Kari Ragan has much to offer…not only is she a wonderful performer, but she is also an excellent teacher with a great understanding of a wide range of singing styles.

— Dean Williamson, Artistic Director-Cleveland Opera

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Instructor Biography

Dr. Kari Ragan, soprano, earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2005 from the University of Washington. Her dissertation The Ballad of Baby Doe: Historical Accuracy and Gender Ideology in the Characterization of Augusta and Baby Doe focused on feminist perspective of Douglas Moore’s 1956 opera. Dr. Ragan’s Bachelor of Music (1987) and Master of Music (1991) degrees in vocal performance were both earned from the prestigious Indiana University School of Music.

Kari Ragan-116In February 2012, Dr. Ragan was the recipient of the Van L. Lawrence Fellowship. This prestigious award is presented jointly by The Voice Foundation and the National Association of Teachers of Singing Foundation (NATS). Her research for this fellowship was “The Parameters and Utility of Vocal Cool Down Exercises.”

Among other awards and honors, Dr. Ragan was the recipient of the NATS Foundation Pedagogy Award in 2009; The New York Singing Teachers(NYSTA) Association’s Distinguished Voice Professional Certificate in 2010; and she earned the Wicklund Singing Voice Specialist Certificate in 2011.

For nearly two decades, Dr. Ragan has worked as a Singing Voice Specialist (SVS) in association with laryngologists/otolaryngologist-voice specialists, and speech-language pathologists. An SVS-voice teacher is someone with specialized training to rehabilitate/habilitate singers with injuries or pathologies in collaboration with a medical voice team. As a result of her specialized training as an SVS, Dr. Ragan has presented at The Voice Foundation Symposium, the National Association of Teachers of Singing Conference, and the National Center for Voice and Speech.

Dr. Ragan has several published articles in journals such as Journal of Singing, Journal of Voice, and NYSTA’s VOICEPrints. They can be found on the homepage of the website.

In the fall of 2010, Dr. Ragan was pleased to join the University of Washington voice faculty where she teaches graduates and undergraduates applied voice, vocal pedagogy, Italian diction and French art song literature. She also served on the Advisory Board of the Musical Theatre Degree program in collaboration with the Dance and Drama Departments. Additionally, she has developed and maintained a thriving and collaborative independent voice studio for over thirty years where she teaches professional and avocational singers and works to rehabilitate singers with injuries or pathologies. Although her primary training, performing, and teaching is in the classical genre, she also specializes in the pedagogy of Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) and more specifically Contemporary Musical Theater (CMT) pedagogy.

As a result of her three specialties (classical pedagogy, CCM pedagogy, and an SVS) she is frequently sought after as a clinician and adjudicator for workshops, masterclasses, and webinars. Dr. Ragan is a founding member of the Northwest Voice: Art and Science of the Performing Voice Conference (NWCVF), has served on the board of the Puget Sound Chapter of NATS, host and coordinator of NATS Chats a real-time online webinar, charter member of the Pan American Vocology Association (PAVA), and currently serves as a NATS Foundation Board Member.

She had the privilege of studying for many years with the renowned Ellen Faull, Julliard Emeritus. Other teachers include Vinson Cole, Martial Singher, and Martha Lipton. Her coach of for over 3 decades is maestro Dean Williamson.

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