Debi started Fresno Music Academy & Arts in 1998 after she earned her degree in vocal performance from Fresno State, Back then the school was called The Voice Shop and she and several others taught only voice lessons. Today we have over 20 highly qualified teachers that Debi personally interviewed and hired and all are ready to help you or your family become the musicians they desire.
Debi been teaching privately for many years, but she has also been singing professionally in the Fresno area for 25 years. She has also sung in numerous top 40 and jazz groups, like the Joe Lenigan band , Papa Clutch and The Shifters, and her own Jazz trio. She has been active in musical theater: Roger Rocka's Dinner Theatre, The 2nd Space and other independent productions, as well as being a very active part of the music ministry for many churches, formerly directing the choir at Bethel Lutheran.
Today Debi can be seen in her popular group, Debi Ruud and the Lost Souls. Her album, Almost There was recently released and can be downloaded n iTunes or Spotify. Debi's voice has graced many albums, including others of her own, Tell the World. and a Christmas album "At Long Last Christmas" recorded with Fresno tenor, Bob Bergthold. Debi also can be heard locally at weddings, funerals and other occasions. Her voice can be heard on countless jingles and commercials in the central valley.
Together Debi and the teachers and staff at Fresno Music Academy & Arts teach over 400 students evry week. helping each of them reach new heights in voice, piano, violin, drums, guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, flute and, Music Fun Time, our early childhood music class that brings music into your child’s life through age appropriate lessons in small group settings.
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