Faculty Bios

douglasBruce Douglas is well known in central Texas as both performer and teacher. He has performed both leading and supporting operatic roles with such groups as the Austin Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Opera Ensemble of Austin, Southwest Opera, and Opera Unlimited in Albuquerque, NM. In the professional choral field he has sung with both Conspirare and the Texas Chamber Consort. With numerous oratorio solos (including Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s St. John Passion, and Mozart’s Requiem) to his credit, he is also a committed recitalist.

In addition to matters of vocal technique, he is deeply interested in the related areas of performance development and psychology, as well as performance anxiety.

Dr. Douglas received his Doctoral Degree in Vocal Performance from The University of Texas at Austin. At Austin Community College, he teaches Music Literature, Fundamentals, and Appreciation in addition to Applied Voice. He also maintains an active private voice studio and is a long-time member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.


fernandezSusan Fernandez, Soprano, holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Texas in Applied Voice/Vocal Pedagogy, and a Bachelor of Music Education Degree with all-level teaching certification from Texas State University. She has also twice been a finalist in the National Association of Teachers of Singing auditions.

Ms. Fernandez is an Applied Voice Teacher at Austin Community College and maintains a large private Voice studio. Her students have been accepted to major universities all over the United States including Julliard, New York University, DePaul (Chicago), Vanderbilt (Nashville), Berkley (Boston), University of Oklahoma, North Carolina School for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia School for the Performing Arts, Interlocken, Florida State, University of Denver, North Texas, Baylor, and UT Austin and others. “While teaching my students to sing their best, I am also preparing them for college admission and scholarship auditions, college juries, recitals, stage performances, musicals (auditions and lead roles), church solos and weddings.”


hillPhillip D. Hill, baritone, has earned a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in vocal performance at the University of Texas in Austin.  He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Austin Community College and taught on the voice faculty of Texas State University, San Marcos.  Receiving a Bachelor’s degree from Mississippi College and a Master’s degree from the University of Texas in Austin, Mr. Hill has performed extensively with the Mississippi opera, symphonic and choral organizations throughout the South and in the Austin area.

In the fall of 2007, Mr. Hill performed the baritone solos in Garcia’s “Stabat Mater” and “Laudate Dominum for dignitaries, ambassadors and presidents of Latin American countries in Washington D. C. and also performed and recorded the baritone solos for Garcia’s “Requiem” at the request of the Brazilian government.

Some of his operatic roles, have been Count Almaviva in “The Marriage of Figaro”, L’Ami in Debussy’s “The Fall of the House of Usher”, Papageno in “The Magic Flute” (Costa Rica and Mazatlan), Olin Blich in Floyd’s “Susannah”, Morales in Bizet’s “Carmen” and Falstaff in Getty’s “Plump Jack”. He was also the baritone soloist for the Texas State University’s production of “Carmina Burana”.

The 2007 Austin Critics Table Awards honored Mr. Hill with the Outstanding Classical Singer Award for his performances.


ID PhotoPaula Spencer takes pride in the variety of styles her students have studied with her.  Over the years her students have been seen in national commercials, sung with Disneyworld stage shows and won Austin Chronicle awards for Best Band, to name just a few.  She has helped students transfer into University of North Texas, Lamar University, Belmont University, Texas State University to complete their Music Degrees.

She earned her Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of North Texas.  Her choral experience is as varied, having sung with Robert Shaw, the New England Conservatory Alumni Choir with Boston Pops Orchestra, the ASU Concert Choir and the Tupelo Symphony and other international choruses.

She has participated in workshops and performed in operas with leading roles and was awarded third in a three state regional NATS competition. Her vocal ability is varied, having  extensive performing experience with jazz and cover bands in the New England area. Paula encourages her students to embrace her singing philosophy, to take care of the instrument but sing many styles of music.

Paula teaches at ACC Northridge on Mondays and can be reached at pspencer@austincc.edu to schedule lessons.