Kaya Giroux (she/her), is a lyric soprano currently pursuing her Master of Music in Vocal Performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She is a 2022 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance under the tutelage of world renowned soprano, Maria Spacagna. In between working on these degrees, Kaya worked as a voice teacher at Sunburst School of Music in Pittsburgh, PA. During this time she discovered her passion for helping others to find their own voices and cultivate a love of music.
Kaya loves teaching students of all ages. While at Sunburst, she taught students ages five and up, with the bulk of her students being young children and teenagers. She also has experience teaching adults of every age. Kaya strives to help her students explore all of the capabilities of their voices while fostering a fun and creative environment. She believes that vocal training should be a time of healthy exploration, expression, and openness. Having experience singing everything from pop to jazz to opera, she infuses elements of both classical and modern techniques to help her students achieve their desired sound.
As a performer, Kaya has performed frequently on the operatic stage. She was a 2022 Fleischner Young Artist with Pittsburgh Festival Opera, performing scenes as Marguerite in Faust and Frasquita in Carmen as well as arias from Manon and La Rondine. While at Carnegie Mellon, Kaya performed Sandrina in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera, La bergére, Une Pastorelle, La Chouette, and Le chauve-souris in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges, Béatrice in Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict, Rusalka in The Pastiche Project, and Martha in the premier of On Our Street with Compōs-it Opera Festival.
Most recently, Kaya was selected as a 2023 recipient of the Paul J. Baum Fund Scholarship from the Pittsburgh Foundation. She is also the First Place Winner of the 2022 Hal Leonard Vocal Competition. In 2021, Kaya won Top Prize in the first ever Schmidt Undergraduate Competition. She is the recipient of scholarships from San Francisco Conservatory, Carnegie Mellon University, Sigma Alpha Iota, and Distinguished Young Women. She is also a grant recipient from the Frank-Ratchye Fund for Art at the Frontier through The STUDIO for Creative Inquiry.