With more than 20 years of experience, Meredith brings a distinct skillset to DaySpring. She has a passion for training current and aspiring musicians through technique, theory and performance, while enhancing their experience by tailoring the lessons to the student’s personal objectives. As a performer, Meredith has a rich history in a variety of genres including musical theater, classical and contemporary styles. She graduated from Lindenwood University in 2011, summa cum laude, where she received training in vocal & piano technique, performance, composition and conducting. She served as Associate Conductor for Lindenwood University's University Chorus, as well as performing with and composing several works for Lindenwood's premier vocal a capella group, Voices Only. She is currently the Director of Music for Next Generation Theatre Company in Maryland Heights, MO, as well as a worship leader at a local church. During private lessons, Meredith combines her background as a vocal performer, pianist and music director to provide her students with a truly unique learning experience that encompasses all sides of the music industry. Her students are equipped to understand how to audition and perform properly, but creatively, while working with the musicians around them to create an enjoyable experience. Her approach is challenging, but accessible and rewarding for a wide variety of ages, interest levels and student types.
Mica Tharp graduated with a Master of Arts in Arts Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Music Performance from Lindenwood University. She currently serves on the board of Next Generation Theatre Company and actively performs in the Saint Louis area. She’s been singing for most of her life and finds it the safest place to express herself and find comfort. She has taught private voice, beginner piano and acting lessons for well over five years. Mica believes in creating a safe, creative and individualized experience for each of her students.
Brazilian Soprano, singer and songwriter, Debora was introduced to music very early in life by her father, Raimundo Silva, also a musician, vocal arranger, guitar player and songwriter, member of Trio Jangadeiro. Debora can easily navigate through many vocal styles which makes her unique in the music scenery. Her early years were greatly influenced by Brazilian Popular Music, especially the Bossa Nova genre (a lyrical fusion between Jazz and Samba) represented by great names like Joao Gilberto and Tom Jobim, whose songs were often played at home by her father. At the age of 8, Debora started playing guitar and singing in family gatherings, but remained extremely shy through her teenage years until 17, when she joined a prayer group from Shalom Catholic Community in Fortaleza, her hometown, and started singing at church. Strong in her Christian faith she attributes to God her freedom of singing and the innermost motivations for her art. Being a member of Shalom and its Music Ministry musical group for many years, she recorded about 15 albums becoming one of the most acclaimed female Gospel voices in Brazil. Her first Solo album Estacao das Flores or Season of Flowers was released in 2005 during a Summer Festival called Halleluya Festival for a crowd of over 200,000 people who come annually from several states of Brazil and from all over the world to the touristic Fortaleza to attend the Festival. Her passion for Classical Music only came later in her life, at the age of 26, when she started her vocal studies with Baritone and pianist Vitor Philomeno who encouraged her to further her studies and pursue a solo career. Since then, Debora has participated and national and international vocal competitions, eventually being awarded a scholarship to pursue her Masters in Vocal Performance in the US where she has performed in concerts and operas. In the US, Debora has studied with Dr. Frieda Gebert from Campbellsville University, Dee Pavelka from Webster University and Dr. Emily Truckenbrod, chair of the Voice Department at Southern Illinois Unversity Edwardsville SIUE where she also received her Post Bacculaureate Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy. Debora is currently opening her private voice studio, while she keeps performing and preparing for a new solo album, first to be recorded in the US.
Ana Cecilia Villegas
Graduated MM in Music Education with emphasis in Suzuki pedagogy. She grew up in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Went to the National Conservatory of Music “Germán Alcántara” where she learned to play violin and was part of the students orchestra in first and second violins. She studied at Universidad del Valle de Guatemala and earned the degrees Highschool Music Teacher, Bachelor in Arts and a Bachelor in Music. She has been a music and English teacher for 10 years. She is a certified Suzuki teacher of books 1-8. She enjoys teaching as much as she enjoys music, she likes sports, animals and exploring new places.