Below is our Resident Faculty, as well as returning Guest Artists:
Jennifer Randall M.M.
Executive Director / Founder / Owner / Vocal Instructor
Ms. Randall is a Dramatic Mezzo-Soprano who earned her Masters in Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Houston in Houston, Texas. She earned her Bachelor’s in Music Performance from Shenandoah University Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia. She has traveled the world performing and was fortunate enough to have sung at the Kennedy Center many times, as well as having sung in Italy for the late John Paul II under the baton of the Grammy award winning conductor Robert Shafer. She has been heard in many operettas and operas in the Washington, DC area including Pirates of Penzance and H.M.S. Pinafore with Loudoun Lyric Opera, The Mikado with The Washington Savoyards, Don Carlo and Cavalleria Rusticana with The Repertory Opera Theater of Washington. Outside of the DC area she has also starred in A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Hyppolita, Miss Havisham’s Fire as Sarah Pocket, The Consul as The Mother, The Love For Three Oranges as Smereldina, The Medium as Baba, Albert Herring as Florence, and Hansel and Gretel as The Witch.
”The finest voice of the evening was that of contralto Jennifer Randall. As Katisha she lit up the stage, commanding attention in all of her scenes. Ms. Randall is one of the finest Katishas I have ever seen. She would be ideal in any number of the G&S contralto roles.” - The Classical Music Network
Ms. Randall has also been awarded as a stage actress receiving The Spirit Award as a Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the stage play Naked By the River. She has also had lead roles in several professional musical theater productions, including Children of Eden as Eve, South Pacific as Bloody Mary, Once on This Island as Asaka, and Baby the Musical as Lizzie Fields. Ms. Randall has been the recipient of many scholarships and grants and was a Metropolitan Opera Council Regional Finalist at the young age of 21. She was also a finalist in the Palm Beach Atlantic Opera Competition and a winner of several NATS competitions, the Shenandoah Concerto Competition, and the Bay View Concerto Competition. She was an apprentice artist at the Bay View Summer Music Festival, the Mid-Atlantic Summer Music Program, and Des Moines Metro Opera. The Houston Chronicle deemed her “a musically interesting and well-sustained singer.”
In addition to Ms. Randall’s singing career, she has also shined as a stage director. She has directed the musicals, Seussical, Dear Edwina, and Schoolhouse Rock and the opera productions, L’elisir d’amore, Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci. Ms. Randall was the Co-Artistic Director for several years at The Repertory Opera Theater of Washington with tenor Michael Rainbow. She is currently residing in the Washington, DC area working as a professional soloist, actress, teacher, recording studio coach and successful performing arts business owner.
Ms. Randall teaches voice and acting as the owner of her own prestigious institute for private voice and acting located in Ashburn, VA called The Vocal Arts Institute (TVAI). She trains singers and actors of all ages who would like to pursue the performing arts at the collegiate level and are currently working in the professional performing arts industry. Ms. Randall is passionate about mentorship in the performing arts field and advising others on successful performing arts business ownership skills. She is ecstatic to be joining the MD/DC NATS board this Fall.
Resident Dance Instructor / TVAI Assistant / Marketing Intern
Ms. Lucy Spring is a graduated from George Mason University with a BFA in Dance. Dancing since age three, Lucy has many years of training and performance experience in musical theater, tap, ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, lyrical, hip-hop, pointe, and acrobatics. She has performed at the Center for the Arts and Hylton Performing Arts Center as a member of the GMU Dance Company. She has shared the stage with The American Pops Orchestra in You Spin Me Round at the GW Lisner Auditorium, and the contemporary dance company, marInspired; the storytellers, in the Capezio A.C.E. Awards and breakable in NYC. Lucy has assisted pre-production choreography for Grand Hotel (Signature Theatre) and Evita (Olney Theatre Center), and set original choreography for GMU Dance Company (Harris Theatre), Ethno World Orchestra, Inc., Seussical the Musical, Jr., CureFest and various dance schools in Virginia. She also directed the filming of three of her choreographic works, titled Run To You, Clean, and Piece by Piece. She is the recipient of the Bette Carter Award in Dance and Industry Dance Awards Choreography Nomination. Currently Ms. Spring teaches at East Coast Edge Dance Center and South Riding Dance Academy and does the marketing and scheduling for TVAI. She will be performing in Disney’s Newsies at Arena Stage this upcoming fall/winter season.
Dr. Madeline Miskie
Guest Artist - “Singers/Actors Yoga & Breath Workshop”
After sustaining a vocal injury in 2011, Dr. Madeline Miskie re-built her vocal technique using a combination of body awareness, breathing techniques (derived from Hatha yoga) and her knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the vocal instrument. Miskie has devoted her teaching career to helping students of all ages and levels to sing and speak efficiently with comfort and ease. Miskie’s voice is characteristically “beautiful…warm in expression…striving to become a true artist…refreshing in her love and respect for the art form.” (Maureen O’Flynn, soprano) Her love for the performance medium of the art song recital led her to complete a dissertation project on the subject of “The Art Songs of Celius Dougherty (1902-1986)”. This included performances, recordings and unpublished sheet music (from handwritten scores) of song cycles by Dougherty at the University of Maryland, where she received the Dean’s Music Fellowship. In addition to art song, Miskie is also versatile in the genres of musical theater, folk, pop and jazz standards. Recent and upcoming concert performances include, The Washington Arts Club, The Chalice Concert Series in Columbia, MD and Friday Night Live Concert Series in Vancouver, BC. Dr. Miskie is on the voice faculty (Musical Theater Dept.) at Catholic University and serves as a board member and Vice President of the MD/DC chapter of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing). Recently, she founded Windsong Studio in Columbia, MD, where she offers private instruction in voice, piano and yoga. Miskie continues her study and practice of Ashtanga yoga with Level 2 Certified Instructor Michael Joel Hall in Washington, DC.
For a more in-depth bio & student testimonials, visit: https://www.madelinemiskie.com/bio/ and https://www.madelinemiskie.com/testimonials/
Guest Artist - “Local Pop Sensation”
Jeyhan Turker is an R&B/soul-influenced pop artist from the Washington D.C. area whose voice has been described as the love child of Sam Smith, Stevie Wonder, and Prince. With a voice like his, Jeyhan distinguishes himself as the powerhouse male vocalist that pop music needs more of right now. Jeyhan grew up in a large (and very loud) Turkish family in Rochester, New York and was raised by his parents Serhat and Derya Turker. Music and entertainment has always been a significant part of Jeyhan’s life as every member of his family is an advocate for nightly dance parties and album listening sessions. Growing up, Jeyhan’s sister, parents, cousins, aunts, uncles, and even grandmother, spent what seemed like every single night learning the dances to the newest Destiny’s Child video or singing along to Tarkan’s latest album. Jeyhan attributes much of his musical interest to his family’s appreciation for the arts. He is an Alumni of The Vocal Arts Institute and still works with Ms. Randall when in the area. As a first generation Turkish-American, he has learned from his family that a strong work ethic leads to success and embracing individuality is crucial in fighting for one’s voice to be heard. In simplest terms, Jeyhan is an entertainer that, through his music, urges people to champion diversity, encourage transparency, and love deeply.