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Popular Opera Voice Teachers Near Forest Park

Nicole C.

Chicago, IL
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Penny R.

Wheaton, IL
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Wendy P.

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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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.

Penny R. Wheaton, IL

Subjects Taught

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

About Me

ABOUT PENNY R.

I graduated from college in Virginia with a Bachelor of Music Education degree as a voice major, and minored in piano and violin. My teaching certificate was for vocal, instrumental and general music, grades K - 12, and I graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Graduate school brought me to Indiana, where I earned a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance. Migrating up to the Chicago area from there, I taught at a private music school (voice and small ensembles, as well as many faculty performances) before staying at home to raise our children, and teaching voice lessons privately in my Studio. After 30 years of teaching, I'm still at it, and I still love it!

I am a Permanent Professional member of Music Teacher's National Association (MTNA), Illinois State Music Teacher's Association (ISMTA),West Suburban Chapter of ISMTA, as well as a member of National Association of Teachers of Singing. Most of my students are high school aged, but I have taught from ages seven through 70. My students regularly achieve MTNA's Music Achievement Award, are selected for District Choir and All-State Choir, as well as receive leading roles in high school and community musicals.

PHILOSOPHY

I believe that singing does something to words which nothing else can--it puts feelings to music. Everyone has feelings, and everyone can be musical. Those who pursue their vocal education can be rewarded with confidence in their ability to sing. The goal of my Studio is to promote the study of music, and to create a musical environment at each lesson so that every person's individual potential can become realized - all while having fun!

My Studio provides a nurturing environment for all singers, from beginning to advanced, children to adults. I will help you develop and maintain your vocal health, expand your vocal range, and develop your musicianship. You will learn to integrate a coordinated process of breath, pitch and tone, while exploring your vocal potential in a wide range of contemporary and classic musical styles. Teaching proper vocal technique is my primary goal with every student: fixing what is being used incorrectly, and enhancing what is already done well. I will work with you on any style of repertoire you desire: classical, opera, broadway, jazz, folk, etc. I love it when a student wants a variety of song! And if your music theory skills are weak, we'll take care of that, too!

LESSONS

Children eighth grade and younger should sign up for half hour lessons; students high school and older should sign up for 45 minute lessons.

I am so excited to share the joy of making music with my new TakeLessons students! We get right into breathing, first thing. Once that is right, we can turn our attention to what's going on with the throat and mouth. All the while, we are learning songs by which we can practice whatever we're working on in the exercises. Everybody's different, with different tensions, both proper and antagonistic. We isolate the muscular tensions that are interfering with your perfect sound, and go from there!

*** Lesson Details ***
Come prepared to make a lot of noises with which you don't normally sing! We will explore every sound you are capable of - there's something to learn from most of them! Obviously, we'll concentrate on the ones we really want to sing with, while using a myriad of vocal exercises.

My studio brochure will explain many of the nuts and bolts of our lessons, and any expectations regarding practicing, keyboard ability and access, and how we work home practice when you don't know how to play piano. Generally, we spend about half the lesson time on warm ups/exercises, and half the time on songs. Sometimes we memorize them; sometimes we polish them; sometimes we just learn them quickly and move on to new things. Each lesson is a little different, depending on what I'm hearing from you that day.

I'm always happy to help you with school/church solos, audition material, choral parts, etc. Otherwise, we will choose repertoire together, taking into account your goals and interests, along with what makes good teaching material. Come join the fun and make some music!

*** Studio Equipment ***
My basement rec room serves as my teaching studio, so there are stairs with which to contend. Parents may stay either in the studio, or up in my living room to wait. The fully equipped studio contains a piano, audio-visual equipment for recording and play back, music stands, stools, a comfortable couch, and even a sink for quick water drinks! (Singing can make you thirsty!)

*** Specialties ***
In my 30+ years of teaching private lessons, I've amassed quite a toolbox of eclectic musical resources. That said, I still find muscle manipulative exercises while vocalizing to be the quickest route for most students to have success in building their long term voice. So I utilize those techniques frequently. With proper, healthy vocal production, a student can sing in any genre they choose. I am very concerned about producing a healthy voice with a free tone, particularly for children, so that all students can go forward into whatever style they choose with good vocal production.

Wendy P. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

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

About Me

I am a professional singer, songwriter and actor working in the Chicago area for many years. I have a B.F.A. in Theater/Voice from The University of Kansas and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago. I've been teaching private vocal instruction since 2003: I host the Singer's Salon in Chicago, a unique and supportive venue for singer's to become more comfortable performing before an audience. I also instruct workshops for vocal technique and performance. For the past 10 years I was the lead singer for The Red Apples, an acoustic roots band that performs an eclectic mix of rock, swing, blues, country and jazz. I also have a cabaret/art song project consisting or original material with composer Jaroslaw Golembiowski. As a singer and actress I have performed with many major theaters in the Chicago area, including Court Theater, Victory Gardens, National Jewish Theater, Bailiwick Theater, and Prop Theater.

*** Lesson Details ***
As a classically trained singer I will instruct you in all aspects of singing technique, from breath control and support to improving your tone, range, flexibility and resonance. My familiarity with a variety of musical styles from pop/rock, R&B, and country, to musical theater, lounge and jazz makes me an ideal teacher for those interested in contemporary styles.

I have spent many years developing my own style of singing and instruction. I draw on my experiences and training not only in music, but theater and movement, (Linklater, Alexander Technique, Grotowski) to create a well rounded approach to singing and performing. As an instructor, I am most interested in helping students find their true voice and artistic style. I teach students to find expression through and with a foundation of technique, rather then in spite of it. I also am very interested in helping students deal with the mental/emotional aspects of performance, an all important area so frequently ignored by music teachers. My style is nurturing, yet disciplined, and sprinkled liberally with good-natured humor."

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio space is fully equipped with a piano, P.A. system with microphones, CD, MP3 player for tracks, and ability to record lessons if the student desires.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Please have a piano (in tune!) or keyboard for use in your in home lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I am classically trained, but I am very adept at teaching music in a wide variety of styles, including most contemporary styles of music including pop/rock, roots, swing, jazz and blues, country, r&b, and of course musical theater and cabaret. My band performs an eclectic mix of originals and covers in the roots rock genre, and I write music as well. I have many years of experience in the theater as an actress, and I coach acting technique and performance. I coach singer/songwriters, and all types of singers, of all ages. I have a workshop that specializes in helping people learn to perform better in front of an audience, and I host the Singer's Salon in Chicago, which is a supportive opportunity to perform regularly! I also coach bands, to improve their vocals, harmonies, etc.

Margo L.

Chicago, IL
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Sara L.

Lake Zurich, IL
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Benjamin K.

Chicago, IL
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Margo L. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

African Dance, Audition Prep, Broadway Singing, Choir, Christian Gospel, Classical Voice, Composition, Country Singing, Ear Training, Gospel Singing, Jazz Dancing, Jazz Voice, Modeling, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Recording, Opera Voice, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Spoken Word, Stage Performance, Stand Up Comedy, Theatrical Dance, Vocal Training, Voice Acting

About Me

I am the most effective voice and performance coach. My approach to assessing and meeting the needs of each student enables me to assist them in bringing out the very best in their capabilities. If you desire quality, effectiveness and noticeable improvement in your singing, writing, public speaking or overall performance, I am the coach for you! People often ask why my rates are higher than the average voice coach. Here's why: I teach you the skills you need to be able to coach yourself and be more self-sufficient in your craft. Not only am I a coach, but I am also a performing and recording artist who understands what it's like to walk the walk.

I currently have 4 songs in mainstream rotation (under an alias), with over 400 spins per day worldwide and am highly-acclaimed by many jazz, pop, r&b and hip-hop legends. I am also a NESTA certified wellness coach so I employ a holistic, whole-body method to train and condition the entire body as an instrument, not just the voice. I have the privilege of being a classically-trained pianist and vocalist, having studied at Sherwood Conservatory of Music, Vandercook College of Music, The Second City, University of Chicago, ETA Performing Arts Center and many other fine institutions.

My five-octave vocal range and perfect-pitch have afforded me opportunities to work with many international artists. Additionally, I sing in seven languages(English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German and Latin) and am adept in aiding my students in overcoming speech impediments and enhancing their own vocal range.

I also specialize in post-surgical voice re-immersion and students with special needs including down syndrome, autism and speech impediments.

My methodology helps students feel comfortable and each session is tailor-made to the student's individual needs.

Some of my specializations include:
Creative Writing
Pitch Correction
Overcoming Performance Anxiety
Accent Reduction
Repertoire Selection
Concert and Competition Preparation
Public Speaking
Physical Maintenance of the Vocal Instrument
Overcoming Speech Impediments
Movement
Studio Recording Techniques
Songwriting
Image Development
On-Location Assistance
Vocal Range Enhancement

Children as well as adults enjoy my classes because I make excellent use of our time together in a very fun and enjoyable manner. Group classes are also available.

If your voice isn't becoming to you, you should be coming to me!

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson is tailor-made to suit the student's individual needs. A custom lesson plan will be made for each student on a case-by-case basis.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Online only: Piano, Voice Recorder, Stereo system

In person: please bring a voice recorder for optimal rehearsal quality

*** Specialties ***
Pitch Correction
Overcoming Performance Anxiety
Accent Reduction
Repertoire Selection
Concert and Competition Preparation
Public Speaking
Physical Maintenance of the Vocal Instrument
Overcoming Speech Impediments
Movement
Studio Recording Techniques
Songwriting
Image Development
On-Location Assistance
Vocal Range Enhancement

Sara L. Lake Zurich, IL

Subjects Taught

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

About Me

Greetings and welcome to my Studio Profile,

As a professional singer and teacher, I strive for artistic excellence and customer satisfaction. I want you to be excited about your voice and the progress you are making and will do everything I can to support your growth and progress. I have 10 years of experience in private teaching and would be delighted to apply this knowledge to help you reach your musical goals, whether auditioning for your school musical, preparing for college auditions, joining a church choir, or auditioning for an opera company.

I teach a variety of musical styles and skill sets including classical, musical theater, jazz, and some pop based on the principles of voice pedagogy and science. Lessons are tailored to fit your individual needs and abilities, and I use exercises and repertoire to increase your ease and vocal stamina, increase range and flexibility, and ultimately help free up your voice for maximum beauty and expression.

I graduated with highest honors with a Bachelor's degree in Voice Performance from University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and recently completed my Master's degree in Voice Pedagogy and Performance from Westminster Choir College, graduating with distinction. My studies have taken me abroad to performing programs in Austria, Italy, Serbia, and Canada. I am an active performer and am experienced singing opera, classical music, jazz, musical theater, choral music, a Capella and Baroque chamber music. I am currently singing with the Chicago Master Singers and look forward to a European tour with this group next summer.

In addition to private voice lessons, I am trained to tutor in music theory, music history, sight reading, beginning cello, and Singing diction for Latin, Italian, French, and German.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to meeting you and discussing your musical goals in person!

Please feel free to contact TakeLessons with any questions.

Warmly,
Sara L.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are tailored to fit your individual goals and interests. I find 45 minutes is usually a good amount of time for most students but am willing to work out a schedule that can best meet your needs.

Lesson Structure:
5-10 min. warming up your voice
10-15 min. vocal strengthening exercises and solfege (to improve sight-reading and musical skills)
20 min. repertoire coaching
5 min. final questions and assignment for the next week.

Open door policy: Should you ever have questions or concerns about your voice or progress, please feel free to contact TakeLessons at any time and we are happy to discuss with you.

Repertoire: I am happy to work with you on the songs that you are interested in learning. I also enjoy finding repertoire for you and introducing you to different styles. I often use repertoire to help build vocal skill sets, so that even when we are working on a folk song or classical piece in lessons, the skills you are learning can be directly applied to other styles you are interested in.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, mirror, music stand, music and reference books. Students may be required to purchase some music books for study.

*** Specialties ***
- Beginning-Advanced Voice: Classical, Opera, Musical Theater, Jazz, and Popular Styles
- Trained in Voice Science and Pedagogy
- Building healthy vocal technique
- Acting and Interpretation
- Music Theory, Music History, Sight-Singing
- German, French and Italian Language diction
- Beginning-Intermediate Cello

Benjamin K. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Acting, Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, American Government, Anatomy, AP Biology, Arithmetic, Audition Prep, Basic Math, Bible Studies, Biology, Botany, Broadway Singing, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Christian Gospel, Classical Voice, College Admissions, Country Singing, Earth Science, Economics, Elementary Math, Genetics, Geography, Geometry, Gospel Singing, History, Jazz Voice, Life Science, Math, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Opera Voice, Physical and Earth Sciences, Physical Science, Pre Algebra, Pre Calculus, Science, Singing, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Stage Performance, Study Skills, Test Prep, Theater Acting, Trigonometry, Vocabulary, Vocal Training, World History, Zoology

About Me

My expansive breadth of interests has led me through years of experience in the arts and natural sciences. I'm a voice instructor, math tutor, and biology teacher. Now, I'm pursuing a career in opera and vocal performance.

I have extensively studied vocal performance and opera for many years and continue to add to my own technique. I have been in many operas and musical theater productions. I am currently performing in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat at the Booth Tarkington Theatre. I was a finalist in the MasterWorks Festival concerto competition. I have studied other vocal genres, such as jazz and pop. I have administered vocal lessons to every voice type at all different levels. I use the appoggio technique of breathing and believe all singing should be produced in a way that does not damage the vocal folds.

I have a bachelors degree in biology with a minor in art. After graduating college, I was a full-time high school biology teacher, volleyball coach, and director of the school musical. As a high school teacher, I learned first hand the kind of pressure and expectations that are placed on students in order for them to succeed. In college, I was the head student researcher on a two-year lab project. I took several upper level science courses including: biochemistry, calculus, organic chemistry, calculus based physics, cell biology, anatomy, and physiology. I studied marine biology in the Virgin Islands and am CPR certified.

*** Lesson Details ***
Voice lessons with me are fun and effective. You can expect to hear improved technique form day one, eventually reaching your long term goals. I teach an open throat technique called appoggio. It is the technique opera singers use, but can be applied to any music style. This technique allows the singer to sing with their entire voice using a relaxed larynx. I begin every lesson aligning the students voice through various vocal warm ups and exercises. We then work together to pick repertoire that will suit the singer'ツツ冱 voice and they will enjoy singing. During a lesson we will also cover performance presentation, acting, diction, rhythm, musicality, style, and interpretation.

During tutoring you can expect a personalized plan based on your goals and aspirations. Since every student is different you can be assured we will come up with a plan that is designed just for you. I am a laid back tutor but will be sure to get the most out of you after our time together. Most students see at least a one letter grade improvement. My main goal for every tutoring session is student learning and comprehension.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, recording equipment, large collection of sheet music, subscription to IPA source (foreign language translations and pronunciations), several math and science textbooks

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in helping students find their true singing voice.

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