Kari has helped me enormously to free up my voice as an expressive instrument.

— Neil Jordan

Voice Studio

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 (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 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 over a decade, Dr. Ragan has worked as a Singing Voice Specialist (SVS), which is a voice teacher with specialized training to help habilitate singing voices with pathologies or injuries. This important speciality is done in association with a medical team that includes Laryngologists and Speech Language Pathologists (SLP). 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’s article, “Intubation Considerations for Singers” was published in the NYSTA’s VOICEPrints in 2010 and the augmented article co-written with anesthesiologist Dr. Kunal Gangopadhyay was published in the Journal of Singing in the fall of 2012. Additionally, her article entitled, “The Connected Voice Studio” was published in the Journal of Singing in September 2010.

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 habilitate injured singers. Although her primary training, performing, and teaching is in the classical genre, she has also specializes in Contemporary Musical Theater (CMT) pedagogy.

As a result of her three specialties (classical pedagogy, CMT pedagogy, and an SVS) she is frequently sought after as a clinician and adjudicator for workshops, masterclasses, and webinars. Dr. Ragan is an organizing member of the Northwest Chapter of the Voice Foundation: Art and Science of the Performing Voice (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 nearly 3 decades is maestro Dean Williamson.

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