College of Fine Arts and Design


Dr. Barbara Fox DeMaio

Assistant Professor of Voice

The American Soprano Barbara Fox DeMaio, thanks to her gifts of interpretation, precise phrasing and complete conquest of the Italian language, has a deserved international fame.

Her vast repertoire includes Bellini’s Norma and all the great roles of a Puccini and Verdi soprano, and she has performed these roles in some of the most important theatres in the world; La Scala, Verona, Torre del Lago Puccini, to name just a few.

Barbara DeMaio Caprilli is also known for her modern repertoire, including Il Caso Makropoulos in Bologna and Torino, as well as William Bolcom's Medusa and Lee Hoiby's Bon Appetit! which she has performed in theatres across the US. She has also garnered praise for her highly regarded interpretations of the Witch in Hansel and Gretel with Greensboro Opera and Piedmont Opera, and is a noted musical theatre “belter” who studied with Florence Birdwell at the University of Central Oklahoma.

In 2003 she returned to the United States, and is a renowned teacher of both opera and Contemporary Commercial Music Styles, Artistic Director of the American Singers' Opera Project, and a Level III Certified Somatic Voicework© teacher. Her DMA Vocal pedagogy degree at Shenandoah University included dissertation research on the effect of menopause on the elite singing voice; she has since presented her research in the form of workshops and presentations across the US. In 2013 she joined the Voice Faculty at the University of Central Oklahoma.

What gives you the most satisfaction as a teacher?
That "aha" moment when the student understands what I am trying to teach them, and they discover vocal freedom.

When do you remember making the decision to go into the arts? What were the circumstances?
I was very young, 6 or 7 perhaps, and my parents took me to see "The Music Man" on tour with Robert Preston. I remember thinking "you can do this for a living!" I knew from that moment that I wanted to perform on the stage. The love of teaching came when I started to do Master Classes for the young artists in theaters where I was working, and that love of teaching led me back to graduate school for my doctorate in pedagogy.

What is something unexpected about you?
I am a big fan of Harry Potter and have read the books several times. Pottermore sorted me into Ravenclaw.

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BM Vocal Performance
Oklahoma City University

MM Opera
Oklahoma City University

DMA Vocal Pedagogy
Shenandoah University

Voice Studio: Opera, Musical Theatre, and CCM Styles. Dr. DeMaio currently teaches Voice Pedagogy, The History of Voice Pedagogy and Opera History. She has taught diction classes and the History of Musical Theatre in the past. She is also Artistic Director of American Singers' Opera Project, and a frequent adjudicator at NATS, Classical Singer and The Ladies Music Club competitions.

Dr. DeMaio has sung at La Scala, Verona, Caracalla, Genova, and other major houses in Europe such as Zurich and Bern. Her research interest is the effect of hormones on the singing voice, specifically during puberty and menopause. She has presented her research at The Voice Foundation and the Fall Voice Conference, and also presented workshops on teaching the menopausal voice at Texoma NATS and The Voice Foundation.

National Association of Teachers of Singing, The Voice Foundation, The LoVetri Teachers Association, College Music Society, Sigma Alpha Iota, Pi Kappa Lambda