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A Favorable Place for Singing - Kansas City!

By Thomas G. - Kansas City Singing Teacher

So you want to sing opera, in a Broadway show or a professional chorus? You'll find those opportunities 'up-to-date' in Kansas City! My name is Thomas, and I teach piano and singing lessons in Kansas City. I've just accepted a contract for "Carmen" at Lyric Opera of Kansas City, my 93rd show! I also serve as a section leader in the Trinity Choir of Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, which tours to the British Isles every three years! As a member of the Trinity Choir, I've been able to sing in France, Ital
y, Austria, Ireland, Scotland and, of course, England!

Students looking to take singing lessons in Kansas City come to me to prepare for auditions, work on roles, as well as improving singing technique. So, if you’re looking to take singing lessons in Kansas City, check out some tips below on things to do and see to supplement your lessons in this favorable place for singing!

Kansas City is not just famous for its barbecue, it is renowned as an up-and-coming vibrant place for the arts. With the new Kauffman Center, Music Hall, Sprint Center, Crossroads District for the Arts, and First Fridays, the number of performance venues for your talent is incredible. Most cathedrals and larger churches employ section leaders. These types of community centers are great places to start, where you can meet local singers who know the scene and are active in other organizations. These singers are knowledgeable guides to auditioning and performing in the many organizations available to you in Kansas City. Larger churches also feature their own concert series and recitals, which give you opportunities to perform.

Additionally, Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral is an arts presenter and hosts the annual BACHATHON, a five hour extravaganza of music by Johann Sebastian Bach, held on the Sunday closest to Bach's birthday every year. Check out its website here:
http://www.kcago.com/bachathon.html

The number of Broadway theater opportunities in Kansas City is staggering - I count at least 15 companies where you can audition and perform, and another 10 performing choral groups! A partial list of theaters would include: The Kansas City Starlight Theater, The Barn Players, The Theatre in the Park, Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, The Coterie, Musical Theater Heritage, Spinning Tree Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre (all produce Broadway musicals) and the Unicorn Theatre (off-Broadway musicals). Plus, there are many college and university group performances to choose from. Check out the websites below:
www.kcstarlight.com
www.thebarnplayers.org
www.theatreinthepark.org
www.metkc.org
www.thecoterie.org
http://www.musicaltheaterheritage.com/
http://spinningtreetheatre.com/
www.kcrep.org
www.unicorntheatre.org

Professional and semi-professional choral groups include the Grammy award-winning Kansas City Chorale, William Baker Festival Singers, Kansas City Symphony Chorus, Heartland Men's Chorus, Kansas City Women's Chorus, Kansas City Men's Chorus, City of Fountains Chorus, Kantorei of Kansas City, Octarium, Te Deum, and Musica Vocale. You can find web links to most of the above (just Google them!). Whether you are a beginner, an amateur, a semi-professional or a professional singer, there is a performance venue waiting for you in Kansas City!

It is my pleasure to work with singers in the Kansas City metropolitan area!
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Kathleen M.

Prairie Village, KS

About Kathleen

*** Travel Equipment *** Students must have a keyboard at home. *** Specialties *** Classical to Commercial(Modern music such as pop, rock,etc.

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Barbara H.

Kansas City, KS

I work on developing each student's voice to its best potential. I really strive to understand the goals and aspiration of the the student and we work together to achieve them.

About Barbara

I love music and I enjoy helping my students to share the fun and enjoyment of making music. I am a very patient teacher and have a good sense of humor. My experience includes over 25 years of teaching private singing and piano lessons as well as school music and choral directing of students of all ages I have Bachelor and Master degrees in Vocal Performance with minor in piano. I especially enjoy teaching Broadway singing, but also teach country, classical and pop. In piano I teach all types. I have several former students that are pursuing musical careers in performance and teaching. *** Lesson Details *** Lessons are tailored to individual students needs. Fundamentals are emphasized and I always enjoy finding out what each student wants to learn and help him/her to do that. ...

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Catherine E. April 25, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Patience of Job

Barbara is a kid-whisperer. She is excellent at figuring out how best to motivate each individual student and is extremely patient. I highly recommend her as a teacher!
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Kim A. February 12, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Great lesson

It's only been one lesson, but it is quite clear that Barbara knows her stuff. She has an air of comfort and confidence in her teaching that can only be achieved with years of experience. Barbara makes you instantly feel at home and makes an effort to get to know you before jumping into instruction. I'm looking forward to my next lesson with this great teacher!
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Robyn B. December 2, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Very Enjoyable

Barbara H. has a teaching technique that will build your natural voice and talent. I look forward to our lessons and always leave her studio with new knowledge and a smile.
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Thomas G.

Kansas City, MO

I am a Roster Artist at Lyric Opera of Kansas City with 92 productions to my credit. I have also sung with New Haven Opera. I am currently singing La Bohème for the sixth time and awaiting contracts for the 2014-2015 season.

About Thomas

From the time I began musical training at the age of 5, I knew that music making would always be an important part of my life. It became my muse and I followed it all around the world. I have performed in Japan, England, Scotland, Wales, Italy, France, Austria, and the United States. I know what makes a good musician and a good performer and I'm pleased to be able to share that with my students! MY STUDENTS WIN AUDITIONS! I taught in several of the States and in London. I am also a certified teacher in Missouri, Kansas and other States including England, Scotland and Wales. I hold a Bachelor’s degree and Doctorate from Ball State University, and a Master’s Degree from the University of Bridgeport. I have studied on fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival and University of London. While ...

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John D. May 3, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Beyond Compare

I never thought anyone and I mean anyone could get me past the fear of singing. I have over three decades of acting, including a prestigous acting school, but never developed confidence in singing. Thomas taught me. He helped me develop my new voice. Wow! Thank you sir!
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Julianna D. February 11, 2013
Opera Voice
Tom is a most excellent vocal instructor

Tom is a wonderful teacher. He is always cheerful and encouraging and positive. He searches for the best selections to match my voice. He helps me work toward the best I can be and doesn't let me "settle" for anything less. Best of all, he is so fun to be with.
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Rickie J. February 8, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Piano Lessons

I started taking piano lessons from Dr Garrison in August 0f 2012. He has taught me about music notes and all their meanings. I started as a beginner with no musical knowledge or background. I am 56 and with Dr Garrison teaching method, knowledge and education he's given me the understanding I need to continue to learn from his instructions. Any questionsed that I have he has an answer for and each problem I have he solves each and everytime. I started my first lesson with an old keyboard I brought at a yard sale, but never used it. Since I have been under the instructions of Dr Garrison I have brought a Baldwin piano without any hesitation. I truly know with his teaching method/instructions that I will continue to learn something new at each lesson.
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Cheryl G.

Belton, MO

30 Years experience
Private voice Instructor preparing students for juries, auditions, degree recitals, musical theater roles and professional engagements.Taught Vocal Pedagogy I,II,III, Chorale and ensemble conductor for performing groups.Adjudicator for vocal solo, ensembles and chorale needs for KCMO, MAAC'S,ACSI, NATS MO Chapter.Specialize in Vocal Workshops. Specialties: Oratorio Soloist,Recitalist, Concert Stage, Musical Theater Productions and Soloist for Music reviews at the Theater.

About Cheryl

I teach voice lessons in my home studio. I begin with a classic foundation of 'bel canto' vocal technique and specialize in learning to cross over into other styles of music; such as, musical Theater, gospel, jazz, pop and contemporary styles of music. I am presently performing on the concert stage in Musical Theater Reviews and Sacred Concerts

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Erin G.

Kansas City, MO

have Master of Music in Vocal Performance in Opera Performance from Emporia State University where I was principal with the ESU Opera. Currently, I am a member and apprentice for the American Opera Studio working with bigger voice types, staging, history, and other areas of performance. I have 3 years teaching experience with ages 8-66 in both piano and voice

About Erin

Erin is a dramatic soprano who currently calls the beautiful city of Kansas City home. Ms. Gilmore's performances have been praised by clinicians for her ability to deliver the emotion and beauty of opera to the audience for whom she performs. She was an active principal with the Emporia State University Opera Theater and part of the 59th season of Emporia State Summer Theater. In the summer of 2012, Ms. Gilmore was selected to be part of the Druid City Young Artist Training Program in Tuscaloosa, AL. Ms. Erin is an active performer in the KC area and most recently she has performed in the American Opera Studio Passport Series: A Tribute to the British Isle in Olathe, KS and will seen in the upcoming Broadway in the Garden. Ms. Erin has her Masters in Music Vocal Performance ...

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