Beatrice (Trissa) Walter is an accomplished vocalist, speech pathologist, voice teacher and performer who has become nationally certified as a Vocologist trained by the National Centers of Voice and Speech.
As a musician and singer, she received a Bachelors of Arts in Music, studying with Debby Wenner-Wittrup and Lyndall Andrews. After college, she continued her studies with well-known Washington D.C. performer, Mariana Busching, who first introduced her to the ideas of vocology (more on that later). She continued studying with Metropolitan Opera soprano, Sharon Christman. Trissa also attended the Sommer Akademie of the Mozarteum (Salzburg, Austria) where she studied with Grace Bumbry. In Hawaii, Trissa has had the opportunity to study with Laurence Paxton as well as an assortment of coaches such as Beebe Freitas.
As a Speech Pathologist and Vocologist she has been honored to study with the eminent voice scientists Ingo Titze and Kittie Verdolini-Abbott as well as with Kate Devore and Lynn Helding.
As a performer, she has made appearances in productions in Hawaii Opera Theatre, Honolulu, Hawaii; Pfalz Theatre Kaiserslautern, Germany; Lyric Opera of Arlington, Virginia; Georgetown Repertory Opera Theatre. Locally, her exploits include Hawaii Opera Studio, Diamond Head Theatre, Mission House Museum, and Playbuilders Hawaii. She has sung in concert in Washington D.C.; Baltimore, Maryland; Kaiserslautern, Germany; Salzburg, Austria; and Sarzana, Italy.
Trissa currently serves as a director, performer, composer, coordinator, and liturgist for Holy Trinity Church. She has served continuously in (at least) one of these capacities for the last twenty years in Europe, the mainland, and Hawaii.
Hawaii Speech and Vocal Studio was opened after spending 5 years as a school based speech pathologist in order to focus on helping adults, children, singers, speakers, amateurs and professionals of all stripes to further their goals by assisting them in producing a voice and speech pattern which fits the clients goals. She continues to study and implement new techniques and has expanded her ability to with people of all abilities in singing and speaking. She is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association with her Certificate of Clinical Competency, as well as a member of the Pan-American Vocology Association, and the National Association of the Teachers of Singing.