Make a Joyful (and Healthy!) Noise: A Vocal Health Workshop for Choirs and Choir Directors

This event presents important information and skills for choir members and directors related to vocal health. There are three general sessions -- An Overview of Vocal Health and Protecting the Voice in Rehearsal. Breakouts are: Healthy Singing for the Mature Woman, and Promoting Vocal Health as the Director of a Multi-Generational Choir. The third is a group voice lesson. The keynote presenter is Dr. Kelly Holst, with additional breakouts by Dr. Barbara DeMaio and Dr. Warren Puffer Jones.

When: September 24, 9 AM to Noon.

Where: First Presbyterian Church, NW 25 and Western, OKC. 

Price is $10, with a $100/cap for choirs if received before Sept 19 or postmarked by Sept 19th. After the 19th, the individual registration is $15 and the choir cap is $150.

To book your tickets, send checks, payable to Oklahoma Alliance for Liturgy and the arts (or "OALA") to 3102 N Classen Blvd. #284, OKC OK 73118. For more information, call 405-722-2110 ext 115. Download the registration form at


Dr Kelly Holst

Dr. Kelly Holst, Lyric Coloratura Soprano, Keynote

Lyric coloratura soprano Kelly Holst enjoys an active career as a performer and teacher. Dr. Holst has appeared with the Louisiana Opera, Canterbury Choral Society, Michigan Opera Theatre, Handel and Haydn Society of Boston, Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Arbor Opera Theater, Bloomington Early Music Festival, and Amherst Early Music Festival. She has appeared in recital across the United States and in the Dominican Republic. 

Dr. Holst has received a number of regional and national awards, including an Encouragement Award at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Auditions and fourth place at the 2014 National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Artists Awards competition. Most recently Dr. Holst was selected as a teaching intern for the 2015 NATS Teaching Intern program. 

A graduate of Luther College, Indiana University, and the University of Michigan, Dr. Holst serves as Associate Professor of Music at the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University where she teaches voice and vocal pedagogy. She lives in Oklahoma City with her husband, conductor Warren Puffer Jones and their two young children. 

Her keynote address at 9 AM  will focus on vocal anatomy and vocal health and will be lecture-based with power point presentation. Her closing address at 1115 AM will focus on application: a return to the topic of vocal health, signs and symptoms of trouble and exercises for the speaking voice as well. She will cover some common pitfalls (such as poor posture while sitting in choral rehearsal, singing outside of your optimal range, breathing, etc).

Dr. Barbara Fox DeMaio 

Her repertoire includes all the great roles of a Puccini and Verdi soprano, performed in theatres in Italy, Swizerland, Germany and France; Tosca, Lady Macbeth, Turandot, Aida, Abigaille in Nabucco, and also Amelia in Ballo in Maschera, Elvira in Ernani, Lucrezia in I Due Foscari, Leonora in La Forza del Destino and Odabella in La Scala's Attila directed by Riccardo Muti. She is also a noted interpreter of Norma, the Bellini heroine. Since returning to the United States she has added new shows to her repertoire;  Bolcom’s Medea and Hoiby’s Bon Appetit! as well as the Witch in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel , Domina in Forum and Costanza in the play Enchanted April.

DeMaio is currently an Asst. Prof. of Voice at the University of Central Oklahoma, teaching both Opera and Musical Theatre styles, Executive Director of the American Singers' Opera Project, Executive Director of Painted Sky Opera and a Level III Somatic Voicework© teacher. Her DMA Vocal pedagogy degree at Shenandoah University included dissertation research on the effect of menopause on the elite singing voice that she has since presented in the form of workshops and presentations across the US. 


Dr. Warren Puffer Jones

Warren Puffer Jones is the Music Director of TACTUS,
a professional chamber orchestra and vocal ensemble in Oklahoma City.
He just completed his tenth season as Music Director
of Arbor Opera Theater in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is the Director of the Kemp Concert Series and the Music Director
at the First Presbyterian Church of Oklahoma City.

With TACTUS, Jones has led groundbreaking performances that
re-envision the concert experience, pairing thousand-year-old music with
brand new compositions. For his performance of The Sound of Music with
Arbor Opera Theater he received the 2014 Wilde
Award for best Music Director in the state of Michigan. For his
performance of Carmen with Arbor Opera Theater, he was selected as 2nd
runner-up in the opera division of The American Prize in Conducting,
2012. Also in 2012 he was the winner of the 4x4 Prize,
a national competition for conducting new music.

A native of Oklahoma City, Jones holds degrees in music and
conducting from Yale University, Indiana University, and Bard College,
and he received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of