Styles: Classical, Musical Theatre
Ages Taught: 13+
Years Taught: 10
Dr. Lara Billings has been teaching students to sing for the last decade. She has performed the role of La madre in Luigi Dallapiccola’s twelve-tone opera, Il prigioniero, which was described in the Tallahassee Democrat as “a heartbreaking performance.” Additional roles include Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Micaëla in La tragédie de Carmen, Alice Ford in Falstaff, and the title role in Suor Angelica. As an orchestral soloist, Dr. Billings has sung the soprano solos in Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, and Vivaldi’s Gloria. She worked with composer Harold Schiffman at the world premiere performance of Alma, as a cover for the title role. As a recitalist, Dr. Billings has performed at various venues in Utah; Michigan; Maryland; Washington, DC; Florida; and Italy.
Dr. Billings received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Utah, and a Master of Music degree from Florida State University, both with emphasis in Vocal Performance. She has studied Spanish extensively, as well as French, German, Italian, and Russian. She completed a Doctor of Music in Vocal Performance at Florida State University, where she specialized in Russian language and vocal literature.
In addition to her private studio, Dr. Billings teaches at Snow College and is the Assistant Musical Director at North Sanpete High School, recently coaching their production of Newsies. In summer, she teaches interested students at the Orfeo Music Festival in Vipiteno/Sterzing, Italy. She has previously taught at Troy University in Troy, Alabama, and was a graduate teaching assistant at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.