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Popular Opera Voice Teachers Near Mountlake Terrace

Nicole G.

Seattle, WA
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Makala W.

Seattle, WA
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Serena E.

Issaquah, WA
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Nicole G. Seattle, WA

Subjects Taught

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

About Me

Welcome! Thank you for visiting my page! I'm Nicole, a professional opera singer and voice teacher originally from New York City. I grew up in Hillsborough, New Jersey, and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from the Ithaca College School of Music in upstate NY. I recently completed a professional certificate program - the Artist Diploma in Early Music (Baroque Opera and Chamber Music) - at Cornish College of the Arts here in Seattle, WA.

I am an active performer AND a dedicated teacher, and LOVE to share my passions and knowledge with my students! I have years of individual one-on-one voice teaching experience with students of all ages and abilities. My students have been nominated for NJ Paper Mill Playhouse's Rising Star Awards, have been accepted to pre-college musical theater programs on full scholarship, have earned multiple leading roles in high school musicals and plays, have performed major choral works at Carnegie Hall, have sung in church choirs and for weddings, and have released their own pop/rock album. I look forward to meeting and working with you! ~Nicole

Below contains some recent performance credits of mine:

-The role of Night in Purcell's "The Fairy Queen" for Amherst Early Music Festival's Baroque Opera Project, conducted by Gary Wedow and directed by Drew Minter (2013)

-Solo recital of baroque repertoire for soprano, baroque trumpet, lute/baroque guitar, and harpsichord with renowned Seattle-based musicians Kris Kwapis, Stephen Stubbs, and Byron Schenkman (2013)

-Recital with other colleagues sponsored by the Early Music Guild in Seattle (2013)

-The role of Venus in John Blow's "Venus and Adonis" with Cornish Opera Theater (2012)

During the 2011-2012 seasons:
-Appearance in Operamission's North American premier of Handel's "Almira"

-Performances with the New York Continuo Collective in a concert of Monteverdi opera scenes

-The role of Clarice in Caldara's "Il Giuoco del Quadriglio" through the Amherst Early Music Festival

-The role of Fortuna in "L'incoronazione di Poppea" through Pacific MusicWorks' Accademia d’Amore

-Performance in the Young Artist's concert program held by Bucks County, PA period-instrument ensemble, La Fiocco

-Performances as a soloist and chamber musician with The Opera Project of Lambertville, NJ

-Premiere of composer Richard Tocce's new song cycle for soprano, cello, and piano, "Love Elegies of Sulpicia"

I have been a soprano soloist/cantor/section leader/soprano substitute with two churches in Seattle and with three churches in New Jersey, and have worked as a Children's Party Entertainer performing as Cinderella, Belle, Alice, and other characters! I actively perform gigs of all kinds in a variety of environments.

I have performed across the US, in Italy, and Germany, and have appeared in master classes led by Julianne Baird, Nancy Zylstra, Neil Semer, Ann Baltz, Patrice Pastore, Paul Sperry and Sharon Sweet.

In the realm of Musical Theatre, I have performed as Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof, a Hot Box Girl in Guys & Dolls, and in productions of Bye Bye Birdie, Grease, and Little Shop of Horrors.

I received additional training through the nationally recognized OperaWorks program, Crittenden Opera Studio, and Actor's Workshop of Ithaca, among others.

I am a full member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and as a Baroque specialist, I am member of Early Music America (EMA), and as a published lyricist, I am a member of ASCAP (the American Society for Composers, Authors, and Publishers)

*** Lesson Details ***
Through our work together in lessons, you will:

-Explore, re-awaken and nourish your creativity in music

-Develop a solid foundation in vocal technique through effective tools and exercises (addressing breath, posture, alignment, an open throat, phonation, resonance, articulation...)

-Address your personal practice/performance goals

-Focus on self-awareness (body, aural, and emotional awareness), musicianship, interpretation, performance, and musicality

-Learn a variety of repertoire, according to your needs and development

-Cultivate your artistry for application in practice, audition, and performance settings

-Experience JOY in singing, and HAVE FUN! :)

Regardless of age or skill level, I approach students with respect and professionalism within a safe and supportive environment, fostering enlightenment and creativity.

Typically, our lessons will begin with a brief conversation on how you are doing, and what you would like to accomplish in the lesson. We will spend the first part of the lesson warming up with a few specific exercises tailored to you and your voice. Then we will move to repertoire - a song or two that you love to sing, wish to learn, or want to prepare for an audition, competition, performance, or simply because you want to make music!

My lessons with you are personalized and unique. I am here to support you and help your voice grow, and I am also here to challenge you to achieve your best. Our lessons are about singing what you love to sing. Over time, I give repertoire suggestions. Need to find out what it is that truly speaks to you? I'd love to help!

After three or six months with me, you will have learned HOW to:

-become mentally and physically 'present'
-stand and align your body properly to promote beautiful singing
-open your throat
-achieve a low, consistent breath
-feel deeply connected to your body
-sing "on the air" or "on the breath"
-sing a beautiful, connected legato line
-have clear, effective speech for speaking and singing
-learn a piece of music
-prepare for an audition or performance
-walk into a room and present yourself for an audition or performance

You will also have learned how to:

-read music if you do not know already
-strengthen your musicianship
-understand/interpret, personally connect to, and deliver the text of your songs

We will take things at Your Own Pace through a personalized, holistic approach that will help you sing easily and beautifully. I can't wait for you to join me!!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home studio: living room, Yamaha keyboard 88 keys, open space, full length mirror, couch, chairs for additional seating, limited street parking.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a piano, music stand, full length mirror, couch/chairs, metronome, music library. If traveling to their home, I expect my students to provide a piano or keyboard, music stand if possible, and a mirror (full length if possible.)

*** Specialties ***
I emphasize a variety of holistic methods that serve the student in multiple ways: physical, emotional, aural awareness; posture and alignment; low-centered/connected breathing mechanism, breath compression; open throat, released tongue/jaw; legato line, phrasing; articulation, diction, style, artistry; the process of learning a piece of music. Genres: Classical, Musical Theatre, Pop. I enjoy helping students to prepare for auditions and performances, as well as explore the art of singing and encourage the joy of singing.

Makala W. Seattle, WA

Subjects Taught

Brazilian Samba, Broadway Singing, Cello, Guitar, Makeup, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Spanish

About Me

I have loved music as long as I can remember. I know its clich to say so, but it's true! :)

For me, having parents of different ethnicities and siblings that were much older than me, I was heavily impacted by the wide variety of music to which my family members listened. The force of this crayon box of rhythms and sounds captivated and affected me so much that it is the key experience that I draw from in making my own music today.

I grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska (a small town in the center of the state) so my only option for entertainment and fun was getting involved in the arts! I started performing at a very young age as both a dancer and a musician. I studied classical ballet, modern dance, hip hop and street dance, and world dance traditions throughout my formative years, which helped me to gain rhythmical fluency. I started my formal music training when I began to play the cello. From then on, I was hooked on the sound and I immersed myself in music as much as I could; performing, competing, working in as many musical groups and productions as possible (as both a vocalist and cellist), and even teaching.

I moved to Seattle in 2003 to study opera at Cornish College of the arts, only to later change my major to Jazz, and then again to Latin music studies. Since graduating from Cornish in 2007, with my Bachelor of Music degree, I have been actively and diligently working in the local music scene; performing and recording with artists and groups of many different styles. Everything from various Latin genres, to Rock, to R&B/Soul, to Hip Hop, and Jazz. Through my music, I aim to reach out to people of all cultures. I also aim to teach my own students with the hope that they too can discover the same continuous love of music that I have grown to feel (and still am growing to feel) over the years. :)

*** Lesson Details ***
The main thing that I like to remind students of, when they take lessons with me, is that music is FUN! A lot of hard work goes into it, but the end result is always rewarding! I am a pretty laid back teacher, yet I still work to inspire my students to try their hardest and to be the best that they can be at what they do. It is very important to me that my students get their musical wants AND needs fulfilled.

***I now teach BEGINNING guitar and piano!***

In my lessons we work on a variety of topics, including:

-Gaining a feel and command for your own instrument.

-Finding your SOUND: (Vocalists) Making sure that you are singing the right music for your vocal style and also that connects directly to you, the vocalist. (Instrumentalists) Helping you to produce the right tones on your instrument.

-EXERCISES: (Vocalists) Breathing and vocalization that will lessen fatigue and enhance the strength, endurance, and quality of your voice. (Instrumentalists) Scales, Etudes, etc. to strengthen the muscles being utilized while playing, and also to build up muscle memory and accuracy.

-Music Theory and Ear-Training

-Building your repertoire, which is necessary for performance.

-Arranging and Communication with your accompanying musicians or band.

-Exercising variation and creativity through improvisation.

-How to Perform! You can have great chops, but YOUR interpretation of a given piece of music is equally important. Everyone’s style is different, and we will find and develop YOUR style!

It is my personal responsibility to not only help the student reach their goals, but to have a hand in instilling a deep love and respect for the art.

*** Studio Equipment ***
88 key piano, (Yamaha keyboard), cello, various percussion instruments, guitars, library, computer, lessons are given in the living room.

*** Specialties ***
As far as voice goes, I teach all genres and styles but I personally specialize in the Latin genres. I teach all aspects of the music; rhythm, harmony, theory. I even teach performance; how to work with a band in real-time communication, song communication (or story telling as I like to call it), and developing ones own personal style. I believe that there is much more to singing than just vocal technique alone, so I believe in teaching musical fundamentals and functions so that my students will not only be considered vocalists, but competent musicians.

For cello, I take the standard approach; getting to know the instrument and assigning various exercises so that the student will gain technical fluency, and building repertoire. Although I am not a certified Suzuki teacher, I do use some of their methods, since I, myself was a Suzuki student. I like teaching the student memorization of pieces, so that they can focus on technique and expression within a given piece.

Serena E. Issaquah, WA

Subjects Taught

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

About Me

Hello! My name is Serena!

Music shapes my life and has made me the person I am today. My experience in training in opera, musical theatre, jazz, and pop has expanded my musical skills and knowledge. Not only have I been trained in performance, but I have also studied music history, music theory, conducting, movement training, ballet, Alexander Technique, acting, yoga, stage craft, improvisation, other languages, diction and the International Phonetic Alphabet, voice science and anatomy, and vocal pedagogy. I have completed my Bachelor of Music in Operatic Vocal Performance from the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University under the tutelage of the legendary Carol Vaness. I have also studied with acclaimed teachers and coaches around the world including Dr. Kari Ragan and Maestro Dean Williamson.

My upcoming performances include singing THE QUEEN OF THE NIGHT with Portland Summer Opera's "THE MAGIC FLUTE" by Mozart. Recent performances include a Soloist World Premiere of "In Nocte Plena" by Tommaso Traetta with Ensign Symphony at Benaroya Hall, Seattle, both Adele and Ida in Skagit Opera's production of Johann Strauss's "Die Fledermaus", and both Queen of the Night and First Lady with NOISE's production of "The Magic Flute". I have also been the featured soloist as "Christine" in Ten Grand's Phantom of the Opera at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, WA, and many lead roles in both opera and musical theatre: such as Countess Ceprano and Gilda (Rigoletto), Blondchen (Die Entfuehrung aus dem Serail), Maria (West Side Story), La Fee (Cendrillon), Sarah Brown (Guys and Dolls), Cathy (The Last 5 Years), Rosina (Barber of Seville), and more! I have also been part of jazz ensembles, and won the Battle of the Bands at Indiana University with a rock group! I am proud to have won the Encouragement Award in the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions, First Place in the National Classical Singers Competition, the C.M. Gerber Scholarship, Music Dean's Scholarship, Music Faculty Award, First Place at Washington State Solo and Ensemble Competitions, First Place in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) National Competitions, and many more!

Teaching brings me such joy! To share the love of music and to educate the musicians of tomorrow is both gratifying and inspiring. I have been teaching since 2006 and provide a fun and focused learning experience where there are no "wrong" questions, and everybody's unique voice is celebrated! Many of my students have gone on to study music in college, and have landed lead roles in musical theatre, choir solos, All State and All Northwest choirs, and won awards in Classical competitions.

In my spare time, I like to practice yoga, dance, and have recently taken up aerial silk acrobatics as a hobby!

*** Lesson Details ***
My studio provides musical knowledge through private lessons including healthy vocal technique, basic understanding of music theory, and basic piano skills. I encourage a fun and focused environment. Come ready to learn, and let's make music!

A typical lesson will include vocalises that detail proper technique, some ear training work, some music theory training, and will be followed by repertoire. During this time, students will learn how to produce clear and authentic diction (English and other languages), breath management, phrase shaping, smooth transitions between higher and lower pitches, stylistic ornamentation, as well as dramatic involvement of the piece.

Students will learn the importance of the foundations of breath support, and how to create a healthy sound for any genre while keeping the unique qualities of their own voice-- no cookie-cutter singers here! Students will also learn how to read music, practice effectively, perform authentically, and take care of their delicate instrument for a lifetime of singing!

While Skype is a marvelous tool that has revolutionized the world of teaching, nothing can replicate natural acoustics. In-studio lessons are suggested for a clearer and more personable lesson.

Regularly scheduled and attended lessons are the best way to see positive changes in your voice! The smooth running of the Studio Schedule helps make that happen. Therefore, missing lessons is discouraged and make up lessons/cancellations are not given in the Studio unless:
- I have had a performance or rehearsal that conflicts with our lesson time and cannot have the lesson as scheduled. If this occurs, I will inform you of the event as soon as possible and give you the option of a make up lesson or cancelling the lesson.
- Notices of foreseen cancellations (family vacations, religious holidays, school functions, special occasions etc.) are eligible for rescheduling or cancellation if given before the first lesson of the month.
- Of course, life can throw us for a loop! Illness, emergencies, and unforeseen events may possibly be given make ups or cancellations and will be determined at the Studio's discretion. (In the matter of illness: standard procedure is that if the student can attend work/school, they should come to their lesson. A cold can easily be worked around. If the voice is affected (for singing students), Studio time can still be used to work on ear training, music theory, music history, etc.)

All other absences will result in the lesson being marked as "missed". A hard copy of the Studio Policies and further details will be given to the student at the first lesson. Please feel free to ask any questions or clarifications.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio lessons take place in an open room in the front of the house. The room includes seating for parents to observe lessons as well as a weighted keyboard (88 keys), music stand, desk, and materials. No pets. Lots of street parking is available.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide: Music
They provide: piano/effective keyboard, music stand

*** Specialties ***
Specialties: Classical/Opera
Other styles and genres: Musical Theatre, Jazz, Pop, and Rock.

Vanessa P.

Lynnwood, WA
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Christine E.

Bonney Lake, WA
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Jordyn P.

Seattle, WA
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Vanessa P. Lynnwood, WA

Subjects Taught

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

About Me

Become the masterful Singer that you really ARE! Learn to bring out the natural beauty and power of your Voice, and to match your own unique personality and vocal qualities to complementing repertoire in order to show your voice and talents in their best light. We'll develop the repertoire that fits YOU. You'll learn how the Voice works and where it really comes from, and probably be amazed at the almost immediate widening of your vocal range.

Trained by one of the Metropolitan Opera’s most beloved Voice Coaches, Vanessa brings to the world of music a wonderfully varied Performing and Teaching career ranging from Opera to Broadway. She holds a BA degree in Music Performance from the School of Fine and Applied Arts of Boston University, and is an award winning Poet. Vanessa has produced, hosted, sung, and broadcast over 2,500 television programs, concertized and spoken in the US and abroad, recorded nine albums in various languages, co-authored an Early Childhood Education book which included training in the use of music for the young, authored three poetry books and accompanying cd's, and teaches Voice to her private and group students.

*** Lesson Details ***
The atmosphere is relaxed in our comfortable professional studio. We work hard, and enjoy the journey as we develop your voice and repertoire with a focus on whatever style of singing you choose. It won't be long until you will see that songs that were previously too high or too low are now comfortably within your grasp. And, you will be able to sing for longer periods of time without getting tired or injuring your voice. You might also want the experience of practicing stage presence, working with trax, learning how to relate to an audience, and learning microphone technique, all of which will add to the professionalism of your most excellent and enjoyable career.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music studio room w/ piano and seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in finding the student's unique voice, and helping them to understand its natural operation in order to set it free to be used in any style they choose to sing. The Italian Bel Canto method describes the basic singing technique, and is the foundation from which a healthy and versatile voice can be developed. My upcoming book, "All God's Chillun' Got A Voice" How To Find It, and Release It As A Creative Tool”, discusses both the technical and esoteric sides of the singing voice, its operation and purposes.

Christine E. Bonney Lake, WA

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing

About Me

Hello! My name is Christine and I have been a private piano and voice teacher for 7 years now. I did music all through high school and in college which I now attend and I love helping others find joy in music too! From State Solo and Ensemble competitions, to musicals on stage, to solos in church, to jazz improv, I have experience in lots of genres of music and I use things I have learned from all of them in my lessons with students. Whether its piano or voice, for you or your child, ( or both!), I know the basic skills that if mastered, can lead to whatever musical dreams you may have!

*** Lesson Details ***
I try to be very focused during lessons so we can get as much done as we can. I also try to be flexible about practice time. I decide with my students how much time is reasonable to expect. Just keep in mind, one lesson a week is not enough to progress without some practice on your part. Here's what you can expect during lessons for voice and piano.‚ Piano:I am pretty traditional with my approach to piano, but I always strive to treat my students as individuals. There will be a routine, usually scales, exercises, then songs. Theory is incorporated as necessary in the other aspects of the lesson. Songs usually come from a lesson book, but are supplemented with other fun songs the student helps to select. I try to keep a good balance so there is minimal boredom and maximum progress!Voice:There are key principles for every vocalist no matter what genre they hope to eventually sing. We will do exercises that help with breathing, vowels etc., after which we work on songs. I pick some, and the student can pick some, but I will always ask for input and we decide together the direction we want to go in.‚ 

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my student to have a piano or at the very least an electronic keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
I excel in classical voice and piano, but I also teach Broadway and jazz.

Jordyn P. Seattle, WA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Arrangement and Composition, Audition Prep, Broadway Singing, Child Acting, Choir, Choreography, Classical Piano, Classical Voice, Composition, Country Singing, Dance Choreography, Ear Training, Improv Acting, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Pageantry, Piano, Piccolo, Singing, Songwriting, Stage Performance, Theater Acting, Vocal Training, Voice Acting

About Me

Jordyn Day, Soprano, has Bachelor of Music from Washington State University, with a minor in business administration. Her focus while at WSU was voice performance and education. Jordyn has held many lead roles in shows such as, "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown!", "Baby, the Musical", "Jane Eyre", "Orpheus in the Underworld" and "The Sound of Music". Awards in recent years include, 1st place in NATS musical theatre competition 2011 and 2012 and finalist in Washington-Idaho Young Artist Competition. Jordyn has the privilege of currently studying with the renowned Dr. Kari Ragan of Issaquah, WA. She has also studied with Dr. Julie Ann Wieck at WSU and Dr. Melissa Drumm at Spokane Falls Community College.

Jordyn founded EDGE Performing Arts & Dance in Shoreline, WA in June 2012. EDGE is a performing arts studio with a 40 seat black box theatre attached for rehearsal and performances. The studio provides the Shoreline/Lake Forest Park/North Seattle community with private and group classes in voice, piano, acting and dance. Jordyn is the main instructor, provides all choreography and directs all musicals and shows.

Jordyn is a NATS certified instructor.

Teaching Philosophy: Learning to sing is a journey of highs and lows; happiness and frustration. I believe in forming a bond and friendship with each individual student--if they trust me, they are more likely to learn and grow!
It is the job of the voice teacher to educate each student in techniques, anatomy and give them access to a deeper understanding of their natural instrument. It is always my hope to awaken student's inner motivation, and give them as many tools as possible to be the absolute best they can be.
I continue to take lessons and educate myself further in the science, anatomy and techniques of singing in order to provide each student with the most up-to-date information and best education possible.

*** Lesson Details ***
My studio holds two annual recitals either in our own black-box theatre or at local theatres near us. They are not mandatory but is a great way to help create drive and goals in individual singers that may not be performing anywhere else!

We also have musicals two to three times per year! We're currently enrolling for OLIVER! the premiere July 18th and 19th 2014.

Lessons are located at EDGE Performing Arts and Dance

*** Studio Equipment ***
2 Electric/Digital Pianos, sound system, mp3 player capabilities

*** Specialties ***
-Belting and chest voice singing/instruction
-Audition Prep
-Young singers
-Adult Singers

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