DEBBY BOLAND WATT
an improvisational vocalist, arts educator & composer earned her Master of Fine Arts from Goddard College and as a Jazz Vocalist has
a Bachelors Degree from Seattle's Cornish College of the Arts.
Born in Chicago, she now calls the Pacific Northwest her home. Debby has studied with the famed Bobby McFerrin and is Seattle's best-known facilitator of an Improvisational A Cappella form referred to as Circle Singing. Dusty Strings Music School supports one of her four NW Studios where she teaches Creative Vocal Techniques.
DEBBY BOLAND WATT, Singing, Choral, Audition Prep & Improvisation
Ages: 6 years to Adult, Beginning to Advanced
Debby's specializes in teaching Vocal techniques that support: Classical, Jazz/Improvisation, Pop, Folk, Spiritual/Blues, Spoken Work & Experimental genres. Debby is uniquely equipped to teach the a cappella form called Circle Singing.
Debby Boland Watt is a strong vocalist, improvisational performance artist and master teacher. As a current Seattle area performer recently featured in the Seattle Times, Ms. Watt's Voice Studio is secure, as she has quickly become the area's best-known facilitator for Improvisational Voice & Circle Singing.
"The resonance of the different voices coming together buoyed moods, soothed anxieties and turned a group of strangers into a spontaneous community" -The Seattle Times
Debby has studied with Bobby McFerrin, Pauline Oliveros, Meredith Monk's Ensemble, Kurt Elling and other renown musicians as well as having toured the US/Alaska, Canada and Western Europe as a soloist, choral director, studio musician and/or instructor.
"Debby may quite possibly be the female Bobby McFerrin of Seattle! Her singing is reminiscent of Jay Clayton, Bobby McFerrin and other true pioneers of vocal improvisation and singing. Debby is a full meal deal vocalist and unafraid to explore her instrument...in Jazz and beyond."
-Josh Rawlings of The Teaching, Seattle, WA
Debby has a Masters of Fine Arts in Improvisation from Goddard College and a Bachelor in Music from Seattle's Cornish College of the Arts in Vocal Jazz. Ms. Watt enjoys connecting her students creatively to their vocal dreams and goals. Always full of laughter and insight, your lesson with Deb will be the best choice you've ever made for your voice.
DEBBY BOLAND WATT, Master Teacher, Beginning to Advanced Voice
A strong vocalist, improvisational performance artist and master teacher, her unique musical vision embraces classical, folk & spiritual, pop, jazz & free improvisation, a cappella circle singing, spoken word & poetics.
Ms. Watt has performed with Bobby McFerrin, Rhiannon, The Boston Pops, Tacoma Symphony Choir and Julian Priester to name a few. Under the tutelage of Meredith Monk's Ensemble, Pauline Oliveros, Greta Matassa, Jay Clayton, Dee Daniels, Madeline Eastman, Nancy King, Rebecca Paris and Kurt Elling, her intuitive jazz and improvisational skills have flourished, making her an engaging musical treat for any audience.
Debby's journey began in Chicago, eventually settling in Washington State where she started her classical vocal training at Western Washington State University. After several years she moved to California joining music groups that toured across the lower 48 and Alaska, Canada and Western Europe. For the next 30 years, she's worked as a vocal performer, choral director, studio musician and teacher.
In 2010 Debby earned her Master of Fine Arts - Interdisciplinary Arts Degree from Goddard College studying Performance Art, Improvisation and Compositional Studies after having graduated Cum Laude in ’07 from Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts in Vocal Jazz. Currently, she teaches creative approaches to Voice at area schools such at UW's Experimental College, Dusty Strings Music School and Annie Wright School. As well, Debby's Mercer Island and Tacoma studios continue to thrive.
You may have enjoyed Ms. Watt at: Tulas, Egans, Faire Gallery, Jack Straw Studio, Good Shepherd Center, The Upstage, Fremont Abby, Soundbridge. Benaroya Hall, Ballard Homestead, SeaMonster, Sax on 6th, Maxwell's, Solstice Cafe, Capital Hill Arts Center, Giraffe, Hugo House or Lucid Jazz Lounge.