Vocal Coach, SSCYA
In the ensuing years since that auspicious summer day, Deborah earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance as well as a Single Subject Music Credential from San Francisco State University and a Masters in Vocal Performance from Chico State University. Her first classroom teaching job was at the prestigious Hamlin School For Girls in San Francisco followed by an itinerate position in the Redding Elementary Schools, and then a half-time position with Shasta Community College before taking a full-time job with the Shasta Union High School District in 1988.
Professional educational honors include Shasta County Teacher-Of-The-Year in 2002, the CMEA North Section Teacher-of-the Year in 2003, CMEA California Choral Director-Of-The-Year in 2007, Northern California Band and Choral Directors Association Teacher-Of-The-Year for 2008 and she was selected as a “Director Of Note” in the January 2008 issue of nationally published Choral Director magazine.
Her choral groups were consistently awarded Superior Ratings and the Enterprise A Cappella Choir was a featured group at the CMEA State Convention in 2006 along with the Victorian Carolers. Other vocal honors include being selected as a co-winner of an award in 2003 for Best High School Vocal Jazz Group by the internationally published Downbeat magazine. Deborah was also honored with being accepted into the “Distinguished Educator Program” by the Shasta Union High School District in 2012. Deborah has taught all ages from pre-school through adult and recently retired from classroom teaching in 2013.
Deborah has also enjoyed a nearly parallel career as a professional vocal soloist and accompanist and currently maintains a private vocal and piano studio in Redding. She worked professionally as both a vocalist and accompanist while living in the San Francisco Bay Area. While there, she placed twice in the Apprentice Division of the Metropolitan Regional Auditions in San Francisco, studied with retired Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Blanche Thebom and was a featured vocal soloist with the Carmel Bach Society, St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal and other small oratorio organizations as well as churches throughout the Bay Area. As an accompanist, she worked in numerous capacities; on professional cabaret collaborations, musicals, for voice studios and as a private vocal coach for a wide variety of vocal styles and languages.