Voice Instructors

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2020 Voice Lesson Teacher 
Andrea Cox

Andrea Cox - Soprano

Andrea Cox, soprano, enjoys careers in both singing and teaching. She received her Master of Music in vocal performance from Southern Methodist University. Andrea has been teaching private voice for  18 years and is thrilled to return for a seventh year to Keller High School. She also has a home studio of teenage and adult students, from beginners to professionals. Andrea enjoys teaching all ages, levels, and musical styles. Her former students have gone on to sing with prestigious opera programs, choirs, and Broadway.  Andrea has served as Soprano Soloist and section leader at East Dallas Christian Church for 16 years, where she is a frequent featured soloist as part of the EDCC Concert Series, under the direction of Keith Critcher. She is an avid recitalist and enjoys performing musical theater as well as opera. Favorite operatic roles include Guadalena in La Perichole, Laurie in The Tender Land, Tamiri in Il Re Pastore, Sister Geneveive in Suor Angelica, and Laetitia in the Old Maid and the Thief. Favorite musical theater roles include Mrs. Segstrom in A Little Night Music with Theater Three, Maria Del Castillo in Her Song with Echo Theater (which she reprised in February of 2018), and Miss Dorothy in Thoroughly Modern Millie at Garland Summer Musicals. Andrea lives in Lewisville with her husband Jason, two sons, Ethan and Collin, and two poodles, Hurley and Charlie.

Contact Info: andrea.talladino@yahoo.com  or 817-658-1722.

Mr. Nicholas Garza - Countertenor

Characterized by The Dallas Morning News as a “countertenor full and fluent, glowing on top, dispensed with the loveliest legato,” Nicholas Garza has been hailed for intimate, engaging performances across the United States, Mexico, and Canada.
An early music specialist, Garza has performed with ensembles including the Chicago Arts Orchestra, ensemble viii, Spire Ensemble, Austin Baroque Orchestra, Tactus, and Mountainside Baroque, among others. In the 2021–2022 season, he will make his Ars Lyrica debut as the Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.
Working with noted singer and conductor Simon Carrington, Garza was twice a singing fellow at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival of Yale University; additional festival credits include the International Cervantino, Victoria Bach, Big Moose Bach, and Hawaii Performing Arts Festivals.
A frequent performer with the American Baroque Opera Company, Garza has sung roles including the Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Ruggiero in Handel’s Alcina, Cortez in Vivaldi’s Montezuma, and Rinaldo in Handel’s Rinaldo. He also appears regularly with the Dallas Bach Society, Orpheus Chamber Singers, Orchestra of New Spain, and Incarnatus.
A Harlingen, Texas native, Garza studied at the University of Texas at Arlington under Jing Ling-Tam and David Grogan.

Contact info: nicholas.garza92@gmail.com or 956-200-8791.

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Connor Lidell - voice instructor

Connor Lidell - Baritone

Connor Lidell, baritone, has been a professional musician and teacher of musicians for over a decade. After receiving degrees and certificates from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music (Bachelor and Master of Music) and New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development (Advanced Certificate of Vocal Pedagogy), he moved back to his home state of Texas.

Working as a session singer and freelance performer, Connor has been involved in many unique musical projects. He has given the world premiere of many stage roles, sung alto (yes, alto) on a professional jazz harmony track, sung in a choir at Carnegie Hall, and performed at the Cowboy’s Stadium in Arlington. Some of his most cherished professional roles are Jud Fry (Oklahoma) at Indiana University, Nettuno (Ruggero) with Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, premiering the role of Stephano (Princess Maleine) also with Dell’Arte, Swallow (Peter Grimes), and Masetto (Don Giovanni) both at Indiana.

Connor grew up in the Texas public school system at James Martin High School in Arlington. He made the prestigious TMEA All-State Mixed Choir three years in a row, and his senior year was first chair in the competitive Bass I category. He also won the NATS Tri-State vocal competition winning against college students in the music theatre category. Though, his favorite accomplishments during his time in Texas are music directing You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and performing the role of Sweeney Todd both during his senior year at Martin High School.

Since returning to Texas, Connor has coached multiple students to All-State mixed choir. His students have received professional theater contracts and have been on national tours. He will be teaching at the University of Texas at Arlington in their Musical Theatre department this fall!

He spends his free time jamming on the piano with friends, watching Community on Netflix, and planning elaborate Disney World vacations where he likes to go multiple times a year.

Contact info: clidell@gmail.com or 817-932-3850.