Monica Otal has been a member of the CCBC Music Faculty since the fall of 1999. Previously, she served on the faculties of Morgan State University, the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC, the University of Vermont, and the Holton-Arms School in Bethesda. She is a native of Detroit and maintains a diverse career as teacher, singer, accompanist/coach, and choral conductor. Her current assignment includes serving as Music Program Coordinator (Eastside), Concert Manager, teaching Applied Voice and conducting the CCBC Chamber Singers. She has led the Chamber Singers in performance tours to the Vermont International Choral Festival, Carnegie Hall (NYC), and Gettysburg 150 Celebration Concerts.
Ms. Otal holds degrees in vocal performance from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University. She has been listed regularly since 1998 in “Who’s Who Among American Teachers,” as well as in “Who’s Who in America,” and “Who’s Who of American Women.” In January 2007 she was honored as “Outstanding Community College Educator of the Year 2006” by the Chesapeake Gateway Chamber of Commerce.
Her professional vocal experience includes numerous performances with area and national opera companies (including the Washington Opera, Baltimore Opera, and Wolf Trap Opera) and choral societies, as well as concert and recital appearances. Ms. Otal has been the Artistic Director/Conductor of the Central Maryland Chorale since 2001 and previously served that organization (aka Laurel Oratorio Society) as Associate Director/Accompanist from 1975-1999. Ms. Otal has also accompanied and assisted many respected choral and opera conductors, including the late Robert Shaw, and is in demand as a vocal coach/accompanist in the region.
She is a member of several professional organizations, including NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) where she is a member of the Board of Directors and Vice-President of the MD/DC chapter, ACDA (American Choral Directors Association), where she chairs the Repertoire and Standards Committee for Two Year Colleges (MD/DC), Chorus America and NAfME (National Association for Music Educators). She is also frequently engaged as an adjudicator/clinician in the Baltimore/Washington area. Additionally, she held the position of Director of Music at Glenmont United Methodist Church in Wheaton, Maryland from 1988-2012.