Kathy Chiavola, a Nashville singer who has graced hundreds of recordings by the likes of Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Tammy Wynette, Kathy Mattea, Garth Brooks, Emmylou Harris, and Bill Monroe, has is joining the faculty of the Belmont University School of Music starting with the fall 2003 semester as an adjunct instructor of voice. She earned both her Master of Music in voice and Bachelor of Music in voice from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and has taught voice privately since 1976. has taught voice privately since 1976.
Chiavola brings a wealth of teaching knowledge to her students. She sings all styles of music from bluegrass to classical and is a highly acclaimed session singer and recording artist. Chiavola was voted 1995’s Outstanding Background Vocalist in the Nashville Music Awards.
Her numerous awards and nominations include 1997 contemporary Vocalist of the Year from the Society For the Preservation of Bluegrass Music; a 1997 nomination for International Artist of the Year on an Independent Label from the British Country Music Awards, nominations in 1998 and 1999 for contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year from the Society for the Preservation for Bluegrass Music.
Chiavola serves on the Board of Directors for the Nashville chapter of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Her debut album, Labor of Love, gathered critical acclaim from various prominent music critics, and her subsequent recordings, The Harvest and From Where I Stand, are likewise critically acclaimed.
For more on Kathy Chiavola, visit www.kathychiavola.com. You can listen to a National Public Radio interview with Chiavola here.