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Vocal Music

The vocal music program at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts provides comprehensive preparation in vocal music. Students participate in a variety of performance ensembles; receive weekly private lessons, and study music theory and literature. All students study piano, music technology and conducting. The students participate in numerous Master Classes and have the opportunity to perform both individually and in ensembles.

Program of Studies

Grade 9

  • Voice Class
  • Musicianship 1
  • Vocal Ensemble

Grade 10

  • Applied Voice 1
  • Musicianship 2
  • Diction for Singers
  • Vocal Ensemble

Grade 11

  • Applied Voice 2
  • Acting for Singers
  • Elective
  • Vocal Ensemble

Grade 12

  • Senior schedules are individualized based on interest and career goals
  • Applied Voice 3
  • Acting for Singers


  • Vocal Ensemble
  • Senior Portfolio
  • Electives:
  • AP Music Theory
  • Class Piano
  • Conducting
  • Creative Technology
  • Introduction to Music Education
  • Advanced Concepts
  • Music History


Melissa Mackley

Melissa J. Mackley is the Director of Choral Activities and Lead Teacher for the Vocal Department at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts.  Now in her 30th year of teaching, Mrs. Mackley holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Frostburg State University and a Master of Music, from the School of Music at Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY with concentrations in both voice and piano.   A student of Mr. James Pierce, Dr. Ronald Regal, Larry Doebler, and Janet Galvan, she sang as well as accompanied various collegiate and community choirs during her tenure.
Before coming to BISFA,  Mrs. Mackley held choral directing positions in Frederick County, MD and Bethlehem, PA where her choirs received superior ratings at the county and state levels.  Her choirs have performed for several governors and were selected to perform  at  Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City.
Now in her tenth year at BISFA, Mrs. Mackley coordinates the  Vocal Music Department  of fifty vocal students, two full time teachers and three adjunct professors.  She oversees four choral groups at three curricular  levels with more than 80 students participating.    Currently, Mrs. Mackley  conducts BISFA’s select  choirs, Chamber Singers and Cantala Women’s Choir, leading them to superior ratings at the most recent WCPS Choral Festival.  Her choirs recently collaborated with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra in their Home for the Holidays Concert, performing John Rutter’s Gloria with them in December of 2017.   In 2014, Cantala was selected as a performance ensemble for the ACDA Eastern Division Conference and the MENC Eastern Division Convention in Baltimore.
In addition, Mrs. Mackley serves as Chair of the Piano Division at BISFA and is Music Director for the school’s Spring Musicals.  She has a studio of private piano students,   prepares students as collaborative pianists,   and coordinates staff accompanists for all BISFA Vocal and Instrumental recitals. Her piano students regularly receive superior ratings at festivals and are sought after accompanists in the area.
Active as a choral conductor and collaborative pianist in the area, Mrs. Mackley   has vast experience in solo performance and collaborative works, including classical, opera, musical theater, jazz and pop styles.   She regularly collaborates with  members of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and is held in high regard as an accompanist and collaborative musician by both vocalists and instrumentalists in the community.

Jessica Reynolds

A native of Pennsylvania, Jessica Elizabeth Reynolds, soprano, graduated from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, where she received a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy with distinction, and holds both a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Under the guidance of Dr. Christopher Arneson, Dr. Kathy Kessler-Price, and Ms. Margaret Cusack, Mrs. Reynolds received world-class instruction during her graduate studies in the verse of Vocal Pedagogy and has been putting it into practice in her own teaching in both the private voice studio and classroom. While at Westminster, she participated in the Symphonic Choir with whom she sang Mahler’s The Resurrection Symphony at Carnegie Hall with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem at Verizon Hall with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra, and in Andrea Bocelli’s “Concert Under the Stars” in Central Park with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic. As a member of the Westminster Williamson Voices, under the direction of Dr. James Jordan, she sang in the American premiere of Paul Mealor’s choral masterwork Crucifixus. A student of internationally acclaimed soprano, Ms. Nova Thomas, Mrs. Reynolds has studied as a young artist at the Le Chiavi di Bel Canto program in Houston, Texas, and she sang and studied as a member of the choral ensemble-in-residence for the inaugural Westminster Choral Institute at Oxford University. Furthermore, Mrs. Reynolds sang the role of Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Crescendo Summer Institute in Sárospatak, Hungary. As a vocal pedagogue, she has presented her Master’s Vocal Pedagogy Research on Separate Register Development in the Female Voice at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Conference in Boston, MA, during the summer of 2014. Most recently, Mrs. Reynolds served as the Middle School and High School Choir Director with the Windber Area School District in Windber, Pennsylvania, and as Adjunct Professor at the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College. Prior to the birth of her son, she also taught private piano and voice lessons through the Greater Johnstown School of Music.

Katie Fitzsimmons

Vocal Music Adjunct Teacher

Info coming soon

Francesca Aguado  

Vocal Music Adjunct Teacher

American mezzo-soprano Francesca Aguado has been praised for her solid mezzo sound and excellent support (Opera Britannia) and for her voice’s confident precision and articulation (The Washington Post). DCMetroTheatreArts said “Francesca Aguado truly commanded the center of attention in her scenes…” Miss Aguado joined the Maryland Symphony Orchestra for the 2015/2016 season to bring life to the title role in Bizet’s Carmen (contributing to the Symphony’s most successful production in its history). This season she will make her debut with Miami Lyric Opera in their production of Cavalleria Rustica (Santuzza).

Past credits include: Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia); Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Carmen (Carmen); Ariodante (Ariodante); Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors); Ma Joad (suite version of The Grapes of Wrath, accompanied by composer Ricky Ian Gordon); Dorabella (Così fan tutte); Dinah (Trouble in Tahiti); Maurya (Riders to the Sea); Sesto (Giulio Cesare); Marthe (Faust); the Duchess (The Gondoliers); and Captain Frands von Frauenliebe (The Beautiful Bridegroom, presented at the 2009 National Opera Association Conference). Ms. Aguado also originated the role of Veronica in Fallen Angels, which was presented at the 2012 D.C. Fringe Festival. Equally at home on the non-operatic stage, she has also explored the role of Titania in Shakespeare’s A midsummer night’s dream (Maryland Entertainment Group- 2014).

Ms. Aguado holds a Master’s degree in vocal performance from Towson University and a Bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Maryland. In addition to an active performance schedule, she maintains voice studios with Mount Saint Mary’s University, Hagerstown Community College and the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts.

Nick G. IntVeldt

Music Adjunct Teacher/Accompanist

Nick has enjoyed a long and varied musical career as accompanist, director, arranger, composer, and collaborator. After joining The Frederick Chorale in 1990 as a baritone, he served as the ensemble’s accompanist from 2003 through 2014.  He was simultaneously the Chorale’s assistant director for a number of years. Nick also served the congregation of Evangelical Lutheran Church of Frederick, Maryland, for over thirty years as accompanist and/or director of various musical ensembles, eventually becoming assistant director of music ministry. He is a past director and accompanist of the chorus at Buckingham’s Choice retirement community in Buckeystown, Maryland, and a past accompanist and pianist at Bethel United Methodist Church of Chewsville, Maryland.  Nick currently serves the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick as pianist and choral accompanist, as well as the Encore Chorale of Frederick, a community chorus for older adults, as accompanist.  In addition to maintaining a piano studio of about 25 students of all ages and all levels from beginner to advanced, Nick is an adjunct teacher at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in Hagerstown, Maryland. Nick holds a B.S. degree in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, and a Certificate in Piano Pedagogy from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland.