Wendy received a B.M. and and M.M. in Vocal Performance from Appalachian State University and after graduation, joined the voice faculty there where she taught for 8 years before embarking on a full-time, professional singing/acting career. She returned to teaching in 2009.
In 2017 she completed her training in Contemporary and Commercial Music Pedagogy at Shenandoah Conservatory and in 2018, received a VOICE STYLES SPECIALIST CERTIFICATE from Berklee.
Wendy is a proud and active member of:
- National Association of Teachers of Singing - NC NATS Executive Board
- Jazz Education Network - Voting Member
- National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (Grammy's) - Voting Member
- Southeastern Theatre Conference
- Actors' Equity Association
- Pan-American Vocology Association
- New York Singing Teachers Association
- The Voice Foundation
As a jazz vocalist she has performed with NEA Jazz Master Jamey Aebersold, legendary jazz guitarist Howard Alden, Crystal Gale, and has sung backup for the alternative hip hop group Deltron 3030. Locally, she is the featured vocalist with the Asheville Jazz Orchestra, the Michael Jefry Stevens Trio, and the Page Brothers Gypsy Jazz Ensemble.
In 2017 she began singing with both the Richard Shulman Group (Asheville, NC) and the Steve Watson Trio (Greenville, SC).
Wendy has also served on the voice faculties of Brevard College (where she taught applied voice to voice majors and theatre majors and directed the musical theatre/opera workshop) and UNC-A (where she taught applied voice and served as director of the Jazz Vocal Ensemble - Studio 18)
As a member of Actors' Equity, Wendy has appeared in leading roles on the stages of many professional theatres throughout the U.S. including Florida Repertory Theatre, Flat Rock Playhouse, Blowing Rock Stage Company, and Little Theatre on the Square, and The Temple Theatre. She performed roles such as Patti in Smokey Joe's Cafe, Katerina Cavalieri in Amadeus, Dorothy in 42nd Street, Joan in Dames at Sea, Miss Sandra in All Shook Up, Fiona in Brigadoon, Belle in Beauty and the Beast, and Kate in Kiss Me Kate.
Wendy has also appeared as a soloist the with The Symphony of the Mountains, the Western Piedmont Symphony, the Asheville Choral Society, and the Carolina Concert Choir in works such as Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem, John Corgliano's Fern Hill, Bach's Magnificat, and Handel's Messiah, and Mozart's Great Mass in C Minor.
She was one of nine singers chosen after extensive auditions in North America, Europe, and Australia to appear at Tokyo Disney Sea in the Broadway review, Encore! She appeared in that show for a year and half before being cast in another show at Tokyo Disneyland - the Diamond Horseshoe Review.
From 1999-2008 she was a frequent headliner and lead production singer/dancer on cruise ships.
She has sung with Opera Carolina, Appalachian Opera Theatre, and the Brevard Music Center Opera in roles such as Adina in L'Elisir d'Amore, Laetitia in Old Maid and the Thief, and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte.
In 1995, Wendy was first runner up in the NC NATSAA competition.
For Wendy's performance schedule and audio/video media visit her performing artist website: http://www.wendyljonesmusic.com/