A little about Dr. Sipes...

 

I am, or have been at some point in my career, a professional singer, a teacher, a choral director, a worship leader, and a music administrator.  I have a degree from Roberts Wesleyan College in Vocal Pedagogy and both a masters and a doctorate in vocal performance from the University of Michigan.  Following my masters degree I enjoyed a 13 year career as a church musician.  I have taught studio voice and voice related subjects at several schools including the University of Idaho, Virginia Tech and Radford University.  Recent high school students have been accepted into theatre and musical theatre programs at Virginia Commonwealth University, James Madison University and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York.  

My voice teachers have included some very well known American teachers, including Leslie Guinn, Freda Herseth, and most recently, W. Stephen Smith.  I have sung as a soloist under the batons of Gustav Meier, Edward Parmentier, Murry Sidlin, Martin Katz and Kenneth Kiesler, and worked with opera stage directors Edward Berkeley, Jay Lessinger, Joshua Major and Nicolette Molnar.

I love to sing.  I have also been honored to premier several new works for baritone, most of which have been written for my voice. One of my favorite gigs is oratorio and concert works, and I have been honored to sing works by Bach, Schubert, Vaughan Williams, Brahms, Haydn, Handel, McCullough, Willberg, Saint-Saëns and Fauré with the Roberts Wesleyan Chorale, the Virginia Tech choirs, the Blacksburg Master Chorale, the McPherson Chorale, the Bay Chorale, the choirs of Saginaw Valley State University and the choirs of Greene Memorial Church and Blacksburg United Methodist Church.  I have been recorded as a soloist with the Roberts Wesleyan Chorale in works of Hansen and Sowerby, and these recordings are commercially available on the Albany Records label.