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  Dr. Amity Bryson
Music Department Chair

Dr. Amity Bryson, Music Department Chair, teaches various music courses including applied voice, and directs both Avila Singers and University Singers. Dr. Bryson completed her doctoral work at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Conservatory of Music and holds both a BS Ed in music education and a MM in voice performance from the University of Missouri-Columbia, she is also an alumnae of Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri. In addition to previous faculty appointments at William Woods University and Westminster College, Dr. Bryson has taught in the public school systems at both the elementary and secondary levels.

Dr. Bryson is active in local, state, and national professional music organizations. As a member of the board of the Kansas City Metro chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing for the last two years, Dr. Bryson was recently appointed president of the chapter for a two-year term. She also serves on the state board of Missouri Choral Directors Association as Repertoire and Standards Chair for Women’s Choirs.

As a lyric soprano, Dr. Bryson continues to perform on both the recital and opera stage. Recent recitals include a program of art songs by women composers, featuring In a Persian Garden by Liza Lehmann. Opera roles have included Zerlina, Juliette, and Ännchen, but most memorable was her portrayal of Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel.


  Anne Walker
Music Artist-in-Residence

Dr. Anne Walker is an active teacher, clinician and performer. She joined the Avila University faculty in 2012 where she currently serves as the Artist-in-Residence

She earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Kansas State University, her Masters of Music in Opera Performance and Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from Arizona State University.  An avid performer as well as an enthusiastic educator, Dr. Walker enjoys the challenges of balancing studio teaching and choral conducting. Prior to joining the faculty of Avila University she held positions at Arizona State University, Paradise Valley Community College, Pace University, Riverland Community College, and The University of Chicago. 

As a performer she has worked in a variety of mediums and venues. Her operatic experience includes Fiordiligi in Cosí fan tutte, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte, The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, and the title role in Suor Angelica, with companies such as Sarasota Opera, Opera Providence, The Phoenix Symphony, and Lyric Opera Theatre, Arizona.  

As an oratorio soloist, Dr. Walker has performed in the United States and internationally with such groups as the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Masterworks Chorale, Kansas State Choir, St. Barnabas on the Desert, and The Phoenix Symphony. As a recital performer she has performed various Debussy works for the Milton Centre Concert Series in Boston, a Mozart program with Joel Revzen of the Arizona Opera, and a tour of outreach concerts during her residence with Sarasota Opera.  In addition, she has trained with such individuals as Darleen Kliewer-Britton, Jerry Langenkamp, Matthew Larson, Maria Spacagna, Jennifer Larmore, and Sherill Milnes. 











Joe English
Adjunct Faculty, Guitar


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