Piano, Singing, Violin, Broadway Singing, Cello, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Fiddle, Viola
A versatile musician and teacher, Nashville-born musician James is dedicated to music through education, performance and personal growth. James has a diverse background in the musical arts. He has served as violinist and principal violist in many orchestras and ensembles. As a vocalist, James has sung in opera, oratorio, master-classes and recitals as a countertenor soloist. He has served as director of the Clarksville Youth Orchestra at Austin Peay State University and currently serves as the Director of Music Ministries for Cloyd's Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Mt. Juliet, TN. He maintains a private studio in Nashville, TN and is on the faculty of the Allegro School of Music.
James has studied with many experts in vocal science and pedagogy and has had the wonderful opportunity to study with Linda Ferrara, D. Lance Respess, Richard Miller, world-class early music expert Nancy Zylstra and twentieth-century vocal music expert Sharon Mabry. He has had masterclasses with the Metropolitan Opera's Bodo Igesz, leading French-diction coach Elvia Pucinelli, vocal pedagogue Richard Miller, and Thomas King, director of the AIMS Gratz program. As a violinist and violist, James has studied with music-education specialist Sara Johnson, Francis Elliot, Nashville Recording-Artist Randall Olson, and concert violinist Stefan Petrescu.
As an educator, he has served on the faculties of the Cumberland Arts Institute, W.O. Smith School of Music, Murfreesboro City School System, School of the Arts at Austin Peay State University and the East Nashville School of Music. He has taught hundreds of students in various formats ranging from one-on-one studio settings to entire youth symphony orchestras. He has been active as an adjudicator, participant, and member of various competitions and education-related conventions. He also maintains membership with various educational organizations such as the American String Teacher’s Association, Music Educator’s National Conference, and Early Music America.
In addition to working with and coaching Grammy award-winning artists, Mr. W's students have auditioned, been selected and have performed in the Tennessee Mid-State and All-State Choir and Orchestra Festivals. His students have also performed in several professional and amateur performances across the Southeast. They have also gone on to major in music earning tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships from prestigious conservatories and colleges across the country. Many of his students have become professional musicians across many genres, educators themselves, or satisfied amateur hobbyists.
Piano, Singing, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Speaking Voice
I love teaching! How incredible it is to aid people in the joy of music, build their confidence, and help them sing with ease and comfort! I’m a classical vocal performance graduate from Belmont University. I have sung all over the world, as a soloist with a mission’s organization The New America Singers. We sang in Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines, South Korea, Russia and Germany, with our largest audience being over 6,000 people. I have performed several solo concerts in Germany, directed Children's Musicals, and have been teaching private voice at home studio, the YMCA in Brentwood, as well as at Ezell Harding. Teaching voice is something that I am passionate about. I had some vocal health issues when I was younger, but thankfully I had an incredible teacher who not only helped me fix them but also taught me how to help others. I do not teach children under the age of 12 because their voices are not developed enough, and so it can cause them more harm as they get older. Many of my vocal issues that I had to work though was because I started to young, and I do not want your kids to have to go through that. I have been teaching the past few years, and have enjoyed every minute of it. I am excited to be able to help students who wish to improve their vocal abilities. Whether it is for the pursuit of a singing career, correction of vocal issues, if you have always wanted to sing on key, or you just want to sound better, I can help you accomplish your goals.
Singing, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Trumpet, French Horn
30 years as a professional musician.
Served as a Baptist church musician in Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and Kentucky.
Have sung with Nashville Opera for the last 10 years. Have also sung with Kentucky Opera, and Ft.Worth Opera.
Music has allowed me to travel to Europe and even Africa.
Currently teaching Voice and Music Appreciation at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, TN.
An ENTHUSIASTIC member of the Hendersonville Community Band.
Singing, Acting, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Opera Voice, Speaking Voice
Stephanie J. graduated with a Masters of Art in Teaching in Music Education from Indiana University in 2002. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of West Florida. Stephanie enjoyed singing with The Indiana University Opera and The African American Choral Ensemble, during her graduate work. She has performed the role of Gretel in the opera Hansel and Gretel and has performed Mendelssohn’s Elijah at Carnegie Hall with vocal solos under the direction of world renowned baritone Sherill Milnes. Stephanie has performed in such musicals as Sweeney Todd, Hello Dolly, Showboat, Lil' Abner and many more. Her current students can be seen in lead roles in their high school productions, as well as in community theatre.
Stephanie is currently an adjunct professor in the Voice Department at the School of Music at Middle Tennessee State University and is a former music educator in Murfreesboro City Schools and Rutherford County Schools. Stephanie maintains a voice studio of 20 students year round in Murfreesboro, TN. She is a member of the International award-winning TuneTown Show Chorus, and a member of NATS the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She has taught all ages, from babies in Music with Mommie classes to the maturing voice. Stephanie feels blessed to be able to do what she loves on a daily basis as a profession. Her passion and joy is teaching her students how to properly use their voices so they can find the artist within.
Singing, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Opera Voice
- Adjunct Professor of Jazz Voice, Middle Tennessee State University
- Masters Degree in Jazz Voice Performance, Western Michigan University
- Bachelors Degree in Classical Voice Performance, Florida State University
Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Speaking Voice
"Sarah's voice is rich, warm, expressive, and maintains a natural and authentic beauty." - Classical Singer Magazine.
Sarah has been teaching voice for the last 5 years in her studio.
Sarah sings professionally for churches, in studios on Music Row, and for companies like the Nashville Symphony.
Sarah writes and records her own music, singer/songwriter and christian music.
Sarah loves to perform opera and contemporary music in concert halls as well as public venues like art galleries and street festivals.
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