Nakia has a B.M.E. Music Education from Winthrop University, a M.M. Voice Performance from University of Tennessee-Knoxville, a G.P.D. Voice Performance from Peabody Conservatory (Johns Hopkins University), and a D.M.A. Voice Performance, Catholic University of America.

Additional training and education for Nakia include attending the Rome Festival, Bay Area Summer Opera Theatre Institute, Renata Scotto Opera Institute, and Berlin Opera Academy.

Performance and Teaching Experience

Nakia’s performance experience include Ariadne auf Naxos at Berlin Opera Academy, Brahms Alto Rhapsody at Maryland Lyric Opera and Piedmont Symphony, Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors at Maryland Lyric Opera, Bloody Mary in South Pacific, Santuzza in Cavelleria Rusticana with Maryland Lyric Opera, and Dottie, Finian’s Rainbow with Catholic University of America.

Nakia has been an Adjunct Professor at Prince George’s Community of College and voice instructor, Music Conservatory of Westchester.

At Levine

Nakia joined the Levine faculty in 2011 teaching voice. 

Nakia’s favorite part of being at Levine is, “my time with my students. They inspire me to be a better person and better teacher. “

Teaching Philosophy and Approach

“My philosophy is simple: I teach about the voice. It is my goal to give the student as much knowledge as I can so they can analyze their voice themselves. I hope to instill in them the idea that most progress is made when they take what they’ve learned and put it into their practice. I hope to inspire them to want to be the best that they can be and to show them how much control they have on this journey.”


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