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Popular Opera Voice Teachers Near Elmwood Park

Nicole C.

Chicago, IL
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Marissa V.

Alsip, IL
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Katherine C.

Chicago, IL
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Nicole C. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Acting, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Speaking Voice, Theater Acting

About Me

Ms. Nicole will be touring London summer 2014 with Chamber Opera of Chicago in the touring production of Persuasion. Her previous experience includes: Verismo Opera as Aninna, she was the first place winner in the emerging artist division of Elgin Opera's fourth Annual Vocal Competition. Nicole performed as a nun soloist with Chamber Opera of Chicago in the Sound of Music for the last 2 seasons in a row. She performed as a soloist in Persuasion in 2012. Under the baton of Maestro Alfredo Munar, she was a mulatta girl in Maria La O. テツδツづツつNicole sang with Chamber Opera of Chicago in 2010 under the baton of Nyela Basney as the Sandman in Hansel and Gretel. She performed many solos with orchestra in their production of Te Amo a night of Spanish music. She was the cover for the Mother in Amahl and the night visitors with Chamber Opera for the last 5 seasons. テツδツづツつNicole has performed with Da Corneto Opera in Aida. テツδツづツつShe was a guest performer for Williamstown College in Massachusetts as Susanna in the Marriage of Figaro. She was the cover for the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors with You Gotta Hear This which she performed at a publicity event. in New York. テツつShe has also appeared with Taconic Opera as Contessa Ceprano in Rigoletto. Past operatic performances include Amelia in Amelia goes to the Ball by Menotti, Miriam from The Scarf by Lee Hoiby and Papagena (cover) from the magic flute. She was also the first place winner of the Mendelssohn Club Competition in New York. She obtained her BM from SUNY Purchase in New York and her MM in voice performance and vocal pedagogy from Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Nicole is originally from New York and currently resides in Chicago.

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What I Do
I have trained singers for over 10 years. Every student I have trained has come to me with the same goal in mind: to become a better singer, and I have helped them on their path. My approach to vocal training and the art of singing is based on the Bel Canto, or "Beautiful Singing" Technique.

What We Will Work On
I will help you develop a great line, so your sound is fluid and rich. I will help you release any tension in your voice, so your voice is not encumbered by your body. More importantly, I will help you find your natural artistic and relaxed voice.

Who Can Benefit from my Teaching?
I enjoy teaching everyone from the beginner singing his or her first notes to the professional singer looking to perfect their technique. I believe in a positive approach to teaching and in full body awareness. I teach students from every walk of the musical life, including students from the worlds of opera, musical theatre, jazz, and pop. What You Can Expect to Learn

Breath Support; Resonance; Unifying Vowels; Great Intonation; Posture; Vocal Relaxation
Range Expansion; Artistry; Expressiveness; Confidence; Vibrato;
Volume and Power; Articulation; Confidence; Music Theory; and much more.

*** Studio Equipment ***
keyboard, music stand, sheet music, apple computer, printer.

*** Travel Equipment ***
keyboard

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical singing and musical theater. I also teach pop and jazz.

Marissa V. Alsip, IL

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Singing

About Me

I started my journey with singing in high school by participating in the school musicals and different choir ensembles. When I got to college I started taking private lessons and music classes for fun until I realized this is my passion. Then I started my journey with really learning the voice as an instrument and how it works. I am a vocal scientist at heart believing you will go a long way as long as you know how to grow.

I then went on to get my degree at VanderCook College of Music where they teach nothing but music education so I was able to learn all the band and orchestral instruments on top regular classes and voice lessons. I took the time to study privately with our percussion professor to learn rhythms and with our sight singing and ear training professor to further develop my ear and knowledge. All in all I have been studying the voice for seven years and counting. I do all this so that I could pass that experience down to you.

*** Lesson Details ***
In my lessons I like to teach vocal techniques such as raising your soft palate, correct breathing techniques, and a forward placement. These are the tools to help a vocal musician grow for the rest of their lives.

Another part of being a vocal musician that I teach in every lesson is ear training and rhythm. I like off switch off every week so not too much time is taken away from the piece we are working on. So one week we would focus on rhythm and the other ear training. These are things I wish I would have learned earlier on and are essential to being an independent musician.

I like to keep a more uplifting environment when teaching so although you should expect a push for success, you should always feel comfortable and not afraid to make mistakes.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the studio room, electric piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide literature and a music stand while the students should have a full length keyboard and or piano.

*** Specialties ***
I teach rhythm, sight singing and ear training, general musical terms, as well as specific vocal techniques.

Katherine C. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Singing

About Me

Mezzo-soprano Katherine C. is one of the most promising young talents on today’s opera scene. She created the role of the Young Nun in the world premiere of Stephen Hartke’s The Greater Good during Glimmerglass Opera’s 2006 Festival Season, which was later recorded on the Naxos label, and recently returned to the company as Aglaonice in the critically acclaimed production of Philip Glass’s Orhp馥. She recently made role debuts with much acclaim as Hansel in Hansel and Gretel at the Syracuse Opera (where she will be awarded the comprimari “Artist of the Year” in 2009) and as Siebel in Faust with Princeton Music Festival.

Most recent noted engagements include a role debut as Sesto in Giulio Cesare and Un Musico in Manon Lescaut at the Florida Grand Opera, mezzo soloist in a recital of Rossini songs entitled Sins of My Old Age at Opera Omaha, Inez in a concert performance of Verdi’s Il Trovatore under the baton of Maestro Eduardo Mller with the Miami Concert Association, mezzo-soprano soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloriawith the Park Ridge Symphony, and Stephano in Rom駮 et Juliette at the Syracuse Opera. The Ithaca Journal said, “Katherine C., tall, appropriately youthful and brash, sang Stephano's taunting chanson spiritedly with a striking virtuosic final trill of the coda in two Fs.”

Katherine was formerly a member of Florida Grand Opera’s Young Artist Studio and the young artist programs of Lyric Opera of Chicago, Glimmerglass Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Aspen Music Festival and Brevard Music Festival. She was awarded third place in the 2009 Shreveport Opera Singer of the Year competition, as well as a grant from the Anna Sosenko Trust and a prize-winner in the Palm Beach Opera Competition and the Bel Canto Competition.

She holds a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Music degree from Bowling Green State University.

Katherine has taught at both the high school level (Loyola Academy, Regina Dominican and Elmwood Park) and the college level (Northwestern University as part of her graduate assistantship). Her students ranged from beginning classically trained students to musical theater students.

*** Lesson Details ***
You will constantly be learning from me when you take lessons. I am an incredibly energetic, passionate and caring person which translates to a fun, open learning environment. Students will learn about proper singing technique with me including how to take prepare the body for singing, the proper breath and how to use the body to its utmost capabilities for the best produced sound.

*** Studio Equipment ***
You feel safe, relaxed and ready to learn in our music room. Decorated with opera houses that we have performed in, surrounded by book cases with music scores and books and opera pictures, you will be inspired to learn while I sit behind our upright piano. Parents are welcome to stay and can wait in our living room or dining room while your son/daughter is learning.

*** Specialties ***
Being classically trained and being an active opera singer still, I am best suited and strongest in the classical field. However, all singing is based on proper breath technique and support, so I can teach many different genres for the voice.

Keanon K.

Chicago, IL
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Rebecca S.

Chicago, IL
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Kelly G.

Chicago, IL
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Keanon K. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Theater Acting

About Me

I love everything about teaching! I love music; it is my life. I sleep, breathe and dream music. I am a Columbia University Chicago graduate; I graduated with a degree in Music with a concentration in Classical Voice. I have performed in numerous operas and musicals, as well as, sung on Gospel Cruises all around the world. In my eyes, the student is the main focus so whatever issues, concerns or request the student may have I will treat them with priority. I am all about strengthening the natural born talent and making my students the best vocalist they can be. I'm here to serve the students and that is what I will do until they are confident in their gift...music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I take music very seriously but at the same time I like my lessons to be fun and a joyous experience. I am very patient and helpful with any struggles that may seem too hard to the student. I will start my students off with the basic vocal warm ups and then move on to material that they would like to cover and if so the student doesn't have material to cover, I will present them with material. Being a singer is not easy at all, so I will challenge my students by giving exercises that challenge them to sing for proficient. I will also bring in material that is brand new and ask the students questions about the piece. The student is in the lesson to learn everything about music, so any type of material that I feel will benefit them and help them move closer to their goal, I will definitely present to them. After 3 to 6 months students will be able to sing in the 3 minor keys and the major key. The student will also have knowledge and know how to sing at least 3 different modes. The singer will know how to read basic sheet music and perform it with solfege. The singer will also have 4 songs of my choice or their choice mastered and ready to perform in front of an audience. Lastly, the singer will have knowledge of proper breath control while performing, usage of a microphone, and intonation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano/ Keyboard
Music Stand
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*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical, gospel and R and B singing.

Rebecca S. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Speaking Voice

About Me

Opera and Musical theatre are my areas of most expertise, but I also have dabbled in vocal jazz and pop. I believe that music should be a part of everyone's life, and that someone in any career path and line of work can benefit greatly from an education in music and the arts. I have been teaching private voice lessons for four years, and have previously been a beginning piano teacher for children as well as an academic tutor and camp counselor. I love teaching and sharing the knowledge and love for music I have with others!

Piano: I teach beginning piano to kids and adults of all ages

Voice: I teach ages 12+ (if a child is under 12 and is interested in singing, I am willing to teach them some piano and music theory and incorporate singing, but full voice lessons under 12 is unhealthy for their developing voices). I am particularly interested in teaching late middle school and high school aged students who are motivated about developing their singing skills. I am happy to teach beginning adults, however keep the genres I am most comfortable with in mind!

Here's a little more about myself:

Becky is an accomplished and well rounded musician. She holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Rice University's prestigious Shepherd School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from DePaul University where she studied with Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano, Jane Bunnell. She has a background in not only classical voice and opera, but also in musical theatre, piano, and flute. She is originally from Chicago.

Her diverse recent operatic engagements include:
Lauretta in Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi"
Dalinda in Handel's "Ariodante"
Castrato in John Musto's "Volpone"
Adele in Johann Strauss's 'Die Fledermaus'
Minerva in Monteverdi's 'Il ritorno d'Ulise in Patria'
Yum-Yum in Gilbert & Sullivan's ' The Mikado'

She has appeared in Musical Theatre productions as:
Julie in 'Carousel'
Marian in 'The Music Man'
Glinda in 'The Wizard of Oz'

*** Lesson Details ***
In my own life as a musician, I strive for structure in my lessons and practicing, and therefore I want to instill that into my students. I find that routine is extremely important in gaining the most from your lesson and practicing time, and within that structure is where you find the wiggle room to explore new paths to your goals, and ways of thinking about how you produce your sound.

Your lesson with me is a safe environment. Singing is a VERY personal thing and you should never being afraid of making a weird or "ugly" sound. It's part of the process! I am completely open to any thoughts, suggestions, and concerns you may have. The relationship you have with your teacher is a very important one, and you need to be able to trust one another and work together in order to achieve your success!

After you've had a few lessons with me, you should have a structure and plan with which you practice and we conduct our lessons, while feeling free to improvise, and explore new ideas and rep.

*** Studio Equipment ***
High-end full keyboard with weighted keys and three pedals, piano bench, music stand, mirrors and sofa.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students need to have a piano or a keyboard of fairly good quality. If they have music they would like to work on, that's great. I will provide some music, but I might ask them to purchase or find their own music occasionally. If they want to provide a pianist, that is fine, otherwise I can play at an intermediate level.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical/opera singing but also have acting and musical theatre in my background.

Kelly G. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Accent Reduction, Acting, Audition Prep, Ballet, Bodybuilding, Broadway Singing, Choreography, Christian Gospel, Classical Voice, Contemporary Dance, Country Singing, Dance, Dance Choreography, Ear Training, Film Acting, Film and TV Acting, Fitness, Flexibility Training, Gospel Singing, Hip Hop Dance, Improv Acting, Jazz Dancing, Kickboxing, Modern Dance, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Theory, Nutrition, Opera Voice, Singing, Speaking Voice, Stage Performance, Strength and Conditioning, Stretching, Tap Dance, Theater Acting, Theatrical Dance, Vocal Training, Voice Acting

About Me

I feel there is a great deal of talent in the youth of today, and that it is my job to provide a knowledge and understanding of how to best use that talent. I try my best to provide a comfortable atmosphere to help my students to develop, refine and heighten their talents. I love to teach performance techniques in voice, music, dance, and various other fine arts activities. I have been an aspiring performer my entire life and have enjoyed every learning experience I have come across. It is because of this that I feel I can help you reach your full potential. It is my goal to share my passion for performing arts with others so that they might become excited about their potential and future. I hope to empower others with the knowledge of using there instrument properly and efficiently so that they may utilize their talents to their fullest potential. Through lessons with me my students will enjoy and flourish in using their talents and become confident in doing so. Both learning and performing should be fun and exciting and that is what my students should know, that I am here to have fun and to help you embrace your natural talents and use them with ease and comfort.
What sets me apart from other teachers at Take Lessons?
Well, I am here to help you find how you learn best and what you feel most comfortable with. You will learn about yourself, your emotions, what makes you who you are, and your goals. Once we find that, we will use that to bring out your strengths and help you thrive in all areas of your life.
My training includes, but is not limited to;
Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, Sherman Oaks, CA- Fitness and Group Instructor Certification
Act One Studios, Chicago IL- Acting, and On-Camera, Commercial Techniques, Film and TV
Visceral Dance Center, Chicago IL- Modern, Tap, Jazz
Ruth Page Dance Center, Chicago IL- Ballet, Jazz, Pilates
Lou Conte Dance Studio, Chicago IL- Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Musical Theater, Hip-Hop, Pilates, and Yoga
Oakland University, Rochester MI – Integrated Studies of Music, Theatre, and Dance, B.A.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI & Flint MI- Music Education, Dance , Vocal Performance, and Acting

Though I am your teacher I am also a fellow performer. I understand that everyone learns differently and I try to take various approaches to help the student get the most out of each lesson. I encourage my students to be open and honest with me about each aspect or their lesson so that we can, together, tailor a lesson plan that best fits each individual.

I am also CPR/AED certified- this is just one way to make sure your child or you are safe while taking lessons while me.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are designed to better the performances and techniques of a singer, dancer, or actor.
Techniques such as breathing, diction, pitch, tone, posture, rhythm, smoothness, and stage presence will be practiced. I do my best to develop lessons that are tailored to each student based on their individual needs. Lessons start simply with gentle vocal exercises based on humming and open vowel sounds. Each student can expect to be challenged through exciting a stimulating exercises. I also teach techniques to improve posture, poise and vocal performance. I enjoy using simple scales to improve pitch and volume while also working on clarifying the students voice. A students performance, whether they aspire to be a performer, teacher, or just enjoy performing should have a positive self portrait of themselves. We will work on building confidence so we as performers can take pride in ourselves and what we represent. My students are expected to practice outside of the lesson. I also encourage them to keep a practice journal of when and how long they have practiced. It helps the students to trouble shoot areas of their performance and take the opportunity to ask questions during the next lesson.
My students and I will strive to
- To develop an understanding of basic music theory.
- To take responsibility for their musical and vocal growth.
- To reach for improvement and not perfection.
- To work on the memorization of a performance.
- To try their hardest with each lesson.
- To come to each lesson with an idea of what they would like to achieve.
- To constantly sing correct pitches and rhythms in all songs/performances.
- To practice correct posture and breathe support.
Most importantly,
- To enjoy their performance and learn to embrace the natural talents they are given.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I work from a loft apartment, consisting of an area next to computer with a home recording studio area for music and keyboard. There is also seating for parents if they desire to attend lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I highly suggest the student have their own keyboard/piano. I do have a keyboard and music along with theory books and lesson plans, but would expect a quiet work environment for the student to pay attention.

*** Specialties ***
In dance I am well educated in every area but my strengths include: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Modern.
In vocal performance and technique: Opera, Musical theater, Lyric Soprano and Alto
Music: Classical, Contemporary, Rock, Pop, Christian, Country, R&B, Hip Hop

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