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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 piano.
    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.