Kelly Ann Bixby
Kelly Ann Bixby, soprano, is a consummate artist, educator, and performer. Adept at recital and in staged works, Ms. Bixby has appeared with Opera Philadelphia, The Spoleto Festival USA, Opera America, The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the Kimmel Center of Philadelphia, The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana State University, The Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, and premiere art song recital series, Lyric Fest. In 2014, she was the Eastern Region Winner and National Semifinalist for the NATS Artist Awards Competition.
Since 2009 she has been a core member and featured soloist in the new music chamber ensemble, The Crossing, which has won two GRAMMY® awards in 2018 and 2019 and has been nominated six times in five consecutive years, most recently in 2021. A dynamic collaborator and recording artist, Ms. Bixby can be heard on over 15 albums on the Innova, ECM, and Naxos labels, including Opera America’s “New American Songbook,” “Daron Hagen: 21st century song cycles,” and “Spirits in Bondage: songs of Benjamin Boyle,” released in August 2022.
Committed to innovative pedagogy and mentorship, she has worked for the CoOPERAtive Program, Interlochen Arts Camp, MPulse Performing Arts Institute, and OperaFest Sewanee. She is a founder and director of the UL Lafayette Vocal Arts Camp, an intensive summer program for high school singers. Her students receive accolades as Regional and National Finalists with the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and two singers were recent finalists and one winner of the American Pops Orchestra NextGen Competition. Her students have entered strong undergraduate and graduate programs including Florida State University, Berkeley School of Music, St. Olaf College, New York University, Georgia State University, AMDA, and the University of Michigan.
Ms. Bixby also founded and serves as the producer of Le Salon: chamber music in an intimate space, a concert series featuring faculty and alumni musicians in collaboration with the UL Lafayette Alumni Association.
She holds degrees with highest honors in vocal performance and pedagogy, including a BM and DMA from the University of Michigan, and MM from Westminster Choir College. She currently serves as Assistant Professor of Voice at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.