Debby Boland Watt, Master Teacher, Beginning to Advanced Voice, Adaptive Voice
A strong vocalist, improvisational performance artist and master teacher, her unique musical vision embraces classical, folk & spiritual, pop, jazz & free improvisation, a cappella circle singing, spoken word & poetics. Ms. Watt has performed with Bobby McFerrin, Rhiannon, The Boston Pops, Tacoma Symphony Choir and Julian Priester to name a few. Under the tutelage of Meredith Monk’s Ensemble, Pauline Oliveros, Greta Matassa, Jay Clayton, Dee Daniels, Madeline Eastman, Nancy King, Rebecca Paris and Kurt Elling, her intuitive jazz and improvisational skills have flourished, making her an engaging musical treat for any audience. Debby’s journey began in Chicago, eventually settling in Washington State where she started her classical vocal training at Western Washington State University. After several years she moved to California joining music groups that toured across the lower 48 and Alaska, Canada and Western Europe. For the next 30 years, she’s worked as a vocal performer, choral director, studio musician and teacher. In 2010 Debby earned her Master of Fine Arts – Interdisciplinary Arts Degree from Goddard College studying Performance Art, Improvisation and Compositional Studies after having graduated Cum Laude in ’07 from Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts in Vocal Jazz. Currently, she teaches creative approaches to Voice & Art at area schools in addition to her Tacoma studio. You may have enjoyed Ms. Watt at: Tulas, Egans, Faire Gallery, Jack Straw Studio, Good Shepherd Center, The Upstage, Fremont Abby, Soundbridge @ Benaroya Hall, SeaMonster, Sax on 6th, Maxwell’s, Solstice Cafe, Capital Hill Arts Center, Hugo House, Lucid Jazz Lounge. Visit: www.debbywatt.com for more information. Debby teaches at the Musical Mind Studio Location, 3621 81st Ave., S.E., Mercer Island, WA 98040.