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Kay Paschal

Senior Lecturer, Voice    

Kay Paschal Freeman’s exciting career as an international soprano has taken her to the opera houses of Atlanta, Baltimore, Houston, Washington, DC, Denver, Saint Louis, Charlotte, Central City, Tulsa, Hartford, Kansas City, Baton Rouge, Sacramento, Oklahoma City, Knoxville, Little Rock and New York. Acclaimed for acting as well, she made her European debut as Anna Maurrant in the Berlin premiere of Weill’s Street Scene at Theater des Westens, followed by Die Meistersinger at Volkstheater Rostock, Germany. Concert successes include performances with the symphonies of Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Pittsburgh, Palm Beach, San Diego, Knoxville, Little Rock and Oklahoma City.

Ms. Freeman starred in the Easter Saint Paul Sunday Morning NPR broadcast of Poulenc’s Gloria with the Kansas City Philharmonic, and also won a prestigious National Institute of Music Theatre award, given by Beverly Sills and Hal Prince at the Kennedy Center. She served as the assistant to the artistic director, stage director, and principal voice teacher at Opera in the Ozarks, and as a stage director her production of Madama Butterfly opened the season at Springfield Regional Opera. She was acting coach for Rising Star Vocal Works, Indiana, and is on the illustrious voice faculty of La Musica Lirica, Novafeltria, Italy.

Ms. Freeman received her BM in vocal performance from the University of Southern Mississippi and her MPA in opera performance from Oklahoma City University. She comes to Georgia State University from the University of Tennessee, where she taught voice and acting to the Master of Fine Arts students at the Clarence Brown Theater. She gives frequent masterclasses, including those for NATS, the Des Moines Metro Opera apprentice program, Opera in the Ozarks and La Musica Lirica, and is a sought-after judge for vocal competitions. But Ms. Freeman’s most cherished role is that of mother to Adam, her 21-year-old son.