Barbara Ann Peters, Governor
Barbara Ann Peters is currently Adjunct Faculty at High Point University and Visiting Faculty at UNC School of the Arts in The Drama School. She holds the MM in Vocal Performance from UNC-Greensboro, a License de Concert Chant from L’École Normale de Musique, Paris, France and the BM in Applied Voice from The Boston Conservatory. Peters was Adjunct Faculty at Elon University from 2008-2012, and Lecturer/Voice Faculty at UNC-Greensboro from 2002 until 2008. She served on the voice faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill from 1999 until 2007, where she was Patroness of Sigma Alpha Iota’s UNC Iota Tau Chapter. A founding voice faculty member and Artist-in-Residence at Berkshire Choral International from 1982-2007, Peters was Executive Director of Greensboro Opera from 2009-2011. She is a member of the prestigious Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, and is an active Certified Voice Therapist, McClosky Institute of Voice, for which she leads workshops and seminars. Her performing career spans both this country and Europe in the opera, operetta, recital and oratorio repertoires. A certified Hatha Yoga instructor and in demand as Clinician, Peters has presented Master Classes nationwide with a special fondness for the French mélodie repertoire.
Alissa Deeter, Treasurer
Alissa Deeter, soprano, is currently the Coordinator of Applied Voice and the Graduate Coordinator of Vocal Pedagogy at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she joined the faculty in fall 2010. From 2000-2010 she served on the voice faculty at San Francisco State University as an Associate Professor of Voice. She holds the Doctor of Music degree in voice performance from Florida State University, a Master of Music degree in opera from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance with a minor in theatre from Central Michigan University.
A nationally recognized performer with firm footing in both classical and musical theatre circles, she is an active recitalist with a penchant for French mélodie as well as the treasured compositions of Gershwin, Porter, Berlin, and Weill. She was a founding member and co-director of The Miscreants Cabaret, a fringe theatre troupe in San Francisco that wrote, produced, and performed original works. Dr. Deeter is the co-author of The Mélodies of Francis Poulenc: A Study Guide (Scarecrow Press, 2014) and has several articles published in the Journal of Singing. She recently presented the lecture recital “The Gender Gap in Francis Poulenc’s Mélodies” at the College Music Society’s International Conference in Stockholm and Helsinki.
Dr. Deeter became certified in massage therapy while attending Florida State University during her doctoral studies at Florida State and is a leader in a “form follows function” approach to singing. She is a regular presenter and conferences and academic institutions nationwide and promotes musician kinesthetic awareness and self-care. Her students have been heard at AIMS in Graz, SongFest, The Jimmy Awards, Tri Cities Opera, Opera Carolina, San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony Chorus, San Jose Opera, San Diego Opera, Windy City Opera, Waffle Opera, Ray of Light Theater, Broadway by the Bay, and off- and on-Broadway.