Laura Bray Headshot 2017

Laura Bray

Private Voice Lessons

Vocal Ensemble


Laura Warriner Bray, mezzo soprano is the head of vocal studies at Collin College, serving primarily the Spring Creek Campus in Plano. Laura oversees a program of 15-30 private voice students each semester, with over half being music majors. These students participate in the NATS competition, TMEA conventions, and numerous individual voice competitions and activities based on their teacher’s recommendation, or by invitation. Professor Bray always emphasizes her students transferring to the right programs for them, and she has former students now all over the state, region, and country proudly representing Collin College. Some of these music programs include: The University of North Texas, The University of Texas, The University of Texas at Arlington, Texas State University, Louisiana State University, Oberlin College, The University of Kansas, Texas Women’s University, and Southern Methodist University. Professor Bray earned her Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance with a related field in Piano Performance from the University of Mississippi and her Master of Music and did postgraduate studies in Voice and Vocal Pedagogy from the University of North Texas.


She is also the founder, conductor, and director of the Collin College Opera Theatre program. Founded in the Fall of 2014, Collin Opera has performed successful scenes programs each Fall, spanning works from Monteverdi all the way to PDQ Bach, a wonderful gala night with a full orchestra, The Pirates of Penzance, and most recently Bizet’s Carmen, under the baton of the University of North Texas’ Opera Theatre Conductor, Stephen Dubberly. Our orchestras are comprised of members of our wind and string ensembles, faculty and associate faculty members, and local professional musicians.


Mrs. Warriner Bray also remains an active performer of opera, early music, and oratorio. In the DFW metroplex, she is often heard as a soloist with the Orpheus Chamber Singers, The American Baroque Opera Company, Orchestra of New Spain, Vox Humana, the Dallas Bach Society, and New World Voices. Some of her operatic roles include the title role in Carmen, Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, Dritte Dame/Dritte Knabe in Die Zauberflöte, Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor, The Second Witch in Dido and Aeneas (covering Sorceress) Zerlina in Don Giovanni, The Governess in The Turn of the Screw, Die Hexe in Hansel und Gretel, Yum-Yum and Pitti-Sing in The Mikado, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Sesto in Giulio Cesare (concert) and Dorabella and Despina in Cosi fan Tutte. Laura has performed in several US cities including Houston and Dallas, TX, Crested Butte, CO, Boston, MA, Jackson, MS, Sioux City, SD, Portland, OR, Eureka Springs, AR, Miami, FL, and Los Angeles, CA. Internationally, she has been heard in Mexico City and Guanajuanto, Mexico, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, London, England, Weimar, Kochberg, and Rudolstadt, Germany, and Vancouver, British Colombia.


Some of her solo orchestral and oratorio collaborations have included appearances with the Atlantic Classical Orchestra (Mahler 4), the Richardson Symphony, (Mozart Requiem) South Dakota Chorale, (Durufle Requiem and Messiah) Ars Lyrica of Houston, (Monteverdi Vespers and Bach Magnificat) The Chiquitanos Baroque Festival in Santa Cruz, Bolivia (Missa Zipoli et Missa Courcelle) The Cervantes Festival of Guanajuanto, Mexico, and the Thüringer Stadt Orchester in Rudodlstadt, Germany (Malika) the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, (Mozart Vespres Solemnes)and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, (Bach Mass in B Minor). In July 2016, she was honored to pay tribute to the fallen officers of the Dallas Police Department in the interfaith choir that sang for the families, the DPD, and the President and Vice President of the United States. Laura can be heard on professional recordings with Orpheus Chamber Singers, South Dakota Chorale, New World Voices, Vogue Passé, the UNT a cappella choir, and the Dallas Bach Society.


In her spare time, Mrs. Bray is an active coach and collaborative pianist in the DFW area.  Laura lives with her husband, Clinton Bray, a very accomplished conductor, composer, and organist, and their daughter Jennings Catherine, who they welcomed in September of 2015. Laura has always enjoyed her work with children's choirs, as she is the former director of children's music ministries at University Park United Methodist Church, Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, First Presbyterian Church of Oxford, and Madison United Methodist Church. This Winter, she is starting her teaching of the internationally renowned "Music Together" curriculum, where she will work with children ages 0-4 and their families to create musically nurturing households like the one she was so lucky to have as a child. Laura's greatest joy and mission in life is to create awareness of the health and happiness that music can bring to people of any age at any stage in their lives.