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MM, Texas State University, Voice Performance BM, University of Texas at San Antonio, Voice Performance
2015 - Founded small opera company 2013 - Texoma NATS finalist 2013 - Soloist with Texas State Symphony Orchestra for the Art Song Symposium 2011 - South Texas NATS winner 2008,9,10 - South Texas NATS finalist
I love to perform and I love to teach! As a performer, I am comfortable in opera, musical theater, recital, and concert settings. I have had the pleasure of performing with organizations like Opera Piccola, San Antonio Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Austin, the Theater Company of Fort Lee, Capitol Opera Richmond, and Classical Revolution RVA. I received my Master of Music in Voice Performance from Texas State University in 2014 and my Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2011. I have studied with nationally acclaimed singers and pedagogues, and would love nothing more than to share the wisdom I've gained in my many years of vocal study.
I have been teaching voice lessons for almost ten years to students of all ages, skill levels, and preferred genres. Many of my students have been successful on stage, in auditions, competitions, and in gaining acceptance into music schools across the country. My focus is to guide my student in finding their own voice in a healthy way. Every student has a different goal in taking voice lessons. Many have wanted to persue music as a career in some form or fashion; others just enjoy singing and would like to realize their full musical potential. I do my best to create a comfortable yet challenging environment that allows students to thrive.
I like to begin with getting a sense of where the student is in their musical development. Then, it's all about the basics! I address breathing, body alignment, relaxation/tension, and all of the aspects of singing through exercises tailor-made to address the student's individual and immediate needs. For most of my students, I will provide specific pieces that will help in their development and keep their interest. I have, on occasion, had students request to only work on technique through vocal exercises without singing an actual song. Some students will bring in pieces that they would like to work on. In the end, I strive to help my students in a way that suits their needs and interests.
Singing is a difficult skill to teach. Our instrument is internal and is affected by our emotions, stress level, how much sleep we've had, even what we ate for breakfast! Because of this, I feel it is important to maintain a comfortable environment. I encourage my students to let go of their self-doubt and allow themselves to make mistakes. Although I keep lessons friendly, warm, and encouraging, I expect students to work hard and take their lessons seriously. Balance is necessary to keep from getting discouraged or burned out.
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