Nicholas M. Horner

(Director / Teacher)

Nicholas M. Horner is a professional Baritone/ Voice Instructor, and native Washingtonian performer. He is currently teaching in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University in the School of Theater. He has been involved in numerous classical and musical theatre works over the last fifteen years of his career in productions ranging from educational to professional; liturgical to community. He trained in classical voice and theater from a young age through studies at Stella Adler Conservatory, Catholic University, George Mason University, and private instruction. After nine performance seasons with The Choralis Foundation and two seasons on their Board of Directors, Nick continues to search for new and innovative ways to serve the arts community and most recently completed a production residency for the Armed Services Arts Partnership. Nick has performed in numerous professional venues throughout his career including The Ernst Theatre, Signature Theatre,  Schlesinger Hall, The Concert Hall at Strathmore, The Alden Theatre, American Music Stage, The Elmsford Broadway Theater, The John F. Kennedy Center, and Gannet Auditorium, among others. He has taught voice as a private clinician for Young Peoples Theatre Company (YPT), HeartBeats Music, Toastmaster's in multiple localities, The Arlington Catholic Diocese, Northern Virginia Community College, George Mason University, and Duke Ellington School of the Arts.  Before co-founding CADMusical Company with longtime mentor and collaborator E.H. Milam, Nick had the pleasure of working with her at Bishop O'Connell High School where he served as Asst. Director and theatre manager for eight years--through nearly thirty mainstage productions. During this time Nick served as Music Director for St. Ann Catholic Church and as a soloist throughout the Arlington Catholic Diocese. Thereafter Nick held the position of Theatre Director at Harmonia School of Music & Theatre where he directed multiple mainstage educational theatre productions as well as taught voice and theatre classes.  Using his voice for more than song and stage, Nick has done a number of voice-overs for clients such as Discovery Channel, The Virginia Museum, Millennium Enterprises, and The Centenial Commission among others.  Recently Nick completed a Voice Intensive training program at the Roy Hart Institute in France, for which he earned Associate Teacher Licensure in the Roy Hart Method and has participated in numerous other masterclasses and workshops at premier art institutes around the country including: Studio A.C.T, Shari Carlson Studios, The Meisner Institute, Michael Howard Studios, and The Julliard School and most recently University of Cambridge, England. From the stage, to masterful training in D.C & New York, to the director's chair, Nick attributes his happy career to a wonderful loving family, dear audiences, supportive friends, exquisite mentors, and above all his faith in God and the goodness that was given to each human being in word and song.

-Full Show Portfolio and Concert List Available Upon Request


Awaken the Voice: Studio

Our Voice


  Dr. Kate Yust Al-Shamma- Professor of Theatre and Voice. Kate Al-Shamma, friend, colleague, and master teacher lives in Washington D.C. and teaches both privately and at Georgetown University in the department of Performing Arts. She offers a wide array of classes and lectures throughout the year in conjunction with her studio and her many years as a university professor and professional director. We are proud to share in her pursuit of healthy movement and voice rooted in the  imagination. 

Call Awaken the Voice for a referral or call Kate directly  (415) 902-7642 for more information.


We encourage personal growth and artistic development through exploration of the human voice. It is the studio mission to support students of all ages on their artistic journey, and to provide a safe and productive environment for learning. Everyone has something to be witnessed, something to be shared, a sound or song that is unique and important. Affordability is essential; in the spirit of service to the community and the art form, our studio offers competitive rates for high quality instruction. We want to instill in the performance artist a positive and professional aesthetic, a deep sense of integrity, and the understanding of 'artist as citizen'.

Dara McCorkle 

DJM Studios
( Referral Associate- Piano)

Kate Al-Shamma

(Movement and Voice) 

Ms. Dara McCorkle is a professional pianist and educator with more than ten years experience working with students of all ages and levels of ability. From a young age, Ms. McCorkle has been involved in numerous professional endeavors; with her orchestral debut performance at age fourteen. She has given hours of her time to fundraising and charity events, contributing her talents in service of numerous organizations. It is this model of service that sustains Dara's mission and led her to found DJM Studios in Fairfax, Virginia, where she works with students to reach their own unique potential and explore the power of personal creativity. As Director of DJM Studios, Ms. McCorkle launched multiple musical excellence programs for diverse groups including Senior Citizens, School Age Children, and Special Needs groups with students ranging age 2 to age 96. Ms. McCorkle has a passion for special needs students of all backgrounds, celebrating the disabled community by providing more opportunities to learn and share music.  For more information visit or call 1(810) DJM - Studios   1(810) 356-7883.