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Popular Opera Voice Teachers Near Lafayette

Jessica W.

Lafayette, CA
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Sophia S.

Oakland, CA
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Molly R.

Hayward, CA
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Jessica W. Lafayette, CA

Subjects Taught

Classical Voice, Musical Theater, Opera Voice, Piano, Stage Performance, Zumba

About Me

Hi! My name is Jessica and I would love to be your voice and/or piano teacher! I have been studying and performing classical music for 21 years. My relationship with music started at age 9 with the Contra Costa Children's Choir and I have maintained my classical vocal studies ever since. Along with my vocal studies, I studied classical piano privately with Keith Snell for 7 years, competing and achieving high marks in regional competitions. I went on to receive her Bachelor's degree in Music at Mannes College of Music in New York City and finished my education at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where I received my Masters, receiving training in vocal pedagogy and physiology, as well as vocal performance. I graduated from SFCM in 2009 and immediately began perusing both a teaching and performing career.

I have maintained an active voice and piano studio since 2011 and also teach with Village Center for the Arts, giving private lessons as well as working with their In School Outreach Programs, teaching Beginning Piano Class and Musical Theater Workshop. Other teaching opportunities include Vocal Master Class with Acalanes High School Women's Ensemble, voice instructor and Alto section leader for Occidental Choral Retreat with Volti SF, Music Instructor with Gymboree, and volunteer pre-school music instructor at Fairmount Elementary in SF.

I am an active performer in the Bay Area as well, performing with the new music ensemble Volti, Lyric Theatre San Jose, Opera on Tap San Francisco, Urban Opera, West Coast Opera Works, San Francisco Baroque Opera, and Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute (BASOTI). I have also been employed as a performer on the east coast, making my professional debut with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in 2011 and singing the title role in Handel’s Radamisto with The Manhattan Opera Studio in August 2014.

During my many years studying music, I was inspired by several amazing teachers. They are responsible for making me the artist and musician I am today. My mission as a teacher is to pass on the wonderful knowledge and passion that was given to me onto a new group of eager young minds. I am truly a self proclaimed music dork and proud of it! I am a fun, patient, passionate teacher and am very excited to be a part of the TakeLessons team!

*** Lesson Details ***
In my lessons, I feel it is important for my students to have fun and to and enjoy the learning process. However I believe in order for both student and teacher to get the most out of the lesson, practicing at home is extremely important and I expect my students to do so. I will always send them home with a goal or assignment that should be reached or completed by the next lesson to the best of the students ability.

For my voice students, we always begin with breath. Proper breathing is the foundation for all good singing. Then we move on to warming up both the voice and the body. During warm-ups, we will focus technical concepts such as breath control and support, vowel placement, and optimum vocal production. In most lessons (time permitting) we will work through a piece of music, one of their choosing or, if needed, I will recommend a piece. We finish each lesson with a review of the concepts we discussed during the lesson and practice goals for the week.
For my piano students, I begin with finger placement and keyboard awareness. Depending on the students age and level, we will use both a music book and a music theory book (for very young students, I will hold off on the music theory and focus mostly on finger placement and keyboard awareness). Each week, I will assign two pieces of music and pages in the music theory book (again depending upon student's age and level). Students are expected to prepare the assignments by practicing at home and have them ready at the next lesson.

Communication is something very important to me as a teacher. I want my students to feel comfortable expressing their needs and/or concerns, musically or otherwise and hope they would appreciate me, as the teacher, to do the same.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright piano with seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide music and have a portable electronic keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
Classical voice is definitely my specialty. I believe good classical technique is the basis for all good singing and can be applied to genres such as musical theater and jazz. The only vocal styles I am NOT comfortable teaching are belting, pop or rock style vocal production.

Sophia S. Oakland, CA

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Opera Voice, Singing

About Me

Sophia S. is a dynamic performing artist whose talents have led to the opera, recital, choral, rock, and electronic music stages.

At Sophia Voice and Music, lessons are tailored to each unique voice. Whether you need foundational technical work, a musicianship tune up, song preparation for a show, recording, or audition, or performance coaching-- Sophia designs her lessons to fulfill each student's particular goals. Students of Sophia Voice and Music have gone on to gain acceptance to music programs in institutions such as San Francisco School of the Arts and California Institute of Integral Studies. Under Sophia's tutelage, students have also strengthened their abilities as lead singers and solo artists, delivered high quality recordings, nailed auditions... the list goes on!

"I believe that whether you are a beginner or a very experienced vocalist, there is always room to grow. I am deeply committed to teaching an exceedingly strong vocal technique rooted in the Italian Classical school of vocal pedagogy. I effectively communicate these ideas to each student, helping them build a solid foundation for great singing in any and every genre. Singing is equal parts artistry and skill, and it is beautiful, free, powerful, and communicative."

Over a decade of intense classical music training combined with adventurous experience in songwriting, radio, theater, and movement result in a teaching approach that is inquisitive, passionate, and most of all- effective. Sophia holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from San Francisco Conservatory, studying voice with the esteemed Catherine Cook. Originally from Portland Oregon, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Portland State University with a B.A. in Music and minors in Theater and Classics. Sophia has sung operatic roles locally and abroad; has performed at some of the best concert halls and indie venues the Bay has to offer, both as a backup singer and a solo artist. 

*** Lesson Details ***
Vocal exercises are foundational to improve technique, and I employ many tried-and-true exercises (vocalizes) to build each student's technique at their own pace. Good news- they are fun too.

We discuss your short- and long-term vocal plans in order to motivate you and achieve improvement. You also have access to my musicianship-improving Mini-Guides, and music theory and/or production lessons at a discounted rate. I provide any advice and support my students need- creating recordings, booking successful performances, preparing roles and recitals, making a marketing strategy, or nailing an audition.

If you need performance coaching to improve your delivery, confidence, stage presence, or all of the above- we can achieve that! Song and movement work at the piano, guitar, or microphone is a sure way to greatly improve all of these areas.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Roland RD-500 weighted keyboard w/ VOX amp.

2 music stands, mirror, beverage station, music library, Neumann microphone and stand.

*** Specialties ***
Opera, cabaret, rock, production and songwriting.

Molly R. Hayward, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Audition Prep, Broadway Singing, Child Acting, Classical Voice, Country Singing, Ear Training, Gospel Singing, Jazz Voice, Musical Theater, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Singing, Speaking Voice, Theater Acting, Vocal Training

About Me

I have been teaching for 12 years: kids, teens-even beginner vocalists in their sixties! Rockers, an "Idol" finalist, church musicians, lapsed opera singers, preschoolers. These are just a few of singers I have worked with, in person, in the classroom, and Online!

What you get in voice lessons with me: laughter as you learn! I have learned solid classical vocal technique from the very best, and I believe everyone deserves the same useful tools, no matter what it is you like to sing. I am patient and customize each and every lesson. Need more time on ear training? No problem. Are you feeling more confident, and want to focus more on song polishing? I'll help you with that,too! Confidence an issue? I am a pro with shy people. I'll get you out of your shell, relaxed, and having fun right away. So we can free that voice of yours!

I have been singing for 20 years. Performances with the Lira Ensemble and Opera on Tap Chicago, and in master classes with international opera stars Alan Held and Lorna Haywood. Coaching with Collaborative Works Chicago and Rossini Opera Festival. Additional studies in Rock Vocals, Voice Care, Improvisational Comedy, Holistic Voice, Acting, Foreign languages, Dalcroze. Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance.

Certified CoreSinging Instructor- one of only a few in the U.S. trained by Meribeth Dayme, PhD, respected clinician and author.

I think if you can speak, you can sing. I am a people person passionate about music and singing, and want to be the teacher you'll trust with your voice. Come laugh and learn with me!

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach in person (East Bay, California) and online via Skype or FaceTime!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Sing and See Software

*** Specialties ***
Beginner vocalists! Very shy singers. Children, teens. Lapsed singers, and older beginners, too.

Alix J.

San Francisco, CA
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Annie S.

San Francisco, CA
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Olga C.

San Mateo, CA
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Alix J. San Francisco, CA

Subjects Taught

Opera Voice, Singing

About Me

I hold a both Master's and Bachelor's degrees in music, and have studied with singers who have had international careers and performed with artists who have performed at major opera houses around the world. I myself am an active performer of classical vocal music with a growing career. I teach both classical and musical theater to beginners of all ages, stressing healthy use of the voice and having fun!

*** Lesson Details ***
-Lessons involve the building of vocal technique through exercises, followed by working on song repertoire.
-Initial trial lessons are encouraged, but students who wish to continue should be able to commit to regular lessons.

*** Specialties ***
-opera
-lieder/German art song
-"legit" musical theater

Annie S. San Francisco, CA

Subjects Taught

Classical Piano, Classical Voice, French, Language, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Vocal Training

About Me

Annie welcomes singers of all styles into her studio and encourages you to discover what a greater understanding of breath, vowel, and alignment can do for you. Studying voice privately is beneficial to anyone who would like to have more confidence in their singing or public speaking voice. It can greatly enhance your musical and language abilities as well as build your confidence on stage and in daily life. Beginner to intermediate piano students also welcome. Younger students are encouraged to take 1/2 hour of piano alongside 1/2 hour of voice to build musical skills. Express yourself through music!

(Note: If lessons are in your home, I will need access to a piano.)

Olga C. San Mateo, CA

Subjects Taught

Classical Voice, Musical Theater, Opera Voice, Singing, Vocal Training

About Me

“Described by critics as possessing “a pure, strong soprano with phrasing of sumptuous elegance” (San Francisco Chronicle) and “a voice focused and alluring... subtly expressive” (Opera News), Olga was announced the Best Leading Female Singer in North East in season 2006-2007 by Opera Online.
A native of Russia, she appeared on the stages of the Bolshoi Opera (Maria in Mazeppa, Prilepa in Pique Dame, Brigitta in Iolanta, Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress, Musetta in La Boheme, to name a few), Kazan Opera Theater (Mimi in La Boheme), Stanislavsky Opera Theater (Micaela in Carmen), and Malmo Opera Theater in Sweden (Musetta) before emigrating to the U.S.A., where she appeared with Hawaii Opera Teater as Mimi in La Boheme, San Francisco Lyric Opera in title role of Aida, West Bay Opera and DiCapo Opera in New York in the title role of Manon Lescaut, Illinois Opera Theater as Tosca, and with Cedar Rapids Opera, Gold Coast Opera and Opera North as Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly, with Tampa Opera as Musetta in La Boheme. In autumn of 2009 she appeared in Cairo as Tosca and, in spring of 2010 debuted it Italy at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo as Carlotta in Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten, where I returned following summer in the title role of Aida. From 2006 till 2010 I performed with touring company Teatro Lirico d’Europa all over United States in multiple performances of Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Aida, La Boheme, Turandot, Le Nozze di Figaro, I Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana. I appeared in title roles with local opera companies like West Bay Opera (Manon Lescaut, La Forza del Destino), Livermore Opera (I Pagliacci), Martinez Opera (Madama Butterfly), Golden Gate Opera (Madama Butterfly, Suor Angelica, I Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana), San Francisco Opera Company (Aida)
Olga appeared with Orchestra Sinfonica Romana at the concert stage of Santa Cecilia in Rome and Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Verdi Requiem, Quatar with Gala concerts, Opera Santa Barbara in an evening of music by Giocomo Puccini, DiCapo Opera (Rachmaninoff’s Francesca da Rimini), in Russia at the Nizhny Novgorod Concert Hall for Bach’s Mass in B-minor, at the Grand Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory for Mahler’s Sympony No. 4 and for Orff’s Carmina Burana, Moscow’s Cathedral Catholic Church for Bach’s Easter Oratorio, as a featured soloist for both the Notti Musicali Modenesi Festival and Costa Rica’s XIII Festival de Musica Credomatic; and as a featured soloist for the political-cultural event entitled “Days of Russian Culture in Bulgaria, jointly sponsored by the Russian and Bulgarian Ministries of Culture and attended by the presidents of both countries.
In 2002 Olga participated in San Francisco Opera Center Merola Opera Program for young singers and sang Musetta with Western Opera on tour.

Currently Olga devotes herself to voice teaching and performs locally.

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