Vocal Studio

Lorri Topping

Lorri Topping

Lorri serves as Music Director and is on the Board of Directors with Dare2Defy Productions. She received her Bachelors in Music Vocal Performance from Wright State University in 2007 and went on to graduate top of her class with a Masters in Music Vocal Performance at the University of Northern Colorado in 2009. During her studies, Lorri had the privilege to study with many incredible talents such as Dr. Kimberly Warrick, Dr. Diane Bolden-Taylor, Dr. Melissa Malde, Dr. Caleb Harris and Brian Clay Luedloff. In the summer of ’09, Lorri toured throughout Germany, France and Belgium with Opera Classica Europa, performing many concerts and operas, before coming home to Dayton to embrace her role as a mother and private voice instructor. She currently teaches for Dare 2 Defy Vocal Studio where she has found great joy in, and continues to learn from, the many talents this remarkable city has to offer. Some of Lorri’s favorite local projects have been American Idiot (MD-D2D), Wild Party (MD/Conductor-D2D), Godspell (MD-D2D), Music Man (MD/Conductor-PHS), Shrek the Musical (MD-PHS), and Jekyll and Hyde (MD-PHS). Some of her favorite Musical roles include the Baker’s Wife (Into the Woods-PHS), Sara Jane Moore (Assassins-Way off Broadway) and Lisa-a homeless lady (A New Brain-Way off Broadway). Lorri’s favorite Opera credits include La Boheme (Mimi-Opera Classica), Cendrillion (Cendrillion-UNC), Little Women (Meg-UNC) Sampson et Delilah (Dayton Opera Chorus) and Gianni Schicchi (Lauretta-WSU). Lorri would like to thank her husband for his unwavering support and send hugs and kisses to her children, Isaac, Lilly and Eliana. It has been a blessing and an honor to work with the Dare2Defy family, as they courageously strive to see their dreams to fruition!


David McKibben

Teaching people to sing is more than a job or a hobby for me. It is my passion. My students will tell you that I am usually more excited about their success than they are. Nothing makes me as happy as watching a student’s face light up when they realize their true potential. I consider myself lucky to have had more than one great vocal coach in my lifetime, and it is my goal to give that same training to my students. I believe that each student’s voice is unique and because of that, my approach to teaching each student is unique.

The Dare2Defy studio is a place to explore what your voice can do. It is a place to discover your own sound, and to uncover talent that you have been keeping to yourself. It doesn’t matter if you have studied music before, or if you are just starting out. The Dare2Defy voice studio welcomes all students. Work with me to set personal goals that we can achieve together.

David McKibben