Sandra H.

Sandra H.

5 Reviews
Philadelphia, PA

About Sandra H.

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Sandra teaches: Males 5 and up
Females 5 and up
Teaching since: September 1995
Last sign in: 3 days ago
Average response time: 1 hour

Overview

Sandra began her training at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia. She is a two time recipient of the Mario Lanza Award, and holds a B.M. degree in opera from the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts. She studied acting at both the Wilma and Walnut Theaters in Philadelphia. In New York, she studied Shakespeare at the HB Studios, and received on-camera training at the Weisst- Barron Commercial School. Sandra is a member of Actor's Equity.

Sandra was engaged for seven years at Theater des Westens in Berlin, Germany, where she performed extensively in Musicals and Operetta. She also toured throughout Germany with the ensemble "Operetten Express". In the U.S., Sandra has toured nationally with "Man of La Mancha" and "Carousel", and has performed leading roles in many regional theaters. She also performed in the Off-Broadway Musical "Mamaleh". Sandra has performed in over fifty productions of Musicals, Operetta, and Opera. Some of her favorite roles include: Aldonza (Man of La Mancha), Desiree (A Little Night Music), Marguerite (The Scarlet Pimpernel), Antonia (The Tales of Hoffmann), and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi).

As a director, Sandra has staged operas for Center City Opera Theater, the Delaware Valley Opera Company, Boheme Opera New Jersey, and the New York Metro Vocal Arts Ensemble. She is currently singing concerts with the vocal group "Touch of Classics", and can be seen in commercials for Time Warner, Cuisinart, The Skooter Store, and Aspercreme.


*** Lesson Details ***
Our lessons will be relaxed and informal. My goal is to make you the best you can be. We will work on giving you a solid vocal technique so that you can approach any style of music with a good foundation. We will also work on learning to read music, and most importantly work on songs that will bring out the actor in you.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Small studio, keyboard, seating provided (couch), street parking

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in musical theater, classical, and opera. I can also teach German and Italian diction. My acting experience is mainly in musical theater.

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Experience

Soloist Dec 2011 - Present
Christ Church & St. Michael's

Paid vocal soloist
for church services.

Soloist Dec 2004 - Present
Touch of Classics

Performs with the vocal ensemble in concerts, cabaret, and Christmas caroling.

Education

Bachelor of Music in Opera Singing Sep 1978 - May 1982
Philadelphia College of Performing Arts

Languages Spoken

German Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Bachelor of Music, Opera Singing May 1982
Philadelphia College of Performing Arts

Awards

Mario Lanza Award Apr 1982
Mario Lanza Foundation

Affiliations

Actors' Equity Association Feb 2001
Actors-Equity

Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.

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5 Reviews on Sandra H.

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Sarah M. Sep 13, 2014
Theater Acting · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter is 14 years old and we needed some help with an acting role for her school musical. Sandra was wonderful, in a brief time she was able to help her understand that it is important to own the role. I feel as though my daughter came a long way. My daughter did get the role that she auditioned for in her High School play and she is only a freshman. Thanks very much Sandra!
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Patricia F. Aug 25, 2014
Singing · In studio
I am a private student of Sandra’s and have been studying singing with her for two years. I decided to study with Sandra because I know that she has a lot of professional experience on stage. I am mainly interested in musical theater, and Sandra has helped me find suitable songs for my voice. She works on breathing and building a solid technique which one can rely on. She has also helped me to develop as an actor, so that I feel completely comfortable with performing. I would highly recommend her.
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katherine S. Aug 6, 2014
Broadway Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Sandra is my 5 year old daughter's singing/acting/piano instructor. We have been going to Sandra for the past 6 months and I am astounded at my daughter's progress! Sandra's level of patience and her ability to teach while making it fun has helped my daughter tremendously! She has more confidence and she is more controlled with her voice. She has also learned to express what she is singing about through facial expressions. Sandra's guidance has given my daughter an advantage in her endeavors. I would highly recommend Sandra to anyone!
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Allison G. Nov 29, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
These lessons are excellent in quality.

Sandra is very knowlegeable about how the vocal chords work and how to sing the right way without straining your voice. She shows you how to use various exercises to warm up your voice and helps you learn the proper technique to develop good breathing skills. She teaches a variety of music for the voice including spirituals, musical theater and opera. Her style of teaching is personable which puts you at ease during the lesson and she makes positive and encouraging comments. When you are done the lesson you always feel that you have accomplished something, even if it is a small step forward. I would highly reccomend her to anyone who wants to learn how to sing or who wants to improve their voice.
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Liliya T. Feb 27, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Sandra is a great singing and acting teacher.

My daughter is 12 years old and she started to take lessons with Sandra in fall 2012. She made a great progress and absolutely loves her teacher and classes. She enjoys each class and I don’t have to remind her to do her singing homework: she enjoys all the work and looks forward to her next class. My daughter thinks that Sandra is an amazing teacher and that she has a beautiful voice … and I agree :)
I am a musician myself (a former piano teacher with Bachelor degree in Music) and I would highly recommend Sandra.