Dr. Samantha Balboa
Dr. Samantha Balboa is an Austin, TX based performer and voice teacher. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance and Voice Science/Pedagogy at the University of North Texas (Denton, TX), her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance at Oakland University (Detroit, MI), and her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Vocal Performance at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
The mission and philosophy of Dr. Balboa's teaching is to first and foremost provide for the student and teacher a healthy and safe environment for vocal discovery and growth. There are many facets to the rich discipline of vocal production. Singing requires our minds and bodies to integrate our musical goals with our physical and mental well-being, all while never neglecting our imaginative abilities as well. In her teaching, Dr. Balboa chooses to delve deeply into all these areas as she searches to find what is healthy and true to that individual’s voice and ability.
Dr. Balboa aims to educate not only in the classroom, but in the concert hall as well. She loves sharing music that is thoughtfully crafted to reach the shared humanity of all people. Although billed as a fuller-voiced soprano, she has performance experience singing mezzo-soprano repertoire as well. Some performance credits include the roles of Desirée Armfeldt (A Little Night Music), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro), Erste and Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte), and Ottavia (L’incoronazione di Poppea). She is an active chamber music performer and often presents recitals of works written for voice, viola, and piano, alongside her husband. Recently, the two were selected to present a program of lesser known works for this instrumentation at the 2021 American Viola Society Festival. Dr. Balboa has won several awards and competitions in singing, including the UNT Concerto Competition, the David Daniels Concerto Competition, and the Matilda Dodge Wilson Award for vocal excellence (Detroit, MI).
Dr. Balboa is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and The Voice Foundation.
Dissertation - DISTANCE LEARNING IN SINGING EDUCATION:
An Overview of Historical and Modern Approaches and Future Trends (2019)