Dacy Gray


Dacy McAlister has been singing her whole life. She graduated Princeton high school in 2005, where she performed solos for audiences of over 800. Dacy earned her Associates degree from the University of Cincinnati before majoring in music at Northern Kentucky University. Dacy greatly enjoyed participating in community theatre musicals and has directed and played leading roles in plays and musicals alike.

Dacy immersed herself in jazz combos while at NKU and was privileged to study under the tutelage of several well-known jazz musicians and professors, such as Brian Hogg, Hal Amelia and Phil Burkhead. Dacy also studied voice with Esther Nam and won the Freshman Women’s Division award in the Nats competition. She has performed at the Blue Wisp Jazz Club, has multiple concert recordings and has participated in operas, solo foreign-language and large group performances with the Northern Chorale (with Dr. Randy Pennington and Katie Bartlett) and the Women’s Choir. Dacy sang with the Hollywood United Methodist Church Chancel Choir, and recorded in New York City with Samantha Carlson, lead singer for the Swingtime Jazz Band.

Dacy’s voice lessons are creative and enthusiastic. She is encouraging and caring, and excels at identifying and developing students’ strengths. She works from several popular piano method series books and will find the right path for you. Her favorite genres of music are gospel, rock and jazz. Besides teaching, Dacy also works as a congregational vocalist Intern at Sharonville United Methodist Church, and has enjoyed working at the Blue Ash YMCA Day Camp as a professional after-school care administrator. Her passion for children and teaching culminate into effective and fun teaching methods for all ages. At Pleasant Ridge Montessori, Dacy created the Cincy Afterschool Youth Choir, which had 80 participants, 2 large group performances and a televised performance with the CEO of the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati,  Sandy Walker.  Dacy also works part-time for Ulmer & Berne, Attorneys. Fun facts about Dacy are that she is an identical twin with roots in the South; she recently picked up playing guitar, and the biggest Elvis fan you’ll ever meet!