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Gayle Shay

Associate Professor of Voice; Director of Vanderbilt Opera Theatre; Chair of the Voice Department

Gayle Shay, mezzo soprano, is Associate Professor of Voice and Director of Vanderbilt Opera Theatre.

She has performed throughout the United States and Canada in musical theater, opera and oratorio, including productions with the Washington (D.C.) Opera, the Maryland Handel Festival, the Des Moines Metro Opera Guild, OpenStage Theater (Fort Collins, CO), Colorado Lyric Theater and Nautilus New Music Theatre Company (Minneapolis), in such shows as Into the Woods, Big River, The Mikado, The Consul, Trouble in Tahiti, Lucia di Lammermoor, Amahl and the Night Visitors and The Devil to Pay.

Her professional stage direction and production credits include those with Wolf Trap Opera, Maryland Opera Studio, Opera/Omaha, Des Moines Drama Workshop, Dorian Opera Theatre, Colorado Children's Opera Theatre, New England Light Opera, Icicle Creek Young Artist Program, Vancouver International Song Institute, and Nashville Opera.

Shay has appeared regularly on the Songfest Art Song Concert Series in Malibu, CA working with composers John Harbison and Jake Heggie, and pianists Martin Katz and Graham Johnson, and she has been a member of the International Voice Workshop at the Canadian Banff Centre for the Arts under the direction of Richard Armstrong.

Shay has also been a featured performer at the Vancouver (Canada) International Song Institute (VISI) and is the co-director of VISI’s innovative new SONGFIRE Art Song Theatre program held each June in British Columbia. Active member of the National Association for Teachers of Singing and the National Opera Association. Blair School since 1998.


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