Vocal Studio of Penn Choir

Private voice lessons are not being offered at this point due to concerns with COVID-19. You are encouraged to seek online lessons with an voice instructor until in-person lessons can resume.

Melissa Auvil, Soprano

Originally from Midland, Michigan, Melissa earned her undergraduate degree in Music Education at Central Michigan University and her master’s degree in Voice Performance from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, Conservatory of Music and Dance. Melissa teaches at Southwestern Michigan College and runs a private voice studio working with area students from Elkhart, Mishawaka and Goshen. She has performed with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Kansas City Metro Opera, Midland Music Society, Crosscurrents Theatre, six seasons with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Midland, Opera at the Acorn, Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, South Bend Civic Theatre and the Elkhart Community Schools. Melissa also enjoys directing, and has worked locally with both the Beckwith Theatre in Dowagiac, and the Barn Swallow Theatre in Edwardsburg. She lives with her husband and two children in Goshen, Indiana.

Carol Shamory, Soprano

A native of South Bend, Indiana, Carol Shamory received a Bachelor of Music in Education degree from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame and a Master of Music degree in Applied Voice from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. In parallel career as a vocal artist-teacher, Mrs. Shamory served as adjunct faculty in the Department of Music at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, taught elementary music in the South Bend Community School Corporation as well as elementary music, middle school music and high school choir for the New Prairie United School Corporation. She is a published poet and composer and maintains a private voice studio. She is currently in her ninth year as one of the private voice instructors at Penn High School.

Mike Wade, Baritone

Michael S. Wade obtained his bachelor and masters degrees from Indiana State University. He taught choral music in Crown Point and Elkhart for 34 years. His choirs received consistently high ratings that included five state finals appearances. During that tenure he produced and directed over forty musicals and prepared hundreds of students for solo and ensemble adjudication. He was an active church choir director for twenty five years. After retiring from public school teaching he was the choral director at Indiana University South Bend for four years. He remains actively involved as an applied voice teacher, clinician, adjudicator and director of the Elkhart Community Choir. Michael and his wife, Amanda, reside in Granger.

Steve Zebell, Baritone

Mr. Zebell is a seasoned teacher and performer with more than 25 years of experience in a fast-paced educational environment and performance community. He has excellent teaching and communication skills, a track record of achieving results in the studio, classroom, and on stage. He has performed and directed both nationally and internationally. With a background in opera, musical theatre, and piano, Zebell is a multi-faceted individual with great creative artistry. He resides in Dowagiac, Michigan with his wife.