Rachel Potter grew up in the Falmouth area and graduated from Northern Michigan Christian School. After high school, she moved to Jackson, MS, to attend Belhaven University and study under Dr. Stephen Sachs. While at Belhaven, her experience included accompanying soloists, ensembles, choir, and musical theatre, as well as presenting solo works, including Debussy’s Image I and Ravel’s Noble and Sentimental Waltzes. She graduated in 2009 with a degree in Accompanying and Pedagogy.
Currently, she maintains an active piano studio in Cadillac, accompanies students from area schools, and serves as Choir Director of First Presbyterian Church. She studies with Dr. Dorothy Vogel in Traverse City.
In her spare time, Rachel enjoys being outdoors–hiking, camping, running, biking, and snowshoeing. She also enjoys dabbling in the kitchen, reading, and traveling. Rachel would like to thank her mom for signing her up for piano lessons against her will and for being a constant source of encouragement since then. She would also like to thank her husband, Bob, for his support and for graciously listening to hours of practicing.
Kathleen M. Kellogg, mezzo-soprano, is currently completing the Doctor of Arts degree at Ball State University with a primary emphasis in Vocal Performance (secondary emphases: Music Education and Music History). Kellogg received her Master of Arts degree in Music from Ball State University as well and she studies voice with Dr. Mei Zhong. She received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music and Elementary Education from Alma College in Alma, MI where she studied with Ms. Victoria Walker and Dr. Will Nichols. Before attending Ball State University, Kellogg taught elementary music in her hometown of Cadillac, MI. She currently resides in Cadillac where she teaches voice and is working toward completing her dissertation.
As a performer, Kellogg is primarily active as a recitalist and concert soloist and has been featured in voice, piano, and composition recitals as well as choral concerts in the Midwest, on the East Coast, and in Europe. She has performed leading roles with Ball State Opera Theatre and Alma College and she has appeared with the Ball State Symphony Orchestra and Alma Symphony Orchestra. Besides teaching private voice, Kellogg has provided instruction in many other areas of music. During her time at BSU, she served as adjunct instructor of Music Appreciation and Music Education. As a graduate assistant, she also taught Aural Skills and Class Voice, advised student teachers in Music Education, worked in an administrative capacity with the Choral Department, and co-directed the world premiere of the opera 53rd Street.
In addition to performing and teaching, Kellogg enjoys the scholarly aspect of music and has presented research and lecture recitals at numerous conferences. She and her teacher Dr. Mei Zhong participated in the National Convention of the National Association of Teachers of Singing in Salt Lake City, the International Conference on the Physiology and Acoustics of Singing in San Antonio, and the Diversity Research Symposium at BSU. Some of Kellogg’s other conference presentations include the Feminist Theory and Music Conference at the University of North Carolina Greensboro and the Festival of International Women Composers at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the National Association for Music Education, the College Music Society, and the Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honorary.