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Acting, Bass Guitar, Film Acting, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Broadway Singing, Classical Guitar, Improv Acting, Meisner Technique, Method Acting, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Shakespearean Acting, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Theater Acting, Ukulele
Athena has enjoyed tremendous success as a singer/songwriter, actress, musician and teacher. She is originally from Toronto, but is now based out of New York City.
Athena has released 5 CDs, toured North America (both as a singer/songwriter and as an actress), and taught voice, piano, guitar, songwriting and acting for the past 13 years. She has shared the stage Sarah McLachlan and Jim Carrey, and taught songwriting to 5th Grade girls with Lisa Loeb (the teaching project with Lisa Loeb was made into a documentary and premiered at Tribeca Cinemas). Currently, her music video LOVE IS LOVE is featured on MTV's LOGO TV.
As a teacher, Athena has worked at numerous schools, organizations, and colleges across North America, including Oregon State University, Montcalm College, Manhattan New Music Project, TADA!, and The Ontario Science Center. She teaches privately (voice, piano, guitar, acting & songwriting), and facilitates workshops to kids and adults on topics ranging from "Vocal Technique", to "Booking Your Own Tour", to "Creating Original Musical Theater",She also conducts staff development workshops on "Communication and Socialization through the Arts for Autistic Populations" in New York City schools. Athena teaches all ages (age 4-99) and ability levels (gifted - special needs).
As a singer/songwriter, Athena has released 5 original CDs and numerous dance singles. Her latest full length album, "Little Girl Dreams", was produced by Emmy/Grammy Winning Producer Cynthia Daniels (Melissa Etheridge, Dave Mathews Band, "Producers" on Broadway). Athena's music is storytelling pop with a theatrical twist. She combines a dramatic 4 octave range voice with gorgeous piano and guitar arrangements. She performs regularly in the New York circuit, at notable clubs including the Knitting Factory, The Cutting Room, and Jacob Javitz Center. She has been featured in radio, TV, newspapers and magazines around the world.
As an actress, Athena has appeared in numerous commercials, Film, TV and Off-Broadway productions including Fran in The Day They Shot John Lennon (Redmill Theater), "Mrs. Muldour" in Superfudge (National Tour), "Tina" in Love Sucks (NYMF Festival) and principle roles on the History Channel and CNN. She won Best Comedy at Canada's YTV Youth Achievement Awards (Judge Eugene Levy). She currently performs as a Lady Gaga Impersonator at corporate events across the country.
Athena's training began with classical piano at age 4, voice at age 8, acting at age 9, and guitar at 16. She began working as a professional actress in Film & TV at age 12, and recorded her first album at 20. She majored in Theater at Claude Watson School for the Arts in Toronto, and earned a BFA in Music from Concordia University in Montreal. She regularly attends master classes in New York, with internationally renowned teachers such as Neil Semer, Kimberly Vaughn, Garry Dial, Francine Kay, and Maggie Maes.
As a performer, Athena is bold, imaginative, and chilling. As a teacher, Athena is patient, creative, and inspiring.
Audition Prep, Classical Voice, Gospel Singing, Jazz Voice, Musical Theater, Opera Singing, Piano, Singing, Vocal Training, Voice Acting, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Speaking Voice
Sheena R., recently praised in the New York times as "a light, perky soprano", has appeared in numerous operatic roles and song recitals. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, she had the opportunity to work with world-renowned voice pedagogue Richard Miller as an assistant at the Otto B Schoepfle Vocal Arts Center. She completed her Graduate Study at the New England Conservatory, and had the great privilege to study with James McDonald and John Moriarty. She sang the Soprano Solo in Brahms' Requiem under the baton of choral icon Sir David Willcocks, as well as Zerlina in the Boston Opera Collaborative production of Don Giovanni. During her time in Boston she was also fortunate enough to sing for Renee Fleming and perform in the Boston premier of Steve Reich's Daniel Variations as one of four vocal soloists. She lived in New Orleans, where she was affiliated with the Louisiana Academy of the Performing Arts. She maintained a private studio of nearly 60 students, and helped them prepare for recitals, auditions, musicals, and choral performances. Since moving to New York in 2010 she has performed over 12 roles with Light Opera of New York, The Blue Hill Troupe, and Amore Opera, among others.
Acting, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Songwriting, Speaking Voice
have been performing professionally as a singer for 20 years in jazz, pop, opera, and musical theater in the Washington-DC area. I grew up mainly performing musical theater, but also sang with the Washington Opera and with the Choral Arts Society of Washington at Carnegie Hall, and sang the National Anthem for the Orioles and Washington Nationals Baseball teams, amongst other experiences. I then studied opera singing at McGill University in Montreal and in Austria and Italy, but also explored many genres of music within the Montreal music scene. After my studies, I moved to NYC and landed a position as an audio engineer intern at ishlab Studio in DUMBO. I was curious about musical creation on the other side of the glass and wanted to learn how to produce the music I create. Simultaneously, I joined gypsy jazz bands around NYC and Washington, DC and started performing in the jazz scenes to sing in a new stylistic way vocally (as compared to my opera studies). I then earned a place as one of six Artists in Residence at Strathmore Music Center in Maryland and moved to the DC area to participate in the fellowship program. It introduced me to the professional behind-the-scenes duties of a working musician and offered opportunities to headline performances at the Kennedy Center and at Blues Alley in DC, amongst other music centers. While at Strathmore, I released my first EP, which I wrote and co-produced. After the program finished, I moved back to NYC to perform my original music with my band in venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn and to sing and play gypsy jazz guitar. I was promoted at the music studio to an assistant position with platinum and major label artists, and I love being part of the creation process. I just shot my first music video with a professional crew of 16 people and will release my sophomore EP later this spring. I'm loving making music in NYC!
I've been teaching voice, keyboarding, and guitar for five years to students ranging from 5 years old to 75 in private lessons as well as lessons with music lesson companies. Most recently, I've been teaching songwriting with Kid Pan Alley, an organization that guides elementary school classes through the creation and concert performance process. With Kid Pan Alley, I had to work on a macro level, showing students quickly the principles of vocal technique and songwriting. In my one-on-one lessons with students, I incorporate Bel Canto and Speech Singing techniques (for vocals) and Alexander Technique (for all disciplines) in my teaching. I think it's important to work on music of the student's choosing, so that they will be inspired to practice with material they feel connected to.
Singing, Speaking Voice
In 1998, upon college graduation, I began teaching private vocal lessons. I have taught for two schools of music, First United Methodist Music School in Texarkana, Arkansas and Burbank Music Academy in Burbank, California. In 2007, I began offering vocal lessons online through Skype. My current home studio is located in Manhattan.
I have the honor of working with some amazing students in my studio including, American Idol finalist;Rachel Hale, Singer/Song writer, Sara Skinner: Actress Molly Quinn; Actor, John R Colley; Ark-La-Tex’s country star Klancy Johnson; singer/actress;Tara Clem and many more.
I am dedicated to helping people explore their vocal talents and skills in the entertainment field. My focus centers on treating your entire body - not only your voice - as a tool for performance. This not only includes lessons for voice (speaking & singing) but career and life coaching.In performance often your body will want to work against itself. Your body become tense, you over think, and worry. My motivation is to help you move to a place where you can over come your insecurities and fears by giving you an understanding of vocal production and its connection to your body and mind. My desire is to lead you to being your best.
Here are some examples of how I can help: increasing vocal range, eliminating "breaks" in your range, supported sound, natural breathing techniques, body alignment, conquering performance anxiety, stage presence, song interpretation, college preparation, smart goal setting, increased creativity, and positive internal reprogramming.
I've been a member of the National Association of Teacher's of singing for 6 years and am also a member of Actors Equity, SAG-AFTRA, NARAS (the Grammy's) and a lifetime member for the music fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota. I hold 2 Fine Arts degrees in Music and Drama as well as a Bachelor of Applied Arts; Sciences in Administrative Leadership with an emphasis in Psychology.
Singing, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Opera Voice, Speaking Voice
Svetlana is a prominent Russian-American soprano,she is a Laureate of the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow as well as the Glinka Vocal International Competition in Minsk. She completed her professional studies at La Scala in Milan, Italy under the guidance of Opera Diva Giulietta Simionato.As Prima Donna of the Moldova National Opera Company Svetlana performed in numerous prestigious theaters, including the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow and the Kirov Theater in St. Petersburg. She has also recorded with the Bolshoi Opera Orchestra, Moscow Pops Symphony, and the orchestra of Russian Folk instruments.Praised as "The Great Russian Nightingale" by Russia's St. Petersburg press, Svetlana currently resides in the United States and performs with her pianist and daughter, Milana. Together they've given recitals throughout the US as well as in Italy, Denmark, Germany, Ukraine, Romania, Moldova, and China. Also a devoted teacher, Svetlana has given master classes in colleges and universities around the world, and maintains private voice studio in New York, NY.
Guitar, Piano, Singing, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Songwriting, Speaking Voice
Hello! I am a graduate of Berklee College of Music, with a Bachelor’s degree in Writing and Production. I am attending NYU as a graduate student at Steinhardt. I have been teaching privately for over ten years, and performing for over 20!
My first love is piano, as I began lessons at age 7. I wrote my first song at age 8 and started playing guitar the next year. I am an accomplished songwriter, arranger, producer, performer, teacher and director. I recently moved here from Boston where I was the Music Director at All Souls Church in Braintree, MA and performed jazz/blues, funk, and kid's music. I love teaching and excel at finding unique ways to teach music and keep it interesting! I want you to have fun and learn what you find most interesting so we will work together to reach your goals.
Along with instrument and vocal lessons, I offer tutoring in all subjects of music and songwriting, and specialize in offering lessons tailored to each student’s needs. I refuse to hand out a book and go from front to back - expect handouts, impromptu lesson material to help you learn any specific concept you may be struggling with, CD’s with study material, exploratory homework, and thinking outside the box! We will do whatever it takes to get you wherever you want to be.
"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."