Meet the Voice Teachers
Danielle Estes graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in both Musical Theatre and Vocal Performance from Oklahoma City University. She has a flourishing private voice studio at Rice Middle School in Plano ISD. Danielle Estes has helped train two TMEA invited choirs during her ten years at Rice MS as a private voice instructor. In addition to her thriving private voice studio, Ms. Estes has taught classes at Dallas Children’s Theater, Junior Players, and Big Thought.
Ms. Estes received a finalist award at NATS (National Association for Teachers of Singing) in 2002 and 2003. She has performed in venues across the nation, including Music Theatre of Wichita, Lyric Stage, Uptown Players, Jean Ann Ryan Productions, Arizona Broadway Theater, Light Opera Oklahoma, and Solfest Opera Seminar in Key West. Some of Danielle’s favorite roles include Sharon in Masterclass, Amneris in Aida, Carla in Nine, and Mayzie in Seussical. Danielle recently performed as Helen in The Golden Apple, which was released as the first full cast recording through PS Classics. Danielle has even performed aboard P&O Cruises’ beautiful ship The Ventura giving her the opportunity to travel throughout Europe and the Caribbean Islands!
When she is not teaching, Danielle loves to play with her puppy Lucy Von Hopper, Princess, of the House Estes! Lucy is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who brightens everyone’s day with daily snuggles and puppy kisses.
Meet the Voice Teachers
Stephanie Nguyen was raised in South Lake Tahoe, California. She played trumpet and French horn in band, sang in choir, and studied piano. While in high school, Stephanie was selected to perform in the Northern California Honor Choir. She graduated with degrees in Psychology and Music from Brigham Young University where she sang with the prestigious BYU Concert Choir.
In 2003, Stephanie married and moved to Texas where she taught high school choir for 5 years and received numerous Sweepstakes awards with her choirs at UIL competitions and various music festivals. In 2008, she had her first baby and “retired” from the classroom to teach voice lessons.
She now has three beautiful children and is in her 14th year as a private voice teacher. Several of Stephanie’s students have been selected to perform in the All-Region and All-State choirs, as well as receive countless Class l ratings at Solo & Ensemble contests. She loves singing in choirs and is currently singing with the Dallas Millennial Choirs & Orchestras where she served for 3 years as the Grand Chorus Manager and is the Alto 1 section leader.
She is so proud to be part of the Rice Choir family!