Distinguished Vocal Alumni


Brian Childers, a voice gradBrian Childersuate of Tennessee Technological University, has pursued a successful career as an actor and singer in musical theater.  He has appeared in Washington DC in The Robber Bridegroom and in The Prince in the World and Becoming George at Metrostage in Washington.  He has appeared in off-Broadway productions, and at the Hollywood Bowl, as well as with the Staten Island Philharmonic Orchestra.



Richard Cox, tenor, graduaRichard Coxted from TTU and currently lives in New York City,where he enjoys a busy and successful singing career.  He has performed with the Metropolitan Opera in New York, as well as with the Chicago Lyric Opera, the Frankfurt Opera in Germany, and the Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile.




Saldana 2010Blake Saldaña is a 2007 graduate of Tennessee Technological University where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. He has been the choir director at Stone Memorial High School in Crossville, Tennessee since 2007, and is an active member of the National Association for Music Education, Middle Tennessee Vocal Association, Tennessee Music Education Association, and American Choral Directors Association. Originally a native of Nashville, TN, Blake currently resides in Cookeville, TN, with his wife Annette.




Grace BurrisGrace Burris is from Gallatin, TN. She graduated from Tennessee Tech in 2008 with a degree in Vocal/General Music Education. She taught for four years at Madison Creek Elementary School in Goodlettsville, TN. She is currently teaching music at Beech Elementary School in Hendersonville, TN.





angela bealeMs. Angela Beale is beginning her third year since 2008 at Lincoln County High School. In her first year with Lincoln County, Ms. Beale taught the students of Stone Bridge Academy and Lincoln County High School. She continues to teach at Lincoln County High and is now reviving the choral program at Ninth Grade Academy.

Prior to teaching in the Lincoln County School System, Ms. Beale taught 5th - 8th Grade students in Putnam County and 9th -12th Grade students in Tullahoma City. Ms. Beale has shared musical experiences with students at every grade level through teaching Chorus, Show Choir, Dance, General Music, Music Theory and Music Appreciation courses.

In Lincoln County, Ms. Beale is the director of three classroom vocal performance ensembles: LCHS Fall Chorus, LCHS Spring Chorus, and NGA Chorus. For non-performing students, Ms. Beale teaches Music Appreciation. Outside the regular school day, Ms. Beale conducts a performance ensemble for all 9-12 students Show Choir. This performance group presents music productions that incorporate vocal music with challenging choreography and staging.


erin robertsonErin Robertson graduated from Tennessee Tech University in 2009 and has been steadily employed as an elementary music teacher since then, first in Putnam County and currently in Sumner County Tennessee. She enjoyed every minute as a vocal music major at Tech and recommends anyone pursuing a music degree to attend TTU. She is passionate about developing the love of music into the hearts of today’s children.  Erin also loves to spend time investing in her marriage and loving on her two sons!




cynthia smithCynthia L. Smith is a dynamic, young mezzo-soprano whose artistic interests extend from early music to 20th and 21st-century opera. She is an active performer and researcher of music related to the Holocaust. As part of this research, Cynthia has been award with a Fulbright U.S.  Student award to Basel, Switzerland for the 2013-14 academic  year. In May 2013, Cynthia facilitated and performed at Ball State University's Jewish Studies Summer Workshop.

Ms. Smith appeared last year as Dido in Dido and Æneas, as The Third Knitter in Barab's A Game of Chance, and as Donna Ribalda in P.D.Q Bach's The Stoned Guest with BSU Opera Theatre and BSU Chamber Opera. She appeared in Asheville Lyric Opera’s production of Rigoletto as Countess Ceprano and has sung in productions of L’Elisir d’Amore, The Merry Widow, and Roméo et Juliette. Cynthia sang the role of Mary in Respighi’s Lauda per la Natività del Signore with the BSU Chamber Choir in December 2012 at BSU, and performed the role again at the Indiana Music Educators Association conference in January of 2013. In the summer of 2011, she studied voice, Viennese music history, and German in Vienna, Austria.


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