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BFA, Carnegie Mellon University, Vocal Performance MM, Mannes School of Music, Vocal Performance (currently attending)
2017 - Carnegie Mellon University Derdeyn Award in Voice 2014 - Robert E. McGuire Music Award from the Veterans of Foreign Wars with Resolution from the NYS Senate 2014 - IU Jacobs School of Music Premier Young Artist Award 2014 - National School Orchestra Award
I am a native of Long Island, New York, and have been trained in classical voice since I was eight years old and classical violin since I was three years old, working with world renowned artists. My most recent performances include Amy in Little Women with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival coached by the composer himself, Mark Adamo, and Cunegonde in selections from Candide with Carnegie Mellon University Opera. I was commissioned this past May to premiere the role of Idealized Martha in Trapped in a Mind with a Friend of Mine, a newly composed opera by Andrew Dewey.
Other operatic role experience of mine includes ensemble member and Adele (cover) in Die Fledermaus, Jenny Slade in Roman Fever, and Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte at Carnegie Mellon. I have also performed as a soloist with the Carnegie Mellon University choir and the CMU Singers chamber group. This past December I was the soprano soloist in the Fauré Requiem with the Carnegie Mellon University choir. In addition, I have attended the Redwoods Opera Workshop, the Savannah Voice Experience Festival, and the International Vocal Arts Institute where I performed the role of Le Converse in Suor Angelica and was a soloist on several concert programs. In 2015, I was also featured as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Clinton Symphony Orchestra under the baton of maestro Charles Schneider.
I also have years of experience performing in plays and musical theater. My most notable roles include Mrs.Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, Ariel in The Tempest, Lucinda in Into the Woods, Tessie Tura in Gypsy, and Elle Woods in Legally Blonde. I have also been playing the violin for years. I have performed with many orchestras, both chamber and symphonic, serving as concertmaster on several of these orchestras, in string quartets, and as a soloist.
I began teaching voice in college both privately and in group settings. In addition, I directed and taught music for two theater productions. I enjoy helping each student reach their unique goals as an individual. I am trained as an opera singer and I specialize in classical/operatic and musical theater repertoire. Additionally, I am trained in music theory, ear training, Eurhythmics, acting, Alexander technique, vocal pedagogy, French, Italian, German, and Greek so I can offer insight on any of these topics. I am passionate about inspiring others to cultivate their love for the arts!
With all my students, I like to first figure out their goals and tailor our lessons to match each individuals aspirations. For every singer I will assign various vocal exercises to practice each week. We also will work on sight-reading exercises to encourage a high level of musicianship. For beginners, I typically like to start with the 24 Italian Arias and/or light musical theater pieces to establish a good technical foundation and gradually move on to more advanced repertoire. I am completely open to students bringing in songs of their choice as long as I feel it is within range of their current abilities. It is important to me that my students are challenging themselves, and working on music that they enjoy singing.
I use the "bel canto" technique in my approach to singing, which translates to "beautiful singing". To me, beauty of sounds is the most important thing. Establishing a solid technique for singing healthily comes first, and artistry will follow. Technique and artistry are dependent upon each other. I like to recognize the accomplishments of my students and always encourage them to strive for more, because no artist is ever perfect! I nurture an environment where students learn to accept and welcome failures and mistakes as our mistakes are what help us grow. Ultimately, my mission is to make sure each student of mine has the tools to sing with proper technique, know how to approach a new piece of music with ease, and implement their own individual creativity and artistry to everything they do.
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