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Vocal Music

The vocal music program at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts provides comprehensive preparation in vocal music. Students participate in a variety of performance ensembles; receive weekly private lessons, and study music theory and literature. All students study piano, music technology and conducting. The students participate in numerous Master Classes and have the opportunity to perform both individually and in ensembles.

program of studies

Grade 9

  • Voice Class
  • Musicianship 1
  • Vocal Ensemble

Grade 10

  • Applied Voice 1
  • Musicianship 2
  • Diction for Singers
  • Vocal Ensemble

Grade 11

  • Applied Voice 2
  • Acting for Singers
  • Elective
  • Vocal Ensemble

Grade 12

  • Senior schedules are individualized based on interest and career goals
  • Applied Voice 3
  • Acting for Singers


  • Vocal Ensemble
  • Senior Portfolio
  • Electives:
  • AP Music Theory
  • Class Piano
  • Conducting
  • Creative Technology
  • Introduction to Music Education
  • Advanced Concepts
  • Music History



Melissa Mackley


Melissa J. Mackley is the Associate Choir Director at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts.  She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Master of Music, with concentrations in Choral Music and Piano from Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.  While studying for her degrees, she served as the accompanist for the FSU Concert Choir, Opera Workshop Theater and Frederick Choral Arts Society and was director of youth music at Christ Church UCC. 

Before coming to Barbara Ingram, Mrs. Mackley held choral teaching positions in Frederick County, MD and Bethlehem, PA where her choirs received superior ratings at the county and state levels, performed for the governor at the state capitol and at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York. 

Now in her seventh year at BISFA, Mrs. Mackley conducts the Women’s Chorale and Concert Choir, teaches Music Theory and Piano classes, and is staff accompanist for many performances.  In addition, Mrs. Mackley serves as Chair of the Piano Division, where she has a studio of private piano students, and coordinates other accompanists for BISFA students.    Still active as a choral conductor and collaborative pianist in the area, Mrs. Mackley conducts the adult choir and children’s choir at St. John’s UCC, regularly accompanies members of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and is held in high regard as an accompanist and collaborative musician by both vocalists and instrumentalists in the community. 


Jessica Reynolds  


A native of Pennsylvania, Jessica Elizabeth Reynolds, soprano, graduated from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, where she received a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy with distinction, and holds both a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Under the guidance of Dr. Christopher Arneson, Dr. Kathy Kessler-Price, and Ms. Margaret Cusack, Mrs. Reynolds received world-class instruction during her graduate studies in the verse of Vocal Pedagogy and has been putting it into practice in her own teaching in both the private voice studio and classroom. While at Westminster, she participated in the Symphonic Choir with whom she sang Mahler’s The Resurrection Symphony at Carnegie Hall with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker, Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem at Verizon Hall with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra, and in Andrea Bocelli’s “Concert Under the Stars” in Central Park with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic. As a member of the Westminster Williamson Voices, under the direction of Dr. James Jordan, she sang in the American premiere of Paul Mealor's choral masterwork Crucifixus. A student of internationally acclaimed soprano, Ms. Nova Thomas, Mrs. Reynolds has studied as a young artist at the Le Chiavi di Bel Canto program in Houston, Texas, and she sang and studied as a member of the choral ensemble-in-residence for the inaugural Westminster Choral Institute at Oxford University. Furthermore, Mrs. Reynolds sang the role of Donna Anna in Mozart's Don Giovanni at the Crescendo Summer Institute in Sárospatak, Hungary. As a vocal pedagogue, she has presented her Master’s Vocal Pedagogy Research on Separate Register Development in the Female Voice at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Conference in Boston, MA, during the summer of 2014. Most recently, Mrs. Reynolds served as the Middle School and High School Choir Director with the Windber Area School District in Windber, Pennsylvania, and as Adjunct Professor at the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College. Prior to the birth of her son, she also taught private piano and voice lessons through the Greater Johnstown School of Music.


Katie Fitzsimmons

Vocal Music Adjunct Teacher

Info coming soon


Francesca Aguado  

Vocal Music Adjunct Teacher

Francesca Murray

American mezzo-soprano Francesca Aguado has been praised for her solid mezzo sound and excellent support (Opera Britannia) and for her voice’s confident precision and articulation (The Washington Post). DCMetroTheatreArts said “Francesca Aguado truly commanded the center of attention in her scenes…” Miss Aguado joined the Maryland Symphony Orchestra for the 2015/2016 season to bring life to the title role in Bizet’s Carmen (contributing to the Symphony’s most successful production in its history). This season she will make her debut with Miami Lyric Opera in their production of Cavalleria Rustica (Santuzza).

Past credits include: Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia); Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Carmen (Carmen); Ariodante (Ariodante); Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors); Ma Joad (suite version of The Grapes of Wrath, accompanied by composer Ricky Ian Gordon); Dorabella (Così fan tutte); Dinah (Trouble in Tahiti); Maurya (Riders to the Sea); Sesto (Giulio Cesare); Marthe (Faust); the Duchess (The Gondoliers); and Captain Frands von Frauenliebe (The Beautiful Bridegroom, presented at the 2009 National Opera Association Conference). Ms. Aguado also originated the role of Veronica in Fallen Angels, which was presented at the 2012 D.C. Fringe Festival. Equally at home on the non-operatic stage, she has also explored the role of Titania in Shakespeare’s A midsummer night’s dream (Maryland Entertainment Group- 2014).

Ms. Aguado holds a Master's degree in vocal performance from Towson University and a Bachelor's degree in music from the University of Maryland. In addition to an active performance schedule, she maintains voice studios with Mount Saint Mary’s University, Hagerstown Community College and the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts. 


Nick G. IntVeldt

Music Adjunct Teacher/Accompanist


Nick has enjoyed a long and varied musical career as accompanist, director, arranger, composer, and collaborator. After joining The Frederick Chorale in 1990 as a baritone, he served as the ensemble's accompanist from 2003 through 2014.  He was simultaneously the Chorale’s assistant director for a number of years. Nick also served the congregation of Evangelical Lutheran Church of Frederick, Maryland, for over thirty years as accompanist and/or director of various musical ensembles, eventually becoming assistant director of music ministry. He is a past director and accompanist of the chorus at Buckingham’s Choice retirement community in Buckeystown, Maryland, and a past accompanist and pianist at Bethel United Methodist Church of Chewsville, Maryland.  Nick currently serves the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick as pianist and choral accompanist, as well as the Encore Chorale of Frederick, a community chorus for older adults, as accompanist.  In addition to maintaining a piano studio of about 25 students of all ages and all levels from beginner to advanced, Nick is an adjunct teacher at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in Hagerstown, Maryland. Nick holds a B.S. degree in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, and a Certificate in Piano Pedagogy from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland.