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Kay Smith Paulsen


Kay Smith Paulsen
Kay Smith Paulsen

Lecturer in Music (Voice)

Schambach Center 210

Kay Paulsen has more than 40 years experience as a professional singer and as a primary, secondary, and university music educator. The holder of a D.M.A. in voice performance & pedagogy from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Kay has sung with the Lyric Opera of Chicago; the Chicago and Atlanta symphony choruses; and as soloist with orchestras and choral societies throughout Illinois, Colorado, and Idaho. Affectionately known as “Dr. P” to her students, Kay is noted for her uncanny ability to diagnose damaged voices and return them to vocal health; she has trained vocal performers in varying genres, as well as training primary and secondary-level music teachers. She also works effectively with special needs performers. Many of her former students have gone on to establish professional singing careers in multiple genres all over the world. She earned graduate and undergraduate degrees in music from Northwestern University and Greenville University (Ill.), respectively.

Educational Background

D.M.A., University of Colorado, Boulder
B.Mus., Northwestern University
B.Mus., Greenville University

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