Voice Studio of Penn Choir

Private voice lessons are offered to Penn Choir students during class time. The private teachers are highly-qualified instructors who have been screened by the Penn Fine Arts and Communications Academy Leader. CLICK HERE to learn more about taking private lessons.

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 11th year as one of the private voice instructors at Penn High School.

Matthew Daniel, Tenor

Matt has been described as a “tenor with a steely sound and robust tone” by the Denver Post. He has performed many opera roles some of which include Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Rodolfo in La Boheme, Hoffmann in Tales of Hoffmann, Canio in Pagliacci, The Duke in Rigoletto, and Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana. Matthew has been a supplemental chorus member of Lyric Opera Chicago for the last 13 seasons. He is also an accomplished Oratorio and concert singer. He has performed Handel’s Messiah over 25 times in his career. His other Oratorio works include the Bach Magnificat, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Opera companies Matthew has performed with include Sarasota Opera, Indiana Opera North, Aspen Opera Theater, Opera! Lennawee, Opera Grand Rapids, Light Opera Works, Harrisburg Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago. The orchestras he has sung with include Adrian Symphony, Illinois Valley Symphony, LaPorte Symphony, Charlotte Philharmonic and the Indianapolis Symphony. Matthew has made his directorial debut during SBLO's 2016-2017 season, acting as stage director for Die Fledermaus.

Julius C. Miller III, Lyric Baritone

Julius Cruse Miller, III is a lyric baritone from Detroit, MI. During the summer of 2015, Mr. Miller took part in the OperaMaya Young Artist program in Mexico and attended the program again in the summer of 2018 on a full scholarship. Mr. Miller has performed the role of Count Almaviva in Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” at the 2016 InterHarmony International Music Festival in Arcidosso, Italy. Mr. Miller has performed as a soloist with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, the Elkhart Community Chorus, and was a featured soloist at the Detroit Spiritual Festival. Mr. Miller has played the role of the Father in the South Bend Lyric Opera’s production of Humperdinck’s, “Hansel and Gretel” and the role of Marullo in their production of Verdi's "Rigoletto". Mr Miller has been a musical director of the United Youth Theatre in South Bend where past shows have been The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, Matilda, Les Miserables, and The Addams Family.