Jan Riddell Fetter, Soprano, began her academic studies in Musical Theatre at Eastern Kentucky University. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Houston Baptist University, where she studied with Virginia Babikian and Dr. Timothy Seelig. Jan received a master’s degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Houston, where she did extensive study in vocal pedagogy under W. Stephen Smith, author of "The Naked Voice". Jan continues to be an avid student, exploring the latest developments in voice science, pedagogy, and learning theories in order to provide her students with the most effective instruction for each individual need.
Jan has been teaching beginning through advanced voice and beginning piano for thirty-five years. In addition to her home studio, Jan has taught at the College of the Mainland, Houston Community College, and as a graduate assistant at the University of Houston. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and a certified Musikgarten instructor.
Her stage experience includes such diverse roles as Laurie in Oklahoma, Sharon in Finian's Rainbow, Luisa in The Fantastiks, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, and Mrs. Todd in The Old Maid and the Thief. Jan sang for ten seasons as a soprano in the prestigious Houston Grand Opera Chorus.She was an Educational Outreach Teaching Artist with HGO and Young Audiences of Houston. She has worked as a music director and vocal instructor with the Children's Youth Theatre of Houston, and the San Angelo Broadway Academy.
In addition to her work on stage, Jan has extensive professional choral experience, both as a singer and director. Jan's work as a choral director with adult and children's choirs in educational, church, and community choir settings gives her a unique perspective to the challenges of the choral singer, who must strive to balance a personal quest for healthy vocal technique while serving the needs of the choir.
Jan is excited to call Lexington her new home.
She welcomes students of all ages and skill levels who are seeking to "tune their voice-notes".
"Being a singer of songs,
what do I need, needing so little?
Being a singer, I tune my voice-notes,
my very voice-notes, with the patient stars.”
John Jacob Niles, Kentucky Songster