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2016 - Chicago Queer Arts Mentorship Program
2015 - Chicago Performance Lab - University of Chicago
2015 - American Traditions Vocal Competition - Winner
2010 - Selwyn Goldblatt Graduate Fellowship - Northwestern University
My love of music and performance started at a very young age. Piano lessons at 8 and singing in choirs around 9 years old and I've never stopped. I received my Masters Degree and Performance Certificate in Classical Voice from Northwestern University and my undergraduate degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Composition from Texas Tech University. I specialize in classical music, R&B, pop, and speech work centered around gender and identity. Prior to my move to New York I spent 18 months as an instructor with The Voice Lab in Chicago focusing on lessons, coaching, gender affirming speech work, band rehearsals, and songwriting. During my time at Northwestern I was a graduate assistant voice instructor/coach for students in the Music Theatre Non-Major program preparing students for auditions and performances.
Teaching has been a very big part of my story. I have been teaching for 14+ years - students of all ages and varying levels of experience. My main goal as a teacher is to equip students with the tools and understanding to achieve their goals. Whether you are looking to audition, perform, curious, a hobbyist, or really want to blow everyone away at the next karaoke function - there is space for you here. My studio is a place to play, explore with students who recognize the power in this art/work, and those that share the same sentiments. - “a place to practice the radical act of loving the way you sing.”
The essence behind my teaching style is constructed from an active gathering of ideas from the worlds of vocal pedagogy, body awareness, movement, emotional awareness, affirming language, and space holding. Developing a plan with the student versus “for” the student is also an essential piece to fostering success and allowing the student to witness their own understanding of the work - placing high emphasis on the journey and viewing snapshots on a timeline to recognize progress. While I implement many techniques and since I arrive from a holistic approach to the learning, I don't have a one size fits all mode. I enjoy learning how a student learns. Often times I will have a student do a bit of songwriting, maybe a couple lines - even though they didn't think that was an interest of theirs, but I've found that using many creative tools it allows for a student to hear THEIR own voice more clearly. A freedom and less judgement for where they are in their practice since it's completely new and what they have just created, no one else has.
My teaching style is creative! We are in this work together. I want to set you up for success no matter what your goals may be. I find ways to hone in on technique through song choices, visualization, the lyrics/text, poetry. Asking why a student is attracted to a specific song, pointing out some patterns of why they may like it, talking through the emotions behind it, or what it brings up and layering those "performance qualities" with simple techniques. Taking complex ideas or tasks and simplifying them so that the student can learn how to practice on their own. Most of the "AHA" moments come from their continued work outside of the lessons.
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