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Music is everywhere in Raleigh, meaning that - whatever your tastes - you are sure to find inspiration. Supplement your singing lessons in Raleigh by listening to professionals, joining a formal group, or showing off your skills on a karaoke night. Here are some great opportunities to experience singing in Raleigh.

Festivals and Concerts 1. SoJam This a cappella festival is your chance to see some of the most talented singers perform. As well as watching concerts, you can compete or even attend workshops with professionals to take back some new ideas for your singing lessons in Raleigh. (http://sojam.net/)

  1. Second Shift Second Shift create their own original arrangements of classics, from genres including pop, rock, country, and jazz. Hear the group perform regularly at different locations around the Triangle to experience how a cappella can transform your favorite tunes. (http://second-shift.org/index.shtml)

Singing Groups 1. Master Chorale Performing with the North Carolina Symphony for more than 70 years, Master Chorale sing everything from Renaissance to contemporary pieces with up to 170 singers. You can audition every January and August for your chance to join the group and perhaps even sing in some of their chamber performances. (http://ncmasterchorale.org/)

  1. Common Woman Chorus This all-women group of professional and amateur singers perform pieces that express empowerment, diversity, and strength. In addition to regular rehearsals, the group holds discussions and social gatherings to discuss issues important to their members. Common Woman Chorus is open to new members throughout the year, without the need to audition. (http://www.commonwomanchorus.net/about/)

  2. Heart of Carolina Always looking for new members who will enable their group to grow, Heart of Carolina is a barbershop quartet that performs and competes throughout North Carolina. Check out one of their concerts, or come along for a rehearsal to see if you would like to be part of the group before you audition. (http://www.heartofcarolinachorus.org/)

  3. Carolina Harmony Chorus Part of Sweet Adelines International, the Carolina Harmony Chorus features singers from all backgrounds and of all ages. They sing everything from 1920s ballads and patriotic music to pop and rock. Attend a rehearsal on any Tuesday of the year to join them. (http://www.carolinaharmony.org/aboutus.html)

Karaoke 1. Star Karaoke This Japanese-style karaoke has all the latest songs in English, Thai, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese, updating their collection every month. Choose from a range of room sizes that hold anywhere from five to 30 people, each fitted with an LED TV, speakers, dancing space, and disco light. (http://www.starkaraokenc.com/)

  1. Champions Bar This sports bar offers karaoke on the weekends and is your chance to use everything you've learned during your singing lessons in Raleigh. If you would rather sit back and listen to others sing, you can come for the live music performances, always accompanied by great food and drink. (http://www.championsbars.com/)

Whether you want to practice your singing for an upcoming audition, to feel confident enough to sing karaoke, or simply to gain more enjoyment from your musical skills, singing lessons in Raleigh can help. Search for a private teacher who can help you train your voice and work with your natural endowments!

About Adia L.

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About Adia
Adia has been described as having “a voice full of personality and expression.” Her vocal stylings have been called soulful, soothing, and classy. Dedicated to the preservation of jazz music, her energetic and exciting performances are marked by a blend of jazz standards, original compositions, and an exploration of the elements of jazz found in contemporary music genres. For over ten years Adia performed with Generations, a jazz ensemble dedicated to the preservation of jazz music, consisting of some of the most seasoned jazz musicians in the triangle area, opening for Jimmy Heath and performing with Gary Bartz. Her debut CD First Take, features Generations. Adia is still often accompanied by her father, Generations bassist Freeman L., a bassist with over thirty years of jazz performing experience.

A skilled and passionate performer,
Adia works with various jazz instrumentalists. She currently performs with the her Quartet which routinely features jazz professionals, instructors, and students from North Carolina and the US east coast on drums, bass, piano, and horns.

A native of Durham, NC, Adia holds Bachelors degrees in Music Education and Jazz Studies from North Carolina Central University and a Masters degree in Jazz Performance from New York’s Queens College. She was chosen as an outstanding performer by Downbeat Magazine in 2006, and was selected to participate in the 2006 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead International Jazz Residency and Performance Project. She was selected as a 2008 NC Arts Council Emerging Artist. Her sophomore CD, Take 2: Rendezvous with Yesterdays was well received internationally and reached the top ten on the CMJ jazz station charts.

Adia most recently was the featured performer for the 2011 Durham Arts Council Emerging Artist Ceremony and was chosen to be on the 2012-2014 Durham Arts Council CAPS rooster, bringing the arts to public and private schools. She also served as the music director for United Way’s “Shakespeare on Base” held at Fort Bragg Military Base in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

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I am a laid back instructor with an incredible love for music. I will tailor each lesson to the needs of each individual student. I love teaching dedicated and diligent students. I am well versed in teaching various styles of music including but not limited to classical, jazz, and musical theater. I encourage my students to become musicians and not just vocalist. Each lesson will be comprised of a vocal warm-up, vocalizing exercises, ear-training, music theory, and singing. I will include a little history and diction when needed. When you study with me you will leave with the ability to sing any type of music of your choosing. I will infuse each student with my own passionate spirit for music. Lets sing!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room set up for lessons with piano and microphones. Parents are able to sit in on lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring my own keyboard and tape/cd player. I would like for students to have a mirror and a cassette tape or other recording method for practicing purposes.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Jazz Vocal Performance, though I was trained to sing Classical and Broadway music as well.
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Candyee C. May 31, 2017
· Singing · In home
Asia is an amazing instructor!!!
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Amy B. May 1, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Very nice and kind, very knowledgeable. I am looking forward to learning how to sing better. I believe she has a lot to teach me.
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Janet August 7, 2015
· Singing · In studio
I only didn't give a 5 because I really do reserve 5 stars for the beyond exceptional.. in all things.

But Adia has helped me already in ways that other teachers have not!! I highly recommend her and I'm increasing the time of my lessons with her as a consequence.
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Adia L.

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Durham, NC 27707
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About Belinda J.

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I believe in healthy singing and finding the type of music that best suits your voice! I am a classically trained singer, but most of my students sing musical theater and popular repertoire. Many of my students audition for shows, and I love helping them find auditions, pick out appropriate repertoire, and prepare for auditions. I also have many students who just enjoy singing and want to improve their technique.

About Belinda
I have been teaching voice and piano since 2010, and I love sharing music with others! I am available for in-home and online lessons, and I teach a variety of styles for both voice and piano. My higher education studies are in vocal performance with a focus on classical music, opera, and art song, but a lot of my vocal students work on musical theater and popular repertoire. My piano students also play a variety of styles, and I teach many to play and sing at the same time!

I treat every student with respect, and I truly enjoy getting to know them as well. I like to have fun in my lessons, but I also have years of training and musical knowledge to impart to my students. I am well versed in vocal pedagogy (the science of vocal production), and I use this education to promote healthy singing! I received my Bachelor of Music in Vocal Perf
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Scott T. February 1, 2017
· Singing · In studio
very helpful
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Grace June 14, 2016
· Singing · In studio
My 12 year old daughter is loving her singing lessons with Belinda. She is always so excited to go to her lessons and always leaves with a smile on her face. My daughter is wanting to do some musical theater auditions in the near future, and Belinda is helping her find and prepare for the auditions. We are so glad we found Belinda!
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Caroline June 14, 2016
· Classical Voice · In studio
I have been singing my entire life, but I really wanted to learn a more classical technique. I am so glad I am taking lessons with Belinda! She is so knowledgable about the voice, and she makes sure that I feel comfortable with the singing sounds that I make. I think the classical technique also improves my singing when I sing non-classical songs.
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About Dr. Daniel C.

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My lessons are fun, engaging and productive. We will work together to improve your:

*breath support
*passaggio
*vowel formation
*jaw, neck, shoulder and/or tongue tension
*posture
*pitch
*dynamic range
*musicality

About Dr. Daniel
Baritone Daniel Collins has performed at Carnegie Hall and with the Metropolitan Opera chorus in New York City. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of North Texas and earned both his Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees in Vocal Performance from Florida State University. Dr. Collins was a finalist in the Dallas and El Paso Opera Guild Competitions, the NATS Singer of the Year Competition, and the NATSAA National Competition. He has performed in opera, concerts, and recitals throughout the United States and as a soloist at some of the most prestigious churches and synagogues in New York City and Washington, D.C. Dr. Collins was described by Tim Page with the Washington Post as a “funny, exuberant, and enormously likable” Papageno during Summer Opera Theater’s performance of The Magic Flu
te. The Post also celebrated him in Opera Theater of Northern Virginia’s The Barber of Seville as a “bright and bouncy” Figaro who delivered his lines with “aplomb.” He was a young artist in the studio programs of Portland Opera, Kentucky Opera, and El Paso Opera.

Dr. Collins has sung the roles of Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Sid in Albert Herring, Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro and in The Barber of Seville, Papageno in Die Zauberflӧte, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Jupiter in Orphée aux enfers, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Masetto in Don Giovanni, Schaunard in La Bohème, Clayton McAllister in Cold Sassy Tree, the Clock in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, the Mandarin in Turandot, and Haushofmeister in the world premiere of Dorian Gray. Dr. Collins has had the pleasure of singing in the choruses of the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, and Fort Worth Opera. He has performed roles with the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Kentucky Opera, El Paso Opera, Summer Opera Theater, Bel Cantanti Opera, Amarillo Opera, Crested Butte Opera, Portland Opera To Go, Opera Southwest, Opera Theater of Northern Virginia, Concert Royal, Ash Lawn Opera, Bay View Music Festival, and Seagle Music Colony.

Dr. Collins is currently on the voice faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and maintains a private voice studio at the National Opera Center in New York City where he teaches singers of all skill levels including those who perform on Broadway and at the Metropolitan Opera. He has a passion for vocal instruction and is dedicated to the success of each individual student. Dr. Collins keeps an active record of each student’s progress, vocal exercises, repertoire, performances, and personal goals. He is a member of the College Music Society, the American Guild of Musical Artists, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Opera America.
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Augusta September 12, 2017
· Opera Voice · In studio
This was my first private lesson with Dr. Daniel, most importantly he made me feel very comfortable and I wasn't afraid to sing notes in front of him. Dr.Daniel took the time to gather my history and take notes about what I said. Dr. Daniel was very thorough for our first visit, even though I had only booked my first class to be 30 minutes. I look forward to taking more lessons with him and am excited for our next lesson! Thank you so much!
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Patrice O. August 4, 2017
· Singing · Online
Dr . Daniel is great in his field and very honest to talk to .
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Omar July 21, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Though my time as a student with Dr. Dan was short, it was very valuable. Even though the lessons were about singing, it helped me gain a general confidence in myself regarding posture, and using a loud voice. He has given a number of exercises to develop my breathing, vibrato, tone, and lower registers to use on my own. Dr. Dan is a great teacher who makes the atomsphere of the lessons very friendly and I would highly recommend him!
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About Howard R.

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Specializing in MUSICAL and TECHNICAL aspects of singing only. I DO NOT TEACH VOCAL PRODUCTION OR NORMAL SINGING but a lot of singing teachers send me their students for help with pitch control, if they sing flat and also how to sing harmony and self-accompanying techniques, sight singing and performance anxiety.

About Howard
I enjoy working with complete beginners as well as seasoned professionals. I teach classical and popular styles. I specialize in teaching learning how to learn, sight-reading, technique, improvisation, chord-reading, songwriting. One of my specialties is to help you break through your most stubborn blocks. These might be the strangest things that you think no one would ever understand -- fear of playing in public, feeling like your left hand is uncoordinated, practice procrastination, pain when playing, pain when reading notation, memory issues, musical dyslexia... ANYTHING. I can help you and I will never make you feel embarrassed.

*** All Levels, All Styles ***
-Classical
-Pop
-Country
-Gospel
-Blues
-R&B
-Rock
-Reggae
-Hip Hop
-Worship
-Church
-Hymns
-Techno
-50s
-Jazz
-New Age
-Folk
-Broadway
-Pop Ballad
-etc.

*** In Studio or Online ***
Of course it is more enjoyable if you can have lessons in person. But with modern technology, live online lessons come in a close second. I've been teaching for 40 years and I've been doing online lessons for about 7 years. I'm located in West Hills, which is a suburb of Los Angeles. If you are not local, using skype with a webcam works out surprisingly well. I have students in Sydney, London, Hong Kong and many cities throughout the US.

*** Use a Piano or a Keyboard for Practicing ***
I am not fussy if you use a keyboard but it needs to be a "weighted action" keyboard, so that it feels similar to a real piano. Ideally, you should also have a pedal and a stand if you are using an electronic keyboard.

*** Unconventional Approach ***
Each student is taught with a customized approach. You get to tell me what areas you want to focus on. Sometimes there may be a block or something that is a weakness that you need to bolster. Sometimes it is a narrow niche within music that you want to give your attention to. One way that I'm unconventional is that I actually have found that it is NOT better if you practice every day. I recommend that you build in about three days of rest per week. Just like people who work out at the gym learn that the off days are when the muscles regenerate, the same is true for your brain. This allows your subconscious mind to do its job and your progress will actually be faster, not slower. Another example of my unique approach is how I treat beginners. Even though you may not yet read music very well or at all, it doesn't mean that you can't start working concurrently on a more advanced piece. This is because READING notation is a comparatively slow process, but why should we restrict your ability to play something that you love to your rate of reading music? Usually, our FINGER TECHNIQUE develops much faster than our READING so I'm happy to guide you on one or two more difficult pieces and help spoon-feed it to you, bit by bit, "by rote."

*** Areas of Focus ***
-Finger Technique. How to play fast with ultimate control.
-Sight-Reading How to Read Music at Sight
-Rhythm Training
-Music Theory
-Interpretation
-Injury-Retraining
-Relaxation, Removing Unnecessary Tension
-Pain-Reduction
-Practice-Optimization - How to learn more in less time. -How to memorize music.
-Biomechanical Efficiency - Maximum power with minimum effort.
-Time-Management
-Improvisation and creativity development techniques
-Composition & Songwriting.
-How to create melodies for your poems and lyrics.
-How to put chords on your melodies.
-How to create “song sheets,” lead sheets and how to write music down on paper.
-How to notate your song so others can play it, without knowing how to read music!
-Chord-Reading and How to Play Lead Sheets & Fake Book
-Musical Styles and Piano Arrangements (Pop, Country, Gospel, Blues, R&B, Rock, Reggae, Hip Hop, Worship, Church, Hymns, Techno, 50s, Jazz, New Age, Folk, Broadway, Pop Ballade, etc.)
-Ear-Training (How to Play by Ear, Playing by Ear)
-Singers’ Tools
-Pitch Control Training
-Self-Accompanying
-How to Sing Harmony
-Sight-Singing (How to Hear the Notes in Your Mind)
-Self-Accompanying techniques in every style - Learn how to accompany yourself or learn how to accompany singers. (see “Musical Styles” above.)
-Audition Preparation - I will record the melody of the song for you so you can learn it.
-How to put melody to lyrics
-College Preparation
-Performance Anxiety, Stage Fright, Fear
-Releasing Emotional Obstacles to Playing Emotional Blocks, Healing Piano Trauma and Previous Performance Disasters, Piano Therapy
-Learning Disabilities including ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Dyscalculea, Sensory Integration Disorder
-Motiviation Issues - Solving your procrastination and avoidance of your musical growth issues.
-How to Look Like You’ve Played Piano for Years (for Actors, Singers and Celebrities Who Have A Role Deadline and Need a Crash Course.)

*** Celebrity Piano Teacher ***
Over the years, I've taught many pro musicians and celebrities. These include: Vonda Shepard, David E. Kelley, Dick Gautier, Michelle Pfeiffer, Pray Harper, Peter Horton, Michael Goodrich, Brianna Haynes, Starr Parodi, Briana Evigan, Stuart Ross, Roger Burnley, Chris Hardin, Stu Simone and Ben Bram.

*** Howard's Teachers Go Back To Beethoven ***
I feel grateful that my own training included top teachers of both the “German School” and “Russian School” of piano technique. Generally, the German School teaches how to play with close-to-the-key hand placement preparation and fingering efficiency, and is known for great speed and accuracy. The Russian School teaches how to play with gravity and relaxation and is known for beautiful tone production. Each approach has its strengths and weaknesses. In my own playing and teaching, I have incorporated the good aspects of each and have discarded the bad. The result is a blueprint for biomechanical efficiency and beautiful sound, making it the best of both worlds. Please see the photo of the "piano lineage chart."
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Oz B. May 16, 2016
· Piano · In home
Howard is very caring and detailed oriented. He really knows how to inspire and encourage children to learn piano. He makes it challenging and fun!
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Edward April 12, 2016
· Piano · Online
Howard's approach is patient while at the same time he actually leads my son forward - not just listening to what he practiced that week. Howard does not make the weekly lesson a "test" but rather a session to work together and my son enjoys the lessons instead of worrying if he prepared enough.

We moved from Los Angeles so we chose to transition from lessons in Howard's house to weekly lessons online - it continues to work beautifully.

Howard can accommodate any style of student - I know because I took lessons from Howard myself until my work built up too much to continue.

I recommend Howard without any reservation.
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Rusty Tinder October 12, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Folks, I'm excited to write this review for a true master in piano pedagogy and so many other skills! Howard is worthy of the title! In all my years that I have taken lessons from teacher at universities and privately, I've never come across someone with the genius and in-depth philosophy that Howard has. You may think this may be some fluff to help a guy out but my words will still not be enough to quantify the abilities of this man! I went from having severe arthritis in my wrists from playing with terrible technique to never having problems again and experiencing a huge leap in my playing abilities!

If you want to experience a paradigm shift in your playing, get ready to open yourself to a new way of thinking and playing that will lift you up! If your attitude to learn matches Howard's abilities to teach you will not believe the progress you will make. Its true what they say, when you are ready the master will come! I hope you are ready because Howard is the real deal!!!

Enjoy your paradigm shift!!!
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vocal techniques; how to sing correctly, beautifully and emotionally; performing acts; breath ability for singing; diction; languages; singing posture.

About Melody
Hello, I am melody , I can not wait to see all of you, pretty girls and boys! I am a professional singer and voice teacher! I graduated from University of Miami( I got MM degree). I am very patient and enthusiastic to my students. During the period of school participate in too many operas participated in a number of the vocal music performance with.10 years old began to learn the piano, to get the impromptu piano accompaniment (highest tenth level certificate) with the keyboard, double row of keys.

Teaching experience: almost 10 years of the bel canto vocal music teaching stage performance experience, and more than 7 years of all children, adult primary, intermediate piano practice lessons, ear sightsinging teaching experience!The teacher also good at singing pop performance teaching!

I am looking forward to seeing all of you!
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My goal is to help you learn music to share with others. I have recitals twice a year to give my students something to work towards. I have a variety of music and I am willing to work with music that you already own.

About Sarah
I trained at William Carey University and graduated Cum Laude with a degree in music in 2014. I have taught in an Elementary setting for the past two years and am most skilled at teaching children. I was a part of the Music Therapy program for a while and I am comfortable teaching children with special needs. I believe that music can be taught to anyone and I look forward to teaching your child.
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Another great lesson
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About Shana A.

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Singing should be fun! I've taught singers for over 5 years and have a BA in Voice -with over 15 years of singing a wide range of music. I love to guide my students in finding and loving their voice. Together we'll discover all the fundamentals of singing - breathing, posture, pitch, tone and technique! Then students will delve into singing songs they enjoy, while I coach them to sing their best. Let's get started!

About Shana
I am a professional singer and background vocalist with over 14 years of experience. I have sang with various choirs, and bands and hold a BA in Music (Voice).

Students can expect personalized lessons that weave in vocal technique, breathing, and vocal strengthening exercises - matched with plenty of time for students to sing music they enjoy.

I love guiding students in all things vocal related - even with voiceovers.

Some of the musical styles I regularly teach: Pop, Classical/Operatic, Alternative, Punk, Blues, Jazz, Funk, Soul, R&B, and Country.

It would be my pleasure to work with you!
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Shana A.

Durham, NC 27707
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I am a musician, educator and counselor.
I believe every person should have music in their life in one way or another.
Most of the people who come to me want to learn to sing or play an instrument.
Others that I have worked with or spoken to have wanted to identify why Music holds such a powerful place in their lives.
The purpose of my teaching studio is to facilitate the realization of Music for every person willing to enter into that journey with me.

About William
I have over 30 years experience in music education, which includes private lessons, choral camps for high school students, honor choirs, and working as a music professor at university.

My doctorate in voice is from The University of Texas and I have 3 other music degrees.

I also teach woodwinds, piano, guitar, theory, composition, arranging, orchestration, music history/appreciation, conducting, vocal health, diction, acting and monologue prep.

Many of my past students have gone on to have careers as musicians, singers, actors, and music educators.
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William A.

Durham, NC 27712
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I am a professional opera singer with 8 years of teaching background.
I received my Artist Diploma from the Mannes School of Music, Master of Music from SUNY Purchase, and Bachelor of Music from California State University Long Beach.

I believe that healthy singing starts at the premises of classical singing and technique, which incorporates proper breath control and proper connection to the rest of the body i.e. larynx, tongue, throat, etc. Proper technique should be set into foundation in order for the music you want to create with your creative expressions to come out, and I will help you get there!

A lesson with me will include a warm-up, which will give me an idea of where we need to work, and we can discuss and interpret technique, vocal production, and tonality. We would apply this into the piece(s) you are currently working on. Then we would proceed to phrasing and stylistic approaches!

About John
John Kun Park is a recent graduate of the Mannes School of Music. He completed studies in Operatic Performance at SUNY Purchase. John will be joining the Sarasota Opera's Apprentice Artist program in the beginning of 2018.

The 2016-17 season found John in his final year of Artist Certification at the Mannes School. He was the tenor soloist in Händel's Messiah in Manhasset, NY, and then appeared as Anatol with Mannes Opera in their Spring production of Barber's Vanessa. He placed as one of six finalists for the New Jersey State Opera's Alfredo Silipigni competition shortly thereafter. John was invited to Central City Opera as an Apprentice Artist for their esteemed Bonfils-Stanton Young Artist Program. He was cast as the cover of Don José for the season of Bizet's Carmen, and debuted as Don José for the company's Apprentice produc
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The summer of 2016 found John in the Dolomites of Italy, appearing as Don José in Bizet's Carmen under Music Academy International's affiliation of the Trentino Music Festival, under the baton of Christopher Larkin and direction of David Gately. He appeared a finalist in New York's Joy of Singing competition in the Spring of 2016, and was hired to cover Don José for Venture Opera's winter production of Carmen.

During his time at SUNY Purchase, John appeared as Le Prince Charmant in Massenet's Cendrillon, Eisenstein in J. Strauss' Die Fledermaus, and Lysander in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream. His studies while in Los Angeles found John appearing as Des Grieux in Massenet's Manon, and B.F. Pinkerton in Puccini's Madama Butterfly under the Opera Gang company.
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John P.

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Welcome to the world of Vocal Study! I am pleased to work with you and help you find your unique voice. Together we will explore pitch precision, ornamentation, storytelling, improvisation, rhythmic structures, vocal tambre, and shaping of melodic ideas. I teach folk songs in different languages from around the world (Balkan, Middle Eastern styles, etc) as well as pop, contemporary, rock, R&B, etc. You choose the genre of music you'd like to learn.
Your body is your instrument! Therefore, the whole body is involved in producing pure sound. We will build a strong foundational knowledge of healthy vocal technique using posture, breathing, ear training, energetic awareness, and core strengthening exercises. We will also discover the importance and power of rhythmic understanding paired with singing. The result will be notable development of your voice with confidence and control over every note, without stress. You will be able to give consistent, natural vocal delivery with joy, ...

About Shelley
Shelley is a professional vocalist, voice coach, percussionist, and composer specializing in Eastern European and Arabic styles. She sings in numerous languages and has taught workshops, recorded, performed and toured nationally and internationally with notable world music artists including Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, Kronos Quartet, Simon Shaheen, Hassan Hakmoun, the New York Arabic Orchestra, Bulgarian Voices Trio, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and Black Sea Hotel. She has performed at prestigious venues and festivals such as the Moscow Conservatory, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Pioneer Works, National Sawdust, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Vancouver Island Music Festival, and Abu Dhabi Festival at Emirates Palace.

Current highlights include feature on Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble’s 2017 GRAMMY-Win
ning album, Sing Me Home, with vocal trio Black Sea Hotel (Best World Music Album) and Yale Repertory Theater’s 2017 Workshop, Skin For Skin. Recent performances include Havana World Music Festival, MusikFest Pennsylvania, NY Sephardic Music Festival, Rural Route Film Festival at Brooklyn Grange, Le Poisson Rouge, Prototype Festival’s Secondary Dominance at HERE Arts Center, the Arabic Music Retreat Fundraiser Gala at Harvard Club NYC, Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, Toronto’s Small World Music Center, and Fete de la Musique, Beirut with West African percussion ensemble Jebebara. Shelley released her solo debut a cappella album of Bulgarian songs, titled Joy, in Spring 2016. A graduate of California Institute of the Arts, she has worked as Executive Director with the One World Brooklyn Kids Chorus, and attended Artist Residencies at Canada’s BANFF Centre (Persian & Eastern Traditions Program) and Avaloch Farm Music Institute in Vermont. She has also been a recipient of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts’ Traditional Arts Development Grant.

Shelley is currently composing globally-inspired works for her next album, to be released with an accompanying book of her travel photography and poetry. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

“As exhilarating to listen to as it is a towering display of vocal prowess. Thomas has such vast range, formidable technique and minutely nuanced command of microtones that she can do it all. The result is rapture that sometime borders on terror...One of the half-dozen best albums of 2016.” -New York Music Daily
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