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Professional classically trained singer, Master in Music (Performance Practice) with more than 10 years of all-ages teaching experience and vocal pedagogy studies.
Lyric mezzo-soprano Guadalupe P., a native of Mexico City, has performed internationally on both concert and opera stages. With the Cedros, Arteus and Bellas Artes Chamber Orchestras in Mexico City she has been a soloist in Vivaldi´s Gloria, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, Mozart's Requiem, Coronation Mass, and Missa Brevis, and Josep Gaz’s Letanías. In New York City, she created the title roles in La Llorona by Hector Armienta and th
e short film Maya´s Ark by David Wolfson, both international premiers. She was a featured artist at the Inaugural Gala Concert of the Union City, NJ Performing Arts Center and she sang a concert of arias and duets from zarzuelas, a form she champions, at Merkin Concert Hall. She has also been a soloist with the New York Virtuoso Singers, performing the John Corigliano song Forever Young in a concert of music by Corigliano and Mark Adamo, prepared with the assistance of the composers, and has performed in Denmark and Sweden as a soloist with the same ensemble. Other favorite opera roles include Charlotte (Werther), Ottavia (L'incoronazione di Poppea), Romeo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Annio (La clemenza di Tito), Proserpina, Speranza and Ninfa (Orfeo), Augusta (The Ballad of Baby Doe) and Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro).
One of Guadalupe's passions is for the performance of works of great artistic value by composers that through the years, for reasons of fashion or accident have been ignored or forgotten. The American Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Leon Botstein is devoted to that cause, and for five consecutive years (2009-2013) at the Bard Summerscape festival, with Botstein conducting and the ASO in the pit, she has been part of the ensemble the New York Times has characterized as “simply exceptional,” in fully-staged productions of Les Huguenots by Giacomo Meyerbeer, Der Ferne Klang by Franz Schreker, Die Liebe der Danae by Richard Strauss, Le roi malgré lui by Emmanuel Chabrier and the Oresteia by Sergei Taneyev.
Guadalupe is also an ardent educator, with a teaching method based on the technique and exercises developed by David Jones, who is also her teacher. She has been involved with musical and vocal training in many different venues, developing and teaching vocal technique seminars and private lessons to more than 50 individual students in Mexico City, at institutions including the National University School of Music and the National Superior Conservatory of Music. She has also served as a vocal coach and/or conductor for multiple children's choruses, including for the Children´s Chorus of Tepozotlán, Mexico, at Trinity Wall Street in Manhattan and at Grace Theatre in Union City, New Jersey. She is continually looking for ways to develop her pedagogical skills as an integral part of her professional singing career.
Guadalupe has been the recipient of scholarships and grants from the Mexican Fine Arts Institute (Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes) and the Mexican National Institute for Culture and the Arts (FONCA), including the Award “Creadores Escenicos” in 2012. She won first prize in the fifteenth annual Francisco Araiza Voice Competition in Mexico City, was a finalist in the International Competition L'Orfeo in Verona, Italy and semifinalist in the tenth Julián Gayarre International Competition in Pamplona, Spain. She also performed as a semifinalist in the thirty-seventh Lyndon Woodside International Solo Competition of the Oratorio Society of New York.
*** Lesson Details *** Develop and improve your vocal technique. Get a bigger sound and wider, fuller range through specific exercises for your voice type. All styles and levels welcome.
This approach to singing will allow you to comfortably and confidently express yourself musically.
When it comes to private lessons, I adjust to different vocal needs and personalities. Some people need to have fun in the process, some people are more serious . Some people focus and understand music and exercises easily. Some others will need more patience, further explanation, graphic examples and even games. I will do what it takes for someone to get things right and I won't be condescendant, but I'll always be respectful and will recognize and point out every little achievement and step forward. Not only for encouragement proposes, but also for people to realize for themselves what's well done and what path to follow to become better and more independent after every lesson. I like using images and analogies to help the sound and the music happen, but these will be always backed up with objective knowledge on the subject. I believe that everybody (children and adults) is able to understand and achieve a challenge, even though every person might need a different way to get there. I also think that this can be accomplished on the basis of respect by approaching one another in a friendly and why not, fun way too.
I have offered workshops at the Fine Arts Institute in Mexico City with over 50 privet voice students from the music and theatre fields. I have also taught at Greenwich Music House and Third Street Music School in NYC, and I have taught privately in NY for over 6 years. Both, beginners and advanced students show great improvement through the lessons. I'm currently teaching voice and choral conducting to a group of 60 children 7 to 15 years old at Union City Grace Academy. I previously coached the adult chorus at the Croatian Church of Saint Cyril & Methodlus located in Times Square, New York, and several children choruses in Mexico as well as performed seminars in vocal technique and its anatomy at institutions such as Fine Arts School of Music, National School of Music and Children's Chorus of Estado de Mexico.
Also available: Sight Singing lessons for singers
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano, full keyboard
*** Travel Equipment *** Piano or full keyboard needed at students' places
*** Specialties *** My specialty is Vocal Technique. I approach the understanding of a healthy and advantageous use of the voice from the basic anatomy functions that influence directly the production of the voice. I know a great number of exercises that will put this in practice and reach the utmost beauty and flexibility of each voice depending on individual needs and body disposition. I also have a life time experience on music theory, especially to start and/or develop sight reading skills for singers. Other instrumentalists welcome too.
Melissa G. April 22, 2013
Opera Voice Verified Student
Excellent instructor with an impeccable understanding of vocal technique.
After a ten-year hiatus, I decided to take vocal lessons again. I am amazed at my improvement after just three lessons. Guadalupe is patient, understanding, and very knowledgeable when it comes to vocal technique and how to execute it properly. She can teach vocalists of various styles and backgrounds with great ease because she truly understands the physiological, articulatory, and functional properties of the voice. Guadalupe also has great ears. She suggested I see a throat doctor because a few minutes into my first lesson, she heard what she thought was slight vocal information. The following week her suspicions were medically confirmed and now I am getting the proper course of treatment to eliminate this condition. I am very lucky to have her on my side as I get my voice ready for conservatory level study.
Jerem D. February 26, 2013
Ms. Peraza is an incredible voice instructor. Her enthusiasm and ability to guide you makes the process of learning very easy. She knows how to get your sound and voice out there!
With students who have a classical focus, I spend considerable time developing a firm technical foundation. Lessons are adapted to the needs of the student on a weekly basis so that the knowledge gained is cumalitive. I believe that it is essential for a classical singer to be wholly aware of how their voice functions, and to have the tools necessary to gain full ownership of their singing.
I am a classically trained singer living, working, and teaching in NYC. I have a degree in vocal performance from The University of Maryland at College Park. While in the D.C. Metro area I performed as a chorister and soloist at The National Shrine, Metropolitan A.M.E Church, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. My exposure to a wide range of music, from baroque to contemporary gospel and musical theater, has strongly influenced my teaching. My goal is always to help a student develop their own understanding and experience of singing in a way that is fun, interactive, and personal
while also progressively building a strong technique.
*** Lesson Details *** My lessons are generally split between technical work/ warm-ups and repertoire. I like to adapt my concepts to a students individual personality and capability, in that sense I am flexible about the approach taken achieve optimal results. Every singer thinks and communicates differently and I see it as my job to figure out what will work best for you. I think that a foundation in a classical approach gives students the biggest tool kit with which to work. Once the fundamentals are firmly established, that singer then has the ability to approach any style of music in a way that is healthy and secure.
*** Studio Equipment *** Programmable Digital Piano and Recording Equipment.
*** Specialties *** The approach I take to the voice is based in the tradition of classical bel canto singing. It is always my goal to help students understand how to use their breath and body to produce sound that is free of tension and, therefore, beautiful.
Marlon D. March 19, 2015
In studio Verified Student
In need of a vocal coach, I searched the Takelessons website and by what I call devine guidance I selected Elliott A. He has been my coach for a little over a year now and I would highly recommend him for his qualifications, passion for singing and his incredible teaching gift. Elliott provides a comfortable environment and really goes extra miles to ensure that concepts he teaches are practically understood. I started with many bad singing habits and poor technique and now I can definitely see great improvement in my technique and vocal freedom. I look forward to continue working with him until and beyond reaching my goal of greatness. In my opinion he's simply the BEST.
Gabrielle S. March 15, 2013
Elliot is a gem! He is everything I wanted in an instructor!
I met Elliot through a friend who is also taking lessons from him. As a beginner I was very specific in what I wanted in a teacher--someone who is patient, kind, structured and has no problem starting with the very basic fundamentals in singing. Elliot took me on as a student and has proven to be everything I could have hoped to find in a teacher! Lesson after lesson I feel more confident and capable. I feel stronger in my voice and become more and more excited for singing. Elliot's knowledge of singing technique are showcased throughout the lesson as he explains exactly what is needed to be adjusted in your technique and his patience is key to a full understanding of what is needed to be done. I highly recommend Elliot to any singer looking to train their voice, maintain technique, or broaden their range!
Diana D. March 6, 2013
The total package
I have been studying with Elliott for almost two years now and I could not be happier with the progress that we have made. Not only is he very good at communicating what I need to improve upon in the lesson, but also to help me to understand myself so that I remember and make it a habit. He's very reliable and professional, but also he makes a comfortable environment where one feels at ease and never afraid to voice opinions or concerns. I cannot wait to see where this next year takes us. :) He's also great with giving a healthy balance of encouragement in addition to critique.
Soprano, Nina received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in vocal performance at the Manhattan School of Music. She has been an active teacher and performer in the New York area for nearly 10 years. Nina has also been a guest Artist at both the Yokohama International School and the Sacred Heart International School in Japan where she gave a master class to their Show Choir and High School Choir. Nina has had the honor of performing the National Anthem for the Memorial Day Parade in Chappaqua. She has had students of all ages in voice and piano, and has a passion for teaching. Voi
ce students have ranged from beginners, to advanced classical, musical theater, r&b and rock singers looking to learn how to sing with a healthy technique. To learn more of Nina's performing experiences please visit her website at ninarileysoprano.com
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons vary from student to student depending on age and level, and interest of repertoire. Ages 6- 12 voice lessons are kept fun but also with a firmness with pitch, breathing, and rhythm and vowel usage details. The older the student, the more detail on technique. The start of all lessons begin with warm ups, and afterward we will sing an appropriate song and learn how to apply the warm ups to the song. After 3-6 months, voice students will sing songs easier with a freer sound, knowing better how to approach high notes, and building their repertoire. If the first lesson was starting from scratch and learning simply to sing in tune, the student will be able to sing a song in tune within a year. For piano students there would be the same steady progress. A little more homework to practice but an understanding and flexibility with different practice situations.
*** Studio Equipment *** weighted keyboard, sustain pedal, music stand
*** Specialties *** Classical voice, Broadway, Pop, R&B. There is a focus on healthy technique that will apply to any style. Ear training is also a focus.
Sakura S. September 21, 2014
Opera Voice ·
Nina is fun and professional. She is also very patient and encouraging. She continuously pushes for the best results. The lessons are productive and I made great improvement in a few months. She is an excellent teacher.
Robert D. April 7, 2014
Singing Verified Student
Nina is an ideal teacher. She undoubtedly loves to teach/sing, and was very patient with me as a beginner, she has a great ear and her enthusiasm is motivating.
Achourg December 5, 2011
I'm really glad to work with Nina she really makes me sing very good after each lesson , i started with her a month ago and now i really feel a big different between my singing now and before
Sing with an opera singer to work on classical style singing!
Check out Chelsea's article's featured on Take Lessons Blog: http://takelessons.com/blog/what-to-wear-to-an-audition http://takelessons.com/blog/organizing-vocal-sheet-music
Chelsea, soprano, a native of New Jersey, holds a Bachelor of Music from Cleveland Institute of Music and a Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music. Her most recent performance was singing the role of Nannetta in Falstaff with Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance Program in New York City at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. Chelsea was described as “an excellent Nannetta.” Partial roles include Marie in L
a Fille du Régiment, Sophie in Werther, and the Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel. Recently Chelsea sang the roles of Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance and Adele in Die Fledermaus with Ridge Light Opera Company of New Jersey. Last summer, she was an Apprentice Artist at Opera in the Ozarks and sang the role of Adele in Die Fledermaus.
In February of 2011 Chelsea had the privilege of singing for renowned American Baritone, Thomas Hampson, in a select vocal Master Class that was performed before a live audience and was live streamed on the internet at Manhattan School of Music. She has sung in Masterclasses for Paul Gemignani, Lauren Flanigan, John Fisher, and Martina Arroyo at Manhattan School of Music.
In the spring of 2011 Chelsea sang the role of Papagena in The Magic Flute with Manhattan School of Music’s Opera Studio Outreach program affiliated with Tony Amato. In November 2011, Chelsea was awarded with an Encouragement award at the Metropolitan Opera Competition at the Connecticut District. Chelsea sang with Grumbling Gryphons in their children’s opera Esther singing the lead role of Esther music by Donald Sosin. Chelsea was also an original member of Dances Patrelles World Premiere: Gilbert and Sullivan the Ballet! (2011) where she sang selections from The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado and H.M.S Pinafore. This performance was revived in May 2012 at DiCapo Opera Theatre.
In addition Chelsea won Second Place in the 2010 Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition and Honorable Mention in the 2010 Irma M. Cooper Opera Columbus International Vocal Competition.
*** Lesson Details *** My students can expect an outgoing, safe and positive environment where they can nurture and grow with their vocal abilities. My students will learn the fundamentals of vocal technique so they feel comfortable and secure singing in whatever style of music.
*** Studio Equipment *** Lessons will take place in my apartment on a keyboard.
*** Travel Equipment *** Recorder for voice lessons and note book!
*** Specialties *** Classical voice is really my strongest suit.
Mark W. October 13, 2014
Opera Voice ·
Chelsea aside from her amazing operatic voice, happens to be an excellent teacher. She has studied and trained with some of the top names in the business and has been able to incorporate these various professional coaching techniques into her own style. Chelsea has performed, soloed and auditioned and knows the drill. She is patient and offers excellent and professional guidance. I would recommend her to anyone considering voice lessons for the first time, or looking for a new teacher.
Barbara M. February 16, 2013
Singing Verified Student
Chelsea has a beautiful voice, she is highly talented, highly trained, highly skilled, and is an excellent teacher. She is very patient and encouraging, and she knows how to keep me moving ahead without feeling overwhelmed.
In opera voice lessons, I will warm you up using classic vocal warm ups an then we will work on existing repertoire or new repertoire from the opera world. Whether you are just interesting in learning from scratch or if you Are a professional opera singer I can help guide you in the direction you need to go!
Sara is a musical theater performer AND a teacher. You get the teacher part and the experience advice from an actress that still works in the theater world as a performer.
Sara S has been trained by many vocal teachers throughout the years. Starting private voice lessons at age seven, she took lessons from Kristy Wisso, and Bruce Messer at the beginning, winning talent contests like The Minnesota State Fair Talent contest, all over the state of Minnesota even as young as ten years old. She started taking voice from Shannon Unger at MacPhail Center of Music in Minneapolis in high school a
nd then took lessons from resident artists at The Minnesota Opera Company during her year long internship there in 2004. She then took private lessons during college in New York City from well-known opera singer Catherine Christensen. She currently is taking voice lessons from singer/teacher/director Courtney Crouse, who recently moved to Oklahoma to become assistant professor of voice at the prestigious Oklahoma City University. She now Skype's their lessons over the internet.
Other than her private studio, Sara also teaches musical theater classes and private voice lessons at The Studio Performing Arts School in New Canaan, CT.
Sara's teaching includes all types of music; musical theater, opera, classical, pop, and folk. Any gender and any age are welcome to sing with Ms. S. She likes to focus on making the singer feel comfortable and confident in their own unique voice. She emphasizes breathing skills and getting back to the basics of filling the room with sound in a healthy way. Her way of reaching freedom in someones specific sound is by using physical and mental exercises to get sound fluid and moving breath through the body, and then working on a song, of the singer's or Sara's choice. She can also help with learning rhythm, sight reading, and harmony.
Karina D. February 24, 2015
In home Verified Student
Sara's experience in vocal training allows her to identify what would benefit your voice. She has different warm ups and techniques that will aid you not just in the sound you are looking for but prepare you for all types of singing. What I really like about these lessons is that I have pinpointed the weaknesses in my technique, that I myself could not identify, and that I leave with the ability to work on those weaknesses . Sara is really cool and down to earth making it it a comfortable environment to work in. Lastly, she has a singing cat which you need to see...I kid you not.
Alexis R. December 16, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Sara's a great teacher! The potential in me is being awakened, guided and nurtured. And she encourages you to dream big! Exactly what I want from my teacher!
yuda M. October 13, 2014
Vocal Training ·
In studio Verified Student
If you're looking to enhance all your singing skills look no further, Sara in the one who will undoubtedly be able to help as she helped me see magnificent progress as soon as we started,
Thank you Sara for continuing to bring out the best of me!!
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