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BRAC Executive Director Jim Barber (center), welcomes Roger and Karen Bergford to the Historic Owen Theatre in Branson.

The Branson Regional Arts Council is proud to announce that Roger and Karen Bergford have begun accepting new vocal students as part of BRAC’s Conservatory of the Arts program at the Historic Owen Theatre. Offering both private and group vocal lessons, the Bergfords provide an impressive history of professional training and performance experience to new and advanced vocal students in the Branson area.

BRAC Vocal Teachers Roger & Karen Bergford

The Bergfords are now scheduling voice lessons for students of all ages in various styles from classical to musical theater, pop, jazz, gospel, and country. Classes are available in 30 or 60 minutes sessions, and are typically private, or as a group of 3 students together. Interested parents or students should contact the Branson Regional Arts Council at 417-336-4255 or info@bransonarts.org for more information of class scheduling and tuition rates.

Roger and Karen have over 30 years experience teaching both private and group vocal lessons. Roger earned his Bachelor of Music Education – Vocal Specialist from the University of Missouri in Kansas City, as well as graduate work in Vocal Performance from the University of Colorado – Boulder.  Karen graduated with high honors from the University of Colorado – Boulder to earn her Bachelor of Music Education. Together they co-authored an industry book titled, “Sound & Language, the Defining Elements of the Complete Singer” in 2007.

After retiring as public school music educators in Colorado, the Bergfords moved to Branson in 2008 and began teaching 26 frontline singers in the Hughes Brothers it show, which won the Branson Show Award for “Best Show of the Year” (2009-2012).  In addition to working with the Hughes family, the Bergfords have also taught singers from The Haygoods and Jim Stafford Show casts, a backup singer with Andy Williams, and Voices of Glory, the top 5 finalists of America’s Got Talent (2009) who worked with the Michael Jackson/Boyz II Men manager, Qadree El-Amin. In 2017, the Voices of Glory were named “Vocal Group of the Year,” receiving both the prestigious Terry Award and the Branson Show Award.  Eighteen-year-old Nadia was  named “Female Vocalist of the Year.” The Bergfords were even invited to host a master class on a Bahamas cruise alongside Michael Jackson’s voice teacher in 2012.

The Arts Council is excited to have the Bergfords join the BRAC Education faculty, and they are now accepting private vocal students from the Branson Tri-Lakes area who wish to train under their professional direction.

Faculty members of the BRAC Conservatory of the Arts include:

  • Lloyd Alexander Holt – Director of Vocal Studies
  • Kristen Dasto – Director of Dance Education
  • Jacob Estes – Director of Theatre Education
  • Roger & Karen Bergford – Vocal Instructors

All private and group classes are pre-scheduled and held at the Historic Owen Theatre in downtown Branson.

Students of any age who are interested in information regarding lessons in voice, dance or acting, are asked to contact the Branson Regional Arts Council at 417-336-4255 or info@bransonarts.org.

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The Branson Regional Arts Council is excited to welcome Perry Davis Harper as our newest vocal instructor to offer private vocal training through the BRAC Conservatory of the Arts program.

Perry Davis Harper is a Paragould, AR, native who is currently performing in his fourth season at Sight and Sound Theatre in Branson. Before coming to Sight and Sound, Mr. Harper traveled the United States singing both Operatic and Musical Theatre repertoire. Some of his favorite roles include Don José from Carmen, Eisenstein from Die Fledermaus and Jean Valjean from Les Misérables.

Perry received his Masters Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Alabama and received his BA in Music with a Minor in Psychology from Arkansas State University.

The Arts Council is excited to have Perry join the BRAC Education faculty, and he is now accepting private vocal students from the Branson Tri-Lakes area who wish to train under his professional direction.

Faculty members of the BRAC Conservatory of the Arts include:

  • Lloyd Alexander Holt – Education Director & Vocal Studies
  • Kristen Dasto – Director of Dance Education
  • Jacob Estes – Director of Theatre Education
  • Perry Davis Harper – Vocal Instructor

All private and group classes are pre-scheduled and held at the Historic Owen Theatre in downtown Branson.

Students of any age who are interested in information regarding lessons in voice, dance or acting, are asked to contact the Arts Council at info@bransonarts.org.

The Branson Regional Arts Council is pleased to announce that Lloyd Alexander-Holt has accepted the position of Director of Vocal Studies for a new BRAC Music and Performing Arts Conservatory program, now in development.

Lloyd directed and performed in the recent BRAC production of Annie (playing Oliver Warbucks), and is currently directing the musical Anything Goes. He joined the Educational Faculty of the Branson Regional Arts Council in 2018 and is the official Director of Vocal Studies. He teaches applied private voice for musical theatre and vocal performance students. Additionally, he serves as the Arts Council’s Vocal Pedagogy Professional, and as the Voice Department Director for the educational performance Youth Troupe Theatre programs.

As a Master Vocal Pedagogue, diagnostician, and voice rehabilitator, Lloyd is dedicated to teaching voice by providing a solid, sustainable technique that allows flexibility and the ability to sing throughout any genre. As a result, his students have been accepted into some of the most prestigious collegiate Voice and Musical Theatre programs in the United States. Recent students have gone on to study professionally at Oberlin, Stanford, The Manhattan School of Music, Texas State University, Oklahoma City University, and The Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

Lloyd has completed Graduate Studies in Vocal Pedagogy and Music Theatre Performance, and has studied with world renowned Metropolitan Opera Tenor, Raymond Gibbs. In addition to being one of the Midwest’s most sought after voice teachers, he is also in demand as a clinician, adjudicator, and lecturer. He teaches Masterclasses in vocal health, Music Theatre Audition Technique, and voice repertoire throughout the United States.

He is a former faculty member of Tulsa Project Theatre, Springfield Little Theatre, and has maintained a private voice studio in Branson and Springfield for 10 years.