About Paula Baack

Paula Baack is an accomplished vocal coach, author, and former choral director. She is passionate about teaching, performing, and writing. Paula enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, traveling with her husband, Tom, of 40 years, and enjoying all the nature Colorful Colorado has to offer. You can follow her on Facebook or Twitter. In 2019, Paula recounted her decades of teaching in “Rescue the Teacher, Save the Child” available on Amazon!

Paula Baack

Studio Director & Voice Coach

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Professional Accomplishments

  • For the past four decades, Paula Baack coached children through adult singers in addition to directing youth, collegiate and adult choral ensembles (public schools, universities, community college and church)
  • Ms. Baack has received regional and national recognition for her work in vocal studies
  • She is the former director of the Air Academy High School choir program: eight choirs; recognized by CHSAA as one of the top choral programs; A Cappella choir won 2017 quarterfinals of the International Championship of High School A Cappella
  • Recognized by the Colorado Springs Chorale Society for being the 2017 Outstanding Director in Choral Education
  • Received the 2014 Boettcher Outstanding Colorado Teacher Award
  • Received recognition in 2015 for her work with Down Syndrome children

Personal Performance Accomplishments

  • Performed as singer/soloist in a gospel choir for a preview of DreamWorks “Joseph, King of Dreams”
  • Master Teacher with Sedona Jazz on the Rocks, where she was a featured artist with her vocal jazz group
  • Directed and/or performed leading/supporting operatic and musical theatre roles in over 40 productions
  • Ms. Baack has been awarded nominations and awards as an outstanding actress in musical theatre productions in both Nebraska and Arizona
  • Ms. Baack has been invited to present her paper “Assessing the Singer, Making the Choir Accountable” to the Third International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education to be held in Bremen, Germany
  • BSE: double major in music education and vocal performance; MM: double major in music education and vocal performance
  • Previous choral ensemble auditioned and invited to perform at the national MENC (Music Educators National Conference) convention
  • Who’s Who of American Teachers (2000 & 2004)
  • Who’s Who in Education 2007
  • Served as adjudicator/clinician in Colorado school districts 11, 20 and 38
  • In July of 2006, Ms. Baack founded the Peak Performance Voice Studio in Monument, Colorado
  • From September, 2006 through August, 2019, there have been 200  singers who have studied with Ms. Baack
 

Vocal Performance Accomplishments

  • Master Teacher for Sedona Jazz on the Rocks
  • Ensemble in jazz musical revue of Harold Arlen (“Sweet and Hot”) Desert Foothills Theatre (March/April 2003) AriZONI Nominated
  • Guest soloist with the Scottsdale Symphony (Handel’s Messiah) (December 2002)
  • Ensemble revue (“Those Dames”) Corporate Show (2002)
  • Vocal jazz quartet (“All Night Strut”) Stagebrush Theatre (May, 2002) AriZONI Nominated 
  • Guest soloist with the Scottsdale Concert Band (2000-2001; 2005)Guest soloist with the Arizona Big Band (2001)
  • Gospel choir/soloist for DreamWorks premier of “JOSEPH, KING OF DREAMERS”
  • National Anthem Singer (Phoenix Coyotes, 1999-2001)
  • Sister Mary Wilhelm (“Sister Amnesia’s Country Jamboree”)  Phoenix Theatre, (1999)
  • Several roles (“Broadway By the Decade”)  Fountain Hills Theatre, (1998) AriZONI Nominated 
  • Mame   (“Mame”) (Lincoln Community Playhouse); reprised role in 1998, Stagebrush Theatre AriZONI Nominated
  • Dolly (“Hello Dolly” ;  reprised role 11 years later) (Lincoln Community Playhouse (ELSIE NOMINATED)/Pinewood Bowl Amphitheatre)
  • Dinah (“Trouble in Tahiti”)  (Lincoln Community Playhouse)
  • Bertie (“The Club”) (Lincoln Community Playhouse) STATE COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE WINNER
  • Several roles (“A Night of Gilbert & Sullivan“) (Lincoln Community Playhouse)
  • Miss Hannigan (“Annie”) (Pinewood Bowl Amphitheatre)
  • Mother Superior   (“Nunsense I”)  (Lincoln Community Playhouse) ELSIE Nominated 
  • Mama Rose   (“Gypsy”) (Lincoln Community Playhouse) ELSIE Nominated
  • Melissa (“Love Letters”) (Star City Dinner Theatre)
  • Variety Shows (Lied Center for the Performing Arts; Lincoln, NE)
  • Auntie Em (“The Wizard of Oz”  in concert) (Star City Dinner Theatre)
  • Several roles in the regional debut of “Grab Bag”
  • Mezzo soloist in the regional debut of “Ra”
  • Mezzo soloist in Verdi’s Requiem
  • Mezzo/Contralto soloist in Handel’s Messiah
  • Mezzo soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah
  • Baba (“The Medium”) (UNL Opera Theatre)
  • Hansel  (“Hansel and Gretel”) (UNL Opera Theatre)
  • Bertha (“Barber of Seville”) (UNL Opera Theatre)
  • Miss Todd   (“The Old Maid and the Thief”) (UNL Opera Theatre)
  • Chorus/Supporting roles in “Teahouse of the August Moon”; “Brigadoon”; “The Rake’s Progress”  “Madame Butterfly” (U of Nebraska Lincoln Opera Theatre)

Student Accomplishments

  • Voice students won and/or placed in state and regional NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) auditions
  • Voice students have been accepted to the following collegiate/university theatre and/or music programs:
    • American Academy for Dramatic Arts
    • American Musical and Dramatic Academy
    • Arizona State University
    • Auburn University
    • Ball State University
    • Belmont University
    • Berklee School of Music
    • Colorado State University
    • Denver School for the Arts
    • Kansas University
    • Ithaca College
    • New York School for Film and Television
    • Northern Arizona University
    • New York University
    • Oral Roberts University
    • Pepperdine University
    • Stony Brook University
    • University of Colorado-Boulder
    • University of Nebraska
    • University of Northern Colorado

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(Featured at Sedona Jazz On the Rocks)