Michelle Fegeas is a second year DMA Vocal Performance student at George Mason University. A native of Warrenton, Virginia, she received a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of South Carolina, and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance with a Concentration in Music History and Literature from the University of Florida.
Throughout the course of her studies, she has performed several operatic roles, including Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, Adele in Die Fledermaus, and Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro. Active in concert work as well, in 2013 she premiered several songs for soprano by University of Florida composition professor Paul Richards.
While at the University of Florida, she also had the opportunity to perform for elementary school students in Seymour Barab’s clever retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. Through this she developed a passion for outreach programs, and plans to include outreach as a major portion of her dissertation work.
As the whole body is a vocalist’s instrument, Michelle believes it is important for her students to learn how singing happens from a scientific perspective. She also advocates mindfulness techniques to aid in putting the scientific knowledge into practice.