Elizabeth has been praised for her clear ringing soprano voice, excellent comic timing, and warm and enlightening performances (The News Journal of Wilmington, DE). She is a versatile singer and actively performs in musical theatre, operetta, and opera. She is also an established and respected voice and piano teacher.
Elizabeth was most recently seen as Joanie in The Full Monty at Candlelight Theatre in Delaware. Other recent performances include June in Musical of Musicals: The Musical and Peaches/ Baby Jane in Jerry Springer: The Opera with Bootless Stageworks in Wilmington, DE, solo perf
ormances with the New Voices Cabaret at the Society Hill Playhouse in Center City, and Woman 2 in My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra with Mainstage Center for the Arts in Blackwood, NJ. She has performed numerous leading roles with Philadelphia area Gilbert and Sullivan companies, most notably appearing as Angelina in Trial by Jury with The Savoy Company, winning Best American Production at the 2011 International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival. Her G &S performance credits include the roles of Patience (Patience), Yum-Yum (The Mikado), Rose Maybud (Ruddigore), Phyllis (Iolanthe), and Fiammetta (Gondoliers). Additionally, she has pioneered roles in new operas, including Gwendolyn in The Crowded House at the 2010 Philly Fringe Festival and Zelda in Black Horses with OperaDelaware at the 2009 Wilmington Fringe Festival. She "tackled the challenging score with gusto, her beautiful soprano and excellent diction winning in even the highest vocal points" (The Community News of Wilmington, DE).
Elizabeth holds an M.M. in vocal performance from West Virginia University, where she was featured in numerous WVU Opera Theatre productions and was the soprano soloist with WVU Choirs in Faure's Requiem and Handel's Lord Nelson Mass. While at WVU, Elizabeth resumed taking lessons at the piano, which she had previously studied for many years, and exceeded the piano proficiency level required by the university. She also holds a B.A. in music and international studies from Emory University. Elizabeth has studied and performed internationally, both at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, where she was the recipient of the Lemmonds Scholarship, and at the Bel Canto program in conjunction with L'Arena di Verona opera company in Verona, Italy.
As a graduate assistant at WVU, Elizabeth taught voice lessons to music education and performance majors as well as a course on vocal pedagogy. After graduating, she served as adjunct faculty, in which capacity she taught vocal repertoire and opera theater. She has maintained a private studio since 2005, in which she instructs students in voice and piano.
*** Lesson Details *** I am a fun, enthusiastic teacher who cares deeply about her students and their growth as musicians and people. I believe teaching works best when students are relaxed, having fun, and are actively engaged in the learning process. Musical skills depend upon muscles, so it is important that you practice what we work on during lessons at home if you wish to see real progress. I will work hard along with you and ask for your input during lessons; we are partners in the learning process.
My specialty is the voice. I teach classical vocal technique with an emphasis on the body-mind connection. Through the course of my training, I have studied the Alexander Technique, which is a method that has been used by actors, musicians, and athletes to find optimal body-mind coordination to achieve better results. The voice is the only instrument that is literally your body, so we will be using these tools to improve posture, breathing, and resonance. By learning a healthy vocal technique, you can expect improved tone quality, an expanded vocal and dynamic range, greater resonance, increased agility, improved diction, and more. Healthy vocal technique can be applied to any genre, but I work mostly with classical and musical theater repertoire as this is my area of expertise.
I am also an established piano teacher and have had much success teaching beginning and intermediate students from ages 4 to 91 in various styles of music. I believe it is important for students to learn how to read and interpret written music as well as understand the structure behind it, so in addition to learning musical basics, I incorporate music theory into lessons. I encourage my piano students to learn how to read lead sheets and create chord accompaniments as well, which opens the door for comfortably playing in all sorts of styles sooner than would be possible by classical approaches alone. I also work on improvisation and songwriting with my piano students.
Whichever you choose to study (voice, piano, or both), I tailor lessons to suit each student's needs. I would like to enable you to meet your musical goals, whatever they may be.
***Lesson Recommendations*** I highly recommend students sign up for weekly lessons, and do not reserve recurring times in my schedule for non-weekly students. In addition, although lesson length recommendations may vary depending on individual students' learning style, here are some guidelines:
Find your mix, learn to belt in a healthy way and build your repertoire with lessons in Broadway singing.
I'm excited to get to work with you! I have been playing piano since I was 14. I am also classically trained singer. I want to make sure I can teach you everything you want to learn about music and how to perform! Music isn't just about fundamentals, it's about FUN!
*** Lesson Details *** I have 3 rules to lessons. 1) Take your time. I know you want to be a star tomorrow but that takes time! I'll make sure you have all the skills you need to do it. 2) Practice makes perfect. It's important because everything you learn will apply to what you want to do with music. 3) Have fun! As cliche as
that sounds, it's the most important rule. If you're not having fun with music then it takes away the joy of learning. I look forward to teaching you soon!
*** Studio Equipment *** Practice Room: Weighted key piano Church: Weighted key keyboard.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in Jazz and Gospel Piano. My vocal repertoire ranges from Baroque to Contemporary Classical, Jazz, Popula Music and Musical Theatre
Raqi Lily November 3, 2015
Garrick is truly amazing. He really simplified things for me as an adult learner. I had always had raw talent, but he really helped me with breath control and harmony - things I never learned as a child. His theatre background also really helped me with performance techniques. He showed me what to do with my face, hands, body to truly emote the message of my songs. He is truly anointed :)
Elise October 27, 2015
Garrick is a wonderful singer and a terrific person. He is a highly trained and dedicated professional with the talent and ease of a natural musician. His vitality and engaging manner bring music to life! I give him my highest recommendation as both a performer and teacher.
Carolina October 16, 2015
In the time that I spent under the Instruction of Mr. Morgan, I have learned so much. He is a great teacher that genuinely cares for his students and their success. During the time That I worked with him in my school's rendition of Fame the musical, he taught me so much about acting and truly becoming a character, as well as singing, he taught me various techniques that not only strengthened my voice but perfected it; giving me the confidence I needed to perform in front of a crowd. It is because of him that I realized my true passion for musical theater.
Learn to sing your favorite Musical Theatre songs in a safe and secure environment from a working Singing Actor.
I am an actor, singing actor and teaching artist based out of Philadelphia, PA. With over 20 years of experience in the field. I've helped thousands of students improve their vocal and performance capabilities whether as an actor, singing actor, or public speaker.
Current and past clients include The Walnut Street Theatre, Philly ASAP, Philly Senior Stage, The Minuetto Music Festival, and The Continuo Arts Foundation.
Come and study with me in a safe, professional environment here in my home studio, online, or in the comfort of your very own home.
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*** Lesson Details *** Integrated performance training is the key. My particular skill set places me firmly in between the worlds of both music and drama.
There's a great deal of shared knowledge, technique and performance aesthetic in the space where music and drama intersect.
I utilize training techniques from these two interrelated worlds as well as the world of speech communication with all of my students resulting in a more dynamic and solid performance.
I provide a safe, professional environment in which to learn. My current students range in age from 10 to 96 years old. I tailor my instruction to your individual needs and learning style.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano, Video Camera, Monitor, Sound System, Audio Recording Capability, Microphones, Music Stands, Mirror.
On street parking available in historic block of the Germantown section of Philadelphia.
*** Travel Equipment *** Students provide Piano or Keyboard, CD player and a mirror. I will provide music, staff paper for notes and practice exercises as well as recording equipment for feedback purposes.
*** Specialties *** Pop, Music Theatre, German Lied, American and Italian Art Song, French Melodie.
Corbin, Is a great teacher! He knows his stuff, and exactly how to get the best out of a student.
It's a good experience! Go for it!
Peter S. October 29, 2015
Stage Performance ·
Online Verified Student
I am currently a naval officer nearing retirement. I wanted to try stage and film acting and contacted Corbin because I had no experience. Since I began working with Corbin in March 2015, I have been cast in a play, The Graduate, and a musical, Dogfight, and have auditioned for TV episodes and short films. For The Graduate, Corbin provided a safe, interactive, one-on-one, and encouraging atmosphere. This was important for me because I did not want to be doing this for the first time at my age in front of a class of college students. As I had never done this before, Corbin was able to draw upon his decades of experience to not only help me in reading my lines and develop my character but also mentored me on what to expect once on the stage and cast and crew expectations for me. For my musical audition training, I regard Corbin as a subject matter expert. It has been approximately 25 years since I’ve done any formal choir/music training and Corbin was able to immediately identify areas in my singing that required work. He had me work on vocal exercises and breathing techniques all of which helped increase my range and increase my confidence when singing in front of a room full of people for the audition.
Corbin is an outstanding coach and mentor! He uses his on-stage and in front of the stage experience to help the actor develop their character and he won’t let the actor deliver any performance that’s less than their best. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, he likes to have fun during lessons. I’ve been with him now for seven months and I’m excited to work on future projects with him!
Nathan F. October 17, 2015
Film and TV Acting ·
In studio Verified Student
Corbin has been the best acting instructor I ever had. He is very professional and has helped me a lot with being able to bring out emotion required for acting. Allowing me to be a more Realistic Actor than Naturalistic. Corbin is very fun and funny, as well as a great motivational teacher. I also have him to thank for casting me in a play that he recently directed. It has been a true pleasure to have been working with him and learning from him and I am very excited to continue doing so.
Students learn proper vocal technique to help them sing Broadway-style music and build stamina. The techniques for mixing the voice and switching between a head and chest voice is emphasized.
Rachel has produced, directed, and performed in numerous venues both in PA and NJ. She earned her B.M. in Music Theatre from Westminster Choir College in 2010, where she had the opportunity to perform with various ensembles at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Kimmel Center.
She went on to intern as an assistant director with the Passage Theatre Company in Trenton, NJ. There she had the privilege of working under their resident director Adam Immerwahr.
In 2013, Rache began delving into the world of opera. She served as a stage director for Opera MODO for two seasons, directing thei
r mainstage productions of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Rachel has also served as a director for the Brooklyn chapter of Opera On Tap, a company dedicated to making opera more accessible by holding unique performances in bars.
As a performer, she has been featured in local theatrical productions, films, and musical ensembles. Soon after graduating college, Rachel was even inspired to start her own theatre company, which has produced three full length original shows in Princeton and Philadelphia. Plutonian Productions focuses on the collaboration between performance and visual artists to create unique experiences.
Rachel has taught voice and acting workshops at art centers and churches around the state, including Mill Pond Arts and the Cornerstone Music Studio. She also teaches approximately 20 private students out of the studio in her home.
Ken T. November 9, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Rachel seems to take an interest in each student individually, which has been important for me whenever I've taken instruction.
Cheryl B. October 17, 2015
Classical Voice ·
In studio Verified Student
Rachel can teach ANYONE!!! She personally has the voice of an angel but the technical knowledge to explain it all to you in language anyone can understand. She is an expert in every genre that I have experienced hearing her perform plus the huge advantage of teaching stage presence and how to express emotion with your voice. She is extremely fun, vivacious and energetic and has a sense of humor that puts even the most nervous of beginners at ease to start singing. You will not be disappointed!
Renuka M. September 1, 2015 Verified Student
She is very nice with my daughter. She makes her feel comfortable. We are happy with her. Definitely recommend!
William has been teaching commercial voice and Broadway styles for 15 years. He also has several years experience as a professor of musical theatre. During that time, he has worked with theatre departments as a vocal coach, voice instructor and music director. In addition to teaching, he has experience as a performer and music director for professional theatre companies and workshops. He has also been sought after as a clinician and adjudicator.
William is a certified K-12 music instructor with experience in vocal and instrumental music at all levels of instruction. He is committed to providing quality music instruction to every student. In addition, he has served on staff for several universities and theatre companies as a performer, vocal coach/accompanist, music director, and professor. William's areas of expertise include vocal coaching all styles of singing, private piano instruction, adaptive lessons, and general music instruction. Special interests are vocal health, vocal/speech training, music psychology and music interventio
n and therapy for special needs.
He offers the following lessons at his home studio and online:
VOICE LESSONS- for all levels and styles of singing. Specializes in contemporary styles and Broadway singing for all levels. However, William has a background in classical singing and teaches beginning and intermediate level classical singing to adults and high school students interested in the study of opera or college prep.
PIANO LESSONS- for beginning students and intermediate levels.
ADAPTIVE MUSIC LESSONS- music lessons tailored for student that might need a modified approach to learning. He offers adaptive lessons for voice, piano, and general music for special needs students. It is recommended that adaptive music students take 45 minute lessons due to the approach and purpose of these sessions. In addition, it maybe encouraged from time to time that parents and/or family members become actively involved in the music learning process.
MUSIC PERFORMANCE LESSONS- students that wish to have a combined music lesson focusing half the lesson on piano and and the other half on voice. Recommended time for a combined lesson would be at least 45 minutes due to the focus being on two areas.
AUDITION PREPARATION- designed to prepare singers of all levels for an audition and/or performance . Recommend a 45 minute or hour session for those planning only a single or limited amount of lessons.
Shaun P. October 12, 2015
In studio Verified Student
He's kind and patient. I'm a newbie and he made me feel very welcomed and comfortable.
Skylar V. September 29, 2015
In studio Verified Student
This is the first time that my daughter takes piano lessons and we are both very happy with William. William is very informative, friendly and professional. We can't wait to go back next week!!!
Daniel Johnson September 8, 2015
In studio Verified Student
William is experienced in voice from Opera to Musical Theater. He has a good ear and is an excellent accompanist. He's been providing the feedback necessary for me to develop my voice in new ways. And he's pushing me to expand my comfort zone, which I think is good! I'm enjoying these lessons immensely.
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