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Piano, Singing, Broadway Singing, Opera Voice, Speaking Voice
Elizabeth has been praised for her “clear ringing soprano voice”, excellent comic timing, and “warm and enlightening” performances (The News Journal of Wilmington, DE). She is a versatile singer and actively performs in musical theatre, operetta, and opera. She is also an established and respected voice and piano teacher.
Elizabeth's most recent appearances include featured performances with New Voices Cabaret at the Society Hill Playhouse in Center City, the role of Woman 2 in My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra with Mainstage Center for the Arts in Blackwood, NJ, and the role of Peaches/ Baby Jane in Jerry Springer: The Opera with Bootless Stageworks in Wilmington. She has performed numerous leading roles with Philadelphia area Gilbert and Sullivan companies, most notably appearing as Angelina in Trial by Jury with The Savoy Company, winning “Best American Production” at the 2011 International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival. Her G &S performance credits include the roles of Patience (Patience), Yum-Yum (The Mikado), Rose Maybud (Ruddigore), Phyllis (Iolanthe), and Fiammetta (Gondoliers). Additionally, she has pioneered roles in new operas, including Gwendolyn in The Crowded House at the 2010 Philly Fringe Festival and Zelda in Black Horses with OperaDelaware at the 2009 Wilmington Fringe Festival. She “tackled the challenging score with gusto, her beautiful soprano and excellent diction winning in even the highest vocal points” (The Community News of Wilmington, DE).
Elizabeth holds an M.M. in vocal performance from West Virginia University, where she was featured in numerous WVU Opera Theatre productions and was the soprano soloist with WVU Choirs in Faure's Requiem and Handel's Lord Nelson Mass. While at WVU, Elizabeth resumed taking lessons at the piano, which she had previously studied for many years, and exceeded the piano proficiency level required by the university. She also holds a B.A. in music and international studies from Emory University. Elizabeth has studied and performed internationally, both at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, where she was the recipient of the Lemmonds Scholarship, and at the Bel Canto program in conjunction with L’Arena di Verona opera company in Verona, Italy.
As a graduate assistant at WVU, Elizabeth taught voice lessons to music education and performance majors as well as a course on vocal pedagogy. After graduating, she served as adjunct faculty, in which capacity she taught vocal repertoire and opera theater. She has maintained a private studio since 2005, in which she instructs students in voice and piano.
Acting, Piano, Singing, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Opera Voice, Speaking Voice
Alexis attended college at the University of Delaware and graduated cum laude with a double major in Music Performance: Voice and Music Education: Choral/Vocal. During her time at the University of Delaware, she was involved in numerous musical ensembles including Collegium Musicium , and performed as a soloist on a number of occasions, including two solo recital programs and major roles in the UD Opera Theater program (UDOT). Alexis has performed as a soloist and ensemble singer for the UD Schola Cantorum, The UD Chorale, and the Newark Symphony Chorus. Her solo performance work includes such roles as Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro (UDOT), Despina in Cosi fan tutte (UDOT), Anna in The King and I (St. Marks Theater Co.), and Grace Farrell in the Wilmington Drama League’s production of Annie, where she received rave reviews for her “musically impressive” and “soaring” performance from The News Journal. Alexis starred again as Despina in Opera Lancaster's production of Cosi in October, 2011. She will be performing as the soprano soloist in the Newark Symphony Orchestra's Performance of Mozart's Solemn Vespers in February of 2014.
In theater, Alexis has played both comic and serious roles, including a striking female interpretation of E. K. Hornbeck in Inherit the Wind. Alexis has also worked in film, recently completing the production of Dead on Delmarva, a zombie-comedy-thriller produced by Arkham Productions scheduled to be released in 2013, and is looking forward to working with Arkham Productions again on a future film.
In addition to her acclaim as a performer, Alexis gained recognition for her work as a choral conductor and voice teacher, working with the UD Opera Theater Chorus, New Ark United Church of Christ adult and children's ensembles, and was the music director for the production of Les Miserables at Mt. Pleasant High School. Alexis currently works as a vocal coach for The Tatnall School as well as the as the assistant conductor for The Episcopal Church of the Advent in Kennett Square, PA.
When speaking of her career, she comments, “Performing music and drama is not just a passion for me; it’s my sense of purpose. Whether I am working on a role, singing in an opera, developing a character, teaching a student; it completely fulfills me. I don’t just want to do it because I love it. I need music.”
Singing, Broadway Singing, Opera Voice
Meghan currently lives in Philadelphia PA, and is an Adjunct Voice Instructor at the University of Delaware. She also teaches private voice at The St. Andrew’s School in Middletown Delaware, and at the University of Delaware Community Music School. She maintains a private voice studio in the Philadelphia area, and is an active performer throughout the region.
Meghan is a recent graduate of the University of Delaware where she earned the degree of Master of Music in Voice Performance under the teaching of Dr. Robert Brandt. At the University of Delaware, Meghan was last seen as Rosalinda in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, and as Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with the University of Delaware Opera Theater, where she served as the Graduate Teacher’s Assistant for both the Voice and Opera Departments from 2009-2011. Meghan performed as Juliette in Scenes from Roméo et Juliette with the University of Delaware Opera Workshop, as well as directed scenes from Carmen, Hamlet and Die Fledermaus during her time at UD.
She earned her Bachelors of Music in Voice Performance at Penn State University, where she studied Voice with Dr. Susan Boardman. She was seen as Adele in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, a production that was a major collaboration between Penn State’s School of Music and School of Theater in 2008. Meghan had the wonderful opportunity to work under the talented Director Loren Meeker for the production. Throughout her time at Penn State, Meghan appeared in numerous roles with the Penn State Opera Theater, the Penn State School of Theater and the Penn State Children’s Opera. Some of her favorite roles include Herself in Milton Granger’s The Proposal, La Musica in Scenes from Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, Harry in Britten’s Albert Herring and Monica in scenes from Menotti’s The Medium. Meghan was also extremely involved in the Penn State Children’s Opera. She played the title role in the world premiere of Trinkley and Charnesky’s Chicken Little, sang in the chorus of Stone Soup with the Williamsport Symphony, and also played Jack’s Mother in Jack and the Beanstalk. In addition to performing in these children’s operas at Penn State, Meghan has also performed on three summer tours with the Penn State Children’s Opera to promote opera and music throughout Central Pennsylvania Schools.
Meghan has participated in prestigious summer training and Young Artist programs such as The Bay View Music Festival, where she performed the role of Nella in both Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and the Michigan premier of Michael Ching’s Buoso’s Ghost. She attended Songfest Music Festival in Malibu California as a Young Artist and was a featured performer in their “French Operetta Concert”, as well as the “American Art Song is Alive and Well” Concert and performed in Master Class for renowned musicians including Margot Garrett and Lisa Saffer. She has also attended the Florence Voice Seminar through Westminster Choir College, where she studied with a fantastic faculty of vocal coaches and voice teachers that included the world renowned bass Julian Rodescu, Sally Wolf of Westminster Choir College and vocal coach Danielle Orlando of The Curtis Institute of Music and the Academy of Vocal Arts. In addition to performing in numerous master classes while in Florence, Meghan performed the role of Susanna in scenes from Le Nozze di Figaro.
In addition to her performance experience, Meghan was a Preliminary Round Finalist in the Classical Singer High School and University Competition in 2011, and achieved the First Place prize in the Division 11, Advanced Lower bracket in the Delaware District NATS Student Auditions. She has been awarded the Jury Honor’s Recognition Award and Jury Honors Award for outstanding performance in her Jury Evaluations at Penn State. She has been featured as a soloist with the Oberlin College Singers, the Penn State Concert Choir, and the Penn State Baroque Ensemble and has toured with the University of Delaware Chorale throughout Spain.
My passion for classical music is mainly rooted in opera and classical voice, which is my area of expertise. I aim to help students to explore classical techniques of breathing, phonation and exploration of repertoire that is fulfilling, challenging and fun to sing! Although opera is certainly my specialty, I also have taught many students interested in exploring the musical theater genre, and who are active singers and performers in musical theater productions and operetta as well. I am extremely comfortable teaching both genres, as I feel that good singing is good singing, no matter what type of music we work on together.
Accent Reduction, Acting, Child Acting, Choir, Classical Voice, Country Singing, Ear Training, Film Acting, Film and TV Acting, Gospel Singing, Jazz Voice, Musical Theater, Opera Singing, Singing, Stage Performance, Vocal Training, Voice Acting, Broadway Singing, Meisner Technique, Method Acting, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Shakespearean Acting, Speaking Voice, Theater Acting
I am an actor, singing actor and teaching artist based out of Philadelphia, PA. With over 20 years of experience in the field. I've helped thousands of students improve their vocal and performance capabilities whether as an actor, singing actor, or public speaker.
Current and past clients include The Walnut Street Theatre, Philly ASAP, Philly Senior Stage, The Minuetto Music Festival, and The Continuo Arts Foundation.
Come and study with me in a safe, professional environment here in my home studio, online, or in the comfort of your very own home.
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Acting, Singing, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Theater Acting
Sandra began her training at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia. She is a two time recipient of the Mario Lanza Award, and holds a B.M. degree in opera from the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts. She studied acting at both the Wilma and Walnut Theaters in Philadelphia. In New York, she studied Shakespeare at the HB Studios, and received on-camera training at the Weisst- Barron Commercial School. Sandra is a member of Actor's Equity.
Sandra was engaged for seven years at Theater des Westens in Berlin, Germany, where she performed extensively in Musicals and Operetta. She also toured throughout Germany with the ensemble "Operetten Express". In the U.S., Sandra has toured nationally with "Man of La Mancha" and "Carousel", and has performed leading roles in many regional theaters. She also performed in the Off-Broadway Musical "Mamaleh". Sandra has performed in over fifty productions of Musicals, Operetta, and Opera. Some of her favorite roles include: Aldonza (Man of La Mancha), Desiree (A Little Night Music), Marguerite (The Scarlet Pimpernel), Antonia (The Tales of Hoffmann), and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi).
As a director, Sandra has staged operas for Center City Opera Theater, the Delaware Valley Opera Company, Boheme Opera New Jersey, and the New York Metro Vocal Arts Ensemble. She is currently singing concerts with the vocal group "Touch of Classics", and can be seen in commercials for Time Warner, Cuisinart, The Skooter Store, and Aspercreme.
Singing, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice
Chosen as Teacher of the Week February 27th, 2012! Profiled on Takelessons.com Facebook page, and chosen from all the teachers of Takelessons across the country.
I love teaching, and I have learned so much from my students.
I have students of all kinds and ages, and teaching at home has brought so much richness to my life. I finished my Masters' degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy- the study of teaching- from Westminster Choir College in Princeton. I've been teaching in Philadelphia for more than 7 years, at the University of the Arts and West Chester University.
We work together to make lessons fun, productive, and make practicing easy. I make lots of practice recordings, warmup mp3's, music theory exercises and karaoke tracks, and I take notes during the lesson that I email to you. I am open to all styles of music and am currently teaching pop, R&B, rock, classical and folk styles.
Students and Experience
Since October 2011, I've been working through TakeLessons, and have broadened my teaching skills through the wider variety of students I've encountered: adults and children, gospel singers, singers under contract with managers, yoga teachers, clergy, young men with changing voices.
I have also taught many bilingual students, including English as Second Language and more recent immigrants. So far I've taught speakers of: Albanian, Creole, Greek, Khmer, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish and Tagalog speakers. Because of my classical background, I've sung in French, German, Russian, Italian, Latin and Spanish, and so I understand how singing in different languages changes your sound, and what to do to make you sound more authentic.
Currently, I am working on a career as an opera singer. I am studying privately every week with Randall Scarlata and work with pianists in the area on a routine basis. I may have a Masters degree, but it is common to study privately as your voice matures. So I'm still a student too. I took private acting lessons that helped me sing my music with emotional honesty, and helped me look good on stage.
My Musical Life
Auditions and more auditions! The singer's life is sometimes as much singing auditions as performing or rehearsing.
Working on putting a recital together of Viennese music for the spring!
This fall I am working on my German language skills, making promotional recordings, and all those auditions.
I picked up teaching at West Chester University to fill in for another teacher on leave, and have loved teaching the theatre students.
I spent the summer in San Francisco and had a great time singing fully staged operas of Mozart, Offenbach and Tchaikovsky!
I have been singing at the First Presbyterian Church on 21st and Walnut here in Philly and also at Keneseth Israel Reform Temple in Elkins Park since the autumn of 2012. Being a professional choir member is a big part of a classical singer's work as they gain stage experience and grow into a full solo voice.
I sang (and blogged for TakeLessons) from the Alpenkammermusik program in Liesing, Austria. This is a chamber music and art song (solo song with piano) training and performance session for 12 days. I worked with with my teacher, Randall Scarlata, as well as Sam Armstrong, a pianist and coach from London. My major piece is a work by Maurice Ravel with Cello, Piano and Flute, as well as some voice trios with piano by Bernstein, and duets by Mendelssohn and Schumann. Busy, busy. I was the cover role (understudy) of the Sandman in Hansel and Gretel at Delaware Valley Opera here in Philadelphia. The production is in English, not German, so kids can enjoy more easily. I sang as a chorus member for Amahl and the Night Visitors back in December and in their Broadway Review showcase in March, so they've been wonderful to me this year.
In February I sang the role of Mrs. Nolan in Gian Carlo Menotti's "The Medium" an American opera that will play in Princeton, NJ from February 17th-25th.
That summer I had two exciting professional engagements: I sang in the chorus of The Rake's Progress (Stravinsky) for the Princeton Festival and sang the role of Madame Larina in Eugene Onegin for Delaware Valley Opera Company in Narrowburg, NY. To have a full role with a professional company before my degree came in the mail is pretty wonderful, and makes me feel good about this challenging career choice.
I received my Masters' degree in May 2011.
While in school from 2009-2011, I sang with orchestra the mezzo-soprano roles in scenes from La Cenerentola, Rigoletto, and Carmen, and did a role study of Dorabella in Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte."
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."