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Lara M. Moline is a graduate of the University of Wyoming. She received her Bachelor degree of Music Education, with a Vocal Emphasis in 2007. She continued her studies with the late Dr. Stephen Zegree at Western Michigan University, obtaining a Master degree of Vocal Performance, Jazz Studies in 2009. Lara has recently graduated with a Doctor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado, in Choral Conducting, with an emphasis in Vocal Jazz and Music History. Her dissertation, Vocal Jazz in the Choral Classroom: A Pedagogical Study, discusses the need for the vocal jazz style within the choral classroom, introduces transitional elements that are accessible to choral directors of any level, and involves an observational curriculum study.
Lara has performed in Downbeat Award winning ensembles such as Western Michigan University's Gold Company and University of Northern Colorado's Northern Colorado Voices and Vocal Lab. She has also performed with artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Roomful of Teeth, Darmon Meader, Gary Burton, the Chicago Pops Orchestra, and with Charice Pempengco on the Oprah Winfrey Show. She has served as a guest adjudicator for music festivals in Wyoming from 2014-2017, as a guest conductor of the Wyoming Southwest High School Honor Choir in 2016, and choral conductor of the Yellowstone Summer Music Camp in 2018. Currently, Lara is the Visiting Instructor/Assistant Professor of Music for Northwest College in Powell, WY, where she will be conducting traditional and vocal jazz choirs, teaching applied voice lessons in both classical and jazz, and music appreciation.