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About Elizabeth P.

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South San Francisco, CA
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The Opera Voice Track focuses on opera and classical art song repertoire. You'll study songs in Italian, German, and French, as well as English. Your repertoire will reflect the evolution of classical music, with pieces spanning opera history -- Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern.

You will learn vocal technique to help you reach your singing goals! Some areas we may focus on include vowel shape, space, breath support, forward placement, register blending, muscle relaxation, and vocal anatomy.

My style of breath support focuses on mastery of the intercostal muscles, the muscles that expand and contract the ribs. By exercising these muscles, you can gain more control of your exhalation and breathe more efficiently!

About Elizabeth
Elizabeth P. is an operatic soprano and a private voice teacher. Raised in Pennsylvania by a family of accordionists, she resisted the family tradition and pursued her love of singing. She has since settled down in South San Francisco with her husband, John, and her cat, Bubby.

Elizabeth teaches singing to adults and children of all genres, from rock to opera. Her students have pursued music careers, entered college music programs, and performed in their communities. Elizabeth prides herself on building healthy voices and confident individuals.

Elizabeth performs regularly in operas throughout the Bay area. She has sung with Opera Cultura, Phènix Opera, Just Opera, Verismo Opera, West Bay Opera Chorus, and Valhalla Productions. Her opera credits include Ernestina (L'Occasione Fa il Ladro), Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), First W
itch (Dido and Aeneas), Anna Gomez (The Consul), Giulia (La Scala di Seta), Chiquita (Coyotes and Rabbits), Waldvogel (Siegfried), Monica (The Medium), Oscar (Un Ballo in Maschera), Gerhilde (Die Walküre), and Carmela (La Llorona). Elizabeth has premiered three song cycles by the late composer Stephen Senderoff, entitled Spoon River Songs, Old American Songs, and Exits.

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Gettysburg College and a Master of Music degree from Duquesne University.
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Jenna B. May 13, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Jenna likes the lessons so much that she wants to go from a 30-minute Yo a 45-minute lesson!
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Catherine B. January 26, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Elizabeth is very kind, encouraging, and helpful. During the first lesson I felt I learned and progressed a lot even in just a short time.
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Angelique C. January 26, 2015
· Singing · In home
We have had the pleasure of knowing Elizabeth for the past few years during which she has taught singing to our daughter, Katia, at home. Not only is Elizabeth knowledgeable, she is patient, thoughtful and considerate of her students. She puts nervous singers at ease while encouraging them to explore their full potential. We are most fortunate to have Elizabeth as Katia's singing instructor as our daughter really looks forward to her weekly lessons.
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Elizabeth P.

South San Francisco, CA 94080
(7)
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$40 / 30-min

About Nicholas M.

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San Jose, CA
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Operatic Voice Lessons may include the following...

+ Vocal warm-up exercises
+ Technique and style development
+ Selected songs/arias to practice
+ A recorded copy of the lesson to review and practice with.

As a private instructor, Nicholas seeks to develop students of his own to build excellent technique that they may become confident and comfortable singers in any style they desire.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano Keyboard with Music Stand.
Vocal Song Books
Lesson Recording Device

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a selection of music books to read from, a piano keyboard if the student does not have one, and a lesson recording device. Students may provide any music they wish to work on.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in singing and teaching Art Song, Choral works and Opera/Concert Arias.

About Nicholas
Nicholas M. is available to give voice and piano lessons in-home and in-studio.

What to expect in a voice lesson:

Vocal warm-ups
Technique and style development
Selected songs to practice
A recorded copy of the lesson to review and practice with.

As a private instructor, Nicholas seeks to develop students of his own to build excellent technique that they may become confident and comfortable singers and pianists in any style they desire.

Nicholas' Choral Experience:

Past Conductors:
Dr. Sharlene Archibeque, Dr. Amanda Quist, Lou De La Rosa, Daniel Hughes and Dr. Jeffrey Benson.

Past Choir Concert Tours:
Europe 2005 with De La Rosa and 2010 with Dr Quist.
"Star Wars in Concert" October 2009 (Sacramento and San Jose)
"€œAndrea Bocelli in Concert"€ November 2012 (San Jose)
"The Rolling Stones 50 and Counting Tour" May 2013 (Oakland and San Jose)

Other Productions:
Eric Whitacre€™s "Virtual Choir"€ (Beta, 1, 2, 3)

*** Lesson Details ***
Voice and Piano Lessons

+ Vocal and/or piano warm-up exercises
+ Technique and style development
+ Selected songs to practice
+ A recorded copy of the lesson to review and practice with.

As a private instructor, Nicholas seeks to develop students of his own to build excellent technique that they may become confident and comfortable singers and pianists in any style they desire.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano Keyboard with Music Stand.
Piano and Vocal Song Books
Lesson Recording Device

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a selection of music books to read from, a piano keyboard if the student does not have one, and a lesson recording device. Students may provide any music they wish to work on.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in singing and teaching Art Song and Opera/Concert Arias.
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ZHIBO Z. April 26, 2019
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Nicholas is a really patient teacher in the first class.
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Sheri S January 19, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Nick coached my daughter, Ann, through her South Bay Teen Idol Competition, in which she was a finalist. Ann was competing against singers with more years of experience, but the superior quality of Nick's instruction enabled her to be competitive.
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Nathan October 8, 2018
· Singing · In home
He is great with teaching
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Nicholas M.

San Jose, CA 95126
(14)
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$40 / 30-min

About Deborah R.

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Palo Alto, CA
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All lessons are tailored to the needs of each individual student. I work on a very technical basis but at the end of the day, singing should be fun. Work we do will help you expand your vocal range and your technical chops.

About Deborah
ABOUT ME:

Deborah R, is a versatile Mezzo Soprano having studied Opera, Theater, Music and Dance she is known for her exciting, high energy performances and for creating memorable and endearing characters. With a uniquely flexible voice, as comfortable in Verdi as it is in Rossini, she has delighted audiences around the world with her rich timbre and sparkling coloratura.
From her beginnings as a young musician in the San Francisco Bay Area, she has toured internationally, with a variety of musical ensembles in concert halls such as: Santori Hall in Tokyo, Disney Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. Most recently, Ms. R was a featured soloist at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing where she performed with the Peoples Liberation Army Orchestra. She has given recitals in Mexi
co and across the United States, giving voice to her research into the lesser known Art Songs of great Classical composers.
In the summer of 2008, she created the role of Principessa Louling under the baton of Bruno Riggacci in the World Premier of his one act opera €œDodici personaggi in cerca di voce.” Some of her opera credits include Cendrillon, Die Fledermaus, Hansel and Gretel, Griffelkin by the late great Lucas Foss and West Coast premier of the new opera Miss Lonelyhearts. With Orchestra she has performed Handel’s Messiah and Brockes passion, Durufle’s Requiem and this past summer, she was the featured soloist with the Capriccio Chamber Orchestra in their toast to Vienna.
Ms. R is the recipient of several awards including the Schoenfeld Award from the Holt Memorial Scholarship Competition and 1st place in the Pacific Musical Society Competition made famous by its first winner, violinist Yehudi Menuhin.
Ms. R holds a Master of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with international opera diva Mignon Dunn, and a Bachelors from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. She has performed in Masterclasses with Karen Morrow and Luana Devol. She is also a featured vocalist on several independent film soundtracks.
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James June 22, 2018
· Acting · In studio
Professional, knowledgeable and funan
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Valeria K. June 8, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Specific & clear in her instructions, open to feedback, patient and encouraging, courteous and respectful - not to mention a great singer. Looking forward to future lessons with Deborah.
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Jeeyun March 16, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I was pretty nervous about taking a singing lesson, as it's something I've never done in my life. I'm so thankful I got connected to Deborah. She's a fantastic teacher and taught me so much about how our body works to produce sounds when singing and what I am doing. From the first lesson I was already given helpful tips and ways to practice things on my own! I'm looking forward to more lessons with Deborah.
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Deborah R.

Palo Alto, CA 94303
(14)
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$45 / 30-min

About Olga C.

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San Mateo, CA
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As a professional opera singer with international career I have performed with opera companies and in opera houses all over a world, gained a lot of singing and acting experience and successfully share my experience with my students.
I enjoy helping beginners to make first steps in singing, but also work with emerging professionals who need little correction, professional advise and an honest opinion to rely on.

About Olga
Latest news:
1/10/18
I just have to share this:
My 13 years old student forwarded to semifinals of national Classical Singer auditions in Chicago!!!! Way to go, Avantika!

8/22/18
You can see me performing with Opera San Jose in Classical Series in the Park in Redwood City.

4/3/18
Three of my students passed Certificate of Merit with honors , one of them was chosen to sing at convention in LA this Summer.

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Described by critics as "flawless in her singing" (Cultural World Bilingual ), "natural singer with beautiful colors...sings wonderfully, communicating the excesses of passion and emotion, the quick contrasts of mood , with grace and conviction" (San Jose Mercury News); possessing “a pure, strong soprano with phrasing of sumptuous elegance” (San Francisco Chronicle), " dazzling high notes are piercing without being
ugly" (San Francisco Classical Voice), "beauty of her voice is outstanding...it has power to set the theater ringing, but it also has a wealth of color... Her stage presence...is magnetic" (Peninsula Reviews), "Her mezzo tones...evoked memories of Maria Callas' spell-binding rendition" (San Jose Mercury News),
Olga was announced the Best Leading Female Singer in North East in season 2006-2007 by Opera Online.
A native of Russia, she appeared on the stages of the Bolshoi Opera (Maria in Mazeppa, Prilepa in Pique Dame, Brigitta in Iolanta, Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress, Musetta in La Boheme, to name a few), Kazan Opera Theater (Mimi in La Boheme), Stanislavsky Opera Theater (Micaela in Carmen), and Malmo Opera Theater in Sweden (Musetta) before emigrating to the U.S.A., where she appeared with Hawaii Opera Teater as Mimi in La Boheme, San Francisco Lyric Opera in title role of Aida, West Bay Opera and DiCapo Opera in New York in the title role of Manon Lescaut, Opera San Jose and Illinois Opera Theater as Tosca, and with Cedar Rapids Opera, Gold Coast Opera,Golden Gate Opera and Opera North as Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly, with San Francisco Opera Merola Program and Tampa Opera as Musetta in La Boheme. In autumn of 2009 she appeared in Cairo as Tosca and, in spring of 2010 debuted it Italy at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo as Carlotta in Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten, where she returned following summer in the title role of Aida. From 2006 till 2010 Olga performed with touring company Teatro Lirico d’Europa all over United States in multiple performances of Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Aida, Carmen,La Boheme, Turandot, Le Nozze di Figaro, I Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana. Olga appeared in title roles with local opera companies like Opera San Jose (Tosca),;; West Bay Opera (Manon Lescaut, La Forza del Destino), Livermore Opera (I Pagliacci), Martinez Opera (Madama Butterfly), Golden Gate Opera (Madama Butterfly, Suor Angelica, I Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana), San Francisco Opera Company (Aida)
Olga appeared with Orchestra Sinfonica Romana at the concert stage of Santa Cecilia in Rome and Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Verdi Requiem, Quatar with Gala concerts, Opera Santa Barbara in an evening of music by Giocomo Puccini, DiCapo Opera (Rachmaninoff’s Francesca da Rimini), in Russia at the Nizhny Novgorod Concert Hall for Bach’s Mass in B-minor, at the Grand Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory for Mahler’s Sympony No. 4 and for Orff’s Carmina Burana, Moscow’s Cathedral Catholic Church for Bach’s Easter Oratorio, as a featured soloist for both the Notti Musicali Modenesi Festival and Costa Rica’s XIII Festival de Musica Credomatic; and as a featured soloist for the political-cultural event entitled “Days of Russian Culture in Bulgaria, jointly sponsored by the Russian and Bulgarian Ministries of Culture and attended by the presidents of both countries.
In 2002 Olga participated in San Francisco Opera Center Merola Opera Program for young singers and sang Musetta with Western Opera on tour.

Currently Olga devotes herself to voice teaching and performs locally."
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Irene -. July 1, 2019
· Singing · In studio
She was really very good but Irene could not understand her. Irene is from Greece and Olga is from somewhere else. Just not the right fit.
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Shannon April 22, 2019
· Singing · Online
Did not have session
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Jill R. January 12, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Learning a lot. Started not knowing how to sing and now I can carry a tune!
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Olga C.

San Mateo, CA 94401
(21)
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$45 / 30-min

About Patrick H.

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San Francisco, CA

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I approach my teaching by finding every singer's true and honest voice, and then exploring ways to make that voice as free and beautiful as possible. In the course of our lessons I will utilize techniques to explore breath control, resonance, range and freedom of not only the voice, but the body's ability to express while performing.

Every person that is capable of speech is capable of singing beautifully, and I fully embrace that mantra as a teacher. With that approach, I teach a wide variety of styles, ranging from Music Theater to classically informed Operatic Singing. Let's make some music!

About Patrick
I am an opera singer here in the Bay Area, with Professional Stage experience in Opera, Music Theater, Choral Work and Spoken Word. Most recently I've performed on stage at San Francisco Opera, West Bay Opera, Lamplighter's Music Theater and Pocket Opera! I also regularly work with Education Outreach Organizations such as the San Francisco Opera Guild, to bring opera to Elementary schools around the Bay Area.

I love working with students of all ages and have been teaching since my undergraduate in 2010. Speaking of school, I hold a Bachelor of Music from The Pennsylvania State University in Voice with an emphasis on Vocal Pedagogy. I also hold a Master of Music from The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where I continued my work in Pedagogy and Vocal Anatomy / Physiology.
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Deanna May 4, 2019
· Vocal Training · In home
Although my daughter did not work with Patrick long he was so encouraging and worked with my daughter and gave her tools to grow and work on. We hope to work with him again very soon as schedule permits. Thanks again for the confidence build for my daughter!
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Andy January 2, 2019
· Classical Voice · In studio
A brilliant voice and a wonderful understanding of how the voice mechanism works, Patrick really communicates with his students and provides clear but masterful instruction. I always feel like I understand a bit more every time I discuss music with him.
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Whitney December 31, 2018
· Classical Voice · In home
Patrick has been a colleague for mine for over 4 years now. He is a fantastic teacher with a solid vocal technique, and I have seen him work with students of all ages and skill levels. He curates his teaching to suit each individual student and helps them grow and forge their own path into singing in a positive, affirming atmosphere. He is personable and kind, and I could not recommend him more.
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Patrick H.

San Francisco, CA 94116
(3)
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$60 / 45-min
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About Evelyn S.

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San Francisco, CA

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Experienced teacher of 7 years. I find a student's unique gift and let it shine through their music! I build a solid foundation in my lessons, so a student can sing/play/write any style of music and reach their specific goals. I provide all of the tools necessary to hone their craft, from technique, musicianship, theory, and performance skills. Whether you are an aspiring professional or music is your hobby, all backgrounds are welcome! I set high, yet attainable expectations for my students, all while being patient and understanding of the exciting learning process!

About Evelyn
Experience music teacher of 7 years. I find a student's unique gift and let it shine through their music! I build a solid foundation in my lessons, so a student can sing/play/write any style of music and reach their specific goals. I provide all of the tools necessary to hone their craft, from technique, musicianship, theory, and performance skills. Whether you are an aspiring professional or music is your hobby, all backgrounds are welcome! I set high, yet attainable expectations for my students, all while being patient and understanding of the exciting learning process!
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Evelyn S.

San Francisco, CA 94109
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$50 / 30-min

About Cliff R.

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San Francisco, CA

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I am very patient and believe that with hard work and dedication, anyone can learn to sing! I have a piano at home and can train you to deliver amazing performances. You'll be ready for karaoke in no time!

About Cliff
I have over 20 years' experience in singing and vocal performance which includes a Bachelor's degree in vocal performance from Bucknell University. I have taught numerous a cappella groups and was a member of several vocal ensembles in the Bay Area, including the San Francisco Symphony Chorus and San Jose Choral Project.

I'm comfortable primarily teaching beginners, and am very patient and disciplined in my approach to singing. Preferably we'd be doing a series of warmups and vocal exercises prior to actually singing songs, but we'll get there! I have a bedroom in my house with a piano that we would use as our own private "studio," and I can also travel to your desired location if need be!
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Margaret March 16, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Cliff is very knowledgeable about singing, and is a patient and encouraging teacher. He gives great feedback that is clear and to the point, and motivates me to do my best. Highly recommend!
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Cliff R.

San Francisco, CA 94116
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$50 / 30-min

About Whitney S.

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I am a professionally trained and active opera singer here in the San Francisco Bay Area. My vocal technique centers heavily on musicianship training, breath support, resonance and clarity of tone. I have experience teaching voice and piano to students of all ages and experience levels, and specialize in working with the LGBTQ+ community. I can't wait to start making music with you!

About Whitney
I am a professional opera singer with a Bachelor's degree from Portland State University and a Master's degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, both in Classical Voice Performance.

My voice students can expect weekly lessons with exercises tailored to each of their individual needs. Generally speaking, we will work to release vocal tension, connect to breath support and find your own unique voice!

I also teach beginning to intermediate piano to students of all ages. We will work on repertoire building, finger placements, dexterity and musicianship.

As a professional singer, I have been seen on the stages of San Francisco Opera, Lamplighter's Music Theater, Pocket Opera and West Bay Opera. I also perform extensively with educational outreach organizations, bringing the operatic art form to elementary schools all around the
San Francisco Bay Area.

Lastly, I take great pride in the work that I do with my fellow LGBTQ+ musicians, and specialize in bringing gender parity and compassionate voice into the lesson space.

Please reach out to me if you have any questions about my teaching, performance goals or educational background, and I would love to help you reach your musical goals.
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Patrick H. June 14, 2019
· Classical Voice · In studio
I have known Whitney for years, and I could not recommend her more as a voice teacher. Whitney is knowledgable, compassionate and adjusts her approach to her individual students' needs.
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Whitney S.

San Francisco, CA 94116
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$60 / 45-min

About Thomas T.

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Saratoga, CA

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I was a lead Tenor Artist-in-Residence for Opera San Jose for 4 years. I have sung lead roles (Wagner, Verdi, Puccini, Bizet, Mozart, and many others) in the USA, Europe, Canada, France and Brazil with over 30 years of professional onstage performing experience including at Lincoln Center, the Disney Concert Hall, Seattle Opera, Monte Carlo Opera, Canadian Opera, Spoleto Opera in Italy, Virginia Opera, Genoa Opera, Metz Opera, Minnesota Opera, and Brazil's first ever "Ring Cycle" which took place in Manaus. I have professional stage experience in Musical Theater, sung for Hollywood movie soundtracks and have extensive concert experience including sacred music. I have shared the stage in lead roles and in concert with some of the worlds leading opera singers.

About Thomas
Career highlights for Mr. Truhitte include the title role of PARSIFAL for Genoa Opera in Italy; Siegmund in DIE WALKUERE with Brazil's Manaus Festival; Bacchus in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS with L'Opera de Monte Carlo; Don Jose in CARMEN with Seattle Opera, Nashville Opera, Dayton Opera, Sacramento Opera, Longview Opera and Opera San Jose; the title role in LOHENGRIN for Italy's Spoleto Opera under the direction of Gian Carlo Menotti; Max in DER FREISCHUTZ with Opera Theatre de Metz; Erik in DER FLIEGENDE HOLLANDER with Minnesota Opera; Froh in DAS RHEINGOLD with Seattle Opera and Canadian Opera Company; the Prince in Rusalka with Canadian Opera Company; his heldentenor debut as Siegmund in DIE WALKURE with Virginia Opera (opposite Jeannine Altmeyer); a return to Virginia Opera as Tristan in TRISTAN UND ISOLDE, Florestan in FIDELIO and Pinkerton i
n MADAMA BUTTERFLY; Edgardo in LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, Lensky in EUGENE ONEGIN, Don Ottavio in DON GIOVANNI, Tamino in DIE ZAUBERFLOTE, Alfredo in LA TRAVIATA, Tom Rakewell in THE RAKE'S PROGRESS, Curley in OF MICE AND MEN, Rodolfo in LA BOHEME, Don Narciso in IL TURCO IN ITALIA, and Danilo in THE MERRY WIDOW all with Opera San Jose. Concert highlights have included Melot in TRISTAN UND ISOLDE with The Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Essa-Pekka Salonen and directed by Peter Sellars, with performances in Los Angeles at the Disney Concert Hall and in New York City's Lincoln Center at Avery Fischer Hall; the VILAR OPERA GALA in honor of Gian Carlo Menotti (with Mirella Freni and Nicolai Ghiaurov); the MONTREAL OPERA GALA, an OPERA GALA with Sacramento Opera; and DAS LIED VON DER ERDE with Virginia Symphony. Mr. Truhitte is also a winner of the Loren L. Zachery Competition and a European Tour Grant Award. Mr. Truhitte received his degrees in Theater and Music from California State University Sacramento. Mr. Truhitte was also a featured singer in the blockbuster movie "Hellboy" and is also a professional drummer. A fun fact is that Thomas' father Daniel Truhitte played Rolf in the movie version of "The Sound of Music" with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. Mr. Truhitte still performs and also maintains an active voice and drum studio in San Jose, California.
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Rena June 29, 2019
· Vocal Training · In studio
Thomas is an excellent teacher. He focuses on the vocal techniques which help me Improved the voice and tone dramatically. I am really impressed by his passion on teaching and music. He customizes his class for different levels of students. I am glad to choose him as the vocal teacher for my daughter and myself.
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Rena June 29, 2019
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Thomas is an excellent teacher. He focuses on the vocal techniques which helps me a lot on the voice and tone. I am really impressed by his passion on teaching and music. His customizes his class to different level of students. Glad to choose him as the vocal teacher for both my daughter and myself.
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Kathy June 29, 2019
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Thomas is a great teacher and really encourages you. He really improved my voice and his exercises are very helpful. I really recommend him to be your teacher.
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Thomas T.

Saratoga, CA 95070
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$75 / 30-min

About Erik C.

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With a Master Of Music degree in Voice Performance from Boston University, I am passionate about helping each student discover his/her own unique voice. A student of the esteemed operatic soprano, Phyllis Curtin, I teach a pedagogy founded on the principles of the classical bel canto technique. With strong emphasis on maintenance of a coordinated singing posture and fully supported diaphragmatic breathing, my teaching allow most students to see improvements in ease and beauty of tone within two lessons.

I do believe that time spent outside of one's lessons applying the technique in private practice is THE MOST important building block to mastery of one's voice. I encourage all students to record their lessons for use in their private practice. Objectively listening to oneself and developing a discriminating ear for your sound is essential to successful development.

In addition to teaching, I am a busy performer in the San Francisco Bay Area, providing the singing voice for ...

About ERIK
Let's make some joyful noise together! Singing beautifully is one of the most freeing and gratifying experiences one can have. I grew up singing in church, my local high school music program and community choral organizations. So singing is a fundamental part of my personal history and experience. My education in music resulted in my earning the Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from Boston University College of Fine Arts, where I was a private student of the esteemed operatic soprano, Phyllis Curtin. As a teacher, I continue Phyllis' legacy of instruction with her "Five Basic Exercises for Singing" - a tried and true, disciplined approach to discovering one's own unique singing voice.

My pedagogy embraces the fundamental tenets of classical bel canto technique. With strong emphasis on maintaining a well-coordinated singing pos
ture and fully-supported diaphragmatic breathing, my students see initial results immediately in terms of ease of production and beauty of sound. The significance of word /text conception as a frontally-placed sensation is the ultimate goal of singing in my studio. We sing "outside ourselves", with our imagination governing all of the physical demands we ask of the voice.

As a classically trained pianist as well, I am able to teach students in any genre of music. From beginner to advanced, the language of music is all the same. An understanding of rhythm, intonation and legato as it related to what is on the printed page is of utmost priority in my instruction. As singers we are "re-creative" artists, charged with realizing the composer's creation. And so integrity to the score and to the composer's intentions are lessons consistently taught in my studio.

The thing I love most about teaching voice is seeing the "break-through" moments happen for a student. Our voices are intangible instruments, and so we must discover them through imagery and sensation. Once a particular combination of ideas really makes practical sense to a student, the voice then begins to become their own.

As a busy performer myself, I provide the singing voice for celebrated San Francisco drag chanteuse, Vanessa Bousay. The opportunity to sing and live in this theatrical character is for me the ultimate expression of freedom in singing. My teaching definitely embraces this important aspect of being "in character" in any music one sings.
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Erik C.

San Francisco, CA 94114
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$125 / 60-min

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