Misti Vara has been teaching voice lessons and providing vocal coaching for 19 years, and has worked with the Individual Music Instructor Programs in both Garland and Round Rock ISDs. She currently maintains a private studio in Round Rock. Her students consistently receive 1st Division ratings at UIL Solo & Ensemble, and her studio is well represented in the TMEA All-Region choirs. In addition, several of her current and former students have been selected as All-State Choir members in multiple years. Furthermore, some of her students have been seen locally performing with the Conspirare Youth Choirs and Amphion Youth Choir, and several former students have been accepted to college music programs around the country. In addition to her extensive teaching experience, Misti also has over ten years of professional performance experience in both Texas and New York City. While living in New York City, Misti worked as a performer in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, maintained a busy schedule as a studio and band vocalist, and was featured as a backup vocalist with Sting. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Texas Tech University, where she studied with Grammy Award-winning tenor Karl Dent.