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MM, Bowling Green State University, Vocal Performance BA, Carthage College, Musical Theater/Theater
2016- Resident Artist, Toledo Opera 2015- BGSU Art Song Competition Finalist 2014- Bowling Green State University Graduate Teaching Assistant 2007- Carthage College School of Music Merit Scholarship
I am a working opera and musical theater performer who is passionate about teaching! I graduated in 2011 from Carthage College (Kenosha WI) with a degree in Musical Theater Performance and a minor in Theater, and I went back to school for my Masters in Vocal performance at Bowling Green State University where I had lots of great performance opportunities as well as valuable teaching experiences. I have performed internationally with programs abroad in Italy and Germany. I also had the opportunity of being a resident artist with Toledo Opera to gain valuable experience. I am now a resident of New York City to explore even more opportunities!
I began teaching voice and piano lessons in grad school and have been teaching for the past 5 years. I love sharing my passion for the voice as an instrument, and I feel that a strong foundation of music theory and keyboard skills is a must for vocalists. I enjoy incorporating all of these skills into lessons. I've also found that no matter what style and genre of music interests you there is a primary fundamental healthy technique as the foundation for all of them, and I find it ver exciting and thrilling to develop the skills needed to unlock this vocal freedom! My experience working in both opera and musical theater genres has proven over and over that although they are very different techniques, they help each other in a big way!
I like to tailor my lesson plans to each individual student. For vocalists, I take age and ability into account and will usually target one or two elements of technique at a time. Once I have a grasp on their level and voice type and what sorts of music they are interested in, I will pick out repertoire that will be fun and challenging for the student, and will put into practice the elements of technique we work on in warm ups. For beginning piano students I use Piano Adventures Lesson books by Hal Leonard. I will establish which level they are and suggest which book/level we start with. Once the student has learned the fundamentals, I like to introduce some solo repertoire and build from there.
I strive to make a true connection with my students and give them lots of opportunity for growth and exploration in our music lessons. It is exciting and rewarding for me and my students to unlock new discoveries and make progress! I like to encourage this by setting realistic goals and giving opportunities to perform for each other and create a safe place to try new things. I believe music to be so richly rewarding for anyone. It strengthens the mind, builds self confidence, and provides an outlet for the creativity we all have within us! Let's have some fun!
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