Lesson sign up forms will be live for both middle and high school by August 1, 2022!
Carroll Choir Private Voice Faculty
Kristen Martin is a classically-trained singer and pianist with a Bachelor of Music Education degree in vocal music from Centenary College of Louisiana, and a Master of Educational Administration degree from LSU. She has experience in music theater (performing and music directing), opera, recording studios, television, contemporary Christian, praise and worship, accompanying, and church music. She has performed with the Fort Worth Opera, Lyric Stage, Regal Opera Company, Watertower Theatre, Continental Singers tour, and many local theaters. She served seven years on the board of directors as Audition Chair for the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and she is currently the webmaster. She is also a member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) as the publications chair and on their scholarship committee, and Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA). She has been a choir director in public schools in Louisiana and Texas and worked as a private teacher for 30 years. She has consistently had students who are NATS finalists and in the Texas All-State Choir every year. You can see her full biography at www.kristenmartinmusic.com.
Kelly Himes comes to Carroll with over 3 decades of service in the North Texas area as a vocal health, rehabilitation and training specialist. She loves working with all genres of vocal music, but has spent the greatest amount of time working with the developing high school voice in classical music and musical theatre. She also keeps a home studio where she works with professional artists in pop/rock, praise and worship, country and western, and gospel genres. Though she was raised to be a classical concert pianist, she found her home on the stage, in the recording studio and the TV studio at a young age. As a teacher, she has served students in Southlake Carroll, Keller Central, Chisholm Trail, Byron Nelson. Himes has served as vocal coach for over 2 dozen musicals and her studio motto of sorts is: we ALWAYS endeavor to put our best art, engaging, entertaining performances to the stage! Through NATS, Himes Music Studio has produced multiple Outstanding Musical Theater award winners and an Outstanding Classical award winner. Since 2014, the Studio has fostered 27 Texas Music Educators (TMEA) All -Staters and 3 alternates. Mrs. Himes has BA in Speech and Drama from UTA; MS in Speech and Hearing Sciences from UNT. She is a licensed, certified medical speech path and voice therapist. She also holds post graduate vocal pedagogy hours from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA and is certified in Somatic VoiceWork (tm) The LoVetri Method. Learn More at: http://himesmusicstudio.com
Eisha Epps is a private voice instructor, worship leader, and freelance singer in the DFW area. She studied voice at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education (K-12). She directed middle school choirs for seven years and developed a successful choral program at a brand-new school. Her choirs consistently achieved top scores and rankings at district and regional contests. Eisha has taught private voice lessons to middle school and high school students in Carroll, Northwest, HEB, and Keller school districts. She has over twenty years of professional and civic vocal performance experience as a soloist and as a choir member in premiere a capella choirs in Virginia, the Richmond Symphony Chorus, and churches. She is experienced in performing and teaching multiple genres of music including classical, opera, musical theater, pop, and sacred songs. Eisha is currently enjoying her eleventh season singing with the Fort Worth Chorale under the direction of Dr. Karen Kenaston-French, Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Texas Arlington. In addition to teaching, Eisha is the worship leader in the Founder's Chapel at Whites Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake, Texas. She is also a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).