New York-based vocalist Lindsay Roberts returned home to Philadelphia in a big way. She was the headliner for “An Evening with Lindsay Roberts” held at the Christ Church Neighborhood House Theater on Sunday. The production was directed by pianist William L. Lake, Jr. of Dorchester, Md.
Roberts began singing when she was 5-years-old and joined the choir at Salem Baptist Church of Jenkintown, and later at the Crestmont Baptist Church.
She went on to study voice with Jodi Kidwell at the Settlement Music School by the time she was a junior at Upper Dublin High School. She then trained in opera while studying at the University of Maryland at College Park where she earned her bachelor’s degree.
“I think what I enjoy most is being able to live out my passion,” she said. “Ever since I can remember this was my first love. My two major sources of inspiration has been Audrey McDonald who introduced me to Broadway musical theater, and my voice teacher, Carmen Galthrope. Now this came at a time when I am waiting for results of [key] auditions.”
Additionally, Roberts has worked closely with Lake. She met the accomplished pianist at the College Park campus. He is studying to receive a second master’s degree in conducting.
“I hope that he will be able to continue to conduct me as I get more into musical theatre,” said Roberts.
As for Roberts’ Sunday performance, singer and actor Alex Agard was impressed.
“I really enjoyed getting to see Lindsay showcase her versatility as a singer,” he said. “It’s rare that a performer gets the opportunity to display the full gamut of their vocal abilities. It’s always a delight to see her perform with such a remarkable gift of bringing her authentic self to every performance.”
When Roberts is not singing, one can find her teaching.
While she revealed classroom teaching is not her forte, she does share what she has learned with younger or inexperienced singers. She finds many informal settings to do this – while working with nonprofit organizations, at church or when asked to conduct a master class in voice.
Sunday’s performance is just the beginning of local audiences being able to take in her talent. Roberts will be returning to Philadelphia for a major fundraiser when the Kimmel Center partners with the Broadway Dream Foundation on Saturday, Aug. 4. The singer has been a consistent volunteer for the national nonprofit and will be among this year’s guest artists.
“We cannot wait to share the extraordinary talent and knowledge of these phenomenal Broadway professionals with our students,” said Annette Tanner, BDF’s executive director. “The chance to audition for, work with and learn from these exceptional directors is an invaluable opportunity that we are proud to be able to offer to young, emerging artists across the country.”