Master of Music, Vocal Performance & Opera Studies, Rice
Academy of Music & Art, Westmont, IL
University/Shepherd School of Music, Houston, TX
Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance, DePaul University, Chicago, IL
The Lyric Opera Studio of Weimar, Weimar, Germany
Janiec Opera Company, Brevard Music Center, NC
The Wesley Balk Opera/Music Theater Institute, Saint Paul, MN
The Musik Link Foundation
K&S Recitals - Halloween, Fall, Holiday, Winter, Spring
Solo & Ensemble
All State Choir
National Association of Teachers of Singing
Conservatory and University Entry
Summer Music Festivals
Corissa, a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, started singing as early as 3 in church and school choir. She furthered her early music by taking violin, piano, and voice lessons and getting involved in community theater. After obtaining degrees in vocal performance and as a professional singer, she has enjoyed teaching students of all ages, as young as 6 through adult.
She brings performance experience singing with companies including Minnesota Opera, Skylark Opera, Mu Performing Arts, The Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company, Houston Grand Opera, Intimate Opera Company, The Savoyaires, as well as with The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Shepherd School of Music Opera and DePaul Opera Theatre. Favorite opera credits include Mrs. Anderssen in A Little Night Music, Olga in The Grand Duke, Susanna and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, Zerbinetta in the prologue of Ariadne aug Naxos, Despina in Così fan tutte, Nella in Gianni Schicchi, Mrs. Gleaton in Susannah. She is a winner of the Civic Music Association of Milwaukee Collegiate Music Competition and has performed with The Kenwood Symphony Orchestra as a winner of their annual Masters Concerto and Aria Competition. Corissa also enjoys the expression of art song, singing in oratorios, concerts and recitals in Chicago, Houston, Germany, Breavard, and Milwaukee. Corissa is glad to call Saint Paul home with her husband, and their two spaniels.
I believe everyone should be able to experience moments of true expression through their music and anyone has the capability of doing this with their own voice. The voice is a vulnerable instrument in which we connect with the audience and listeners through beautiful musicality, text and dramatic acting. Coming from a classical background, I emphasize strong lyrical and artistic technique while exploring musical interpretation and eloquent diction. With the basic structures of classical technique, this provides a vocal foundation for singing any genre like healthy musical theatre belting and pop/contemporary vocal abilities. Finding the correct vowel and tongue placement along with being aware of accurate resonance, help us reach the full potential of efficient breath support. Just like any instrument, the voice has to adapt to the practicing and performance atmosphere as well as weather conditions. With our bodies constantly changing as well, I also want to achieve self awareness to understanding one’s vocal capabilities. Using these tools and the mindset of proficient practicing, it expands each individual’s abilities to sing with complete control of one’s voice.