'At Belmont, I have the exciting opportunity to work with talented and motivated students who love music and have a desire to be the best they can be. I find that they progress quickly.'
Ms. Kathy Chiavola is an adjunct commercial voice instructor at the Belmont University School of Music.
Ms. Chiavola earned both her Master of Music in Voice and Bachelor of Music in voice from the Oberlin Convervatory of Music. Having taught privately since 1976, Ms. 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. Kathy was voted 1995's Outstanding Background Vocalist in the Nashville Music Awards and has sung on hundreds of recordings with Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Tammy Wynette, Kathy Mattea, Garth Brooks, Emmylou Harris, and Bill Monroe. She was also the television voice of State Farm Insurance and Country Time Lemonade for several years. Her numerous awards and nominations include 1997 Vocalist of the Year, contemporary (Society For the Preservation of Bluegrass Music), 1997 nomination for International Artist of the Year on an Independent Label (British Country Music Awards), 1998 and 1999 nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year, contemporary (Society for the Preservation fo Bluegrass Music). Her debut album, Labor of Love, has gathered critical acclaim from various prominent music critics, including Robert K. Oermann. Her subsequent recordings, The Harvest and From Where I Stand, and her 2007 release of SOMEHOW are critically acclaimed.
Ms. Chiavola serves on the Board of Directors for the American Federation of Television
and Radio Artists (Nashville Chapter) and endorses D'Addario strings. She regularly appears as a featured artist with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra and tours internationally with her band.