Mezzo soprano Patricia Caya was born in Washington ,DC and currently makes her home in Eastport, Maine. She has been teaching voice at the University of Maine, Machias since 2011, and enjoys working with students of all ages and abilities. Her broad vocal background includes ensemble and solo performance in music from the Baroque period to present day composers. She completed degrees in Stimmbildung ( Voice) and Lied und Oratorio (Art Song and Oratorio)at The Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Vienna, Austria. Patricia has performed extensively in Finland, central Europe, and the east coast of the U.S. Her operatic roles include Cherubino, Dorabella, The Composer, Erika, Third Lady, and Ma Moss. Concert and oratorio performances include Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody, the Requiems of Durufle, Schnittke and Mozart, Handel’s Messiah, Dixit Dominus, and Samson, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, and the Magnificat, Christmas Oratorio and Mass in B Minor of Bach. Recording credits include 12 Songs for Voice, Viola and Piano by Eugene Hartzell, and Delius’ A Village Romeo and Juliet with Sir Charles MacKerras conducting the Austrian Radio Orchestra. Patricia is a past winner of the Montpelier Recital Competition, and has been a member and featured soloist with Concert Artists of Baltimore. Baltimore Sun music critic Tim Smith describes her as a singer with “spirit, assurance, and a juicy mezzo.” In the downeast Maine area, Patricia has partnered with pianist/composer/SummerKeys teacher Greg Biss in numerous recitals, and has appeared as a soloist with Eastport Strings, Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra, and the UMM Chorale. She looks forward to her third summer teaching at SummerKeys.