Sasha Massey, Voice
Professional Singer Sasha Massey was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana, and has been singing from a very young age. Her earliest influences were jazz, classical and musical theater. However, it was Opera in its stunning opulence, other worldly story telling, complexity and vocal discipline that called to her most.
Her middle school choir director, dearly departed Lerone Rubin and high school choir director Holly Grefe, whom she still admires, were her most influential teachers. Lessons began at 14 with Lee Cooke, choir director of Asbury United Methodist Church and later professional Opera singer Dolly Hawthorne. Mr. Cooke helped her to come out of her shell and Ms. Hawthorne always demanded the most of her. It was her firm and loving teaching method along with her continued advice and contact that kept Sasha going even after high school.
At ULL Shawn Roy, Director of Opera Studies, combined techniques and characterization exercises to fully develop her voice and stage presence. Mr. Roy helped her navigate her ranges, especially with mixed voice and belting to use all her "voices". Her ability to examine and intricately interpret even in poetic and sharply succinct art song flourished with Mr. Roy. He continues to be a positive influence and mechanic of sorts with her technique. His maintenance helps her continue to sing "it all". In 2009 she debuted the role of Mistress Overdone in a musically reimagined version of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night called Isabel. Being an uncanny sound-alike is something she uses with great relish while performing alone or as front woman of Sasha Massey and the Workaholics, a jazz and variety band with pianist Jakes Spinella and Bassist Bob Nash.
After many years at other churches she became Cantor at St. John's Cathedral in October 2015 and couldn't be happier. There she has a truly loving spiritual family and has experienced a sense of community as well as professional opportunities unlike any other. The chance to share her gifts in educating students of any age means she can share the same tools passed to her now at The Music Box. As Dolly said, "As the student grows they will use the tools you give them and never out grow them."