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Popular Opera Voice Teachers Near Minneapolis

Justin S.

Saint Paul, MN
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Arlys A.

Minneapolis, MN
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Helen L.

Minneapolis, MN
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Justin S. Saint Paul, MN

Subjects Taught

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

About Me

Hello! I'm Justin, a classically trained Baritone with an emphasis in opera and art song. I have earned my Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point, and my Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Minnesota. In Stevens Point I sang the roles of Papageno in The Magic Flute, Marcello in La Boheme, Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, and Marco in Gianni Schicchi. As part of the University of Minnesota Opera Theater I have covered Ford in Falstaff, and performed Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. My recital appearances most recently include Robert Schumann’s Liederkreis Op. 24, Modest Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death, and multiple performances of Franz Schubert’s Die Winterreise in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. I have been a Studio Artist for the critically acclaimed Mill City Summer Opera for two consecutive seasons. My responsibilities as an SA include covering roles, singing in the chorus, participation in an opera scenes program, and leading a series of Opera Enrichment classes at the Lundstrum Center for Performing Arts. I am a member of the Minnesota Opera Chorus, this being my first season with the company. I am the Bass Section Leader at Central Presbyterian Church in St. Paul, MN.

Alongside my passion for singing, I am an avid composer. I have completed a wide variety of pieces, from full orchestral works to string quartets, from 12-part choral pieces to art songs. Notable compositions include: Joys and Woes, a song cycle for Soprano; Charlotte, a song cycle for Soprano; Canticle No.1 for SATB chorus, which was marked for consideration at the UW-Stevens Point Choral Composition Competition; and the in-progress work for ensemble and voice titled “Sketches”.

I have been teaching voice for 5 years now, and have taught students ages 7-70, so I know first hand that it is never too early or too late to start singing! I have prepared students for auditions, recitals, and for just plain fun. I teach with confidence so you can sing with confidence, and I have found that it works wonders.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have been teaching private voice for five years, and have been successful in teaching a variety of students and musical styles. Though my singing background is predominantly classical, I use that training to nurture healthy, strong, and organic voices. I do this by teaching both the fundamentals of singing technique (breathing, support, resonance, anatomy), and the art of musicianship, which is essential to every style of singing. I approach my personal understanding of the voice from the angle of knowing it as an instrument, as opposed to a source of sound that can easily be taken for granted. This allows for an even mix of understanding the voice organically, and understanding how the different parts of the instrument can be manipulated. No two voices are the same, and likewise, no two students are the same. Because of this, I do not teach a pre-structured technique, but rather take the time with each student to understand their instrument and craft a technique that will work most healthily and efficiently for them.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, access to a large quantity of classical and pop sheet music, spacious studio space, performance space, the occasional puppy, tea, music stands, and a cool fish.

*** Specialties ***
I am a trained classical baritone, and have experience in the musical theater genre as well. I teach all genres according to the Italian school of singing, which focuses on breathing and the minimization of stress while singing. As I say: classical training is only the approach, the style is up to the singer. I have been successful in teaching all types of genres through this approach. I am also an avid composer and songwriter, and regularly teach theory in my lessons.

Arlys A. Minneapolis, MN

Subjects Taught

Audition Prep, Broadway Singing, Classical Voice, Country Singing, Dance, Ear Training, Gospel Singing, Improv Acting, Jazz Voice, Meditation, Music Performance, Opera Voice, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Vocal Training

About Me

Now available internationally to students via Skype, Google Hangouts or other web video-conferencing tools. Tired of traveling to get to voice lessons? Use technology to make your life easier and still get your vocal lesson time. :-)

My name is Arlys, and my vocal exploration began at age three singing solos at church. As a teenager, I performed with the concert choir and madrigal singers under the tutelage of Hal W., a teacher who affected me so deeply with his love of classical choral music that it changed my life, although I wouldn't realize it until much later. As a young artist, I wrote, sang and performed with numerous original rock, pop, funk & blues bands; simultaneously acting, singing, dancing or choreographing stage musicals.

Early on in my career I was lucky enough to get a private session with Jeannette LoVetri who first introduced me to Alexander Technique exercises that I use to this day. Then, through overwork & improper vocal techniques I destroyed my voice. With the help of professional classical vocal instructor Bonnie F., I began the long process of rebuilding my voice from the ground up. My blessed teacher encouraged me endlessly, showing interest in how my dance background influenced my training, my posture and understanding of the exercises presented.

Bonnie noted my passion and desire to comprehend and translate classical singing practices and more importantly how they applied to all styles of music. She encouraged me, in turn, to begin coaching others. To that end I wound up studying with her for 6 years.

In 2000, I moved to Los Angeles and continued diversifying my voice and my training as a voice coach working briefly with Kathryn Grimm and Darlene Koldenhoven, and eventually studying Italian bel canto techniques with Linda Mitchell, rediscovering my classical voice by singing opera arias for the first time, and with a new found coloratura soprano range. The voice is such an amazing instrument, and because of its personal nature it can also be the most challenging.

My teaching style is infused with the knowledge that students of voice must be treated with great care, love and encouragement. Between performing and my own artistic studies, I have been teaching privately for over 15 years, mostly via referrals from other students, and substituting for my voice teacher at Culver City and Santa Monica Music Schools. After 12 years in Los Angeles, I have relocated back to my hometown of Minneapolis to guide other vocal explorers to unleash their authentic voice.

Arlys

*** Lesson Details ***
* Have you always wanted to sing?
* Would you like to speak with more ease without losing your voice?
* Would you like to consistently breathe more deeply and feel the expanse of your breath?

Our voice is the most personal expression we can share, and our breath is our life force. I feel very passionate about helping others create their own 'toolkit' of exercises that encourage proper posture and ease of deeper breath support; with vocal exercises that guide the vocal explorer to finding their most perfect resonance and pitch control. The end result is the ability to sing and speak easily, freely, and with confidence!

I am passionate about helping you find your unique voice. I believe the voice is such an amazing instrument and can be the most challenging to work with, psychologically, since it is so very personal and therefore must be treated with great care, love and encouragement.

I incorporate my experience with dance, Pilates, Yoga, Tai Chi and other forms of physical exercise with bel canto vocal training to help me create a personalized set of tools for each student.

Since we only get the one instrument, my goal is to help you understand how your instrument works, and how best to care for it so that you can sing for years to come!

It's Your Journey!
Take It!
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VOCAL EXPLORERS: Please dress comfortably, bring water and your smile. :-)

*** Studio Equipment ***
IN-STUDIO: Lessons in separate "studio" room, electric piano, mirror, music stands, table for your water, chair. Also available: community room with TV & seating can be used as waiting area for parents during lessons.

ONLINE VOCAL EXPLORERS PLEASE NOTE: Technical issues can sometimes make online classes frustrating for all parties. These tips can help minimize frustration:

* It helps a great deal if you are comfortable using a computer and not trying to learn two things at once
* If you are not comfortable using a computer, please plan to be patient and spend some lesson time being guided through setup
* Best results are with computers that have fast processors:
1) iPad have excellent connectivity
2) or, less than three years old
* You need to make sure you have a very fast internet connection to support the video and audio streaming. Please check with your internet provider to verify your connection is fast enough.
* Download the application (Skype or Google Hangouts) and test the connection with a friend prior to your first lesson

You are responsible for knowing if your connection will work, just as I am responsible for knowing that my connection will work.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Skype, Google Hangouts, Oovoo or other web video-conferencing tools.

*** Specialties ***
My specialty is helping you find the healthiest way to access your voice, speaking or singing. Whether it's pop; rock, Broadway belting or classical Italian bel canto singing, my focus is to help you find your authentic voice.

Helen L. Minneapolis, MN

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

I studied voice at McPhail Center for the Arts in high school. I
studied piano, voice, guitar at Augsburg college. I performed in
musicals, small ensembles. I write my own music and have performed it around town for years. I have sung in bands and solo. I recorded two CD's with my original music. My original songs are eclectic and contain jazz, blues, folk, country, and soft rock songs. I love music theory and writing. I taught at Mars music until it closed, then taught at Minnesota School of Music for a couple of years. Then moved my students to my home, where I have been teaching for the last ten years. I teach all ages. My piano students perform in music auditions like "The Guild", my guitar students have performed in school concerts and talent shows, my vocal students have performed in
musicals, and solos in their choirs. One of my adult vocal students went on to perform main stage at WE FEST and recorded a CD in Nashville, another adult student is touring around the U.S. she recorded three excellent CD's. Other adult students perform around town. And of course some of my adults just learn to play for themselves. I teach all styles of music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I use method books in guitar and piano, and encourage note reading. In guitar I also teach tab and chords. I use supplemental books and solo sheets once I learn the interest of my student, if they lean toward jazz and blues, I put them in books with that style, or if it is Classical I have books with the classical greats. My vocal students study songs that fit their age and interests. My goal is to find music that makes my students feel passionate about their music, so practicing isn't just drudgery but something they want to do. I also teach technique and theory. I provide a studio class where students perform
for each other, eat pizza and play music games that promote note reading and rhythm in a fun way. In 3-6 months students will be able to read music and hopefully will be filled with the excitement of music
to keep learning more.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lessons are taught in the front room with a waiting area for kids/students, The teaching space contains piano and guitars, amps, microphones. No pets. Seating is available.

*** Specialties ***
For piano I use Faber method books, piano literature books etc. For guitar I use Hal Leonard method books, and Charles Duncan method books. I teach vocal in classical, music theatre and guitar playing band singers, in country, and rock. I teach classical as well as blues styles and ragtime and pop, and encourage creating own songs where there is interest. In guitar I teach note reading as well as tab and teach classical, acoustic and electric guitar. I teach students from beginning to advanced levels.

Melody M.

Minneapolis, MN
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Vee W.

Minneapolis, MN
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Carole S.

Saint Paul, MN
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Melody M. Minneapolis, MN

Subjects Taught

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

About Me

Are you looking to sing outside the shower, work on material for your band, build your repertoire, sing in the church choir, audition for a production, become a better lead singer in your rock or pop band, overcome stage-fright or wanting to get to “the next level?” You have come to the right place!

My lessons provide students with an opportunity to deeply explore the voice, build confidence, and to develop healthy and effective singing practices, which can be applied to any style of musical singing.

A well-rounded music education is very important and I have fun and educational resources for learning vocal technique, ear training, harmony, pitch matching and music theory.

I am very fortunate to have performed and studied Classical and Opera, musical theater productions, have sang in Rock, Pop, Country, R&B bands and can bring that real-world experience into the lesson. The student will receive real hands-on knowledge about singing in a variety of environments and how to manage his/her vocal goals!

In addition to being vocally healthy, I encourage self-expression and enhance self-esteem in my students: singers of all ages, skill levels and styles. Plus, it has to be fun, otherwise why do it? Singing is a process and less about the end goal and we train the body, mind and use imagination and it's a very exciting process!

***My students regularly receive scholarships and placement in music schools and programs around the U.S., have won competitions, do well in auditions, are performing in successful bands and/or recording artists.

I am energetic and enthusiastic; actively promote values and traditional teaching practices coupled with the introduction of technology into the lesson. My experience as an educator is to share passion and talent for music with the next generation of musicians and outstanding communication skills. I really care about my students and provide the tools to help them reach their goals!

Degrees:
Bachelor of Music, minor in Psychology from Michigan State University
Master of Vocal Pedogogy from Oakland University

Here is some of my experience as a performer: I have sung Internationally at the renowned “Eisteffodd Music Festival” in Wales, toured through Britain and performed at the L’aupin Agile Cabaret in Paris. I was honored with a nomination to attend the prestigious Yale Cabaret Conference and worked with cabaret legend Julie Wilson and Manhattan Transfer founder Laurel Masse. Sung and performed roles with the Mid-Michigan and Detroit Opera Companies. Performed a production of “Sleepwalkers” with the Kari Margolis Brown Company at the O’Shaughnessy Theatre. I currently perform all over the Twin Cities with my own R&B/Soul Band, “Melody and The Dramatics!” Plus, I am a contract vocalist and perform in a variety of other projects, so needless to say, it is all a very awesome ride!

*** Lesson Details ***
My laid-back and fun approach allows for versatility and is tailored to meet the needs of the individual student. When studying the art of singing you are gaining skills, which build confidence.

When you understand what you’re doing and why, you bring more confidence to your performance. Progress is made with regular practice outside of lessons. Voice students record each private lesson on tape and take notes in their own notebooks.

I have "warm-up" tracks which you can use in your car or at home and you will notice significant improvement once you start your routine.

Practicing is very important and I have great methods to teach students how to maximize their time and get the best results! I am privileged to have an opportunity to teach and very passionate about coaching a student to meet his or her musical goals!

Also, I have a Beagle named "Bacon" and he will always be very excited to see you, however he does calm down when you're in the studio. In addition, I have two cats, so please let me know if you have allergies or any special recommendations.

Thanks so much!
Melody

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the music room, PA system, piano, keyboard, laptop, recording microphone, microphone, mirror

*** Travel Equipment ***
At my location, I provide a keyboard/piano, sound system, music stand, microphone and anything for non-classical. Otherwise, for acoustic, it's a keyboard, no PA equipment. If I go to a student's house, I need a keyboard or piano.

The house is in a cul-de-sac and there is ample street parking. Also, in the case of a snow emergency, you will be able to park in the driveway.

*** Specialties ***
I teach in a variety of vocal styles including, rock, pop, jazz, country and classical, keyboard and music theory. I have been trained by some of the best instructors in the country and strive for my students to be vocally healthy, so they'll have long careers. I also perform in professional bands, orchestras and can bring that experience into the lesson.
Energetic and enthusiastic; actively promote values and traditional teaching practices coupled with the introduction of technology into the lesson. Experienced educator eager to share passion and talent for music with the next generation of musicians and outstanding communication skills.

Vee W. Minneapolis, MN

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Recording, Opera Voice, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice

About Me

I have done major Broadway musicals as well as have performed with American Idol stars and trained with Grammy Award winning producers.

*** Lesson Details ***
Come ready to sing your heart out. We will be targeting your weak point and make them stronger. I am laid back and easing going but will not cut you slack when it's time to bring out your true potential.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Protools - Logic Pro - Microphone

*** Travel Equipment ***
No requirements, but a piano is preferred.

*** Specialties ***
I am proficient at teaching the styles of R&B, Pop, & Musical Theater techniques to help my students standout above the others that audition.

Carole S. Saint Paul, MN

Subjects Taught

Audition Prep, Broadway Singing, Classical Voice, Ear Training, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Opera Voice, Singing, Vocal Training

About Me

Hello! I am a recent graduate with a degree in Vocal Performance. I specialize in classical art song and opera performance but I love working in all genres of music. As a teacher, my goal is to help you discover what your voice is capable of. I will teach you healthy singing techniques tailored to your unique voice!

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