April Brookins Duvic has been a member of the music faculty at Clark College in Vancouver, WA since 1990. She teaches Applied Voice, Music Education and Appreciation classes and directs the Women’s Choral Ensemble, Concert Choir and Clark College Chorale and is a two-time recipient of the college’s Exceptional Faculty Award.
Ms. Duvic is a frequent adjudicator for both choral and solo vocal competitions and master classes in Idaho, Oregon and Washington and is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). She has received recognition as the teacher of two MTNA performance competition national winners, Maliea Yakymi, 2002-2003 and Josh McCall, 2000-2001. Ms. Duvic earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Whitman College and her masters of Science in Teaching from Portland State University.
Active in musical theatre at Clark College and in the Vancouver area, she has received awards for her musical direction of Evita, West Side Story, and Guys and Dolls. Ms. Duvic has been featured as a vocal soloist with the Clark College Orchestra, and was a member of the Leyden Singers, the Oregon Symphony’s Vocal Pops ensemble, and the Portland Opera Chorus. She performs regularly with her singing partner, Vanessa Jump Nelson in the duo, “Duelin’ Sopranos” (www.duelinsopranos.com), and together they have recorded two CDs. The first, “Duelin’ Sopranos – Christmas Joy” was selected as a top pick for 2003 by
ChristmasReviews.com, an online holiday recording review service. Their second CD, “Under Her Spell: The Viardot Effect” won 4th place in the Best Album of 2004 in the Opera/Classical Vocal category by “Just Plain Folks” an international Songwriting & Musician Networking Organization. (http://www.justplainfolks.org/).
Her teachers have included Gwen Leonard, Susan McBerry, Winnifred Ringhoffer, and Richard Miller in workshop settings. She thanks her husband, Greg, for his continued love, understanding, and support as she pursues her musical goals and dreams.