With a voice that has been described as exquisite, sublime, and pure beauty, soprano Veronica has performed with opera companies and orchestras across the country while keeping firm roots in her hometown of Philadelphia. She has performed with small choruses and full orchestras, in intimate outdoor venues and major opera houses. She is an Artist in Residence at Temple University and has sung as a core member of many local choral ensembles, but frequently travels outside of the area to perform.
Recently returned from Shenandoah Bach Festivals Mozart C minor mass, and her first Countess w
ith the Shenandoah Bach Festivals concert version Le nozze di Figaro. 2010-2011 season also took Veronica on tour for the Northeast Louisiana / Union Parish Arts Councilâs Amazing Grace (featuring music of various religions, time periods and styles).
In 2008-2009 Veronica sang the role of the High Priestess for Opera Birminghamâs Aida, and added several new roles to her repertoire, including Liu (Turandot) with Opera Birmingham, the title role in Lakme with Concert OPERA of Philadelphia and Nedda (I Pagliacci) with Sycamore Opera and The Cousin (Madama Butterfly) with the Opera Company of Philadelphia. Of her finessed and dramatic portrayal of Liu, the press remarked that (she) sang passionately in the tear-jerking Act 1 aria, "Signore, ascolta," her final high pianissimo notes suspended in pure beauty. In Act 3, she provided one of the opera's most startling and poignant moments when she stabbed herself at the end of "Tu che di gel." She also performed a recital of opera and Broadway favorites to open Opera Birminghams performance season and traveled to Louisiana to celebrate the holidays as a soloist for the Northern Louisiana / Union Parish Arts Councils Ill Be Home for Christmas concerts.
Veronica performed two roles in Porgy and Bess in 2008, singing Clara with Opera Birmingham and Lilly with Lyric Opera of Chicago. She also appeared with Opera Delaware as Gianetta in The Gondoliers and won fifth place and audience favorite in the Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition.
2007 was a year of rave reviews for Veronica on both the opera and the concert stage. Of Opera Birminghams production of Cenerentola, Michael Huebner of The Birmingham News remarked "The role of Clorinda was engagingly sung, Veronica milked the sister's arrogance and ineptitude for all their worth. This was a five star production! Her recital performance with famed mezzo Marietta Simpson and bass Kevin Maynor was praised by the Birmingham Times, Veronica's agility and confidence in the upper register created some of the concert's most sublime passages. Her embellishments in 'Ride On King Jesus' were exquisite." Additional concert performances took her Muskegon, MI for performances with the West Shore Symphony, to Tennessee for the Memphis Symphonys televised Home for The Holidays concert and to Spoleto, Italy for the invitational Festival di Due Monde.
During 2006 Veronica performed Sandrina in La Finta Giardiniera with Elysium Concert Opera of Philadelphia and Fiordiligi (Cosi fan Tutte) with Delaware Valley Opera Company, and the title character in Little Red Riding Hood with Opera Birmingham. Michael Caruso of the Chestnut Hill Local called her a romantic and pearl voiced Fiordiligi. She also performed several musical theater selections with Bristol Riverside Theater for their Summer Musicale and then their holiday-themed Winter Musicale. Anita Donovan of The Trenton Times remarked, Veronica's powerful version of Summertime, I Loves You Porgy, My Mans Gone Now, and (the duet) Bess You Is My Woman Now makes one long or a full-scale revival.
2005 Veronica performed Edith in Pirates of Penzance with Gulf Atlantic Symphony of Florida, Violetta (student matinee performance) and Aninna (main stage production) for Center City Opera Theaters La Traviata. That summer she returned to Ash Lawn Opera Festival and appeared as Dolly Tate in Annie Get Your Gun. She was also chosen to be Gretel in Opera Birminghamâs educational tour of Hansel and Gretel. After leaving Birmingham she sang Donna Elvira with New York Opera Project, in which Debra Banerjee of the Scarsdale Inquire called her performance very emotional¦ very dramatic presence.
Veronica spent most of 2004 away from her Philadelphia home performing with Opera Colorado as Gretel in Hansel and Gretel (outreach ensemble) and Berta (student matinee performance) in Il barbiere di Siviglia. She also performed the roles of Susanna (one performance) and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Theater of The Rockies in Colorado Springs, and performed with the Colorado Symphony in their Opera on The Rocks concert at Red Rocks. That summer she was chosen as an apprentice at the Ash Lawn Opera Festival singing the Boylen Sister in Annie and Berta (cover) in The Barber of Seville.
In 2003 Veronica made her professional debut performing the title role in the Savoy Companys production of Princess Ida, and appeared with the Young Artist Program at Natchez Opera Festival performing the role of the Princess in Fair Means of Foul. That same year she also performed at Shaker Mountain Opera as Gianetta in L'elisir d'amore and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro.
She has also been a soprano soloist for the Charlotte Symphony, Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, Mendelsshon Club of Philadelphia, Ursinus College, In Clara Voce, and Orquestra Sinfonica Municipal de Caracas to name a few. She is known for her very versatile vocal abilities. Some demonstrations of her flexibility include her appearance with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia as the voice of Joan of Arc (a part that previously was only sung by members of the well-known group Anonymous 4) in Richards Einhorn's Voices of Light and her appearance as soloist in the Monteverdi Vespers 1610 with Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia.
Veronicaâs upcoming engagements include First Lady in Opera Delaware's production of The Magic Flute, covering Pamina in the same production, and Soprano One in the solo quartet of Opera Company of Philadelphia's production of Manon Lescaut.
*** Lesson Details *** I have been teaching piano/music reading and voice lessons of all ages since 2003. I really enjoy exploring the journey of learning about music with my students.
With voice lessons we learn the fundamentals of singer (breath, "placement", pitch accuracy, rhythm accuracy, and diction) Most students see a marked improvement in their singing ability in about 3-6 months. Singing is not always easy, but in a nurturing, safe environment I allow my students to realize their true potential.
In piano/music reading lessons I teach beginners. At these lessons you will learn basics of music reading music, rhythm exercises, and the basics of music theory. My attitude about playing piano is the same as singing, it may not be easy all the time but the time invested in learning will be worth the reward of being able to play an instrument!
*** Studio Equipment *** Front living room, full electric piano, two chairs and a sofa, room for parents to sit in on lesson
Kris A. October 29, 2013
Singing Verified Student
Veronica is a really superb instructor in every way. Because of her skill as a teacher, her ability to diagnose problems and correct them my singing ability has grown beyond my expectations.Veronica is so knowledgeable, talented and gifted as a teacher and singer. I don't know how I got so lucky! Did I mention that she is a lot of fun to work with?
Jaron G. May 7, 2013
Singing Verified Student
We have been nothing but impressed with Veronica! She's taken our daughter's singing ability to places we didn't think possible.
CarolynM January 5, 2012
Veronica is an excellant vocal coach and teacher, she is great making my daughter enjoy what she is learning!!!!! My daughter Sammi has come so far so fast during her time with Veronica!
I teach voice using the Bel Canto technique. This technique concentrates on breathing, proper placement and open space, making sure students produce a free and relaxed sound.
Born in Moldova, lyric soprano Galina S. has emerged as a young artist of remarkable versatility and great vocal beauty.
“Galina possesses a most glorious soprano voice… her contributions to music have always been of the highest caliber, amply demonstrating her vocal and intellectual flexibility and accomplishment… she is a great singer and performer.” (John Shirley-Quirk, International baritone)
Ms. S’s impressive voice and sensitive musicianship has lead to performances in numerous cities in the United States as well as Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Israel, Moldova, and St. Petersburg, R
ussia. Her repertoire encompasses a vast gamut and includes lieder, chamber music, oratorio, and opera, sung in various languages, including German, French, Italian, Russian, Czech, English, and Spanish.
Galina will be next heard as Amelia in Un ballo in maschera with Concert Opera Philadelphia, in March 2013. She will also sing the title role in Suor Angelica with OperaOggi NY in 2012/2013 season. Her most recent roles include Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (New York Lyric Opera Theater), Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Nedda in I Pagliacci, Mimì and Musetta in La Bohème, and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi. Some of the other roles are Violetta in La Traviata, Tatiana in Eugene Onegin, the title role in Iolanta, Marfa in Tsar’s Bride, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, and Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail.
In oratorio Ms. S. has performed as a soprano soloist in the Lord Nelson Mass and Theresa Mass of Haydn, Handel’s Messiah, J. S. Bach’s Magnificat, and the Neue Liebeslieder, Opus 65 by Brahms. Her recital and chamber repertoire include songs and song cycles by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Dvořak, Manuel de Falla, Poulenc, and Messiaen.
Ms. S. has been the recipient of several awards and scholarships which include Washington International Competition in Washington DC, Center for Contemporary Opera Competition in New York, Giulio Gari Foundation International Vocal Competition in New York, New York Vocal Artists Competition, Peabody Conservatory Graduate Performance Diploma Scholarship and grant, and Mayor’s Scholarship from the University of Pennsylvania where Galina received her undergraduate degrees in music and computer science engineering. Galina has also been chosen to participate in the International Music Competition of the ARD in Munich.
Galina is a graduate of Peabody Conservatory of Music where she received a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance, and University of Pennsylvania, which she finished with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and Computer Science Engineering.
Ms. S. is a dedicated and enthusiastic voice teacher, who has been teaching for the past ten years. Many of her students have become soloists in their schools’ musical productions, and several went on to continue their studies at major conservatories. She has taught at Cabrini College, Settlement Music School, and is presently teaching at Leopold Mozart Academy. She also offers lessons out of her private studio at her home.
*** Lesson Details *** My style of teaching is very straight forward. Students will first learn a proper breathing technique which is essential to good vocal production. The lessons always start with simple vocalizations, followed by repertoire appropriate to each student. The development and progress will greatly depend on students initial level and the time they spend practicing at home.
*** Studio Equipment *** Steinway Grand Piano, Music Stand, Vocal Literature. Large room with hardwood floors, which provides wonderful acoustics for singing.
*** Travel Equipment *** The student must have a piano or keyboard. I will bring music books.
*** Specialties *** I have the most experience teaching classical voice - bel canto style of singing which concentrates on proper breathing technique and production of healthy unstressed sound.
Anthony B. August 8, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Very enjoyable experience learning from her Galina.
Richard M. January 20, 2014
Singing Verified Student
Great vocal lesson experience!
Although my association with Galina was brief, the information gleaned was infinite. She really made me feel comfortable, tailored the lessons for maximum result, and quickly identified my bad habits while guiding me on how to avoid them going forward. To be a good teacher, you have to be a master yourself in that field... I can tell you Galina has a beautiful voice in her own right which really helps her lead by example. In closing, I would strongly recommend her services to anyone interested regardless of level of experience.
I am a graduate of The University of The arts with a BA in music performance. The University of The Arts has allowed me to gain a reputable amount of performance and educational work. In my training at the University was able to concentrate on many styles of performance such as classical technique as well as Broadway and jazz. With that in mind, it is also important to stay current on today’s music as well. Music has allowed me to travel the world with various groups and perform with musicals greats like the Philly Pops, bassist Gerald Veasly and the great Bernard “Pretty “ Purdie. I have
taught voice and piano for high school students entering college for music. My experience in teaching is not only with high school students but spans all ages. After completing college I continued my training with Mrs. Jackie’s Piano Fun Class for ages 4-6. This gave me confidence to complete training for The Music Class and various other infant and toddlers music programs. Currently I have many adult students, some learning for performance reasons and others to just have fun with playing. One of my theory’s behind music training is “you must love the music you play”. It may be something new but always something for you.
*** Lesson Details *** Motivation and commitment are important in my lessons. I believe with these two things and proper encouragement for your teacher every student is a winner! I like to start my lesson by assessing what skills and goals each student has or would like to reach for within their lesson. It also important to talk about you expectations for me as the teacher and what tools you will need going forward. (Music books, songs, tape recording etc…). I lessons to be enjoyable but also productive. I use lots of games and techniques to help each student learn
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano and microphone
*** Travel Equipment *** keyboard
*** Specialties *** My style comes from university training and personal experience. I have performed with many different ensembles as well as performance groups. Particularly I specialize in the classic style of jazz and scat singing. Other aspect of my teaching include classical operatic voice training as a vocal bases for any style of music.
B July 6, 2015
Lauren was very skillful at what she does and this conveys well in the lessons with her. I learned a lot from Lauren in my time with her but I would prefer the lessons to be a little more organized. All in all a good experience, Thank you Lauren.
Kia A. January 6, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Lauren is the real deal. Point blank period. I initially signed up for singing lessons, but she has helped me with piano, music theory, and other skills as well. She has a much more wholesome approach for developing as an artist than simply a linear "sing these notes" type of lesson.
Lauren is a good balance of stern and silly. She has a great sense of humor, so I feel comfortable singing & playing for her (even if my skills are limited and sound like a dying horse). However, that doesn't mean you just goof around. She takes it very seriously and pushes you as a student. I couldn't recommend Lauren more.
Voice lessons consist of learning a solid vocal technique and singing arias from the standard operatic repertoire. Students learn to sing in Italian, German, and French, in addition to English. For beginners, Italian art songs and German Lieder are introduced initially, learning first to sing classical repertoire.
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 a
lso 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.
Logan (daughter) D. June 5, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Sandra is a lovely woman. She is a wonderful teacher, my daughter just loves her. She is well worth the drive. She has a beautiful voice !!
Eileen G. March 12, 2015
In home Verified Student
My son is 16 and has been taking lessons with sandra since November of 2014. Sandra not only focuses on singing techniques to build your support and vocal strength, but also helps with understanding sheet music and acting within a musical piece. She is extremely personable and friendly. She has helped my son expand his vocal range, and she taught him vocal techniques to use to develop his voice. My son does musical theatre, and Sandra has taken a significant amount time during each lesson to help him sing the songs comfortably and understand the acting stand point in each song. She is a great teacher for him.
Sarah M. September 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!
I am an active Opera singer performing in NYC and Philadelphia and the surrounding area and bring this experience to the lessons along with my degree in vocal pedagogy.
About Maja Lisa
Maja Lisa has maintained a private voice studio since 2005. She has also taught at the University of Iowa and Camden Country Community College. She has also taught at Stagecoach school of the Arts, PA Performing Arts, Mainstage Center for the Arts and the Conservatory of Music and Dance. Her students have been cast as leads in musicals, are performers in NYC and have received top awards.
Maja Lisa is an active member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) and on Sony's list of teachers.
Maja Lisa is an active performer and r
ecently played Hansel in Hansel and Gretel in Delaware Valley Operaâs summer festival. Upcoming performances include Meg in Falstaff in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with Center Stage Opera. This year she performed Mercedes in Carmen with ConcertOPERA Philadelphia (while also covering Carmen), and the Nursing Sister in Suor Angelica in NYC with Opera Manhattan. She has appeared with Poor Richards Opera, Delaware Valley Opera Company, Cedar Rapids Opera Company, Center City Opera Theater, ConcertOPERA Philadelphia, and Bismarck Symphony Orchestra. Recent performances include Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti, Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Lay Sister and Nursing Sister in Suor Angelica, La Chiesca in Gianni Schicchi Mrs. Jenks in The Tenderland, Praskovia in Merry Widow, Wife of the Giant in Jack and the Beanstalk, and Mercy Lewis in The Crucible. She has performed as a Young Artist with the Cedar Rapids Opera and Center City Opera Theatre. She was awarded first place in The Schubert Club Intermediate Category competition. Maja Lisa has been a soloist in the Messiah, the Vivaldi Gloria, and Mozartâs Sparrow Mass and featured at the North Dakota Capital Gala Concert
*** Lesson Details *** My goal for each of my students is to sing any kind of music in a healthy way. Each lesson will include vocal technique exercises where you will learn how to find your voice, sing in a healthy way, build breath support, and improve range, pitch, and sing with ease and clarity. Lessons will also include singing pieces that help your voice grow, or songs you love to sing!
*** Studio Equipment *** Lessons in the front room, upright piano, space for parents
*** Specialties *** opera, classical, broadway, show tunes, jazz, pop
Lea B. September 5, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Maja has infinite patience and makes the lessons fun. Her sweet puppy is the first to greet you when you walk into the studio and is obviously well trained since he doesn't howl when he's listening to my playing. :) We set some goals and targets and I know that I'll be playing the tunes that I want by Christmas. What do you think Maja, concert pianist by this time next year. LOL... or maybe just Twinkle, twinkle little star.
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"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 mad
e great improvement in a few months. She is an excellent teacher."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Queena
"I lovvvvve Tanisha. She has this upbeat and vibrant personality; she's super sweet and nice. When it comes to singing, she has you pick out your own song
that you would like to sing. She doesn't bombard you with songs and training that won't enhance your voice. I've already noticed changes to my voice and I'm only on my 6th lesson. Plus, she's not a teacher that watches the clock, so if she feels you need an extra 10 mins for vocal training, then you will exceed your time limit with no problem. She's there to help you and if I had to recommend a vocal coach, then of course it would be Tanisha Hall :)"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Emiley
"A great teacher for adult learners!
I am classically trained in both the piano and violin. It had been about 10 years since I last had any private lesson
s and 8 years since I last sang in a choir. I was excited to get back to music.
JoAnn has been an extremely supportive instructor. I am shy to perform but she put me at ease immediately and has encouraged me to be more confident and daring in trying new techniques. What mainly sets her apart from my past teachers is that she also has a way of giving easy to understand instructions on how to change various parts of your body to produce the sound you want. As a result my singing has improved immensely over the past 6 months since starting lessons. I now sing in a professional level choir and love the mature, full sounding quality of voice I have been able to produce with JoAnn's help!"
Sacramento, CA teacher:
Review by Jennifer
"Here you will find an ally in your search for excellence.
I've had five private voice coaches in my life and Jessica is the finest. As one might expect a
fter viewing her resume, she is an excellent musician with a rarefied degree of training. What her resume doesn't tell you is that she is a gifted educator who not only understands vocal production but also is able to think of several different ways to communicate a single concept.
I recall a couple of my (otherwise talented) voice teachers as frustrated performers whose cynicism informed my lesson time. This is not an issue you need to worry about with Jessica. She has performance gigs and is happily active in her professional community. One may secure her time safe in the knowledge that the lesson will be about the pupil.
Possibly the most distinguishing aspect of studying with Jessica is her facility for problem-solving. Whenever tell her about a physical sensation or an emotional reaction I am having while vocalizing, she not only listens and is supportive but she also takes the extra step of formulating a plan to address the issue. It is this extra step that sets her apart as a teacher. There are not many instructors in the performing arts whom upon hearing, "Wow, I feel really weird when I do 'X'," will subsequently diagnose the physical source of the reported weirdness and then have both the patience and focus to suggest and implement techniques to overcome it.
While I am an adult student, I would not hesitate to recommend Jessica as a teacher for children and teenagers new to training in the arts. I have talked with her enough in the few minutes before and after lessons to know that she genuinely likes young people and has purposely and enthusiastically taken jobs teaching them in the past. Did my nephew live locally I would undoubtedly have him studying voice and piano with her."
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Cassandre
Recommended. Good teacher!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
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Review by Vilma
"Very knowledgeable, talented and patient."
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Review by Atalia
"I cannot express in words how much Zeffin has inspired and helped my vocal technique, acting expression, and confidence. Without him I would never have f
elt I was ready to fully follow my dreams (I moved to Germany to pursue an Opera Career with endless guidance from him that to this day still has not stopped). Before Zeffin, I was a little lost vocally but after studying with him for over a year, I am confident in my technique and can tell you exactly what is going on. Every lesson feels like a breakthrough lesson because of his clear way of explaining concepts. You end up working extremely hard because of your own motivation that Zeffin induces from his amazing lessons. I improved so incredibly much since I started working with him. Thank you so much Zeffin for giving me my voice and being one of the most inspiring and encouraging people I have had the privilege of meeting! I would recommend Zeffin to every single singer in a heartbeat."
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Review by Rachael
"Kevin is an incredible instructor. He has years of experience and training in vocal pedagogy. His teaching is pedagogically accurate and physically sound.
Anyone looking to take great voice lessons in Broadway, Opera or Classical voice should definitely look no further!!! He knows how to warm up a singer and pick great repertoire that helps make singers better. I would recommend him to anyone-any age. Thank you, Kevin!!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Alexandra
"Rachel is not only amazingly talented, she also knows exactly how to free the voice into a beautiful, fluid way. She has so much information to share and
you will leave feeling fulfilled and strong. Thank you so much for all your help, Ms. S.! You make singing easy, passionate, and delightful!"