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BM, Northern Kentucky University, Music Performance (vocal emphasis)
2019- Citation Award from Nassau County, NY
2015- Debut album added to SiriusXm Radio "Siriusly Sinatra" channel heard worldwide
2014- Performed at the prestigious cabaret nightclub "The Metropolitian Room" in New York City
2013- PBS Fundraiser- performed in Los Angeles California with "JT and California Dreamin" (40 piece orchestra)
2012- "Artist of the Week" on Long Island NY's Jazz and Standards radio station WHLI 1100 AM
2009/2010- “Birdland“- Performed at the New York City legendary Jazz club as a guest artist
2009-present- Vocalist of Swingtime Big Band - Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky/Indiana’s premiere 17 piece swing band. Performs at weddings, private events, night clubs, etc. Performed at the 2009 opening night of the Cincinnati Red’s game.
Music is my passion, and I strive to keep the music from yesterday alive by performing them, and encouraging and teaching others to do the same. It is most important to be unique, and to find your own sound, your own voice. I started singing professionally when I was 12 years old. My style eventually evolved to what it is today. I am still learning, and I will continue to learn to become a better singer and musician. My influences range from Ella Fitzgerald, to Dean Martin, to Tony Bennett, and Barbra Streisand, to name several. I take what I like from those artists, and add my own sound to it. I had the opportunity to perform with JT and California Dreamin in Southern California for a PBS fundraiser. That band leader is John Tu, the founded of the Sim Card. I perform regularly with jazz combos, and with a 17 piece Big Band. I consider myself mainly a jazz/cabaret singer, but I sing in many styles and genres. I also write my own music. I am working on my third album. I am very proud to say that my music has been played on radio stations throughout the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Australia, and Russia, and worldwide through the Siriusly Sinatra channel on SiriusXM radio. Hopefully more to come! I have been teaching both voice, and beginning piano since 2015, in Cincinnati Ohio and on Long Island in New York.
I mainly use my own performing experience as a method to teach. I developed my own style throughout the years of performing...what works and what doesn't. But its all about experimenting, and getting out of the box. As a jazz singer, it's all about this. But I have studied classical and opera in college, so I have the knowlege of proper singing techniques, breathing techniques, etc. So with the combination of vocal experiences, there is a time and place for each type of singing, and I will pass that along to my students. In the past, I have taught a couple of students who were beginners. One student was not American, and I had to teach her proper English pronunciation, while teaching her vocal technique. She was a hard worker, and came prepared the next week. Therefore, I could work at a faster level with her, then could I with another student who was progressing more slowly. If I can make a difference by teaching, in vocal technique, but also in the love of music, having fun, and finding and tapping into the creative part of my students, then I did my job.
I help others discover their own sound...their own voice. That is what I hope for all future generations. Not to sound like anyone else, but to sound like themselves. It's not always about knowlege, or technique, but it's about style and imagination. I will use all those things as a teacher. My goal is for my students to work with what they have in the way that works best for them. Each student will be unique, and will be taught differently. It depends on the student as far as their skill level. I can start with scales, and basic warm ups, and move on to songs that they like that is within their level. I want the student to enjoy coming to a lesson, so I will pick songs or they will pick songs that they like, and if I feel they are up to the challenge, we will work on those songs. But in the mean time, work on techniques, musically, and breathing techniques, finding a method that will work to correct the weaknesses they have. Each student learns differently, so its about finding the method that works for that particular student. We will work on range, pitch (if thats an issue), vocal warm ups, diction (English or any other language they are up to learning...again it depends on their skill level), and more.
Once I find out their level, I take things one step at a time. I always do warm ups, and exercises based on wha t they need work on. I am patient with the students but I do expect them to come prepared. If they do well, I will absoutely let them know, and if they need to work on something, I politely let them know. I want this to be an experience they enjoy, and want to practice, so that's why I am patient, and nice. But I will let them know what they need to do, and make the situation as fun as possible.
My lessons with Samantha are just fine. Even going to be in her recital as the oldest student in Franklin Square.
Samantha is the best teacher and professional.
She connects well with my daughter, and my daughter really enjoys the lessons!
The best voice teacher that I ever had!
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