Private Instructor, voice
Betty Ridgeway, a native Marylander, received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University. She continued graduate studies at Santiago de Compostela, Spain and the Julliard School of Music. She received her Master of Vocal Performance from Morgan State University.
Areas of Scholarly Expertise and Interest
Mrs. Ridgeway pursued her singing career performing as a recitalist and soloist for various choral groups and local churches throughout the area. She performed many roles with the Chesapeake Opera Company and the Annapolis Opera. During the same period she began her teaching career.
She taught briefly at the Community College of Baltimore, the Peabody Preparatory, McDaniel College. In 1974, Mrs. Ridgeway began her teaching career at Morgan State University.
For the past 30 years she was the principal voice instructor and coordinator of vocal studies at Morgan. She served as advisor and mentor for her students. Many of these students have gone on to have successful careers in opera, jazz, R&B, and gospel. Many have, and are having, successful careers teaching throughout the country and abroad. In 1994, Mrs. Ridgeway was the first recipient of the Rosa Ponselle Gold Medal for excellence in teaching. Mrs. Ridgeway is listed in Who's Who Among American Teachers.
After retirement from Morgan State University she began her teaching career at Goucher College in the fall of 2008.
Mrs Ridgeway is a member of Tau Beta Sigma sorority and the Sigma Alpha Iota Fraternity, the Golden Key Society and the National Association Teachers of Singing.
In addition to her teaching, she often asked to judge vocal and choral competitions, and in 2002, judged the Miss Maryland pageants of the Miss American competition.
Betty, and her husband Walter, reside in Owings Mills. It is there that they loving share their life with children and grandchildren.