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Since making her operatic debut as
the three heroines in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann with Spokane
Opera, Kari Ragan is continually praised for her sparkling lyric coloratura
voice and dynamic stage presence. In addition, she is acclaimed as a crossover
singer, having the ability to sing beautifully in Oratorio, Opera or the Musical
Theatre genre. Other operatic roles include Gretel in Hansel and Gretel
sung with both Lyric Opera Northwest and Lake Chelan Bach Feste; Serpetta in the
Oregon premiere of Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera; Giannetta in
L’Elisir d’Amore with Opera Idaho and Helena Symphony; Frasquita in
Carmen with Washington East Opera; Zdenka in Arabella and Blondchen
from Die Entfürung aus dem Serail, both sung at Bel Canto Northwest.
Concert Work includes Carmina Burana with the Ft. Collins
Symphony as well as the Seattle Choral Company, Honneger’s King David,
Vivaldi Gloria and Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Tri-Cities
Oratorio Orchestra, Impresario with Spokane Symphony, and Mozart’s
Requiem in Colorado Springs, Haydn’s The Creation and Bach’s Cantata
Jauchzett Gott in allen Landen both with the Lake Chelan Bach Festival.
Seasonally, she performs Messiah in the Tri-Cities and Colorado Springs.
In addition, she is a frequent recitalist, having recently presented a series of
recitals, throughout the Pacific Northwest, with Maestro Dean Williamson at the
Having received her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the
University of Washington in June, 2005 where she received the Williams and Beech
Scholarship, she additionally holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Vocal
Performance from prestigious Indiana University. Among other awards and honors
she has been recognized as the Regional Finalist for the Metropolitan Opera
National Council and the Regional Finalist for the MacCallister Competition.
Dr. Ragan was the 2009 recipient of the National Association
of Teachers Singing (NATS) Pedagogy Award and was selected to present at the
51st NATS National Conference on Voice Disorders and the Multidisciplinary Team
in July 2010. Dr. Ragan was published in the Journal of Singing (NATS) and New
York Singing Teachers Association (NYSTA) VOICEPrints in 2010. She was recently
awarded NYSTA's Distinguished Voice Professional Certificate. Currently, Dr.
Ragan is pursuing certification as a Singing Voice Specialist (SVS) to solidify
the work with injured voices in association with a voice team that includes
laryngologists and speech language pathologists. She has developed and
maintained a thriving and collaborative independent voice studio for twenty-five
years and has also served on the faculty at the University of Puget Sound.
Although her primary training, performing, and teaching is in the classical
genre, she has also specialized in Contemporary Musical Theater (CMT) pedagogy.
As a result of these three specialties she is a frequent adjudicator and
clinician throughout the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Ragan is an organizing member of
the Northwest Chapter of the Voice Foundation, NYSTA, and Northwest Artists, and
recently served on the board of the Puget Sound NATS chapter. Dr. Ragan recently
joined the University of Washington Voice Faculty.