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Acting, Audition Prep, Broadway Singing, Country Singing, Musical Theater, Shakespearean Acting, Singing, Speaking Voice, Stage Performance, Theater Acting, Vocal Training, Voice Acting
Born in Queens and raised in Tokyo, Japan, I started performing at the age of nine. I made my stage debut in the ensemble of Tokyo Theatre for Children’s production of Cinderella where my mother played the Stepmother and my father was also in the ensemble. Upon moving back to the U.S. in the eighth grade, I started performing in my school’s shows in Northport, NY. By the end of my junior year, I made the decision that I wanted to pursue a degree in theatre. After my freshman year in The Ohio State University’s Bachelor of Arts program, I decided she wanted to dive deeper and transferred to The University of Arizona where I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre in December 2011. At the U of A, I had the privilege of playing my dream role of Anne Frank as well as Marcy Park in Spelling Bee and Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden. I was also a proud member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. During my college years, I worked each summer with Texas Family Musicals and RWS & Associates.
After graduation, I made the big move to NYC. I lived in the city for about three months before receiving my second contract with RWS & Associates as Company Manager at Idlewild & Soak Zone in Ligonier, PA.
After my contract with Idlewild & Soak Zone I plan to continue my career as a performer and cannot wait to see what is in store for my future.
As you can see I have a great deal of experience and expertise in many areas, and I look forward to sharing all of this and more with my students.
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My biggest goal with my students is that I want them to feel confident and I want them to have fun.
For my singing students, I think learning music theory and growing an appreciation for the classics are extremely important, but it's also important to sing the songs you want to sing! Once we've sung through and mastered a song I pick for you, I have you pick a song for us to work on.
For beginning singing students, I will thoroughly go over the basics of breath and music theory and for more advanced students, I will go through style and performance techniques.
I would also like students to know that although I am able to play basic piano, I cannot fully accompany my students. I like to utilize tapes and CD's and am able to have the songs their singing recorded by a professional accompanist for an extra fee.
For my acting students, I also think that learning the classics is just as important as studying modern pieces. We will go through all the fundamentals in learning a monologue and I will help your child develop a great monologue repertoire!
I specialize in college audition coaching. Thinking about majoring in theatre but don’t know where to start? Don’t know which schools to apply to and what the difference between BA and BFA programs are? Well I’m here to help! I applied to over 15 schools and know all the ins and outs and do’s and don’ts of college auditions. I offer a comprehensive one on one program where I’ll help you choose schools to apply to, help you put applications together, and coach you in each and every aspect of the audition.
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For singing students, I will provide warm-up tapes for free and can provide piano tracks for songs they're singing for an extra fee. I would prefer my students have a piano or keyboard, and if not, access to practice rooms or music rooms in their school.
For acting students, I will provide all the materials needed. Students may choose to purchase their own monologue books or plays.
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I specialize in college audition prep for high school juniors and seniors. In addition to song prep, I also do monologue prep and help with college applications.
Acting, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing
I'm excited to be a TakeLessons instructor and to be able to share my experience and knowledge with you. I have been a singer and performer for over 20 years and have taught voice and beginning piano for six years.
I received a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. I continued my studies in New York City in voice, acting and diction.
I continue to be an active performer specializing in musical theater, opera and concert. I began my professional career as an apprentice with the Portland Opera in Oregon. Since then, I have appeared with opera companies and orchestras throughout the United States and abroad and am a frequent guest vocalist and recitalist.
Recently, I performed with Alia Musica here in Pittsburgh premiering works by local composers and created the role of Pamela in the premiere of TOOWHOPERA by composer Sorrel Hays in Rome, GA. On the concert stage, I have recently appeared with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, Chattanooga Bach Choir and CreateHere's Hops and Opera.
Highlights of my performances include Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflote with West Bay Opera, Stockton Opera, Opera San Jose and Pocket Opera, Despina in Cosi fan tutte with Mission City Opera, Blonde in Abduction from the Seraglio and Yvette in La Rondine with Pocket Opera, Cunegonde in Candide with Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. Other roles include Rosa Bud in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Abigail in The Crucible, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Madame Herz in The Impresario, Lucy in Threepenny Opera, Monica in The Medium, and Pamina in The Magic Flute.
I was a featured performer in a series of concerts in Europe, South America, and Australia aboard Cunard's Vistafjord and Royal Viking Sun.
I was named a world finalist in the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition, a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a semi-finalist in the Jenny Lind Competition and a regional winner in the MacAllister Competition.
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Whether it is preparing for a competition, an audition or a role for the school play, I enjoy helping students of all ages reach their goals. I structure the curriculum to the individual needs of my students, focusing on healthy vocal technique, musicianship, stage presence, and joy in music.
During your first lesson, you will sing various vocalises to determine how you negotiate the changes in registration, what your vocal range is, and what you have to work on to improve your vocal quality, stamina, and flexibility.
If you do not see an available time, please call Takelessons. I sometimes have availability that is not visible on my calendar.
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Living Room: baby grand, couch, chair, bench, small table, adjoining dining room where parents can wait.
Acting, Broadway Singing, Flute, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Speaking Voice
MM Degree - University of Miami Frost School of Music
BM Degree, Summa Cum Laude, Berklee College of Music
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Katherine is an internationally-acclaimed, third-generation and award-winning artist who has appeared on Good Morning America, NBC 6, Telemundo and many other tv and radio shows. She has toured and performed throughout the US and abroad including top nightclubs in Los Angeles and NASCAR Vegas, Dallas and London. An inspiring and classically-trained musician/actor, she performs and teaches over 25 different genres. Down-to-earth, funny and knowledgeable, she has taught students nationwide and is known for her ability to produce results.
Her ability to connect with students is matched by her impressive resume. Katherine has been performing as a soloist since age five. She studied music and stage performance with her mother, a concert pianist and composer and her father, a trombonist/arranger who toured with The Boston Pops and played under classical music legends Igor Stravinsky and Paul Hindemith.
She served for two consecutive years as Broadway Voice Adjudicator for the Los Angeles Music Center's Annual Spotlight Awards, alongside Original Cast members of Les Miserables. She has over a decades worth of teaching, directing and producing experience in classical and contemporary music, acting and musical theater. Katherine has taught music, voice and acting at fine schools throughout the nation and recently served as Emcee and Director for an international talent showcase in Nashville.
Katherine works with all levels. Her award-winning clients include Grammy Nominees, professional actors, corporate executives, busy moms, music teachers, children, gifted/magnet students, teens and many others. Her students have graduated from top conservatories, appeared with the Florida Grand Opera and regional theaters, performed on stage, in films and on major network television shows.
Katherine's students have enriched their lives and improved their health, posture, academic performance, communication skills and self-confidence. She's really looking forward to meeting you or your child and joining you on your exciting new journey!
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Lessons are an exciting interplay between instructor and student. Pace is tailored to each individual, depending on age, interests and goals. The goal is to learn new things, expand your mind and have fun. Yoga and body stretches, posture and breathing, identifying your voice type, strengths and weaknesses, repertoire, self-analysis and more. Learn how to listen to your own voice, the inner voice within. Instrumental students learn from a variety of method books and by ear, depending on choice of style. Acting students learn from a variety of methods depending on age and experience. Classical and contemporary; stage and film. You'll end up stretching yourself with amazing new things!
Fluid combo of high-quality instruction, flexible approaches and firm, gentle discipline with lots of humor. Regular practice times are encouraged. The more you prepare, the more you get out of it.
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Beautiful Dedicated Music Room: Various Musical Instruments, Grand Acoustic Piano, Extensive Library of Repertoire and Books, Music Toys for kids, Copier for Sheet Music, Coffee/Tea/Water for Students, Chairs, Sofa.
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Music and acting books, staff paper, microphone, etc.
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Acting, Broadway Singing, English, Film Acting, History, Improv Acting, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Reading, Shakespearean Acting, Singing, Theater Acting
I am a full-time pedagogue/performer with eight years' experience teaching private lessons in voice, piano, and acting to a range of ages and levels of students. Although the majority of my students are young adults, I have worked successfully with children, teenagers, and adult students (twenties to senior citizens) of both genders; I tailor my approach specifically to the goals and interests of each student; no two people learn the same way.
I hold a Bachelor's of Music in vocal performance from West Virginia University (summa cum laude, WVU Outstanding Senior, Honors College J. and C. Nath Outstanding Senior, Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships candidate). I regularly perform as a soloist in opera, oratorio, concerts, and recitals and completed training through the Ezio Pinza Concil for American Singers of Opera in Italy, the American Singers' Opera Project of North Carolina, and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.
As a teacher, I completed a year-long vocal pedagogy course with Cynthia Bess which provided me with a thorough understanding of the anatomy and psychology of singing, as well as a systematic approach to the correction of vocal faults. In the spring of 2010, one of my students, a teen-aged boy, was selected to attend Eastman's summer program for high school students. Several of my students have performed leading roles in school, community, and university musical productions.
I hold a full voting membership in the National Association of Teachers of Singing, am a Licensed Kindermusik Educator, am employed as Director of Music Ministry for a fairly large church, and was recently awarded the National Pastoral Musician's organ certification. I was also a teaching artist at Propel East Charter School for Greensburg American Opera and directed the Old Economy Singers (a twenty-voice historical choir) for six years.
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I provide professional, knowledgeable, and individualized instruction in a supportive and encouraging environment. During the course of study with me, I expect voice students will improve vocal technique and sound quality, alleviate physical tension which may be interfering with phonation, expand their range, learn new repertoire, increase confidence, and grow as performing artists.
My vocal teaching method focuses on correct breathing and resonance; I also incorporate some activities from Barry Green's "Inner Game of Music" technique. Although my teaching is grounded in a scientific approach to the process of phonation, I also believe singing should be a fun experience for the student. We sing to communicate! I believe that a thorough technical foundation is necessary for free and healthy singing in any genre of music. I am willing to work with students in the vocal styles that interest them most; although my professional performance experience is in opera and musical theatre, I have also successfully worked with students whose interests included jazz, pop, rock, folk music, contemporary Christian music, and choral singing.
My piano pedagogical method matches each student with the right curriculum-- Alfred, Schaum, or Piano Adventures-- plus supplemental technical exercises such as scales, arpeggios, and Czerny and Hanon exercises. All students are exposed to theory through worksheets, games, and other applied activities. As soon as possible, I introduce "real" repertoire from master composers.
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Grand piano, electronic piano, music library, photo copier for copies of repertoire, music stands, Sing and See software.
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I provide copies of music and exercises. If I am teaching at a student's home, I expect him/her to provide a keyboard instrument.
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I believe that a strong technical foundation emphasizing correct breathing and placement will allow voice students to sing in a healthy manner in any style of music. My professional performance credentials are primarily in opera, but I also have musical theatre experience and have successfully worked with students whose interests include opera, musical theatre, jazz, pop, rock, gospel, Irish folk music, and choral singing. In piano lessons, I emphasize technique and musicianship through a balance of exercises, repertoire, and theory activities.
Acting, Audition Prep, Classical Voice, Singing
I am 28 years old, and was born and raised in North Huntingdon Pennsylvania. I knew at a very young age that I wanted to pursue a career in the arts. I believe that music specifically unlocks self-expression, intelligence, and creativity, and I cannot imagine a life without it. Teaching music, acting, and singing is something that brings me great joy, I am passionately committed to my students and love the challenges and rewards that teaching has to offer!
Training and Experience:
I am a classical trained singer and musical theater actor. I studied vocal performance at Slippery Rock University with Dr. Colleen Gray. While I was at Slippery Rock I had the opportunity to perform in a variety of plays, musicals and operas. My favorite roles include Seymour Krelbourn in Little Shop of Horrors, Cliff Bradshaw in Cabaret, and Jacques in Shakespeare's As you like it. I also had significant roles in Slippery Rock's main stage operas including King Melchior in Amahl and the night Visitors and Dr. Falked in Die Fledermaus. When I was a junior, I had the opportunity to perform in my first professional opera, Bellini's i capuleti e i Montecchi (The Capulets and the Montagues) with the Pittsburgh Opera Chorus at the Benedum Center. After college I performed at Busch Gardens Williamsburg as a singer in their Italian shows as well as their Christmas Show.
I have performed in operas, plays and musicals regionally around the country including Florida, New Hampshire, Connecticut and New York City. My most recent project was workshopping a new musical called Front Page Girl, a musical based on life of Nellie Bly, who was a pioneer for women in the world of journalism. The musical was composed by David Friedman with a book written by Peter Kellogg. David Friedman is known for his work on the Today Show, his work with Disney's Beauty and the Beast on Broadway, and composing the Broadway musical 'Scandal' with Kathy Lee Gifford in 2012. Peter Kellogg is a two time Tony Award Nominee for his work in the musical adaptation of Anna Karenina. The opportunity to work with these two talented men was an experience I will never forget. I also had the pleasure of being nominated and winning a 2013 Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for my portrayal of Joseph Pulitzer in Front Page Girl.
I taught private voice in college and at The Centerstage Academy of Performing Arts when I lived in Williamsburg. I recently moved back to Pittsburgh after living in New York City for just under two years. and I am ready to get back into private teaching! I specialize in teaching classical voice, musical theater, audition preparation, monologue preparation, and performance preparation. I have taught students both individually and in a group setting. The ages of my students have ranged anywhere from third grade to men and women into their sixties. As someone who has been in the business for a little over five years now, I am confident that I have the tools to teach and prepare any student who has the passion, commitment and work ethic that it takes to succeed.
Acting, Film Acting, Film and TV Acting, Improv Acting, Meisner Technique, Method Acting, Shakespearean Acting, Speaking Voice, Spoken Word, Stage Performance, Theater Acting, Theatrical Dance
I am an eager and avid learner of any and all things acting. The ability to teach a person is the greatest learning tool. Although I hold a B.FA. in Acting from Montclair State University, there is never an end to what you can learn in theatre. Taking on students helps me to keep knowledge fresh, and encourages me to learn even more. I am excited to work with any and all levels of experience, and would be honored to help improve persons abilities.
"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."