Dr. Monica A. Williams-McCullough, a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, began her career in teaching as an Adjunct Professor of Music at the College of Southern Nevada. In 2014, Monica joined the music faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as an Adjunct Professor of Voice, receiving a full-time appointment in 2019. In 2018, she received UNLV’s College of Fine Arts Outstanding Part-Time Teacher of the Year Award and also the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Nevada Music Teachers Association. Her students are winners of regional and national voice competitions and attend summer festivals in Europe and the United States. Monica’s students have been accepted into Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices and several prestigious graduate voice programs, including Eastman School of Music, the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
Monica has performed on the operatic stage and has appeared often as a concert and chamber soloist. Most recently in February 2020, she was a guest soloist in Opera Las Vegas’s Opera Legends in Black. Her performance credits include appearances with Vegas City Opera, Euterpe Opera, Golden West Opera Theatre, Nevada Opera Theatre, Channel One Television, Peabody Opera Outreach, New West Stage Company, Bell Flower Symphony, American Youth Orchestra, Moore Park College Theatre, Huntington Chamber Players, Valley Committee for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and guest soloist in the premiere of Andrea Centazzo’s Return to Vukovar.
Monica received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Southern California. She continued her doctoral studies at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and completed her Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Currently, Monica is in her second term as the Nevada District Governor for the Cal-Western Region of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and has held positions of Vice President and Secretary in the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. This also is her fifth year as Director of Opera Discovery at Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices.