Judith Acres

Judith A.

Charleston, SC

Lesson Details



Judith delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 13+

Teaching since:
September 1991

Hello! My name is Judith, and with a background of more than 25 years of performance, teaching, and directing experience I'm sure that I can help you meet your goals - Whether it's to become an accomplished soloist, to sing more accurately in your church choir, or just to knock their socks off at karaoke, we'll have a great time getting you where you want to be!

Following is a bit more about me - it's a little "formal" ... but it will give you a few additional details about my background that you might find helpful in deciding whether or not I'm the teacher or coach for you! Happy reading!

With more than twenty-five years of performance experience, Judith is at home with a repertoire ranging from medieval song to Baroque opera and oratorio to American musical theater. Her performances have taken her across North America and the UK, appearing as featured soloist with a number of leading period and modern ensembles and orchestras and as presenter, guest artist and faculty at a variety of international workshops and festivals.

Not only a performer, Judith is also an educator, with extensive experience in private teaching as well as in directing and coaching of both large and small vocal ensembles in a variety of styles and genres - from Early Music to barbershop to Broadway - and has served as Director of Music for a number of churches and various performing organizations.

Judith holds both Masters and Doctoral degrees in Early Music Performance Practices from Case Western Reserve University, Ohio, as well as a Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance from The College of Charleston, SC, with additional post-graduate work at the University of Texas at Austin and the Indiana University Institute of Early Music where she studied performance practices, music history, opera and theater. She currently serves as Adjunct Faculty in Voice at The College of Charleston, SC, and has held positions as lecturer and adjunct faculty in music history, vocal pedagogy, graduate research methodology and applied voice at both Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio. Judith is ever-active as guest faculty and lecturer for workshops, special events, and continuing and community education forums.

Noted for being "even stronger when she is allowed to act as well as sing" (Cleveland Plain Dealer), Judith is equally active in the theater, taking leading roles not only in Musical Theater but also a variety of dramatic and comedic productions, and has received both repeated critical acclaim and regional acting awards for her performances.

Judith is also an accomplished instrumentalist, making appearances at a number of events and with a variety of early music ensembles across North America. She has been performing on Shawm, recorders and hand drums for more than twenty years.

Judith can be heard on recordings and broadcasts with Counterpoint (UK) Istanpitta, Contrapunctus, Quire Cleveland, The King's Counterpoint, Apollo's Fire, The Serlo Consort (UK), the Texas Early Music Project, the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, the Columbus Bach Ensemble, the Dayton Bach Society, the Warren Philharmonic, Amherst Early Music, Inc., and the Charleston Pro Musica.

*Please note that lessons cancelled without 24-hours notice or otherwise under exceptional circumstances will be charged. Thank you!*

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Adjunct Faculty in Voice
Aug 2015 - Present
The College of Charleston

Adjunct Faculty in Voice in the Department of Music, serving as instructor for both major and non-major music students. Includes teaching both private studio lessons and group repertory classes, as well as ad-hoc involvement in various special projects throughout the Department.

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Executive Artistic Director
Jun 2014 - Present
The King's Counterpoint

Co-founded in 2014 by Charleston-area native Dr. Judith and David, founder and director of Counterpoint (UK), The King’s Counterpoint is a unique professional vocal ensemble based in Charleston, SC, that specializes in the performance of sacred and secular music from the Middle Ages through the modern era, combining polyphony, literature, art and dialogue to create exceptional music – all within an historical context. www.TheKingsCountepoint.com

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Executive Artistic Director
Dec 2013 - Present
Contrapunctus Early Music : A High Voices Ensemble

Contrapunctus Early Music : A High Voices Ensemble is a professional vocal ensemble made up of sopranos, altos and countertenors, specializing in the performance of sacred and secular music from the middle ages through the modern era. Our ensemble combines polyphony, literature, art and dialogue to create exceptional music within an historical context, exploring the variety and beauty found in a cappella music – from chant to 20th-century, medieval carols to the avant-garde, Contrapunctus is devoted to the creation of delightful programs designed to entertain, educate, and above all to stir the soul. www.Contrapunctus-EM.com

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Artistic Manager
Oct 2013 - Present
Counterpoint (Devon, UK)

Counterpoint was formed by David Acres in 1989, to perform a capella works with as much emotion and attention to word-painting as possible. Its activities and following have steadily grown since then, with it now being recognized as one of the leading choirs in the south-west of England. The group has not felt confined to any specific style of composition, and it is not unusual for music covering eight centuries to be sung in one concert. From plainsong to new compositions written specifically for the group, Counterpoint strives to provide a vivid and intriguing catalog of music at concerts.

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Private Vocal Instructor/Coach
Sep 1994 - Present
Independently Contracted

Private/Individual Instruction
Group/Ensemble Coaching
Period-Specific Stylistic Coaching

Soprano Soloist, Section Leader
Dec 2011 - May 2014
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

Soloist and Section Leader - Cathedral Choir
Soloist - Trinity Professional Chamber Choir
Weekly services, Monthly Bishop's Services, Bi-annual Concerts

Director of Music
Oct 2007 - May 2012
Solon United Methodist Church

Director of Adult and Children's Choirs

Director of Music
Sep 2005 - May 2007
Bethany United Church of Christ

Director of Adult Choir, Small Ensembles

Adjunct Faculty
Sep 2000 - May 2005
Hiram College

Taught Applied Voice
Director of Music - Musical Theater productions

Faculty Lecturer
Sep 1998 - Dec 2004
Case Western Reserve University

Taught undergraduate and graduate courses in:
Music Appreciation, Research Methodology, Vocal Pedagogy
Conductor - Case Women's Vocal Ensemble
Lecturer of the Year, 2001-2002


DMA, Early Music Performance Practices
Sep 1995 - May 2001
Case Western Reserve University
MA, Early Music Performance Practices
Sep 1995 - May 2000
Case Western Reserve University
MA Coursework, Performance Practices
Sep 1994 - May 1995
Indiana University, Bloomington
MM Coursework, Vocal Performance
Sep 1991 - Dec 1993
University of Texas at Austin
BA, Music
Sep 1986 - May 1991
College of Charleston


Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Excellence in Acting
May 2012
Lecturer of the Year
May 2002
Case Western Reserve University


National Association of Teachers of Singing
Aug 2015

Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

Photos & Videos

Judith, Soprano - 2013

Mozart "Exsultate, Jubilate" - rehearsal, Trinity Chamber Orchestra, 2013

Kate in "Kiss Me, Kate" - Solon Center for the Arts, 2011

2013 Trinity Medieval Feasts - Shawm

Mozart 'Exsultate, Jubilate' performed with Trinity Chamber Choir and Orchestra, 2013.
Handel "He Shall Feed His Flock/Come Unto Him' with Jay White, Countertenor, 2014
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