Instructional Resources/Links


These are teachers I endorse:

Birmingham, AL-Holly Harrington Benge,

Fayetteville, AR-Kaley Schwab,

Jackson, MS-Lorin Lewis,

Philadelphia, PA (Classical), Ruby Dibble

St. Louis, MO-Shelby Ringdahl,

Tulsa, OK-Shari Townes,


Links and Info

Interview and Paperwork

Dr. Helen McCracken

As a lifelong educator, Helen has interview experience on both sides of the table: from hiring hundreds of school teachers and administrators in her varied roles as a school district administrator, to instructing student teachers in interview preparedness. Helen originally took her experience to pageantry to help her daughter reach her dream goal: The Miss America stage, as Miss Ohio 2012.

Now for nearly a decade, she has devoted herself to pageantry, specializing in interview and paperwork via Pageant Winner Consulting. Her doctorate  in educational leadership and her master’s degree as a reading specialist help her help her clients express themselves both verbally and in writing. Her MBA gives her insight into branding and marketing her clients’ prime message.


Vocal Instruction

 Shelby Ringdahl, St. Louis, MO

Shelby, recently back from New York city and a new bride, is residing in St. Louis, MO. A  graduate of Texas Christian University with a BFA in Musical Theater and a minor in Business, she has been performing all over the country as a member of the prestigious USO Show Troupe, in Off Broadway’s, Oh Kay! (Constance Appleton), and the Texas regional premiere of Catch Me If You Can (Cheryl Ann/Ensemble). She has done vocal concerts with Jason Roberts Brown, Susan Egan, Jodi Benson, Donna McKenchnie, The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Pops. Shelby was Miss Missouri, 2013, and was named the overall talent winner at the Miss Missouri Pageant. She finished in the Top 12 at the Miss America Pageant.  A few of her demos of note are: Yesterday, Bring Him Home, Defying Gravity and Colors of the Wind plus numerous others. 


Ruby Dibble, Philadelphia, PA

Ruby, a Kansas City Native, is a bright young lyric mezzo. With an undergraduate degree from the Oberlin School of Music, she is currently based in Philadelphia while pursuing her Master’s in Opera at the Curtis Institute of Music. She is an extremely versatile artist: as a bilingual singer, she excels in French repertoire ranging  from classic opera to contemporary classical.  She debuted professionally to rave reviews with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Berta in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. According to Broadway World “Dibble is proving her self as a fine mezzo soprano, with natural stage presence which we suspect will take her far.” Cleveland Classical states “Spectacular soloist…vocally splendid”  When back in KC for visits she records soprano demos for Bill ranging from Opera classics to Broadway. A few of her demo’s on website include: Climb Every Mountain, Habanera, Chanson Boheme, Speak Softly Love, and La Vie En Rose.


Lorin Lewis, Madison, MS

Lorin Lewis is from Madison, MS and holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance degree. She specializes in private voice, piano, and pageant talent prep. For over thirty years Lorin has coached contestants in the following organizations: Miss America, Miss America Outstanding Teen, Distinguished Young Women of America, Miss High School America, Royal International Miss, Mississippi Hospitality Pageant, and most recently the Miss America Volunteer Pageant System. She has also been the producer for the Miss Missouri America Program, as well as for the the Miss Mississippi Outstanding Competition.

Lorin is the mother of former Miss Mississippi, 2016, Laura Lee Lewis. Laura Lee sang A Piece of Sky at Miss America and placed as 4th RU.

When working in MS, Bill loves doing sessions at Lorin’s studio. They have worked together for over twelve years. Lorin has access to Bill’s complete library of music.


Shari Townes- Tulsa, OK

If you are closer to Tulsa than Kansas City, and need help in the selection of music, or vocal/blocking work on an existing piece I would highly suggest working with Shari Townes. She has total access to my library of music and is absolutely a pro at preparing a contestant for on stage presentation in the area of talent. Shari worked with Miss America, 1996 Shawntell Smith, as well as Miss America 2007, Lauren Nelson, to just name a few.


Kaley Schwab Consulting, Fayetteville, AR

Performing and singing since the age of 4, Kaley Schwab is a veteran to the stage. She studied Commercial voice at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. As a competitor in the Miss TN program in 2009 she was named a preliminary talent winner and 4th Runner Up to Miss TN. Kaley began offering voice coaching to her fellow Miss TN competitors in 2010 and though retired from pageants, continues her efforts to help other young women vocally and personally.
Kaley is one of the demo singers on this site. A few of her recordings include Big Time, (which has already been heard on the Miss America stage when Ashlee Baracy, Miss MI, danced her way into the top 8 on nation television to Kaley’s vocal rendition of the song) Open Arms, American Trilogy, and Anyway to name a few. If you are in the Fayetteveill, AR area and looking for a vocal instructor that knows the pageant business as well as the voice, make an appointment to meet Kaley Schwab.


Dance Choreographer’s

Erika Hebron-Choreographer

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Erika has over 25 years of dance experience. This former Miss Missouri has trained extensively in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, contemporary and acrobatics. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Oklahoma City University where she received her Bachelor of Performing Arts degree in Dance Performance.

She is currently based in New York City and recently returned from performing as a swing with the First National Tour of An American in Paris. Most recently she produced and choreographed the 2021 Miss Missouri Competition. She has choreographed for numerous Top5, Top 10, and Preliminary Talent winners at many Miss America state pageants.

She enjoys traveling throughout the United States sharing her knowledge of dance with young dancers through being a judge at many national dance competitions. She loves to be able to provide positive feedback and critiques to improve a students dance technique and style.
Shea Sullivan-Choreographer

Since 1998 Shea has choreographed for hundreds of women competing in the Miss America Pageant system in the areas of tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, modern, clogging, Irish step, acrobatics, and movement for vocalist and musicians.  Her understanding of the pageant system and talent requirements has resulted in not only many talent awards, but state and national title wins including Mallory Hagen, Miss America, 2013. Shea prides herself in not only improving the style and technique of each contestant, but also working a great deal with their confidence in all areas of competition. In addition to her work in the pageant arena, Shea is also an award winning choreographer of theater, film and television. She resides in NYC.  She is a master at creating fresh and up to the minute choreography for the Miss America system. For complete information on Shea’s vast choreographic expertise please visit


Mia Davis-Choreographer

If you are a dancer and need choreography, selection of music help, or want to rehearse a competition dance piece, Mia Davis is one of the best in the business. A graduate of the Julliard School, Mia can choreograph or enhance a number that has already been choreographed,  to best show off a dancers capability. A couple of her more notable clients include Miss America 2006, Jennifer Berry, and Miss Oklahoma, 2014 (4th RU to Miss America) Emoly West.


Instrumental Instruction

Violin-Lauren Wright  Website:

Lauren is a Suzuki-trained, classical violinist and certified teacher in the Suzuki method. With over 27 years of violin-playing experience, Lauren is well-versed in a wide variety of genres, including classical, country/bluegrass, folk, and Celtic music. She attended Belmont University in Nashville, TN where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre and learned how to fuse her love of violin and theatre. As a violinist, Lauren has toured the country in Cirque Musica and The Rockin’ Road to Dublin, played in the pit of countless theatre productions, and collaborates with various artists as a freelance musician. A few standout theatre credits include five regional productions of the Tony Award-winning musical Once, Ensemble (Ali/Lisa Cover) in the Broadway National Tour of Mamma Mia!, Lizzie in Baby, and Mary Robert in Sister Act. As an Actor-Musician, Lauren believes that an instrument is the extension of the performer and enjoys the personal process in finding the connection of piece, instrument, and performer. Located in Nashville, TN she is happy to work with pageant clients in person or via ZOOM.

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Gown Shops
Joann’s, Paige Burcham

Joann’s is located in Union City, TN. They are the official wardrobe sponsors for the Miss TN Pageant. I work at Joann’s five to six times a year with contestants on their talent presentations. Paige (the owner) is an absolute delight to work with, and can help you with all your wardrobe needs. She will work personally with each client to find the best possible choice for that person.  If you are in the TN area I highly suggest a trip into Union City to see Paige.
Lasting Impressions, Keith Pittman

Lasting Impressions has stores in both Columbus, GA, and Eufaula AL. They have dressed numerous winners in both the America and USA systems.  Two times a year they do major trunk shows making sessions available to their clients with top professionals in the area of modeling, talent, interview, photography, and wardrobe choice. Shari Hill is the designer that will meet in person with clients to design or pick that perfect dress. These are wonderful weekends where a contestant can pretty much get everything done for her pageant prep, all in ONE location.  These sessions sell out quickly to keep you eye on the Lasting Impressions website for dates and booking  information. In my eight year relationship with Lasting Impressions (and Keith-the owner) I have observed nothing but a very professional, reliable way of doing business. Keith and his team are extremely talented at what they do.


Matt Boyd Photography

Featured on MTV MADE, an award winning photographer based out of Atlanta, GA specializing in pageant, actor, model headshots, portfolios and fashion photography. Photography team of Miss America 2010-Caressa Cameron and Miss America 2008-Kirsten Haglund. Matt Boyd’s clients have won countless photogenic awards on the international, national, state, and local levels. Matt works hand in hand with his wife, Meredith Boyd, a professional hair and  makeup artist and founder of Mere Cosmetics who is available for pageant hair and makeup lessons. With combined experience of more than 25 years, together they have the knowledge, and expertise, giving their clients a competitive advantage and providing winning results.





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