Gene Anne Gifford holds a BS in MUED from University of North Alabama and an MM in vocal performance from Pittsburg State University. She has also studied at the University of Alabama and the University of Texas. Her repertoire includes performances from Broadway, opera, jazz, and vaudeville venues both in the United States and in Europe. Primary performances include the following: Frasquita fromCarmen for the Kansas Music Educators Association, Christine from English Girls for the American premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song and Dance, Celeste 1 from Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George, Mother in Dillon Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Cheribino in Marriage of Figaro, Letitia in Old Maid and the Thief, and Soloist in Scarlotti’s Christmas Cantata for the premiere broadcast of KRSP radio. She studied primarily with Margaret Thuemann, James Taylor, David Garvey, and Edward White. She has done master-classes with Rudolf Fellner, Harold Heiburg, Richard Berry, and Joan Wall. Mrs. Gifford has been a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) since 2001. She was a staff member for Alabama Ambassadors of Music European tour in 2009 and is currently the music director for Summer-Stock at the Ritz theatre organization. As a flutist, she has been a soloist at Manhattan Jazz Festival in Lincoln Center, a member of the United States Collegiate Wind Band sponsored by Perdue University, and was a member of the Shoals Symphony Orchestra.