Born and raised in Rupert, Idaho, mezzo-soprano Dr. Kiya Fife has performed throughout various mediums throughout Idaho since she was 6 years old, from 4th of July celebrations to musical productions, and singing competitions. Kiya earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance at Idaho State University in 2016. She then went on to receive her Master of Music degree in Voice Performance on full scholarship from Washington State University where she taught various voice classes including studio voice. After her time at Washington State University, Kiya was accepted on full scholarship to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for a DMA in Voice Performance. There she maintained a voice studio and assisted in a variety of college courses. In August 2021 Kiya earned her Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice Performance from University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Kiya has accumulated an extensive and varied performance portfolio which include performances in multiple genres such as classical, musical theatre, gospel, pop, jazz, country, and rock. Some of Dr. Fife’s leading roles include The Madam from the Highest yellow, Ma in The Tender Land, Frau Blücher in Young Frankenstein, The Witch in Into the Woods, and the widow in Chanticleer. Kiya is also the winner of two international online competitions.
Ms. Fife has been awarded numerous awards and scholarships and has placed in the top three in numerous singing competitions. One of Kiya’s fondest memories of her undergraduate degree was being featured as a soloist on Idaho State University’s Chamber Choir International Tour to Great Britain.
Although Kiya has had extensive classical training she has equally trained and performed in other musical genres. Some of Kiya’s instructors include Dr. Jamie Reimer, Dr. Julie Wieck, Professor Kathleen Lane, and voice coach Dean Kaelin.
In her free time Kiya enjoys time with her dog, Fifi, and her niece, Emberlynn.