Nicole G.

Nicole G.

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9 Reviews
Seattle, WA

About Nicole G.

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Male Ages Taught: 12 to 63
Female Ages Taught: 12 to 63

Overview

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
-practice!
-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.

Photos and Videos

My Studio! Where the magic happens :-)

Education

Artist Diploma - Early Music Sep 2012 - May 2013
Cornish College of the Arts
Bachelor of Music, magna cum laude Aug 2005 - May 2009
Ithaca College School of Music

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Professional Life Coaching Certification Sep 2013
World Coach Institute

Awards

3rd Place Feb 2010
NATS - NYC Competition
2nd Place Feb 2007
NATS - SUNY Potsdam Competition

Affiliations

National Association of Teachers of Singing Aug 2013
NATS

Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

Student Reviews

Rated 4.9 out of 5 by 9 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Teacher My granddaughter Natalie is 10 years old and is currently taking lessons from Nicole. We felt that Natalie had talent but needed to learn "how" to sing. She is highly sensitive so positive feedback is critical. Nicole has demonstrated she has the knowledge and the ability to assess the student and adapt her teaching method to delver instruction that engages while allowing true growth of abilities. Natalie is well on her way to fully exploring her talent with an understanding of the best way to leverage her tool. We would highly recommend Nicole. March 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Recommended I highly recommend and appreciate Nicole G.'s professionalism and focus placed on personal development and technique. It was awesome to work with Nicole. Thank you! March 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Highly Recommended I always took a lot of new information away from each lesson, she was very friendly and approachable while maintaining a vast array of knowledge on singing. Taught in a manner that I found to be easy to relate to. I would highly recommend Nicole as a vocal instructor. March 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Highly Recommend! Nicole is a very dedicated and knowledgable teacher. She has a comprehensive understanding of the voice and really cares about each student. She has been a great asset in helping me to achieve my musical goals! March 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Professional, Fun, Wisdom beyond her years I have worked with Nicole now for nearly 2 months. As a professional singer for several years, having worked with various singing coaches, some internationally well known, I wondered what new things she might bring to the table that I had not already learned. I have been pleasantly surprised in that each week, there are new tools introduced that are bringing immediate results in my performance. Nicole is a singing coach with wisdom beyond her years, always professional and fun to work with. I would recommend her to any vocal student, whether you are a novice or a well-seasoned performer. January 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nicole is great! I would recommend her to anyone wanting a wholistic growth through vocal lessons Nicole is very encouraging, patient and clear with explanations and support. She helps to facilitate a body and awareness connection with your whole being (body, mind, emotions). She explains processes thoroughly and in an easy to understand way. I have been very pleased so far with my lessons and am excited to continue with her. August 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by unrestricted learning I am very pleased with what and how I'm learning from Nicole. She has a very positive and laid back approach to introducing new tools and techniques to my vocal growth and capabilities. With a solid musical foundation which she practices from, she is able to communicate very specific instruction to me in terms I understand and grasp quickly. Her style opens up the student to a freedom and willingness to take in concepts that will truly optimize their skill and vocal instrument. I am looking forward to all that I am capable of accomplishing under Nicole's direction. May 21, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by She makes singing fun I decided to take singing lessons because it was something I always wanted to do. Will it go anywhere- who knows? But Nicole is encouraging, committed, and obviously very interested in whether you are enjoying the lessons and getting something out of it. January 20, 2013