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Masters of Music, Vocal Performance - West Virginia University Bachelos of Music, Vocal Performance - The Catholic University of American
International Career with “Inspiring and Powerful” Voice American Soprano Susanna L. is a native of Washington, D.C. Critics have hailed Ms. L. for her, “inspiring and powerful voice.” She holds a BM degree from Catholic University of America and MM degree from West Virginia University, studies with Mr. Neil Semer of New York and Berlin, and maintains studios in Dubai and Washington, D.C.. International Performer Ms. L. sang with the 7 Sopranos, a classical group in DC, at the Kennedy Center, and in summer festivals in Tanglewood, Princeton, New Jersey, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Miami.
Credited roles include Mrs. Nolan (The Medium), Lady Billows (Albert Herring), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan Tutte), Jade (Dead Man Walking), and Krystyna (Out of Darkness). She performed Musetta (La Bohème) in concert in Austria, Mother (Hansel and Gretel) in the 2017 Abu Dhabi NSO production, and recently in the Liverpool Philharmonic’s production of Falstaff. In the UAE, she has performed with the Emirates Opera and the Dubai Wind Symphony, and in recitals in various venues, including the American Consulate and the 2014 Global Thinkers Gala honoring Flemish composer Dirk Brossé.
T e a c h i n g Welcomes All Students Ms. L. values and inspires her students. She says: As a professional singer, I want to share what I have learned with my students and help them achieve their goals. All singers—no matter where they are on their musical journey—are welcome in my studio. She guides her students of whatever age and experience to learn about themselves, through their love of singing. All singers are welcome! Studios in America (Washington, DC & Fort Wayne, Indiana) and Dubai, UAE. Ms. L. spends her time between Fort Wayne, Indiana, Washington, DC, her hometown, and Dubai, UAE. She maintains studios in all three cities. She also lectures to semi-professional and children's choirs in Dubai and has held Vocal Masterclasses for professional musical productions on proper singing technique, emphasizing the importance of vocal health. She enjoys working with young singers, and also with adult singers of any age. Students Accepted by Prestigious U.S. and International Programs Top conservatories and university programs in the United States have accepted her students, many from The American School of Dubai. Her students are currently studying at Indiana University, Manhattan School of Music, Boston University, The University of Maryland - College Park, Pace (NYC), Peabody (Baltimore), Catholic University (Washington, D.C.), University of Oklahoma, and Boston Conservatory. Her students have also been accepted by prestigious and competitive all-state and international choir festivals, sponsored by AIMS - Association for Music in International Schools, in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, and by NATS (National Association for Teachers of Singing) competitions in the United States.
Ms. L.’s fresh approach to vocal pedagogy begins with the traditional vocal methods of the Italian School of Bel Canto Singing - which translates to beautiful and healthy singing ... and then combines it with a new and modern vocal pedagogical approach which combines a singers own self - their heart, mind, and body and how all these things combined then lead to an emotional connection to music and themselves as artists and humans. Each singer has their own unique instrument - we need to help them find their own voice which is different than any other person’s on this planet. She uses scientific understanding of vocal function - talking about proper body alignment, breathing technique, diction, tongue and jaw tension, and the importance of vocal health. The vocal folds are one of the most delicate sets of muscles in our bodies. She uses the science of singing and coordinate it the heart, mind, and body - the singers body, their instrument.
When meeting a new student, I try to make the student comfortable and at ease. Singing is such a personal thing, so feeling safe is important. I begin by asking about a students goals and getting to know them. I discuss breathing, technique and their musical backgroud so I can figure out how to best help that student. We are all at different stages of our musical journeys - no two students are the same. I hope students build confidence and a passion for music for the rest of their life's. I also want students to enjoy and learn.
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