Dr. LaToya Lain, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, studied voice at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, Florida State University, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is a former Assistant Professor of Vocal Music at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama and has also served on the faculties of New York University, Alabama A&M University, and Medgar Evers College-City University of New York. Dr. Lain’s rich mezzo-soprano voice has afforded her the opportunity to perform throughout the United States and internationally. She has graced the stages of Africa, Europe, and South America, performing such roles as the title role of Carmen, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Dame Quickly in Falstaff, Baba in The Medium, and Tituba in The Crucible. She was the requested soloist to sing The National Anthem for President Barack Obama during his 2012 campaign visit to Nevada. She also recently performed as the mezzo soloist in Bob Jones University’s performance of The Verdi Requiem. One reviewer remarked, “the guest singers did a marvelous job…I’m particularly biased toward the mezzo-soprano, who was extremely classy and had a wonderfully rich voice.”
Her awards include Encouragement Awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Gerda Lissner Foundation Scholarship Competition in New York City. She has received both first and second places in the National Association of Teachers for Singing Vocal Competitions and earned a full scholarship to attend the International School of the Performing Arts in Pennsylvania. In addition to being an effective voice teacher, one of her ministries is to continue to promote and preserve the art of the Negro Spiritual, and to that end, she has performed and recorded with The Moses Hogan Chorale and is currently a touring member of The American Spiritual Ensemble.