Vocal 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.
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.
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.