MFA, California Institute of the Arts, Vocal Performance BA, University of Portland, Music
2014 - Featured Soloist at REDCAT at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
2013 - Featured Teacher for CalArts Advancement Newsletter Article
2011-2013 - California Institute of the Arts Music and Academic Scholarship
2005-2009 - University of Portland Music Merit Scholarship
2008 - University of Portland Vocalist of the Year
I am a vocalist and instructor originally from Portland, Oregon. I have enjoyed performing since I was very young, and have over 15 years of vocal training. I can usually be heard singing opera and classical repertoire, but I also sing musical theater, pop, jazz, country, and contemporary styles. Throughout my time as an artist I have had the opportunity to record an album with my family of singers, tour Eastern Europe with my University choir, and work with new music composers and vocal electronics at CalArts.
I began teaching voice as an undergraduate student at University of Portland, and I have grown to love working with all ages and all styles. I have most recently had the opportunity to teach a college course at CalArts, private lessons to college level students at the institute, and group voice classes to K-3rd graders through the Community Arts Partnership. During this past summer I also served as Vocal Director for a music summer camp for children of all ages.
I believe that every style can and should be approached with appropriate traditional technique. My students focus on learning to use their whole body as their instrument with proper breathing, posture, and diction. Once great technique is learned, you can use this knowledge for any style and maintain a healthy voice. With each new student we discuss to make sure I know their goals and what they would like to gain from studying the voice. I want my students to have a great time, enjoy their music, and learn tools to use in their everyday practice and performance.
The voice is the most personal of all instruments. No matter what level or age you are, singing is a powerful way to portray emotions and stories. I love tailoring each lesson for each student to ensure that they are enjoying themselves and acheiving their goals in a healthy way. I work very closely with my students to give them the freedom to sing the pieces they are interested in while also offering repertoire that challenges and encourages vocal growth. We begin each lesson with warm ups and technical exercises, and then spend the last half of the lesson working on assigned music. I encourage my students to take notes or record their lessons to remember their vocal warm ups in their own practice.