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Broadway Singing, Choir, Classical Voice, College Admissions, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Singing, Speaking Voice, Stage Performance, Vocal Training
***Note to Bloomington, IN students, I will begin teaching as of 8/1/14, if want to sign up for lessons please contact me and I will handle it directly! I am moving from Memphis, TN and that is why it shows no availability. Thank you!***
Lesley is an accomplished classically trained operatic soprano at the beginning of her career. Lesley grew up all over the United States, attending high school in Tennessee where she was very active in high school theatre, playing roles like Aunt Eller in Oklahoma! and Glinda in The Wizard of Oz. Lesley currently sings operatic repertoire ranging from Mozart to Bernstein and loves new composers and exploring new music. Lesley has studied with numerous teachers, coaches, directors, and conductors who have shaped her as a musician, and hopes to be able to impart some of what she has learned. I love to sing, and would love to help you explore singing as well.
I taught in the Atlanta area for four years, as well as New Jersey and Boston, MA. I enjoy working with my students to discover and develop their true voice and passion for music! After studying vocal pedagogy, vocal anatomy, Body Mapping, Alexander Technique, acting, dance, movement, and of course years of musical study, I have honed my skills as a teacher and wants to share them with you! Healthy breathing, physicality, phonation, and resonance techniques are crucial to any style of singing - opera, classical, broadway, or pop. My students have performed in musicals, plays, choirs, and operas. They have received college scholarships, and won national competitions.
I hold a Master's degree in Opera Performance from The Boston Conservatory and a Bachelor's degree cum laude in Vocal Performance from Montclair State University. I attended the summer training programs at the Aspen Music Festival in Aspen, CO and the Seagle Music Colony in the Adirondacks. I have studied acting for over 6 years, and participated in straight theatre, as well as musical theatre. I have also coached with coaches from the Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Atlanta Opera, and many more!
I perform all over memphis, including with Opera Memphis and at St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral. My operatic roles include: Miss Jessel in Britten's, The Turn of the Screw, Mrs. Gobineau in Menotti's The Medium, The Female Chorus in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia, Clara Deluso in Pasatieri's Signor Deluso, Magda Sorel in Menotti's The Consul, Geraldine in Menotti's A Hand of Bridge, Ariadne in Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos, Elisabetta in Donizetti's Maria Stuarda, Contessa d'Almaviva in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Alice Ford in Verdi's Falstaff, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, and the Second lady in Die Zauberfl te. My theatre roles include: The Witch in Sondheim's Into the Woods, Aunt Eller in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!, Marion Hollander in Woody Allen's Don't Drink the Water, Glinda in The Wizard of Oz, Lucy in You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Bobby's Mother in Gershwin's Crazy For You. I am also featured on Albany Records release of Signor Deluso in the role I performed with the Opera Company of Brooklyn. I also perform at St. Columba's Episcopal Church in Suwanee, and am a frequent soloist there. I have performed the soprano solos in Verdi's Requiem, Faure's Requiem, and Gounod's St Cecilia Mass. Recently I worked closely with Stephen Schwartz - creator of the hit Broadway musical Wicked to create the starring role, Myra Foster, in his first opera - Seance on a Wet Afternoon.
In 2010 I was a Metropolitan Opera National Council Semi-Finalist. Most recently, I claimed third place and the Wagner award in the Orpheus National Vocal Competition. I was also recognized for excellence with the Benefactor's Award in the Saritelli DiPanni Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Fund as well as being a semi-finalist in the 2009 Jensen Competition. I enjoyed participating in NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) for many years, placing every year in college, and taking home first prize senior year. In my junior year, I won my entire division for the Eastern Regional NATS competitions. I also participated in the All State choirs for 3 years in high school, taking first chair soprano 1 in my senior year, and being awarded a solo.
Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Singing, 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.
*** Lesson Details ***
Sarah takes students whose voices are past the change from adolescence into adulthood in order not to strain or damage the delicate instrument.
Sarah will work toward the goals of the student which could emphasize:
Music School Preparation
Session work preparation
Each lesson can be audio and video recorded at the student's request.
*** Studio Equipment ***
- Music Stand
- Full length mirror
- recording software
- pop shield
- Ipod hookups
- Karaoke tracks
- Karaoke screen
- Music books
*** Specialties ***
Sarah is a trained classical singer. She teaches classical voice and coaches commercial voice.
Cellist Brady A. graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor's degree in Music where he studied cello with Jonathan Koh. As an avid orchestral musician, he has played in the cello sections of several local orchestras, such as the Stockton Symphony, Monterey Symphony, and Fresno Philharmonic. He was principal cellist of the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra and the Berkeley Chamber Orchestra, and belongs to several chamber groups, in addition to various other ensembles.
Brady is also an accomplished soloist, having won the Solano Symphony Young Artist Competition three times and the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition twice. This led to solo engagements performing Joseph Haydn's Cello Concerto in C major, Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto in E Minor, Antonin Dvorak's Cello Concerto in B Minor, Dmitri Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1 in Eb Major, and a rare double concerto for violin and cello by Camille Saint-Saens called La Muse et le Počte. Recently, Brady was asked back to perform the Schumann Cello Concerto in A minor with the Solano Symphony as a guest soloist. In 2011, Brady won second prize at the prestigious Music Teachers National Association’s (MTNA) nationwide competition, after winning first prize in both the state and regional MTNA competitions.
Brady's former teachers include Irene Sharp, Paul Rhodes and John Bennett. He has participated in master classes of Tamás Varga, Zuill Bailey, Emilio Colón, Mark Votapek, Irene Sharp, Wendy Sharp, the Alexander String Quartet and the Hausmann String Quartet. Brady enjoys performing many genres of music, and has recorded with many artists and groups, including Nataly Dawn, Cyprus Hill, and Jennifer Hudson. Brady recently branched out into hip hop, performing with Deltron 3030 at Rock the Bells 2012 and 2013, Stern Grove, and the Fillmore . An experienced cello teacher, Brady served as Jonathan Koh’s Teaching Assistant at UC Berkeley, and currently assists at Mr. Koh’s private studio, while maintaining his own private cello studio of 40 students in Pleasanton, CA. This fall, Brady will begin his master's degree in cello performance at Indiana University.
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