Mary Kray
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Mary Kray

Mary K.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I have a passion for teaching music and sharing the joy of singing with my students! I plan my lessons around the individual achieving their personal goals by increasing the difficulty with each lesson and choosing songs that the student is passionate about. I always focus on building a strong foundation for vocalists to achieve healthful & free singing through various conditioning exercises that emphasize improving their breath control, tone, and resonance. In addition to teaching healthy vocal technique, vocal anatomy and music theory to my students, I also incorporate stage presence and musical expression into their lessons to strengthen their skills as a performer. Let's get started!

About Mary K.

Hello! I'm Mary and I'm an operatic mezzo-soprano based in Las Vegas, Nevada. I have a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from Northern Arizona University where I studied vocal pedagogy, vocal literature, music history, music theory, and piano all while engaging in a multitude vocal performance opportunities. I have also participated in Musiktheater Bavaria, a month-long performance intensive opera program in July of 2019 where I had the privilege of studying and performing in Oberaudorf, Germany under the direction of world class teachers and coaches.

I currently teach beginner and intermediate voice students in a virtual setting where we explores an individual's vocal faults and finds solutions to improve their overall technique. I design unique lesson plans geared towards the skill level and goals of the individual student, and assign age-appropriate repertoire to help them apply healthful vocal techniques to the songs they are interested in learning.

The most significant roles I have performed with NAU Lyric Theater include: “Third Lady” in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, “Margaret” in Guettel’s The Light in the Piazza, “Zita” in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and “Principessa” in Puccini’s Suor Angelica. Professionally, I have performed as the alto soloist in Bach’s Magnificat, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. The most notable awards I have received include: Arizona District winner at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (2019, 2020), Classical Voice Competition winner from the National Society of Arts and Letters (2020) as well as the Nando Schellen Opera Singer of Promise Award in 2020.

I look forward to furthering my education and career in classical vocal performance as I auditions for prestigious graduate voice programs and participate in classical voice competitions.

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Zach
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I took a few lessons from Mary and I loved it! She is such a great singer herself and knows so much about how to get better. She gave me great tools and tricks to work work on that have already made me so much better. Highly recommend Mary for singing lessons!

Posted Jan 25, 2021
Olivia
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As a fellow operatic Mezzo-Soprano, Mary Kray is an AMAZING instructor. As a high school student, there aren’t many options in school for studying opera. I didn’t know very much about opera before studying with Mary, but she helped me understand different kinds of opera, different types of voices, and ways to prepare a role! Mary has challenged me to push myself technically every lesson, and now I am prepared to audition for colleges!! Please consider Mary Kray!!

Posted Jan 25, 2021

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Experience

Beethoven's 9th - Alto Soloist
Oct 2019 - Oct 2019

Verde Valley Sinfonietta

I performed as the Alto Soloist in Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Verde Valley Sinfonietta under the direction of Kevin Kozacek.

Vivaldi's Gloria - Alto Soloist
Sep 2019 - Sep 2019

Flagstaff Master Chorale

I performed as the Alto Soloist in Vivaldi's Gloria with the Flagstaff Master Chorale conducted by Ben Saunders.

Bach's Magnificat - Alto Soloist
Oct 2018 - Oct 2018

Prescott Chorale

I performed as the Alto Soloist in Bach's Magnificat with the Prescott Chorale under the direction of Dennis Houser.

Education

Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance
Aug 2016 - Aug 2020

Northern Arizona University

Awards

Arizona District Winner
Nov 2020

Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

Opera Singer of Promise Award
Mar 2020

Nando Schellen

Classical Voice Competition Winner
Feb 2020

National Society of Arts and Letters

Arizona District Winner
Nov 2019

Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

Young Artist Competition Winner
Apr 2019

Prescott Chorale

Encouragement Award
Nov 2018

Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

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