Voice Teachers

Bryn Jimenez – Soprano

Bryn Jimenez - Katy High School Voice Teacher

Dramatic soprano Bryn Jimenez has taught students of all ages, levels, and backgrounds for over a decade. Her instruction emphasizes solid vocal technique – breath management, phonation, resonance, and articulation – as a foundation for all genres of repertoire. Lessons also include exercises for alignment, elements of Vibrant Voice Technique, and coaching on language and performance practice, as needed.

Many of her students perform in musical theatre productions and choirs. Her school-age students have auditioned successfully for NYSSMA and Trinity College exams, TMEA and TPSMEA Choirs, UIL District and State Solo & Ensemble contests, and college music degree programs.

Ms. Jimenez holds certification from the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s Teacher Training Program, which emphasizes pedagogy and appropriate repertoire for voices of all levels and stages of physiological development. She also holds degrees in Vocal Performance from The Victoria Conservatory of Music in conjunction with Camosun College and from the Vancouver Academy of Music in conjunction with Thompson Rivers University. Since graduation, she has continued to train privately with teachers and coaches in the United States and Germany. She currently studies with New York-based voice teacher Dr. Claudia Friedlander and coaches regularly with Dr. Ana Maria Otamendi at the University of Houston.

As a performer, Ms. Jimenez has appeared in operas, oratorios, concerts, and recitals in North America and Europe, and has received several awards and scholarships from organizations in the United States and Canada.

Juan Garza – Baritone

 

Juan Garza, (Baritone) is a native of El Paso, TX. He is recent graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University with a BM in Vocal Performance. While at SFA, he was a student of Dr. Scott LaGraff. During his studies, Mr. Garza performed the title role in Gianni Schicchi, Kezal in The Barterded Bride, Joe in The Most Happy Fella, and Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors. Last spring, he performed the role of Mr. Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor. Garza has performed leading roles in scenes from La bohème, Falstaff, Le nozze di Figaro, Rigoletto, Don Giovanni, Street Scene, Kismet and The Merry Widow.

In 2014, Mr. Garza was accepted as an Apprentice Artist at Opera in the Ozarks, where he performed The Baker and The Steward in Into the Woods, and Marco in Gianni Schicchi. With the Gilbert and Sullivan Company of El Paso, he has performed the roles of The Judge in Trial by Jury, Tom Brown in The Zoo, Don Alhambra in The Gondoliers, Sir Rodric in Ruddigore, and Dick Deadeye in H.M.S Pinafore.

Mr. Garza has also performed solos in Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Faure’s Requiem, and the Seven Last Words of Christ by Dubois. Most recently, he was a winner of the 2017 SFA Concerto/Aria Competition and has been a four-time finalist at the Texoma Regional NATS auditions and a two-time finalist at the Rio Grande District NATS auditions. Currently, Juan is a member of the Houston Grand Opera Chorus and teaches private voice in Houston.

Casey Parrish – Baritone

Casey Jones Parrish is a native of Livingston, Texas and has lived in Houston, Texas since July of 2015. After graduation in 2014, Casey served as Assistant Choir Director at Coronado HS in Lubbock, Texas. Later, Casey moved to Houston and for 3 years served as Assistant Choir Director at Cook MS in Cy-Fair ISD .

Casey is a member of the Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Cantare Chamber Choir, Houston Men’s Choir, and a staff singer at the United Methodist Church-Downtown Houston. During his years at Stephen F. Austin State University, Casey had the opportunity to perform a variety of opera roles, including Olin Blitch from Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, Marco from Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, and Germont from Verdi’s La Traviata.

Casey has traveled to several European countries performing a wide variety of choral works with Dr. Tim King and the SFA A Cappella choir. In 2011, Casey had the opportunity to perform the baritone solo from Velio Tormis’ Raua Needmine at the TMEA convention in San Antonio with the A Cappella Choir.

Casey earned both his Bachelors in vocal performance (2012) and Masters in Choral Conducting (2014) at SFA under the mentorship of Ms. Nita Hudson, Dr. Tim King, and Dr. Tod Fish.

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