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MM, Manhattan School of Music, Voice
BFA/BA, Carnegie Mellon University, Vocal Performance/ Creative Writing
2015 - Manhattan School of Music Scholarship
2014 - Williamson Foundation for Music Grant
2013 - Masterclass with Sherrill Milnes
I am a passionate performer and teacher who loves sharing my love for music with students. I graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing and Vocal Performance. I continued my training at Manhattan School of Music and received my Master of Music in Voice in 2016. I have been lucky enough to study and perform all over the world, such as Oderzo, Italy, and Belle-Ile, France. I am currently a working opera singer in New York and continue to train and perform. This summer, I will be performing in Leoš Janáček's "The Cunning Little Vixen".
I began teaching private lessons while I was at Carnegie Mellon University. I teach my students how to make sound and to breathe correctly. By teaching a healthy way of singing, students are less likely to damage their vocal chords later on in life. Regular practice on a consistent schedule will help the student to progress and therefore allow them to move on to more challenging music. I like to give a basis of classical music and classical voice technique which the student can then use for whichever genre they prefer to sing. Most importantly, I want my students to have fun and enjoy singing. Music is meant to be fun! I want to work with my students and help them learn the music that they want to sing. I am always excited to work with new students, of every skill level!
For all of my students, I like to begin by teaching correct "warm-up" methods. It is important to learn how to "warm-up" correctly so as not to hurt your voice. These methods usually differ from student to student, depending on their voice. For beginning students, I would like to begin with "Twenty-Four Italian Songs and Arias". For younger children, I would start with fun songs such as musical theatre or show tunes. I am always excited to work on any music that a student brings in. Whatever the student is singing should be a piece that they enjoy.
Nothing is more important than the student enjoying themselves. I want to encourage my students' passion for music by allowing them to learn at their own pace. I believe in encouragement and positive reinforcement, I will never discourage a student to study music. Music is for everyone and should never be considered out of reach for anyone. We will explore the music that the student is passionate about and I will help them learn it so that they can perform the piece to the top of their ability. Every student is different and I look forward to tailoring my lessons to their needs and wants.
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