Joseph Davisson has appeared as a soloist with Casa Manana, St. Louis Symphony, St. Louis Bach Society, Austin Civic Chorus, Tulsa Oratorio Chorus and Boston’s Masterwork Chorale, Plano Civic Chorus and has sung many operatic roles with the Regal Opera. Mr. Davisson was an apprentice artist with the Des Moines Metro Opera, and, with the TCU-Fort Worth Opera Institute, sang the role of Leon in Signor Deluso with composer Thomas Pasatieri in attendance. He holds a bachelor of music from the St. Louis Conservatory of Music and a master of music from the New England Conservatory of Music. He was an adjunct voice instructor at Texas Wesleyan University for 8 years and also at Tarrant County College for 5 years. He currently teaches private voice at Keller High.
He will begin his 10th year of teaching in the Keller ISD. During that time, he has successfully coached more than 20 students who have become members of the All State Choir. Four of his students have received outstanding soloist at the State Solo and Ensemble Contest. He is also a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
MRS. RAWLIANNE RIGGS
Rawlianne Riggs is working on her doctorate in vocal performance at UNT. Her musical background began when she was 5 and had her first piano lesson. She holds a BA in piano performance from Braga, Portugal, a BA in vocal performance from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a Master in Music from the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth. She has performed in Brazil, Portugal, Spain and France. Riggs teaches voice at the Tarrant County College in Hurst and is also the Minister of Music at Alliance United Methodist Church. Rawlianne is married to Doug and has 3 children: Lanne, 21, Jair Jr., 20 and Lianne, 11 (all of whom graduated from, or are attending KISD schools).
MRS. GENA ROBBINS
My name is Gena Robbins. This is my 10th year teaching voice at Keller High school and my 13th in Keller ISD. I am a graduate of Baylor University, where I received my degree in vocal performance. While there, I performed in many operas, sang with the A Cappella Choir and Chamber Singers, and was active in the adult and college choirs at my church in Waco. During that time and since, I have had experience teaching music both in a classroom setting and privately and have been an active member of my church music program (adult and youth) in several capacities over the years. I have also been in several community musical productions and plan to audition for future shows locally. In spring of 2013, I released a solo CD consisting of hymn arrangements and other styles of Christian music. You can hear excerpts (and hopefully place an order) on my website: www.genarobbins.com
All three of my children are in or have been in the Keller ISD, so I have a vested interest in the quality of the programs offered to our students – particularly Fine Arts. As a private instructor, it is my responsibility to instruct each student in the development of singing skills and techniques, tutor and encourage the student to participate in upcoming contests, help them – if they have the desire and are willing to put in the work – to do well at solo/ensemble contests and in the Texas All-State TMEA competitions and choirs, assist in selection and preparation of music, be mindful of the cost of additional books and resources, communicate with director, student, and parent as necessary, and to notify the student or the choir director if I am unable to be at a lesson.
Singing should be a source of pleasure for the performer as well as the listener. It is my goal that my students come away with a better understanding and appreciation for the skill that is involved in both. Studying voice and learning to sing properly will give these students a skill they can enjoy throughout life, whether or not as a profession. Thank you for considering me as a potential part of this process for your child.
The Keller ISD Fine Arts Private Lesson Program
Cost: $19 per lesson
The Keller Independent School District has traditionally offered students the opportunity to study privately through an organized private lesson program through the Fine Arts Private Lesson Program. Private lessons are offered as a supplement to classroom instruction. The lessons are designed to utilize the characteristic literature of the instrument, voice, or audition, not to rehearse the literature which a student will be performing in the fine arts classroom. Participation in the supplemental lesson program is optional. All students will have access to supplemental lessons based upon the private instructor’s availability of time.
STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY TO THE PRIVATE INSTRUCTOR
1. Be fully prepared for each lesson.
2. Supply the method books and other materials as required by private study.
3. Participate in all activities required as a condition of private study.
4. Notify the instructor within 24 hours if a lesson is to be canceled unless there is an emergency.
LESSON LOCATION AND SCHEDULING
Lessons will be taught at the school the student attends, except as arrangements needing modifications for summer lessons. Lessons will be scheduled by the private instructor and fine arts teacher. Lessons can be scheduled during the student’s fine arts class, during lunch, and before/after school. No lessons will be scheduled during academic time. Should the instructor be unable to teach a lesson, missed lessons will be made up.
The fine arts teacher will aid the student by advising the private lesson instructor of concerts, programs, holidays, testing, etc., which would result in any interruption of the regular lesson schedule.
Instructors will be paid $19 per lesson. Lessons run between twenty two minutes and thirty minutes long depending on the student’s passing period. Instructors will be paid directly by the student at the time of the lesson or monthly. Checks should be made payable to the private lesson instructor. Limited partial lesson scholarships may be available. Check with the campus teacher for eligibility requirements.
Should you have specific questions about any part of the program, please contact the student’s teacher.