Voice and Piano
Danielle recently moved to the D.C area and is very excited to sing in this great city! She enjoys singing music of all genres, but has an affinity for classical voice, jazz, the blues, and musical theater. Most recently, she performed the soprano solo in Brahms’s A German Requiem with the Catholic University of America choir. She also performed the title role of Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro—
“Figaro’s bride-to-be was performed by the delightfully humorous Danielle Rae McKay. As the virtuous and modest Susanna, McKay portrayed the servant girl with wit and intelligence. Her stunning high notes soared resoundingly throughout the opera, and her Act IV aria “Deh vieni, non tardar” exhibited her ability to float delicately in her upper register.”—Natalie Barsoum, D.C. Metro Theater Arts
Last fall Danielle performed the role of Laurette in the English version of Bizet’s Le Docteur Miracle at the Catholic University of America. Previous memorable roles include, two roles in the new opera Speed Dating Tonight! and the Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel at the University of Memphis. Selected operatic appearances include Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Adele in Die Fledermaus, and Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief.
Also, a dancer, Danielle has a history of musical theater. She performed with ArtPark & Company for three seasons in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, All Shook Up, and Fame. Her favorite role to date was Jeanie in Hair, under the direction of André De Shields. A passion for concert repertoire and oratorio, she sang with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus for three years.
Originally from Buffalo, New York, Danielle received her Bachelor’s in Music Education from Buffalo State University specializing in K-12 chorus and band and her Master’s in Vocal Performance from the University of Memphis. Danielle is currently working on her doctorate in vocal performance at the Catholic University of America where she receives a scholarship in performance. She studies under renown soprano and Metropolitan Opera alumna, Sharon Christman.
Danielle previously taught at the University of Memphis Community Music School and the Pro Music Center in Buffalo,NY. She is now Sharon Christman’s teaching assistant.
“It is my objective as a teacher to gain an understanding of each student’s aspirations, goals, and needs. I do not teach any one student the same as another. Every voice is unique.
Student’s individualized goals guide the structure of each lesson. Whether this means focusing on exercises aimed to improve a specific technique, audition preparation, melodic and rhythmic work, strategies in coping with stage fright, sight reading, music theory, etc.– we work to enhance clarity of communication and expression.
The power of the human voice never ceases to amaze me. It is capable of expression and beauty far beyond other instruments or words. I look forward to working with students of all backgrounds, prior experience, and age.”