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Carrol Freeman- is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, and is the Georgia State University School of Musics Professor in Opera. He directs the Young Artist and Studio programs at La Musica Lirica (Novafeltria, Italy), and recently served as artistic director of the Harrower Summer Opera Workshop at Georgia State University.




Kay Paschal Freemen- currently, a lecturer and instructor of voice at GSU,’s Studio program. Her vocal students from GSU and her private studio continue to win competitions throughout the United States.  She is also the Coordinator of Harrower Summer Opera Workshop’s Studio program. At the University of Tennessee’s illustrious Clarence Brown Theater, she taught voice and acting to their Master of Fine Arts degree students.


Frederick Burchinal- renowned international baritone Frederick Burchinal, with a 22-year presence at the Metropolitan Opera since his debut as Macbeth in 1988, was named the first recipient of the Wyatt and Margaret Anderson Professorship in the Arts at the University of Georgia's Hugh Hodgson School of Music in 2006.  At the University of Georgia, Burchinal fills the positions of professor of voice and director of opera. Burchinal continues his operatic and concert engagements with theaters and orchestras worldwide.



Veronique Boitel-Burchinal- Veronique was born in Paris, France. She was educated in Paris and Montpellier where she received a Masters in Biology then went on to master the musical arts of theater and opera.  Veronique has an extensive background performing throughout France and Europe.  She has enjoyed a long career as a voice coach and teacher, specializing in Core Energetics and Sophrology.  After years of gaining world-wide attention and experience, she has settled with her husband Frederick Burchinal in Athens, Georgia and shares a place on the UGA faculty as a part time voice instructor as well as maintaining a private voice studio.  She is a great addition to our judges panel.    







OPAS is pleased to present the

2018 Oconee Idol Judges.