Olivia de Guzman Emile has a BFA in Musical Theatre performance from The University of North Texas and was a scholarship recipient. She studied voice for 15 years and has extensive experience performing many vocal styles, including classical, choral, musical theatre, rock, pop, soul/R&B, folk, and jazz. She’s been in numerous local bands as a vocalist and keyboardist, and has recorded vocals on albums for Robert Gomez, Febrifuge, August & J, and others. Olivia is very active in theatre, having worked on numerous shows as an actor, director, music director, or designer.
Olivia has 5 years experience teaching private lessons in voice and piano as well as music theatre workshops.
Nicole Christensen is a Mezzo-Soprano. She is a native of Hermiston, Oregon and is the oldest of five children. She moved to Texas in 2003 and began her musical study at the university level in 2005 at The University of North Texas. She is currently pursuing a double bachelor’s degree in voice performance and music education, with a concentration in primary and early childhood music.
Rebecca Sigman is a mezzo-soprano and a music education major at the University of North Texas. She is a member of the A Capella choir at UNT and Schola Cantorum of Ft. Worth and studies voice with Dr. Jeffrey Snider. Rebecca grew up in Ft. Worth, Texas and is an alumni of Birdville High School. Rebecca has performed with the University of North Texas' choirs in productions of Handel's Saul and Theodora, Mozart's Requiem, Verdi's Requiem, and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms. She has been a camp counselor at Greene Family Camp in Bruceville, Texas, and has been working with children of all ages for 7 years. Rebecca is a senior and, once graduated, hopes to teach high school choir.
Katie Heaton, soprano, is a professional singer and educator in North Texas. She has performed on the opera and concert stages in the United States, Austria, Canada, and China. Her opera roles include: Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Greta Fiorentino in Street Scene, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Alice Ford in Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, and the First Lady in Die Zauberföte. She holds a BM from Vanderbilt University, where she graduated cum laude; and an MM from the University of North Texas. At both universities she was a scholarship recipient from the Opera departments. Since being at The Music Academy, Katie’s students have been accepted into the Texas All-State and All-Region choirs and been accepted with scholarships into the voice programs at Barry College and Louisiana State University.
Katrina Cain, originally from a small town in Connecticut, is a diverse vocalist with experience in jazz, pop, rock, musical theatre, and classical techniques. After a year at Boston University studying classical vocal performance, she transferred to the University of North Texas to study music in their world-renowned jazz program. Katrina has a B.M. in Jazz Studies with a concentration in Voice. While in school, Katrina was a scholarship participant, and a member of Jazz Singers 1, with whom she was a soloist at their recent performance at the Kennedy Center. Katrina performs her original music written for voice and piano around the DFW area.