des Moines Metro Opera’s Opera Iowa tour; Guest Lecturer at the University of Tennessee Knoxville and Principle Pianist/Coach of the Knoxville Opera Company, vocal coach at the University of Toronto, and piano teacher and collaborative pianist at York University. 

In addition to her work as a coach and collaborative pianist, Ms. Doucet speaks five languages and specializes in teaching French Lyric Diction. Due to her extensive study of, experience with, and passion for French opera and art song, Ms. Doucet is a sought-after French Diction coach – singers and organizations from all over the world come to her for role study and language refinement. She has recently joined the faculty as French diction coach of the Musical Horizons Conservatory in Athens, Greece. 

Ms. Doucet has served as an official accompanist for numerous competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Neue Stimmen, the Belvedere Singing Competition, the Heinz Rehfuss Vocal Competiton, and the International Vocal Competition ‘s-Hertogenbosch (IVC). She is also regularly invited to be on faculty for many international summer training programs including the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS), the Center for Opera Studies in Italy (COSI), Musiktheater Bavaria, Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, and the Highlands Opera Studio. 

A native of Bathurst, New-Brunswick, Canada, Ms. Doucet pursued post-graduate studies with and was mentored by internationally acclaimed pianist and coach Dixie Ross-Neill. She also studied song interpretation with Michael McMahon and French, English, Russian, German, and Italian diction with Dr. Robert Evans. Ms. Doucet received her Bachelor’s Degree in piano performance and pedagogy from l’Université de Moncton, her Master’s Degree in piano performance from l’Universtié de Montréal in Québec and a specialized Artist Diploma in piano performance under the tutelage of Claude Savard. 

Keith Pike, Musical Theatre 

Keith is founding Artistic Director of Theatre St. John’s, based out of St.John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Directing credits: Once, Mamma Mia!, West Side Story, Little Women, Mary Poppins, Into the Woods, Annie, Beauty and the Beast, The Last 5 Years, Songs for a New World, Grease, Mary’s Wedding (provincial tour), Proof, Jewel, Little Shop of Horrors, A Man of No Importance, Shrek. Keith is past Artistic Director of the Stephenville Theatre Festival, making him the youngest AD in its 40 year history. 

As a performer, some favourite experiences include working at the renowned Charlottetown Festival, touring to an international theatre festival in Kyoto, Japan and singing at some of the worlds most prestigious choral festivals and competitions with the Quintessential Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of Susan Quinn. Keith was also a choral scholar with Shallaway, under the direction of Susan Knight. 

In 2017, Keith founded the Newfoundland and Labrador Musical Theatre Writers Retreat. This 10 day retreat allows emerging writers the time and space to write, create and be inspired by the beauty of Newfoundland. Past writers include Colleen Dauncy, Matt Murray and Ashley Botting. 

Keith is proudly a full-time faculty member at Sheridan College and holds an advanced diploma in Musical Theatre Performance from Sheridan College, Bachelor of Music from Memorial University of Newfoundland & Labrador and an MFA in Theatre from York University. 

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Dr. Marcía Porter, Professor of Voice, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida USA 

Award-winning soprano Marcía Porter made her New York solo recital debut in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2005. An active recitalist, the soprano has performed in numerous venues throughout the United States, Italy, Brazil, and the Czech Republic. Porter has sung at such prestigious international festivals as the Prague Proms, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the Ravinia Festival, and the Ameropa International Chamber Music Festival. She has performed with such national and international organizations as the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Beijing International Symphony Orchestra (Beijing, China) and the Camerata Filarmonica Bohemia (Prague, Czech Republic). Porter has also performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Chautauqua Opera, Dayton Opera, and Chicago Opera Theatre. Ms. Porter’s discography includes the 2011 world premier recording of Requiem für Mozart, works for soprano and orchestra by Antonio Rosetti, which was released by the German record label Ars Produktion and the 2013 recording, Open Thine Heart, a recording of contemporary American vocal works, which was released by Albany Records. 

A Fulbright Scholar and Rotary International Cultural Ambassadorial Scholar, Ms. Porter has won several other awards and honors including the 2004 National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Artist Award Competition, the NATS Intern program, finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Central Regional Competition, Jessye Norman Graduate Fellowship in Voice, Opera Carolina Young Artist Recital Program Award, and the Farwell Award. In 2011-2012 Porter was a Fulbright Scholar to Brazil. Her research was entitled “Bridging boundaries through musical collaboration and cultural exchange: a lecture and recital series of contemporary classical Brazilian and African American vocal literature.” During her residency at the Universidade de São Paulo, she presented numerous recitals, lectures and masterclasses in cities throughout Brazil including São Paulo, Campinas, Alphaville, Ribeirão Preto and Brasilia. 

Dr. Porter is a Professor of Voice at the Florida State University College of Music. She is a much sought after clinician and has presented masterclasses throughout the mid-western and southeastern US. She has served on the faculty of Ameropa International Chamber Music Festival in Prague, Czech Republic and as a visiting Professor of Voice at Universidade de São Paulo. Dr. Porter, a graduate of the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in voice performance from 

Northwestern University. Porter earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in performance from The University of Michigan, where she studied with world-renowned Metropolitan Opera singer Shirley Verrett. Previous teachers include Margaret Harshaw, Carmen Mehta, and Kathleen Kaun. 

Dr. Minnita Daniel-Cox Headshot

Dr. Minnita Daniel-Cox, Associate Professor of Voice and Coordinator of the Voice Area at the University of Dayton, Ohio, USA

Dr. Minnita Daniel-Cox attended Bowling Green State University, where she received a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance, and the University of Michigan, where she earned her Masters of Music and her Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees. 

In 2014, Dr. Daniel-Cox established the Dunbar Music Archive and has presented her research for the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the National Opera Association, College Music Society, Society for American Music, National Association for Music Education, International Society for Music Education, Song Collaborators Consortia, Ohio Music Education Association and the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives. 

She has performed Dunbar Archive repertoire recitals in venues across the United States including the University of Michigan, Bowling Green State University, University of Puget Sound, Ohio Northern University, Central Michigan University, Detroit Musicians Association, Taylor University and Hanover University with a recital tour in Stara Zagora, Haskovo and Plovdiv, Bulgaria. 

Dr. Daniel-Cox has received over $350,000 in funding for her Dunbar work, including two National Endowment for the Humanities grants and a Mellon Foundation grant for the Dunbar Project. 

Dr. Daniel-Cox is an active member of the African American Art Song Alliance, National Association of Negro Musicians, National Association of Teachers of Singing and is an alumna of the NATS Intern Program. She serves on the board of the NOA and is Co-Chair of the Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) Initiative for the National Opera Association. 

Dr. Daniel-Cox regularly appears with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Bach Society of Dayton. Recently, she has performed the roles of Anna Gomez in Menotti’s The Consul and Sister Rose in Dead Man Walking with Dayton Opera. She is regularly featured in broadcasts with for WDPR Discover Classical. 

She is currently the Associate Professor of Voice and Coordinator of the Voice Area at the University of Dayton, where she teaches applied lessons and music courses, serves as Artistic Director of the yearly musical/opera productions, coordinates the Dayton Opera Apprentice Program, and coordinates the Vocal Performance Institute, a summer program for high school-aged singers. 

Previous Guest Artists and Scholars

  • Suzanne Rigden, Canadian coloratura based in Germany and MUN alumna
  • Ian Cusson, inaugural Carrefour Composer in Residence with the National Arts Centre Orchestra
  • Lester Lynch, internationally reknowned dramatic baritone
  • Cody Weisbach, Doctor of Physical Therapy and founder of Musician's Maintenance
  • Angela Pickett, violist of Sybarite5 and The Overlook Quartet and MUN alumna
  • Brian Dean Williams, therapist and workshop facilitator with a background in social activism, cultural anthropology, and community organizing
  • Darryl Taylor, countertenor and founder of the African American Art Song Alliance
  • Elliot Madore, award-winning baritone
  • Nathalie Doucet, internationally renowned vocal coach 
  • Jon Maharaj, jazz bassist
  • Megan Durham, Managing Mood and Stress in our Singing
  • Dawn Avery, composer, cellist, vocalist, educator
  • Peter Gall, jazz drummer
  • Andrew Scott, jazz guitarist
  • Tracy Dahl, Canada’s premiere coloratura soprano
  • Christine Jensen, saxophonist
  • Sonya Baker, Professor of Voice at James Madison University
  • Shannon Barnett, Trombonist
  • Erika Switzer, collaborative pianist 
  • LaToya Andriel Lain, singer and faculty member at the University of North Carolina
  • Mark Morash, conductor and pianist
  • Cayenne Harris, Vice President of Education and Community Engagement for the University Musical Society (UMS) at the University of Michigan
  • Éric Charbonneau, Vocal Coach and Music Director