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Wendy is a professional vocalist and recording artist who has been delivering smart and arresting performances to the mountains of Western NC and in the process has become one of the most popular artists in the region. She consistently receives accolades for her energetic and distinctive jazz performances.

Wendy has appeared on stages from Chicago to Tokyo and performed with artists such as NEA Jazz Master Jamey Aebersold, legendary jazz guitarist Howard Alden, Crystal Gale, and has sung backup for Deltron 3030.  

 In addition to singing with her quartet and her newly formed ensemble RetroCurrent, Wendy is also the featured vocalist with the vintage dance band 42nd Street Jazz band, the Asheville Jazz Orchestra, and the Page Brothers Gypsy Jazz Quartet.

 

 

 

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Performing with NEA Jazz Master Jamey Aebersold

 

 

 

Performing with the Asheville Jazz Orchestra
 

 

 

 

 

 

  

BACKGROUND

Wendy received a B.M. and an M.M. in vocal Performance from Appalachian State University and then joined the voice faculty there where she taught for 8 years before embarking on a full time, professional singing/acting career. Having sung with Opera Carolina, Appalachian Opera Theatre, and the Brevard Music Center Opera, her favorite roles include Adina in L'Elisir d'Amore, Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief, and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte. An accomplished Equity actor as well as singer, Wendy has appeared in leading roles on stage of many prominent professional theatres throughout the U.S. including Florida Repertory Theatre, Flat Rock Playhouse, Little Theatre on the Square (IL), Temple Theatre, and Blowing Rock Stage Company.  She received glowing reviews for her portrayals Miss Sandra in All Shook Up, Brenda in Smokey Joe's Cafe, and Rosemary Clooney in A Dash of Rosemary.

Wendy has also appeared as a soloist with the The Symphony of the Mountains, the Western Piedmont Symphony, the Asheville Choral Society, and the Carolina Concert Choir in works such as Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pocem, John Corgliano's Fern Hill, Bach's Magnificat, and Mozart's Great Mass in C Minor

She was one of nine singers chosen after extensive auditions in North AMerica, Europe, and Australian to appear at Tokyo Dieny in the Broadway review Encore!

From 1991-2008 she was a frequent headliner and lead production singer/dancer on cruise ships and it was during this time that she wrote Everything is Rosie (a one woman show celebrating the life of Rosemary Clooney) and Ladies and Gentlemen (a cabaret show celebrating the pioneers of traditional pop music such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennet, Peggy Lee, and Ella Fitzgerald). Each of the shows premiered in south Florida at the Winter Park Playhouse in 2009 and 2010 respectively.

Wendy is currently the General Manager of Studio 52 (formerly known as YouTheatre) at Flat Rock Playhouse. In 2016, the began the very first youth vocal jazz ensemble in the area called Vagabond Voices. She feels blessed to have, not only the opportunity to sing professionally, but to also take part in educating area student in grades K-12 in theatre and musical arts. Her gratitude is deep for the chance to sing professionally as well as teach the next generation of performers.

Wendy is a proud member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Actors' Equity Association, The National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Jazz Education Network, Sigma Alpha Iota, Pi Kappa Llambda, and Alpha Psi Omega.

  

 

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(Wendy) "possesses a rich voice and that ineffable quality that allows certain performers to glow from within. She dazzled every time she was onstage." - Nancy Stetson,Naples Daily News - Naples, Florida

 

"Wendy is always pushing herself to expand her repertoire into more difficult material.  She's not afraid of a challenging piece of music and her pitch and vocal control are so precise, she's able to tackle difficult material and nail it." Bassist Zack Page - Rapid River Arts and Culture Magazine

 

“The singer’s distinctive and sometimes-haunting voice proves to be very effective no matter what the mood of the piece. She gives sensitivity to each selection that she interprets and displays a complete understanding of the lyrics while swinging at every tempo.”

- Scott Yanow, Jazz Journalist and Music Critic (Los Angeles, CA) 

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  • September 29, 2016
    Private Function
     
  • October 7, 2016
    White Horse Black Mountain ,  Black Mountain, NC
     
  • October 9, 2016
    Meadowbrook Inn ,  Blowing Rock, NC
     

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