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Sandra Dudley



Sandra Dudley

Mrs. Sandra Dudley is Assistant Professor of Commercial Voice and Commercial Voice Liaison at Belmont University.  She teaches applied voice, vocal seminars and jazz vocal styles in the commercial music program and Graduate courses in Commercial Vocal Pedagogy.  She was the director of the Belmont jazz vocal group, “Jazzmin” from 1995-2008.  

Mrs. Dudley earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Fredonia State University and her Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with the late vocal master, Jan DeGaetani.  Prior to her teaching appointment at Belmont University in 1995, she taught voice and music at the University of Houston and St. Francis Xavier University in Canada.  She has performed throughout the United States and Canada in concert halls, jazz festivals and clubs for nearly 30 years.  

Dudley has recorded six nationally recognized jazz albums including:  " Last Night When We Were Young:  The Ballad Album" on the Classical Action Label, Jazziz Magazine’s " Vocals on Fire" compilation CD, "Close to You" on Bella Records, A tribute album to Cole Porter with the Jazz Orchestra of the Delta on the Summit Label, and a new album with the jazz vocal quartet, "3rd Coast Vocals".  She has been a session and jingle singer in Houston and Canada and is a clinician in choral and voice education. 

Many of Mrs. Dudley’s  voice students from Belmont have achieved success in all areas of the music industry.  Some of her past students include:  Vocalist, Melinda Doolittle, Third Place Finalist on American Idol; Josh Holiday (Wright), top 40 American Idol; Josiah Hawley, finalist on The Voice; Daniel Kirkley, christian artist on Centricity Records; Mark Williams, Winner, Minnesota American Idol; Julie Hevey,singer/songwriter published on Finest Music Publishing; Carly Nelson of “Anthem Avenue;” Jason Baird of “Austins Bridge;” and Tim Molyneux, Las Vegas entertainer,  show producer and director, to name a few.

Sandra has been the featured singer with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, The Tennessee Jazz Orchestra, The Jazz Orchestra of the Delta and the Nashville and Memphis Symphonies.  Her CD with The Jazz Orchestra of the Delta called Big Band Reflections of Cole Porter received critical acclaim on the Summit Record Label.  She presently maintains an active performance calendar, singing in various venues both locally and nationally. Sandra is a member of the jazz vocal quartet,"3rd Coast Vocals", which released their debut album in the fall of 2011. The group performs regularly locally and nationally. The group will begin recording a new album soon. Sandra has just released a new duo album with jazz pianist, Lori Mechem called "All Of My Life"-a song tribute the lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman. This 2014 release is on Cognito Records and has received rave reviews nationally. Sandra is currently writing her first book on commercial singing.

Visit Sandra's personal website at:  www.sandradudley.com  

Contact Information: (615) 460-8214 or sandra.dudley@belmont.edu.