Voice Lessons

Students have the opportunity to sign up for private voice lessons during school hours as enrichment of classroom instruction. These lessons are designed to utilize the characteristic literature of the voice to advance individual vocal technique. Please consider this incredible, important, and fun opportunity to develop your individual talent!
Private voice lessons will be given through the Lovejoy Choral Department during class time, or other arranged time. Class time will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis.
There will be one 23-minute lesson per week.
The cost is twenty dollars per lesson.
Monthly payments in the form of check or money order are due to the lesson teacher at the beginning of each month. This will usually be $80.
Participate in the solo/ensemble event.
Attend recitals scheduled during the year.
Come to the lesson prepared, with a cooperative and respectful attitude.
Bring all assigned materials to each lesson.
Recommended practice time is twenty minutes per day, five days per week. More time may be necessary for those preparing for auditions or tryouts.
Students should make voice lessons a long-term commitment. (Ideally, for the entire school year)
If an unavoidable situation arises making it impossible to continue lessons, the student is expected to finish the lessons for the month that is paid for (no refunds).
If expectations are not met, the teacher may choose to discontinue lessons after finishing the month that is paid for.
If a student knows they will be absent, they should notify their teacher by phone. Failure to notify the teacher will result in default of the lesson.
Excused absences will be made up per the teacher’s schedule.
If a teacher cannot make up a lesson, they may elect to credit the lesson back.
In the event the teacher must be absent, notification will be made and lessons made up at the earliest possible time.
Students who are planning to audition for All-Region Choir should learn their music as soon as possible as there will be limited time when lessons begin. Students should learn notes and music before coming to the lesson so that lesson time can be spent on musicality, phrasing, and vocal technique. Please see choir directors for more information on All-Region.

LISD Private Vocal Instructors

Dr. Susan Carter-Fricks
Voice Teacher
Lovejoy High School
Willow Springs Middle School

University of Texas, Arlington, Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance

Texas Christian University, Master of Music in Voice Performance

Texas Tech University, Doctorate of Music Arts in Voice Performance and Vocal Pedagogy

Dr. Susan Carter has sung professionally, nationally and internationally, for over 35 years performing in her early career as ‘Susan Barrow’ with the Dallas Symphony Chorus, Dallas Lyric Opera and Ft. Worth Opera and under the stage name, ‘Carter Fricks, in leading operatic roles including ‘Queen of the Night’, ‘Lucia’, ‘Constanza’ and ‘Dona Anna’. She has served as soprano soloist in NYC at Carnegie Hall in Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Town Hall, and the Liederkranz Society.

Dr. Carter has taught at U T Dallas, Texas Tech, Lubbock Christian University, served as vocal coach with the Dallas Symphony Chorus and most recently retired as Director of Vocal Studies and the Director of the Opera Program at Missouri Western State University where she worked with singers winning awards in opera, music theater and performing in music venues across the country and Europe.

Dr. Carter is an innovative music theater and opera director where she placed 2nd nationally in the National Opera Association’s opera stage director competition, Alpha Chi National College Honor Society Compass Award for Most Influential Professor, Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching and numerous awards from the Kennedy Center’s American College Theater Awards.

Dr. Carter continues to teach performance based workshop classes and body and breath movement for all ages. She now resides in her home area of Dallas/Ft. Worth where she maintains an independent private studio, works with area high school singers and enjoys membership in NATS, MTNA, and PMTA.

Susan Seibert
Voice Teacher
Lovejoy High School
Willow Springs Middle School

Susan Seibert is a master pedagogue and has been teaching music for more than 25 years. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree in voice, a Bachelor of Music Degree in piano, and a Master of Music Education degree. She worked as the vocal coach and accompanist for the productions of Patience, Tartuffe, Sweeney Todd, Don Giovanni, and La Boheme with the Doña Ana Lyric Opera. She also worked as the vocal coach and accompanist for several college voice students while being mentored by the fantastic voice professors of NMSU. Mrs. Seibert currently maintains a large private music studio, where she is in high demand and is privileged to work with some of the finest young talented musicians in the area. Her students consistently receive the highest ratings at festivals
and contests, and earn medals, trophies, and other awards for excellence in music. Students from Mrs. Seibert’s studio enjoy a very high rate of success in competitive auditions, including the All-Region and Texas All-State choir auditions. Her students have won several awards and cash prizes at various local and state competitions. Her students have been accepted to sing at various prestigious summer vocal training programs, and have been awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarship money to sing at many prestigious music universities and conservatories throughout the country. Many of her former students have gone on to enjoy successful careers in music, winning national and international competitions, as well as performing in recitals, operas, and musicals throughout the United States and in Europe.

Cathy Ballew
Voice Teacher
Willow Springs Middle School
Sloan Creek Intermediate School

Cathy Ballew has been teaching private voice and piano lessons since she moved here in 2006. She began teaching voice lessons at the new high school that first year and has taught at Willow Springs and Sloan Creek Intermediate School the past several years. Cathy loves to sing and has performed leading and chorus roles in operas and musicals such as Pirates of Penzance, Texas!, Fiddler on the Roof, South Pacific, Annie Get Your Gun, and The Consul. She sang with the Houston Symphonic Chorus, Phoenix Symphonic Chorus and the Mesquite Community Chorus. While at SMU, she sang with the SMU Chorale and Chamber Singers. Cathy and her husband help lead worship and she is also a songwriter. She wrote a collection of songs for young mothers entitled “Builders of His Kingdom” and it is available on CD. Helping students reach their potential vocally while enjoying the process is one of Cathy’s passions!