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Acting, Broadway Singing, Film Acting, Improv Acting, Meisner Technique, Method Acting, Music Recording, Opera Voice, Singing, Speaking Voice, Theater Acting
This award winning singer, dancer, actress, choreographer, and writer was most recently awarded Best Female in a Musical by Broadway World, and is one of the 10 Most Outstanding Young Women In America for her many contributions in the performing arts. Her film and television credits include E.R, Chicago Hope, Seinfeld, NYPD Blue, Spy Hard, Ghost of Mississippi, & Night Stand. However, it is her stage credits that has made the most significant impact in her life, as she toured the USA in the starring role of Effie White in the National Tour of Dreamgirls. After graduating from Stella Adler School of Production in LA as well as Zoe Christian Leadership Institute she developed a production company named Optasia Productions and has produced many theatrical, television, and independent film works as well as performed as Casting Director for “It’s A Miracle” on PAX Network. She relocated to Knoxville, Tennessee in 2002 from Los Angeles, and developed and produced professional theatrical programming and also created and toured educational pieces throughout the southeast, reaching more than 100,000 students within a 200 mile radius of downtown Knoxville, and developed a top-notch arts education program that trained nearly 1000 children and adults in acting, movement, and musical theater. She is also a Talent Scout/Coach for the World Championship of Performing Arts and sits on the City of Knoxville Public Arts Committee. “If you Decree It, and Believe It, You will See It!”
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I have performed on stage, in film, and on television, and believe in helping the actor develop the best techniques for all three different domains. My Acting Students of my 3 month program (24 hours) will receive Introduction to Scene Study, Character Development, Audition Preparation, Introduction to Meisner & Stanislovski Techniques. These students will receive a 12 week Certificate of Completion. 6 month program (48 hours) includes all of the above, Intermediate Scene Study, Character Development, Audition Preparation, and Intro to Adler and Strauss Techniques. 24 Week Certificate of Completion, and a Showcase with area casting directors and producers.
I have over 10 years of vocal instruction with individuals, groups, and choirs in Pop, R&B, Country, Musical Theater & Gospel music. I have coached American Idol hopefuls and World Championship Winners! My Vocal Students will receive introduction to Speech Level Singing as made famous by Seth Riggs. They will be taught breathing techniques and learn the 3 singing voices that everyone has and how and when to use them. As a career belter that has also had extensive studies in classical training, I feel it important to teach how to utilize head, belt, and mix voices........correctly so as not to ruin your vocal ability. I will also teach vocal care and how to individualize vocal styling; finding your own unique voice and sound.
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Keyboard and a relaxed homey atmosphere.
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Acting: I teach basic characterization through both Meisner & Stanislovsky introduction while referencing others like Adler and Strauss. I delight in helping the actor develop their own means of character development. Vocals: I help the vocalist analyze their own individual style and help them develop breathing techniques, experiment with various tonal interpretations, and helping them to strengthen their vocal control.
Music Performance, Music Theory, Singing, Speaking Voice
John is a professional classical musician, vocalist and voice teacher with 15+ years experience. Effective speaker, trainer and spokesperson who draws on a unique blend of musical experience, training and ability to create excitement and enthusiasm using theatre background to educate. Performed professionally in church and on stage as music and stage director as well as baritone soloist in a wide variety of musical styles. Extensive music training including Master’s Degree Program in opera performance, church and classical music and music of all genres.
John is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, played cello and sang with The Appalachian Singers folk group before studying music education at the University of Tennessee and vocal performance at Queens College in Charlotte, N.C. He was awarded full-scholarship to Carnegie-Mellon’s opera department, studied with Nell Rankin at Carnegie Hall and sang professionally while living in NYC. For eleven years, John was the purchasing director of audio, video and books for the Metropolitan Opera Guild and coordinated in store appearances at Lincoln Center for famous opera stars such as Luciano Pavarottii, Renata Tebaldi Joan Sutherland, Renée Fleming, Rďse Stevens, Thomas Hampson and many more. Operatic performances include the baritone leading roles in Cosi Fan Tutte, Marriage of Figaro, Don Pasquale, The Consul, Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Boheme and Carmen. Recently he was a soloist for Highland Presbyterian in Louisville, KY, Westminster Presbyterian in Knoxville and recitalist for WUOL Classical Radio and other various churches and organizations in Louisville and Knoxville. He is presently teaching at Westminster Presbyterian Church and sings with Knoxville Opera.
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If you are interested in improving your singing as a soloist in either popular or classical music, just looking to improve your hymn singing, or a complete beginner, I can help you. I can also coach you in a musical performance or help you to improve your speaking voice. I teach with enthusiasm and always find that encouragement and constructive criticism works best. A large part of a successful performance is confidence. I have found real joy in singing and in music and I like to share that through performing and teaching.
When we begin, I find it important to get to know each other and to spend some time talking about why you chose to study and what you hope to learn. Then we can vocalize and get a since of your voice. I’d also like you to bring a song you can sing for me. If you have a recording of the accompaniment, that would be preferable. I will provide a CD player and will use a piano or a keyboard to work with you. I stress the importance of practice in strengthening a person’s voice.
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I specialize in breath support, diction, easy production and beautiful tone.
Acting, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Speaking Voice
Vocal Instructor- Julianne W. has trained in vocal performance with experience in Pop recording, jazz, opera and gospel. Ms. White completed her training at the University of TN in Vocal Performance. She has been in chorus, musicals and sings professionally. Ms. White teaches students to learn to sing with ease and power with vocal percision!
Piano Instructor- Julianne W. brings her extensive professional music background to bear as a piano instructor whose special gift for working with children and adults is impressive and unique. She is a dedicated mentor, displaying care and patience with the young beginner, as well as a passion for saturating her students with the love of music and the joy of learning to play the piano. She teaches beginning students of any age the basics of note reading, rhythm, hand placement, chords etc. Julianne teaches students in a relaxed, encouraging, fun way- with the structure many beginners need. Students will see themselves making progress and reaching set goals on their musical journey.
Group piano availability with 3 or more students!
"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."