Soloists

Jessica Healy, Soprano

Dr. Healy is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Austin College. She has sung with a variety of ensembles throughout the country, including the Larimer Chorale in Fort Collins, CO, and the Phoenix Symphony Chorus in Phoenix, AZ, and currently sings with the North Texas Concert Chorale. Dr. Healy is an Iowa native, and has been a featured soloist for Handel's Messiah with the Central College Community Chorus in Pella, IA, and for the Pergolesi Stabat Mater in Fort Collins, CO.

Julie Crannell, Alto

Ms Crannell has been singing for many years locally and throughout the Midwest. Before coming to Sherman, she sang with the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus and Vocal Arts Consort under such conductors as Foss, Hawkins, Shaw, Levine, Hillis, and Copland, including concerts at Ravinia and Carnegie Hall. Locally, she has sung with the Denison Heritage Society, Austin College Alumni Choir and North Texas Concert Chorale. Julie has studied with Ann Larson and Wayne Crannell.

Wayne Crannell, Tenor

Wayne Crannell is an Associate Professor of Music at Austin College where he is chair of the Music Department and Director of Vocal/Choral Music. His responsibilities include directing the Austin College A Cappella Choir and other small ensembles and teaching studio voice, choral literature and techniques, conducting, vocal pedagogy and music appreciation.

Dr. Crannell has appeared with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Sherman Symphony Orchestra, Des Moines Symphony, Des Moines Metro Opera, Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, Milwaukee Civic Orchestra, Denison Heritage Performing Artists, and other orchestras, opera companies, and churches throughout the Midwest and in Texas. Named an Alternate Winner of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, he was also a rehearsal assistant and voice specialist with the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus. He has sung under such conductors as Levine, Solti, Hillis, Shaw, Foss, and Copland.

Dr. Crannell received his D.M.A. in Vocal Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he graduated with honors in 1995 and studied with Dr. Anne DeLauney.

Jeremy Blackwood, Bass

Dr. Blackwood is an Assistant Professor at Southeastern teaching Applied Voice, Diction and Vocal Pedagogy. In addition to studio and classroom teaching, he is the director of Opera Theatre and University Singers.

Before coming to SE, Blackwood served as a Teaching Fellow for the College of Music at the University of North Texas. While at UNT, Jeremy completed his Master's Degree in Voice Performance with a related field in Opera Theatre under Cody Garner and Paula Homer. He is now in the process of completing the DMA in Voice Performance with a related field in Vocal Pedagogy under Regents Professor Dr. Linda DiFiore and Dr. Stephen F. Austin.

Mr. Blackwood is an active recitalist and performer having most recently performed the role of Sarastro in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte in the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Vietri sul Mare, Italy. Other roles have included St. Peter in Too Many Sopranos, the title role in Don Pasquale, Antonio in The Marriage of Figaro, Mr. Lindquist in A Little Night Music, Bonze in Madame Butterfly, Pandolfe in Cendrillion, Superintendent Budd in Albert Herring and Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte. His role in Cosi fan tutte also landed him an opportunity to perform the role of Don Alfonso in Castelfranco Vento, Italy with the collaboration students from UNT and the Stefano Conservatorio. Mr. Blackwood has had the opportunity to work under the baton of Maestro Joseph Walsh with Virginia Opera and Maestro Graeme Jenkins with Dallas Opera. He has collaborated with vocal coaches Rogelio Riojas-Nolasco, Elvia Puccinelli, Harold Heiberg, and Stephen Dubberly. While at Southeastern, Mr. Blackwood has been a featured soloist in Handel's Messiah, Vaughn Williams' Hodie and the Graun Magnificat with the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Symphonic Choir.

In addition to the active performing and studio teaching, Mr. Blackwood is in demand as an adjudicator on the state and regional level. He also serves as Director of Music at First United Methodist Church in Sherman, Texas.

Professional memberships include Pi Kappa Lambda, National Association of Teachers of Singing, American Choral Director's Association, Oklahoma Music Educator's Association, and the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts.

Aaron Adair, Conductor

Dr. Adair’s received dual Bachelor’s degrees in Vocal Performance and Theatre from Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and a Master’s degree in Theatre Arts from Texas A&M University-Commerce.  Dr. Adair earned a Ph.D. in Humanities – Aesthetic Studies from The University of Texas at Dallas, and he has taken additional classes in acting and movement at KD Studio Actors Conservatory of the Southwest in Dallas and the famed Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York as part of his continuing education in performance and theatre studies.  His professional experience includes leading roles in Guys and Dolls, The Music Man, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Annie Get Your Gun, Oklahoma!, Glengarry Glen Ross, Cabaret, and Our Town.  He was Editor for the Fall 2008 edition of Mensa Research Journal on Artistic Intelligence.

Fred Freeman, Orchestra Coordinator

Dr. Freeman holds a Doctor of Education from Baylor University and is a member of the American String Teachers Association. Dr. Freeman has extensive experience as an adjudicator for regional orchestra auditions, state orchestra competitions, and regional and state solo and ensemble competitions. Dr. Freeman began teaching music when he was in the eighth grade and later became a public school orchestra director. He also served as high school principal and assistant superintendent. Dr. Freeman ultimately returned to his private music studio, providing instruction in violin, viola, cello, and string bass. He is a violinist with the Sherman Symphony Orchestra. He and his wife, Sandra, volunteer as musicians at church and for Sherman's community theaters. Dr. Freeman conducts or plays in the orchestras for multiple shows every season.