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Amanda is a Lyric soprano whose repertoire varies from classical and modern art songs, lieder, grand opera arias, cabaret songs and Jazz standards. Amanda has experience teaching students age 8 and up. In the 2010-11 year she was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to Helsinki, Finland, where she studied classical Finnish vocal repertoire, notably the songs of romantic composers Merikanto, Kuula, Sibelius, Melartin, and Madetoja. She was an exchange student at the Sibelius academy, where she was a voice student of soprano Outi Kahkonen. She participated in classes with renowned pianists Collin Hansen and Ilmo Ranta. She also had the opportunity to sing in master classes with acclaimed coaches Markus Lehtinen and Christian Thompson. Amanda sang in two recitals at Sibelius Academy, one featuring German repertoire by Wolf, and one featuring Finnish songs. She also prepared a 40 minute program of Finnish repertoire highlighting the unique national styles evident in Finnish vocal music, and exploring the rich textures, and deep poetic intensity of the Finnish language. The culmination of her Fulbright grant project was the performance of two vocal recitals held in Helsinki at the Swedish Krystuskyrkan, and then repeated to much acclaim in Stockholm at the Sankta Eugenia Kyrkan. Amanda achieved her Masters degree in Vocal Performance from Boston University under the tutelage of Dr. Sarah Arneson in 2010, and her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan in 2008 where she was a student of internationally renowned soprano Shirley Verrett. Recent roles include Nella in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and Geraldine in A Hand of Bridgewith Boston University Opera Theatre. She has also been seen as Tessa in The Gondolierswith Michigan Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Edith in Pirates of Penzance and Etelka in The Fortune Teller with the Comic Opera Guild, and Phyllis in Iolanthe with New England Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Other partial roles include Susannah in Susannah, Frasquita in Carmen, Cendrillon in Massenet's Cendrillon, Leonora in Beethoven's Fidelio, Calisto in La Calisto, the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Lakmé in Lakmé. In the summer of 2009 she performed as Fiordiligi (Mozart) and Susannah (Floyd) in Operatic Scenes with Longwood Opera in Boston, and as a concert soloist with New England Light Opera, and New England Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Amanda has also studied in Italy for a spring semester, where she was a part of the University of Michigan Opera Florence young artist program. She appeared in three concerts, including one in the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence where she sang works by Bellini, and 2 scenes performances in one of the oldest working villas in Florence, the Villa Corsi Salvati. She worked with renowned artists such as Donna Brunsma previously with Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Joyce Fieldsend from Opera Fenice in Venice, and Gianni Fabbrini from Luigi Cherubini Conservatory in Florence. Amanda has a deep love of sacred music and has performed extensively as a soloist with orchestra for some of the most famous pieces of the sacred liturgy, including solos in Mozart'sCoronation Mass, John Rutter's Requiem, Vivaldi's Gloria, Schubert's Mass in G, with Eliot Philharmonic; Mozart's Missa Brevis with the Rockland Choral Society, and Faure'sRequiem and Purcell's O Come ye sons of Art with Boston University Concert Choir. She is the recipient of many scholarships and awards including a Fulbright Grant, The Michigan Grant for Undergraduate Study, The McIntosh and Binkow Scholarships, The National Alliance for Excellence Encouragement Award, 1st Place in The Arizona Arts Chorale Competition for Classical Voice, Finalist in The Herberger Young Artist Competition, and 1st Place winner in the NATS Musical Theatre Competition (Arizona Chapter).
After working closely with my students, we invariably develop a special bond of trust and respect. My flute teachers throughout the years have greatly influenced my personal development, so I approach the mentorship of my students with the kind of care that will help them grow throughout many aspects of their lives.
I just recently moved to the Greater Phoenix Area. I have a very strong passion for singing and bringing music to others. I have three degrees in opera, but I have worked professionally singing everything from standard ballads to gospel songs. Performing all over the world has given me the opportunity to sing and learn things about other cultures that I would otherwise never have known about. My most recent accomplishment was singing the leading role of Hoffman in the french opera Les contes d'hoffman in Perieuguex France in the summer of 2012. I was recently added to the roster as a tenor at the Arizona Opera. I hope to meet some wonderful new students here in Arizona!
During my time at NEC I was a teachers assistant, assistant to the artistic director, and an office assistant. I worked with the NEC Jazz Youth Orchestra to help students develop aural, and sectional skills. During my breaks from school I assisted at several junior highs and high schools in the east valley. My education in Boston demanded management of a vigorous rehearsal schedule, leadership within music organizations, and countless hours of individual practice and rigorous coursework.
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Review by Nancy
Darrell is A-Maz-Ing! He demands results from his students and therefore results come quickly. The time he spends teaching is intense and packed with great instruction. He is a tough teacher but offers lots of valuable instruction that is applicable for music as well as life in general. I highly recommend Darrell if you are ready for results!
Review by Natalie Kretcher
I really like her. And as an adult student, a good teacher who keeps the pace up but still keeps it reasonable in terms of difficulty is really hard to find. She does a great job of explaining little detail things in terms I (as a musically challenged human) can understand. I'm having a blast! 10/10 would recommend!
Review by Brooklyn
Laura is a fabulous teacher. She explains concepts to me using concrete examples so that I can understand changes that I need to make to my posture, breathing, phrasing, etc. She makes warm-up exercises fun, and she's got a great sense of humor over all. Her teaching style is collaborative, more egalitarian (she respects what I already know and meets me at my level), tailored to my particular interests and strengths, and I always look forward to our lessons!
Review by Scott
David is not only a great musician and educator but also a delightful human. We began using David six years ago as a piano teacher for my two boys. Since then my eldest moved on to acoustic and electric guitar and my youngest electric and stand up bass. Somewhere along the way I began to take guitar lessons also (I was David's most bearded student at age 48). David always came prepared to lead but also to follow, he often asked what we were listening to and taught us how to play it. His ability to listen to a piece of music and transcribe it always left me amazed, we have several notebooks full of songs we learned individually or played as a group. After a shoulder injury David continued to impress by teaching me music theory instead of our usual lesson. I could go on forever, David made a positive impact on my family and feel fortunate to have met him.
Review by Brad Schimmer
I have been playing the drums for about 5 years and I have to say that Alvaro is very patient. He has opened me up to new styles of music and I can now play a Songo groove! What I liked most was that he was flexible in what I wanted him to teach me and would also bring in new material specifically to what I wanted him to show me. Overall, great patient teacher and would highly recommend! Thanks Alvaro!
Review by Tuvana
He is incredibly patient and really customizes his teaching style to the child. Both of my children are learning piano with him; they have learned so much and really enjoy the lessons. In fact, my daughter asked to learn another instrument (guitar) with him and is making great progress with that, too.
Review by Kaleen Todoroff
Noel is amazing. She is helping me to work toward my vocal goals for auditions to several musical theaters. She has helped me choose strong audition pieces and is teaching excellent ways to get the sound I need in a safe and healthy way. She works outside our lessons on new warm ups and new music pieces. She is the best.
Review by Ruslan
She is the most amazing teacher ever. She is not only w great teacher but she's so fun to work with. She has taught me so many things in such little amount of time things I didn't even know I could do. I recommend Andrea to everyone. She is an amazing singer and cares a lot about her students. She's the best!!
Review by Nicole V.
"My daughter is 10 years old and has been taking piano lessons with Mr. Dale J. for almost 4 years now. She is progressing nicely. His kind and gentle way make for a very positive learning experience. Mr. Dale J. is encouraging without being harsh or belittling. He is patient and the ideal instructor for my daughter."
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