Debby Barkey, Accompanist
Born & raised on a farm in Iowa, Debby received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Iowa and her Master of Fine Arts in Music Education from Texas Women’s University in
Denton, TX. Debby has 26 years experience as a choral director at the junior high and high school levels in the Texas public school system and has served as a full-time church music director and accompanist. Throughout her years, she has accompanied vocal & instrumental soloists and choirs at the high school and collegiate levels, All-Region choirs, and judged All-State rounds and various competitions. She has been staff accompanist at the University of North Texas and has accompanied the Texas Women’s All-State Choir. Debby currently the assistant music director at First Methodist Church Hurst, and is a free-lance accompanist in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.
Dr. Allison Anders, Voice Teacher
Mezzo-soprano Allison Anders received her Bachelor of Music in Voice and Bachelor of Music Education in Voice degrees from Indiana University and studied with Martina Arroyo and Mary Ann Hart.
While at Indiana University, she participated in the Lied seminar of Leonard Hokanson. In 1999 she attended the German for Singers program at Middlebury College in Vermont. She was awarded a full fellowship to the Aspen Music Festival, and was a member of the vocal performance studies program, which focused on Lied and vocal chamber music. While at Aspen, Allison was a winner of the vocal concerto competition. In 2002 she won a Fulbright scholarship to Düsseldorf, Germany where she studied at the Robert Schumann Hochschule für Musik with Kammersängerin Jeanne Piland. Allison was a young artist at Central City Opera, San Francisco Opera Center’s Merola Opera Program, and Music Academy of the West. Allison completed her Master of Music in Voice and Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice degrees at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music where she studied with Tom Baresel. While living in Cincinnati, Allison performed regularly with the Wagner Society of Cincinnati. She has performed such roles as Alma March in Little Women, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Giovanna in Rigoletto, and Miss Wingrave in Owen Wingrave. Allison just moved to the Dallas-Fort Worth area from Germany where she was auditioning and performing.
Miranda Benham, Voice Teacher
Miranda Benham was raised in Fort Worth, Texas and attended North Crowley High School. She studied voice with Dr. Stephen F. Austin, at the University of North Texas, and received her Bachelor’s
Degree in Vocal Performance. Mrs. Benham’s first few years of teaching private voice were spent at North Crowley High School and Guyer High School. Her favorite thing about teaching is watching her students surpass their own expectations for what they can accomplish musically. Mrs. Benham’s students have been accepted into the Texas All-State and Region Choirs, have advanced to UIL State Solo and Ensemble, and have studied music at the collegiate level. Mrs. Benham also enjoys using music to worship God and minister to others. She has served at women’s conferences, non-profit fundraisers, churches, rehab centers, and orphanages all over the world. For the past eight years, she has served with the worship band at Cross Timbers Community Church. Mrs. Benham enjoys traveling and has resided in Turkey, Russia, and eventually Taiwan where she graduated from Youth With A Mission’s School of Biblical Studies. In addition to music and travel, Miranda Benham enjoys spending time with friends and her beloved husband, Nathan.
Michael Rausch, Voice Teacher
Michael Rausch, tenor, received his BM in Vocal Performance from Texas Christian University in 2001 while studying with Richard Estes. He also received his MM in Vocal Performance from The Boston Conservatory in
2007 where he studied with former Fort Worth Opera Young Artist teacher Rebecca Folsom.
From 2001-2002 Mr. Rausch performed with the Dallas Children’s Theatre national tour, and in 2006, he made his operatic debut as Achilles in Iphigénie en Aulide with Boston Opera Collaborative. His most recent operatic role was as a guest artist with TCU where he played Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus. Other lead operatic roles include The Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia with The Boston Conservatory, Donald in Gallantry with MetroWest Opera, and Joseph Garcin in No Exit with Guerilla Opera. In DFW, Michael has performed with the Fort Worth Opera at the Bass Hall in all three productions of their 2009 festival season, and as a soloist at the Meyerson Symphony Center.
In addition to his operatic performances, Mr. Rausch has several musical theater credits to his name, some of which include: Ravenal in Showboat, The Minstrel in Once Upon a Mattress, the Leading Player in Pippin, Hysterium in Forum, Cliff in Cabaret, Paul in Company, Billy Flynn in Chicago and Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance. In addition to singing, Michael has also served as music director for several local musical productions.
Michael has been part oft he CHHS voice staff for 12 years. He currently resides in Denton with his wife, Mandy, son, Zachary, and pit bull, Carmen.