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DMA, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Voice MM, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Voice BM, Indiana University, Voice Performance BME, Indiana University, Voice
2014-University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Graduate Assistantship 2012-University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Merit Scholarship 2007-Young Artist Music Academy of the West 2005-Young Artist Merola Opera Program, San Francisco Opera Center 2002-2003-Fulbright Scholarship Duesseldorf, Germany
I am an opera singer who recently returned to the US from Germany and have a passion for teaching. I received my Doctor of Musical of Arts in voice from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 2016. While at CCM I had the opportunity to teach the freshmen musical theatre majors, which I loved. I lived in Germany for 18 months where I coached with some of the greats of the opera world. I've had the chance to participate in young artist programs including the Merola Opera Program and Central City Opera.
I have been teaching voice for over 10 years. Since I had a passion for teaching I decided to go back to school to obtain my Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. While I was in school I had a graduate assistantship and taught voice elective students and musical theatre freshmen. I also had my own private studio while I was in school. I always encourage my students to do auditions so that they can have a goal in which to reach. I teach a variety of musical styles, ranging from classical to musical theatre to rock and pop.
I usually start with breathing exercises and vocalises for all students. I also use the exercise books Concone and Sieber. After the student has grasped the breathing and the coordination of the vocalises we move on to repertoire that is age appropriate. I encourage my students to sing in Italian as this helps them to acquire a proper technique because Italian uses pure vowels. I have studied with some great teachers and feel like I need to pass on those methods to the next generation of musicians.
I believe that teaching voice does not involve a one-size-fits-all method. Every one is different, and therefore every voice is unique. It's important to treat each voice individually. A positive teaching environment is vital to encourage a student's progress. Lessons should also be fun. If the student is not having fun then something is not right. I also listen to the students and find out what repertoire and styles they would like to work on. I also think it is important to help build the confidence of the student. Negativity has no place in my studio.
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