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Cincinnati, The City That Sings!

By Stacey S. - Cincinnati Singing Teacher

Contrary to popular thought, the local aspiring singer does not have to move to big cities (such as New York, Chicago or Los Angeles) to get started with a full-time music career. There are plenty of opportunities for all ages and abilities in our amazing city of Cincinnati - otherwise known as "The City That Sings!"

I'm Stacey, and I am a professional, full-time singer and pianist in Cincinnati. I was born and raised in the nearby suburb of Florence, Kentucky, and I am proud to still be an active member of the Cincinnati singing community…which is huge! There are many ways to get involved with this community while taking singing lessons in Cincinnati. Pick one or several, sign up for lessons at TakeLessons, and join in all the noise-making!

Choral singing is a great way to learn and strengthen ensemble skills, work on technique, develop ear and harmony abilities, and have fun with like-minded friends! It is also a great way to get to perform at high-profile and intimidating venues with a whole crew of singing support!

I started singing in my church choir at the age of five. Ask some local musicians to learn how you or your child can get involved in your community of faith! I also sang in the CCM’s Children’s choir now known as the Cincinnati Children’s Choir, in which I often had solo opportunities and great performing opportunities! http://www.cincinnatichoir.org

Have a young boy who likes to sing? Consider having him audition for the Cincinnati Boychoir, the region's prestigious professional boychoir! For adults, there is the very prestigious May Festival Chorus, with whom I was able to make my Carnegie Hall debut! May Festival is the official chorus of the Cincinnati Symphony. There is also the May Festival Youth Chorus for high school students, which also regularly sings with the Symphony! http://cincinnatiboychoir.org http://mayfestival.com

Looking for less of a time commitment and a non-traditional choral experience? Join the Young Professional Choral Collective, a group of YPs that practices and performs in downtown bars! http://ypccsing.org

There are a ton of other choral groups in Cincinnati, thanks in part to our strong German heritage. The Greater Cincinnati Choral Consortium is a group of 44 of the regions choirs! There is a choir for everyone! http://www.cincisings.org

Cincinnati is known as a hub of great local theater. Performing in a musical strengthens stage presence, helps boosts confidence, and is a whole lot of fun! Cincinnati’s Children’s Theater is a local professional theatre that gives amazing professional performing opportunities to children! More info about the upcoming season and auditions can be found here: https://www.thechildrenstheatre.com

CinStages is a great website to stay up to date on local theater productions and auditions! There is always a ton going on from the famous Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, the Carnegie in Covington, KY, The Incline Theater, the list goes on and on and on… http://www.cinstages.com

Looking for a less formal way to sing? Why not check out one of the many open-mic nights or Karaoke events? Wednesdays at the Northside Tavern you can catch Sexy Time Live Band Karaoke, where yes, you’ll get to sing karaoke with a professional band! To see their schedule around town, visit: http://www.sexytimekaraoke.com

Karaoke Fantastic is a personal favorite of mine, as they have over 16,000 songs available with extremely professional sound equipment and mixing. You’ll sound like a pro, even if you’ve just started your singing lessons in Cincinnati! http://www.karaokefantastic.com

Open-mic nights are a great way to try out a new song and get some performing experience…usually with only a small crowd (i.e. less pressure!). Visit http://openmikes.org to find an event near you! Often, these are held in coffee shops, so are good for the younger crowd!

Not quite ready to perform, and just looking for some good music to listen to? The University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, Northern Kentucky University and Xavier University all have amazing music and theatre programs with tons of free events happening all year round, as everyone who graduates with a performance degree must present at least one free recital! Check out their websites here: http://ccm.uc.edu http://artscience.nku.edu/departments/music/concerts.html http://www.xavier.edu/music/

The Cincinnati Symphony, The Cincinnati Opera, and the Cincinnati Ballet are all world-class organizations right here in the Queen City and those are just a few! Cincinnati Arts Organization is a great place to learn about all the exciting things happening at Music Hall and the Arnoff Center! http://www.cincinnatiarts.org

The Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati is a premiere professional chamber choir which I have sung with since 2009. For a truly unique concert going experience, check them out at: http://www.vaecinci.org/index.html

With so many great opportunities to make your voice heard in our town, how can you keep from singing?

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Stacey S.

Covington, KY

Learn how to sing in whatever style you desire! Stacey is known as a professional singer for her versatile voice with ability to perform in many styles. She will teach you to do the same with your voice! She guides her students to be well rounded and able to perform in a variety of genres.

About Stacey

Stacey is a professional soprano known as an active performer in the Cincinnati area. Stacey has sung for 9 seasons with the Cincinnati Opera as a member of the core chorus and sings with Cincinnati's professional chamber choir the Vocal Arts Ensemble. She also sings with the North American New Opera Workshop.

Stacey has studied piano from the age of 5 and is great for beginning or intermediate piano students.

Stacey has taught students of all ages and with various musical styles. Her students have included professional ballet dancers with Broadway aspirations, an 8-year-old girl
simply wanting to break out of her shyness, and high school students preparing for College auditions. Her students have performed in nationally known rock bands, been accepted into College music programs, they have been members of the May festival Youth Chorus, the Kentucky Governor'€™s School for the Arts, and have traveled to Europe with competitive touring choirs.

Stacey's operatic performing credits include Autumn in Charles Halka's Layover with NANOworks Opera, the Mother in Amahl and Night Visitors with the Clermont Philharmonic Orchestra, Testo in Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda with the College-Conservatory of Music , Mimi from Puccini'€™s La Boheme in the CCM's Opera scenes program, Donna Donna in P.D.Q Bach'€™s The Abduction of Figaro , 1st Lady in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte and Juno in Offenbach'€™s Orpheus in the Underworld all at the DePauw University Opera Theatre. Other partial roles/scenes performed include Suzel in Mascangi'€™s Lamico Fritz, Countess in Mozart'€™s Le Nozze di Figaro, and Fiordiligi in Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte.

More than just singing opera Stacey is known for her versatility as a classical singer regularly doing cross over work. She regularly gigs as a jazz/popular singer accompanying herself on the piano. Her musical theater performing credits include Mama in Everybody'€™s Buddy: The Buddy LaRosa Story, Shelia in Hair with DePauw University, Ensemble/Soprano Soloist in Sweeny Todd, Sonia in Godspell with the Lakeside Players and Yonah in Children of Eden with the Lakeside Players.

Stacey received her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music where she studied with Barbara Paver. She graduated magna cum laude from DePaul University with a B.M. in Vocal Performance. She studied with Caroline Smith and Stanley Irwin.

Stacey is originally from Florence, Kentucky and takes pride in impacting her home community through music.

*** Lesson Details ***
Stacey is known for adapting lessons for the individual. Each body is unique and thus each vocal instrument is unique. Stacey takes time to get to know each student and caters to their specific needs and goals. She believes in well rounded performers working often on dramatic intentions, overall professionalism, and stage presence. She also prepares her students with their audition packages and stresses the importance of regular performance. Stacey is a very open and caring individual but expects hard work from her students.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha upright piano, Yamaha portable keyboard

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a portable keyboard. I expect a semi private space to teach.

*** Specialties ***
Opera, Broadway, Choral Vocals
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Madison B. April 12, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
The lessons were for my daughter and we were thrilled with Stacey. She went above and beyond.
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Bob R. March 7, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Stacey created an environment that was extremely conducive to learning. She is not only very knowledgeable but she presents information in an easy and relaxing manner. Being a novice I did not feel overwhelmed or intimidated by what she asked of me. Very quickly she was able to discern where to take the lesson that instilled the greatest confidence and yet focused on the most immediate opportunities for moving forward. She’s fun, enthusiastic, and informative and made an hour lesson seem like fifteen minutes. I look forward to working with her in the future. I would strongly recommend her.
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Victoria G. March 7, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My first lesson with Stacy was amazing.
She's such a great teacher I can't wait to continue working with her!
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Stacey S.

Stacey S.

Covington, KY 41011
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Margaret O.

Cincinnati, OH

I have taught and accompanied voice students for over 15 years. I have been the music director and choral director for several church choirs including children's choirs for over 18 years. I like to mold my teaching style to the needs and goals of the student. I am strong in music theory and the training needed for voice students. They come away with a better knowledge of music no matter their age. Young students get an extensive musical experience along with their vocal training.

About Margaret

I have taught the piano along with guitar and voice for over 40 years, since I was 16 years old. I started lessons at 9 and continued lessons while I began teaching beginners at a music studio. Since then I have had many different experiences with all kinds of students. I love sharing the gift of music with my students. My goal is to give them a wonderful musical experience and allow them to expand their knowledge of music in a structured manner and can grow to become a casual or professional musician.

*** Lesson Details ***
I adjust my teaching style to the students goals. I like to sa
y I am laid back but do expect progress each week. I can teach the piano for beginner to advanced students. Some students are college bound and need to learn the disciplines of music. Other students just want to learn to play for enjoyment. My main goal to to keep them interested and practicing. I use a composite of different methods depending on the students goals. I have found that each publisher of method books focus on different styles of music. Over the years I have picked the best of each one and we will use the best of the best. I also have edited music for students over the years and have a wide collection of supplemental music. As an example I love Disney music and a beginner after 3 months they will be learning "A Whole New World" from Aladdin. I can teach beginning Guitar students. My specialty is teaching to read "real" music as opposed to tab. Beginners need lots of TLC with the guitar because of the length of time it takes to make "good" sounds of the guitar. Learning good technique in a fun way is essential for good student progress.

Also I can teach beginning-intermediate vocal lessons. My main focus is developing proper vocal technique with vocal exercises and breathing techniques and still making it interesting and fun.
With all of this, i also teach music theory. Whether by itself or along with instrumental lessons, music theory is an essential for all musicians. Music theory is the how and why of everything we do in music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I currently have a baby grand, a spinet piano, 16 track sequencer, performance digital piano, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, electric guitar, flute, music stands and keyboard stands.

*** Specialties ***
For the piano I use a mixed method of teaching depending on the students goals. I have used Schaum, Faber, Alfred, Thompson and Bastien. I also use Hannon for advanced students and Duvornoy, Alfred and other types of pedagogy for technique and exercises. I have also edited many pieces of music for early beginners to have fun with. Disney is my favorite. I use these supplemental pieces along with the method books to keep their interest in practicing.
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Brenda D. October 27, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
U had a great time ....can't wait till next Tuesday
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Alicia September 30, 2015
Piano · In studio
Margaret is an excellent piano teacher! Her lessons are upbeat, informative and engaging for my eight-year-old son. She interacts with him so well, both encouraging him and also holding him accountable for the techniques she has taught him. Assignments each week include a wide variety of scales, warm-ups and pieces so that he never gets bored. In six short months, he has gone from not reading a note of music to having a nice repertoire of pieces that impresses his friends and family--including his church organist great-grandmother! We are so pleased with Mrs. Osinski's lessons. It was an excellent decision.
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Mary K. August 19, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Margaret is energetic and well versed in piano. We highly recommend her as a teacher.
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Margaret O.

Cincinnati, OH 45245
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Katherine K.

Cincinnati, OH

Students of all ages will learn the basics of healthy singing in a variety of styles.

About Katherine

I offer voice lessons in a variety of styles from rock to classical. I teach a basic healthy technique that can be applied to any style of singing. I strive to make lessons challenging as well as fun.
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Angela Woodall April 30, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Very nice, knowledgeable,skilled. I felt totally at ease.
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Elizabeth J. March 22, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Katherine is very personable! I felt comfortable with her at my first lesson and am enjoying working with her a lot!
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Mer March 8, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio
Katherine has been a great instructor and I would recommend to anyone else for voice training.
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Katherine K.

Katherine K.

Cincinnati, OH 45245
(11)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Kristen W.

Cincinnati, OH

I've been teaching private voice lessons for 3 years. Several of my students have performed with community, school productions, and have placed in competitions. I specialize in classical music but I have experience in teaching and performing musical theater, pop, and standards. I focus on a well rounded music educations within my lessons and incorporate sight reading and music theory. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Kristen

Hi my name is Kristen. My background has mostly been grounded in classical music but I has experience teaching and singing pop, jazz, and musical theater. I have my Masters of Music in vocal performance from Miami University and my Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from Northern Kentucky University. I have taught lessons privately and through my assistantship with Miami University. I am an active musican in the Cincinnati area and I have performed regularly with several local opera companies around Cincinnati and Columbus.
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Joseph May 16, 2016
Singing · In home
I had private voice lessons with Kristen. I would say that the lessons I received were some of the most comprehensive lessons I have ever had the pleasure of partaking in. To say that Kristen exemplifies the ideal instructor would be an understatement! Very flexible hours. She was able to work around my very busy schedule so I could achieve my ongoing music goals.
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Lauren April 27, 2016
Classical Voice · In studio
Kristen has a beautiful voice, and she will help you find your innate musicianship and vocal prowess! She is a kind person and a talented performer, and I highly recommend her!
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Kristen W.

Cincinnati, OH 45220
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Jessica G.

Cincinnati, OH

I provide fun and engaging lessons designed around your personal goals. Learning to sing is fun and challenging! Students will learn to sing with proper technique, sight-read music, and perform with confidence.

About Jessica

I provide fun and engaging lessons designed around your personal goals. I love seeing students succeed in reaching their own personal goals.

I have been teaching music and technology for 7 years. I teach piano, voice, guitar, and choir as well as Microsoft Office and other technology classes.

I have a B.A. in Music from Azusa Pacific University and am currently working towards a Master's degree in Educational Technology from Boise State University online.
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Shawna May 23, 2016
Microsoft Word · In studio
Jessica was a great assistance to me while I was writing my dissertation. She worked patiently with me. She answered all of the questions I had about Microsoft Word. Additionally, she went beyond to show me other features and shortcuts to make my writing process more effective and efficient.
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Lisa May 23, 2016
Guitar · In studio
We hired Jessica to teach guitar lessons to our son. She was not only extremely skilled but also presented herself as a seasoned professional. Her kind demeanor is what draws students to want to come back. I would give Jessica my highest rating. She will not disappoint!!
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Jessica G.

Jessica G.

Cincinnati, OH 45255
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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