Danielle moved to D.C in 2017 in order to pursue her doctorate in voice at the Catholic University of America. She enjoys singing music of all genres but has an affinity for classical, jazz, the blues, and musical theater. At the Catholic University of America, she performed the role of Cleopatra in Julius Caesar, the soprano solo in Respighi's Laud to the Nativity at the Charity Christmas Concert broadcast on EWTN, the Soprano solo in Górecki's second movement of Symphony No. 3 for the Kristallnacht Commemoration Concert, and the soprano solo in Brahms’s Requiem with the chamber choir. She also performed the role of Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro—
“Figaro’s bride-to-be was performed by the delightfully humorous Danielle Rae McKay. As the virtuous and modest Susanna, McKay portrayed the servant girl with wit and intelligence. Her stunning high notes soared resoundingly throughout the opera, and her Act IV aria “Deh vieni, non tardar” exhibited her ability to float delicately in her upper register.”—Natalie Barsoum, D.C. Metro Theater Arts
Previous memorable roles include Laurette in the English version of Bizet’s Le Docteur Miracle at the Catholic University of America, and two roles in the new opera Speed Dating Tonight! and the Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel at the University of Memphis. Selected operatic appearances include Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Adele in Die Fledermaus, and Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief.
Danielle's history of musical theater includes three seasons with Artpark & Company in the ensemble of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, All Shook Up, and Fame. She also performed the role of Jeanie in Hair, under the direction of André De Shields at Buffalo State University of New York.
Originally from Buffalo, New York, Danielle sang with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus for three years and received her Bachelor’s in Music Education from Buffalo State University, specializing in K-12 chorus and band. Her Master’s is in Vocal Performance from the University of Memphis. While pursuing her DMA, she studies with renown soprano and Metropolitan Opera alumna, Sharon Christman, and serves as her Teaching Assistant.
Danielle is a proud recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship and the Lucia Braddock Graduate Voice Scholarship. She teaches privately in DC and at the Catholic University of America.