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.

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.

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Crystal Townzen - Soprano

Crystal Townzen has enjoyed teaching Vocal and Choral music in several Texas Public Schools for 33 years.  She has taught at both the middle school and high school levels and has enjoyed teaching on various Keller ISD campuses for the last 7 years.  She received a Bachelors of Music Ed from ETSU (now A&M Commerce) and 2 Masters, one in Vocal Performance and one in Conducting, both from Southern Methodist University.

Crystal has had many successes with her students placing in All Region/All State choirs as well as receiving high ratings at solo contests. She enjoys teaching all styles of music and loves just seeing her students grow and helping them gain confidence in performing as soloists.

Crystal continues to serve as a clinician and adjudicator for choral and vocal competitions throughout the state. She enjoys working and teaching with young people of all ages. Her greatest joy is seeing the growth in each of her students and getting to know them one on one in the voice studio! She also continues to sing not only with her home church choir but professionally with other churches in the area.

Crystal lives in North Forth Worth/Keller ISD with her husband, Mark, her son Curtis and her daughter Caitlyn.  Her family also enjoys their miniature schnauzer, Gracie, and consider her part of their family.

Contact information:  ctownzen96@yahoo.com  817-992-7786

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Kandice Whitehead - Soprano

Kandice Whitehead, soprano, is excited to be starting her fifth year of teaching voice in Keller ISD.

She was a three year Texas All-State Choir member in high school. She received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Wayland Baptist University and her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Texas Tech University. Some of her memorable roles are Fiona (Brigadoon), Laurie (Oklahoma), Marian (The Music Man), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Audrey (Little Shop of
Horrors) and Amahl’s Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors).

In 1993 while at Texas Tech, she started teaching voice lessons as a Teaching Assistant. She then taught for eleven years in Texas public schools as a high school choir director, a middle school choir director and an elementary school music teacher. She continued to teach private voice during those years.

In 2011, she helped start a local, auditioned community chorus for students called Cantare Performance Choir. She has been the assistant director of Cantare for thirteen years. For the last eight years, she has had a private voice studio in her home where she has worked with Pre-schoolers through adults. She has enjoyed helping many high school students involved in the Texas All-State Choir process. She is a member of White’s Chapel Methodist Church and has been a featured soloist there for thirteen years. She is also the Director of Small Ensembles at White’s Chapel where she directs both adult and youth ensembles. Kandice also helps prepare vocalists to sing with the Keller Area Youth Jazz Orchestra (KAYJO).

She is married to Hunt Whitehead who is a chiropractor in Keller. They have two sons. Hayden recently graduated from Keller HS and will be attending Texas Tech University this fall where he will major in Biology and minor in Music. Harrison is a junior at Keller High School.

Their sons were and are both baritones in the Keller HS Varsity Mixed Choir, members of the Keller HS Varsity Show Choir and percussionists in the Keller HS Band.

When Kandice is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with family, singing in her church choir, watching movies and shopping.

Contact information:  kwhiteheadvoicestudio@gmail.com    214-546-0182