Piano, Singing, Violin, Broadway Singing, Cello, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Fiddle, Viola
A versatile musician and teacher, Nashville-born musician James is dedicated to music through education, performance and personal growth. James has a diverse background in the musical arts. He has served as violinist and principal violist in many orchestras and ensembles. As a vocalist, James has sung in opera, oratorio, master-classes and recitals as a countertenor soloist. He has served as director of the Clarksville Youth Orchestra at Austin Peay State University and currently serves as the Director of Music Ministries for Cloyd's Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Mt. Juliet, TN. He maintains a private studio in Nashville, TN and is on the faculty of the Allegro School of Music.
James has studied with many experts in vocal science and pedagogy and has had the wonderful opportunity to study with Linda Ferrara, D. Lance Respess, Richard Miller, world-class early music expert Nancy Zylstra and twentieth-century vocal music expert Sharon Mabry. He has had masterclasses with the Metropolitan Opera's Bodo Igesz, leading French-diction coach Elvia Pucinelli, vocal pedagogue Richard Miller, and Thomas King, director of the AIMS Gratz program. As a violinist and violist, James has studied with music-education specialist Sara Johnson, Francis Elliot, Nashville Recording-Artist Randall Olson, and concert violinist Stefan Petrescu.
As an educator, he has served on the faculties of the Cumberland Arts Institute, W.O. Smith School of Music, Murfreesboro City School System, School of the Arts at Austin Peay State University and the East Nashville School of Music. He has taught hundreds of students in various formats ranging from one-on-one studio settings to entire youth symphony orchestras. He has been active as an adjudicator, participant, and member of various competitions and education-related conventions. He also maintains membership with various educational organizations such as the American String Teacher’s Association, Music Educator’s National Conference, and Early Music America.
In addition to working with and coaching Grammy award-winning artists, Mr. W's students have auditioned, been selected and have performed in the Tennessee Mid-State and All-State Choir and Orchestra Festivals. His students have also performed in several professional and amateur performances across the Southeast. They have also gone on to major in music earning tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships from prestigious conservatories and colleges across the country. Many of his students have become professional musicians across many genres, educators themselves, or satisfied amateur hobbyists.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Broadway Singing, Classical Guitar, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Trumpet, Ukulele, Accordion, Banjo, Harmonica, Organ, Trombone, Tuba, Upright Bass
Steve L. - professional performer & session musician. Guitar, piano, bass, voice, pedal steel, lap steel, upright bass, brass, banjo & more.
Steve has played with:
Jim Keller of Tommy Tutone
LaLa Brooks of the Crystals
Night Flight Big Band
Singing, Acting, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Opera Voice, Speaking Voice
Stephanie J. graduated with a Masters of Art in Teaching in Music Education from Indiana University in 2002. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of West Florida. Stephanie enjoyed singing with The Indiana University Opera and The African American Choral Ensemble, during her graduate work. She has performed the role of Gretel in the opera Hansel and Gretel and has performed Mendelssohn’s Elijah at Carnegie Hall with vocal solos under the direction of world renowned baritone Sherill Milnes. Stephanie has performed in such musicals as Sweeney Todd, Hello Dolly, Showboat, Lil' Abner and many more. Her current students can be seen in lead roles in their high school productions, as well as in community theatre.
Stephanie is currently an adjunct professor in the Voice Department at the School of Music at Middle Tennessee State University and is a former music educator in Murfreesboro City Schools and Rutherford County Schools. Stephanie maintains a voice studio of 20 students year round in Murfreesboro, TN. She is a member of the International award-winning TuneTown Show Chorus, and a member of NATS the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She has taught all ages, from babies in Music with Mommie classes to the maturing voice. Stephanie feels blessed to be able to do what she loves on a daily basis as a profession. Her passion and joy is teaching her students how to properly use their voices so they can find the artist within.
Singing, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Opera Voice
- Adjunct Professor of Jazz Voice, Middle Tennessee State University
- Masters Degree in Jazz Voice Performance, Western Michigan University
- Bachelors Degree in Classical Voice Performance, Florida State University
Singing, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Speaking Voice
Erica makes her home in Nashville after years of performing on the road with cruise ships, theme parks, and a Broadway tour. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's of Music in Commercial Voice from Belmont University and is currently an adjunct professor for the university. Privately, she teaches pop, country, musical theatre, jazz, rock, and folk singing. She also works closely with the youth program at Street Theatre Company, producing and directing ClassAct Dramatic musicals.
Piano, Singing, Broadway Singing, Music Theory
I am a classically trained vocalist who started singing and playing piano at the age of 7. I have a background in music theater, opera and commercial voice. I studied piano through college and started teaching beginning piano and voice during my summer breaks. I attended Belmont University where I earned a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance and minor in music business.
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