Mezzo-soprano Hope Fairchild Thacker is a Mississippi native. Having placed 4th in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards National Competition in June 2012, she also holds the titles of NATSAA Mid-South Region and Tennessee Winner. This is not Dr. Thacker’s first foray into the NATSAA competition. In 2004 she won the Mississippi and Southern Region NATSAA competition and was a National Semi-finalist. Operatic roles performed include Augusta in the Ballad of Baby Doe, of which William T. Walker of Classical Voice of North Carolina wrote, “She lacked nothing in conveying the complexities and growth of her character. She was very believable as the deeply hurt, spurned wife and embodied her declining health. Her singing was excellent but her “aging” of the character was most impressive.” Dr. Thacker has also performed as Zita in Gianni Schicci (Greensboro Opera), Mercedes in Carmen, Angela in Seth Colaner’s He Cried Uncle (World Premiere) and the Witch in Into the Woods. Oratorio credits include Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Schiffman’s Alma (North Caroline Premiere), Vivaldi’s Gloria, Durufle’s Requiem, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb and Handel’s Messiah. Her 2012-2013 season will begin with recitals at Union University and The University of Southern Mississippi as a Guest Artist and Alumni Artist, respectively.
Dr. Thacker has served on the faculties of numerous universities and colleges in the Southeast including Guilford College (NC), North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and currently at Bethel University and Union University in Tennessee. She has worked with the Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center as Music Director and Conductor and is the Director of Music at the First Presbyterian Church of Paris, TN.
Dr. Thacker holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from The University of Southern Mississippi, a Master of Music Degree in Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance from The University of Southern Mississippi, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She resides in McKenzie, TN with her husband Dr. Brian Thacker and their three sons Hartley, Robert and Joseph.