Music Staff

Dr. Cristy Lynn Brown - Music Director

American mezzo soprano Cristy Lynn Brown has had an extensive singing career on both the opera and concert stage. Her diverse operatic repertoire spans from the dramatic to the comic, and her character interpretations have been enjoyed at Dayton Opera, Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Opera Carolina, and Piedmont Opera to name a few. Ms. Brown is also well known as a concert soloist throughout the Midwest and South performing such works as Verdi’s “Requiem”, Handel’s Messiah, and Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” with The Indianapolis Symphonic Chorale, North Carolina Symphony, Muncie Symphony, Raleigh Master Chorale, and The Bach Chorale of Lafayette, Indiana. She has been a frequent soloist in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina.

Dr. Brown is an Alumna of The University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she received a BM in Vocal Performance as well as an Artist Diploma; she also has a DMA and a MM in Vocal Performance from the University of North Carolina- Greensboro. Ms. Brown has studied with the world renowned soprano Virginia Zeani at Indiana University as well as the Metropolitan Opera soprano Martina Arroyo. She was the Instructor of Voice, served as the Associate Director of the School of Music for three years, as well as serving as the Faculty Adviser and Vocal Director of the Pierrette Players at Salem College from 2010-2020.

Dr. Brown currently teaches in her own private voice studio in Winston Salem, NC. She is a frequent guest artist for the Royal School of Church Music- Carolina Course, and is frequently sought out to give workshops to middle school, high school, and church choirs on vocal technique.

Anna McRay - Pianist

Anna McRay is a collaborative pianist from Nashville, TN. After receiving her M.M. in Collaborative Piano from Florida State University in 2018, Anna moved to Winston-Salem to pursue a graduate certificate program in Injury Preventive Keyboard Technique at Salem College. She is passionate about chamber music, instrumental accompanying, community outreach, sacred music and opera. She has served as a collaborative pianist and vocal coach for mainstage and outreach productions with opera groups such as Florida State Opera, Florida State Student Opera Society, Harrower Opera Workshop, Seagle Music Colony, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Anna is thrilled now to be a part of the community at Trinity Presbyterian Church.