Prof. Kathy McNeil
Associate Professor of Voice
School of Music
One Bear Place #97408
Waco TX 76798-7408
KATHY MCNEIL, coloratura soprano, joins the Baylor University voice faculty this year. A versatile performer, Professor McNeil has appeared as soloist in oratorio, recital and opera performances in Germany, Austria, Saudi Arabia, the Czech Republic, Honduras and throughout the United States. Her operatic credits include the roles of Marie in La Fille du R’giment, Violetta in La Traviata, the First Lady in Die Zauberfl’te, and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus. Ms. McNeil has twice been selected the winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Texoma region Young Artist Competition, won first place in the Mobil-Austria Meistersinger competition in Graz, Austria, won third place in the San Antonio Opera Guild Competition, was a winner of the Aspen Summer Music Festival vocal competition, and was a finalist in the WGN vocal competition and the Merola Opera auditions.Most recently, Professor McNeil appeared in Handel’s Messiah with the Lubbock Symphony and in Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Orquesta Filarmonica de Honduras for a series of concerts in the Honduran cities of Tegucigalpa, Copan and Siguatepeque.
After receiving a Master of Music degree in vocal performance at West Texas State University (A & M), Professor McNeil joined the music faculty at Hardin-Simmons University. In May 1998, she was awarded the highest honor a faculty member may receive at HSU when she was nominated and elected Cullen Professor for outstanding teaching. She has served on the music faculty at Arizona State University and just completed fifteen years at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX.
Many of her students have been first place winners at the National Association of Teachers of Singing student auditions and competitions in the US and Austria. Others are actively performing in opera houses in Germany, Japan, Austria, England and the US.As an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Professor McNeil has held the offices of President, Vice-President, and Executive Board member for the NATS Panhandle Chapter and as the West Texas District Governor since 2010.