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About Barbara N.

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Brookhaven, PA

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About Barbara
I have been singing for as long as I can remember. It is my very favorite activity. I have transformed my love of singing into a career.

I have been teaching music lessons for over 25 years. When you study with me you will have the advantage of that experience. I have extensive experience teaching students of all ages. Throughout my teaching career I have taught students with varied backgrounds and diverse needs. If you are a person who was told not to sing by your music teacher, don't give up! I have taught many children and adults to match pitches and improve their singing voices.

I earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Moravian College and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Temple University. While at Temple, I studied standard vocal repertoire and Early Music. I have also completed graduate course
s in Early Childhood and Elementary Education at West Chester University.

I served on the faculty of Suburban Music School for 17 years where I taught voice, piano and recorder lessons. I also directed the Children’s Choir and the Women’s Choir. I was formerly on the faculty of Delaware County Community College where I taught courses in the Music Department; and of Temple Music Prep where I instituted, developed and maintained a vocal program at Temple University’s Ambler Campus.

In addition to teaching I was employed for eleven years as a chorister at Christ Church Christiana Hundred in Greenville, DE where I have had the opportunity to sing for such notable conductors as John Rutter, Sir David Wilcox, Sir Philip Ledger, Stephen Cleobury, and James O’Donnell. Previous choral work has included singing for Dr. Ifor Jones and for Michael Korn. I perform in solo and chamber music recitals throughout the Philadelphia area and in Cape May, NJ and with a Celtic group called Celtic Women and Friends.

*** Lesson Details ***
Voice Lessons

When you study voice with me, you will start with the basics - posture, breathing and tone production. If you have studied before, we will review these areas and brush up on anything that needs work. The next step is to learn some vocal exercises to warm up and develop your voice. When the exercises are going well, we will begin to work on songs. You will need to learn some classical songs because they help to develop your voice, but we will also work on the kind of music you like best. In addition to songs, we will work on solfege (do, re, mi, etc.) which helps to train your ear and to improve your sightreading ability. If you don't know how to read music I will teach you that. If you read music but have some gaps in your knowledge, we will fill those in.

I teach what is called bel canto (beautiful singing). It is a healthy vocal technique that will help you avoid vocal problems. When you learn to sing with this technique, you can sing any style of music you want. After a few months of study, you should be able to tell that your voice is growing stronger, that you have better breath control, and that your range is increasing.

Although I have high expectations of my students, I am relaxed and friendly. If you love to laugh, we will enjoy that together!

Piano Lessons

When you study piano with me you will enjoy playing a variety of songs from your lesson book. As you advance, we may add a repertoire book which increases the number and variety of songs you play. There are many excellent piano methods. I use different methods for different students, depending on their needs.

Lessons will include posture and proper hand position, warm-ups, songs and music theory. Music theory is the study of notation and how music is put together. You will have a workbook with exercises for this study. If there is a particular style of music you would like to play, we will look for music at your level to add to your lesson. After a few months of study, you should know how to read basic notation and be able to play a number of songs. You will also have increased your knowledge of musical notation and harmony.

I expect my students to practice in preparation for their lesson every week. I am relaxed and friendly, so that should help to put you at your ease.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, music stand, stereo equip, seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching the bel canto style singing. With this technique, a person can sing any style of music she or he chooses.
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Donna March 14, 2018
· Singing · In studio
In such humble surroundings, I have found a diamond. She teaches gently with gréât knowledge of thé human voice. I am so gratified to have found her.
Please ignore any accents that appear in this paragraph. I have been writing in French most recently and have not been able to convert back to English spelling conventions. Stated simply, Barbara is a jewel of a teacher.
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Sarah, G. July 31, 2015
· Singing · In home
First lesson is voice evaluation and basic exercises. looking forward to further lessons.
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Karen W. June 24, 2015
· Singing · In studio
She's excellent! Very professional and skilled! Encouraging! She's just awesome! Definitely recommend!
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Barbara N.

Barbara N.

Brookhaven, PA 19015
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About Ryan S.

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Philadelphia, PA

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Bio as Musician:

Ryan was born on Chicago’s South Side and started playing guitar at the age of fourteen. Born with a deep passion for a broad variety of musical styles, Ryan studied with Grammy award winner and jazz giant Frank J. Rumoro at the Chicago Acadamy of Jazz Guitar. Since that time he has made a name for himself as a teacher, performer, session guitarist, and true stylistic chameleon. With hundreds of live performances under his belt, he has been actively touring the East Coast with several nationally recognized artists since 2014.

As a session guitarist, Ryan’s skill and endless pursuit of unique sound, tone, and technique have established him as a fixture in the Philadelphia recording scene. As a solo experimental guitarist his work pushes the sonic envelope of modern-day technology in pursuit of new and original musi
cal ideas. A dedicated collaborator, Ryan bring his personality and passion for experimentation to each project, while always working to serve the vision of each employing artist.

Lesson Mission:

“Music study was a way for me to find structure, discipline, self worth and expression. Through that I have grown as a person and a musician. My sole reason for teaching is to help others find that passion and those qualities within themselves to live a beautiful and fulfilling life through his/her instrument.”

Qualifications/Education:

Lead Guitarist for:

-"The Voice" Country Star, Audra McLaughlin

-R&B singer Ces Picerno

-Rock band, The RAKNOSS

-Hip-Hop recording artist, Drew Smith

-Italian pop singer, Giada J.

**endorsed by Wampler Effects Pedals**

**over 200 live gigs played**

Guest Lecturer at University of Akron, OH "Pentatonic Scales the Western Integration"

Philadelphia Session Guitarist 2013-Present

Featured online instructor via Ibanez Guitars USA

Author and teacher of online lesson videos. "S. Shred Tips"

15 years of Guitar repair and modification experience

Extensive knowledge of guitar effects and applications

Education:

2009-2013 Harmony and Theory at Rumoro Academy of Jazz Guitar in Chicago, IL

2004-2008 Experimental Sound/Production The School of the Art Institute Chicago

*** Lesson Details ***
Students should expect a relaxing learning environment that is cultivated to bring the fundamentals of guitar playing to the student and promote individuality in the player through a meditation of self-awareness while using the vehicle of Guitar. Lesson are taught out of my home studio space located in the East Falls/Manayunk Philadelphia!

Lessons are structured around: Finger exercises, Chord building, Strumming patterns, Scales, Arpeggios, Harmony studies and Improvisational chop building.

Some lesson materials referenced are:

The Real Book 6th Edition Jazz Standards
30 hour Guitar workout Steve Vai
The Music Lesson Victor Wooten

after just 3-6 short months, students will see an increase in comfortability with the notes on the fret board, basic chord progressions and single note soloing!

*** Studio Equipment ***
iMac i7 Mavericks

*** Travel Equipment ***
student only needs guitar and Binder for materials given in class

I have amps

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Blues, Country and Jazz approaches to guitar as well as home recording practices
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Dana September 29, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Ryan is professional and easy going at the same time. So far so good. I'm excited to keep going.
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Shelly S. November 9, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Ryan takes his time and tailors my lessons specifically to my level and to the type of music I’d like to play. He covers everything from the basics – like the proper way to hold the pick – to more advanced teachings like music theory. Ryan is flexible, patient, easy going, and he consistently teaches at a pace that I’m comfortable with. He provides take-home practice after every lesson and always has helpful suggestions any time I have questions. What I find incredibly helpful is that at the end of the lesson Ryan will run through the take-home practice on his guitar and let me record it on my phone so it’s easier for me to remember. When I’m ready to practice the next day I just pull up his notes and the video and I’m ready to go!

It’s obvious that Ryan has a passion for music, and it shows in his lessons. I would easily give him my highest recommendation.
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Brandon October 4, 2016
· Blues Guitar · In studio
I have taken my first few lessons with Ryan and so far they have all been awesome!! Ryan is an extremely knowledgeable and talented guitarist, but he meets you right where you are. I feel my confidence growing more and more with every lesson. I look forward to many more!!
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Ryan S.

Ryan S.

Philadelphia, PA 19129
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About Claire C.

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Norristown, PA

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Claire C., MA.
She received her B.A. in Music History from Temple University and her Master’s in Creative Arts Therapy from Hahnemann University. Her professional experience as a Music Therapist includes early childhood, adolescent, adult in-patient and out-patient psychiatric and geriatric populations. She finished six levels of Taubman training at Temple Univsersity's Taubman Institute and is now studying piano privately with Maria Hubler. Claire teaches piano to students age five to one hundred five and also provides music therapy for clients birth on up.
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Claire C. January 8, 2015
· Classical Piano · In studio
"Claire is a very competent teacher and musician. She is a qualified piano teacher and music therapist. She is a knowledgeable piano teacher working in the great Philadelphia area for many years. Ms. Claire C. is always looking for ways to improve her teaching and playing. I highly recommend Claire. Maria B. Hubler Taubman Seminar Faculty"

Maria B. Hubler Cherry Hill NJ
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Claire C.

Claire C.

Norristown, PA 19403
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About Charlea Lyn G.

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Philadelphia, PA

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About Charlea Lyn
Hello! My name is Charlea Lyn, and I want to begin by thanking you for taking a look at my profile. It has always been one of my firm beliefs that anyone can sing as singing can be defined by “uttering words or sounds in succession with musical modulations of the voice.” Therefore, with this mentality in mind I feel as though it is not a job, but more a privilege to be able to teach people to sing.

My parents say I started singing before I could talk, however, I seriously started taking lessons when I was 14. Over the course of my lessons, I fell in love with opera, and decided that was what I wanted to pursue as a career path. That decision led me to SUNY Fredonia, where I received my BM in Music Education and Vocal Performance, and later to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where I received my MM in Vocal Performance in May
'13 under the tutelage of Catherine Cook.

One of the most important things that I have learned thus far, is that singing is a truly expressive art form that requires hard work, diligence, and commitment. It is my goal to bring each of my students the farthest I can in healthily developing their technique as well as work on the emotional portrayal and fundamental building blocks of music. Although I teach each student specific to his or her individual needs and desires, my lessons usually consist of three parts - technique exercises, sight singing, and repertoire. Furthermore, other things that stay consistent are a comfortable and safe environment for the student, my undivided attention, all the information that I have to share with others, and most importantly FUN!

Although it is my personal decision to pursue opera and classical music, I have experience in musical theatre and am comfortable teaching a variety of genres. I truly believe that although each genre is different, the foundation and principles of healthy singing are the same.

Not every teacher is right for every student. However, I do my best to give all my students lessons in a comfortable and productive learning environment. I hope that you will take the next step of your path towards healthy and beautiful vocal production with me. Thank you for your time and consideration and I hope to hear from you soon!
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Jameeka W. April 5, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Charlea is OUTSTANDING. Cant say enough about her professionalism and personality. She makes you feel comfortable and confident - no matter what level of singing you are at. I leave each session feeling so empowered. Shes a joy to work with - she’s someone who knows alot about singing and shes very humble. Feels like being in session with your close friend. I’d recommend her if you’re looking for an instructor who truly meets you wherever you are, makes your lessons consistenly meaningful, and most important makes you feel CAPABLE of achieving your goals. A+++
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Isabelle K. December 10, 2017
· Singing · In home
My daughter stated that she really liked working with Charlea and felt that she learned more in this 1 lesson than she had learned in the entire year with another instructor.
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Gabrielle K. December 10, 2017
· Singing · In home
My daughter said she made her feel very comfortable and is excited to have her next lesson.
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Charlea Lyn G.

Charlea Lyn G.

Philadelphia, PA 19102
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About Erik F.

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Philadelphia, PA

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Pianist, music director, and vocal coach, Erik was born and raised in Eastern Washington state. He has been heard all across the northwest and beyond, in cities including Seattle, Portland, Tacoma, NYC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Houston, and internationally in Prague and Salzburg. Erik has been a guest artist at Whitman College, Portland State University, The Kairos Chamber Music Lyceum, California State University Summer Arts, the West Seattle Symphony, and the Gig-Harbor Peninsula Symphony Orchestra. In addition to performing, Erik’s passion for teaching has led him to be an adjudicator for various festivals including the Washington Sonata-Sonatina Festival and the Washington Regional Solo and Ensemble Festival.

Erik is currently the Music Director for the National Tour of Kander and Ebb's timeless musical Cabaret. This produc
tion will be on tour until May 21st all across North America. Broadway.com's review of the opening night in Nashville praised the musicianship of the show, "Musical director Erik Flaten's musicians are impressive in their dexterity: At one moment, they are providing rich interpretations of the memorable John Kander score, while perhaps at the next they are playing denizens of the Kit Kat Klub or neighborhood thugs, wastrels and other folks of questionable repute. Flaten and his band are given their own richly deserved moments in the spotlight at the top of Act Two and the music director himself is given the well-earned final bow at the end of the curtain call.

Newly relocating to the East Coast, Erik is highly sought after for his collaborative work with both instrumentalists and vocalists. He is comfortable in all musical styles and genres, and has an extensive knowledge of music history and theory.

Students of Erik have the opportunities to perform in studio recitals and workshops.
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Louise A. January 25, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I was impressed by Erik's resume and had my first lesson today. He is very thorough and I can see from only one lesson that he will make a positive impact on my learning.
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Siobhan January 24, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Truly amazing teacher!
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Keith November 2, 2016
· Piano · In home
Erik is able to explain in a way that easily understood.
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Erik F.

Erik F.

Media, PA 19063
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About Erin A.

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Philadelphia, PA
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Erin will provide students with singing instruction based on bel canto/ classical vocal technique. She encourages her students to explore classical and musical theater repertoire and focuses on attention to the meaning and communication of text in the English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish languages. Erin also explores acting and performance techniques with her students. Students in Erin's studio are serious about their vocal development and dedicated to their commitment to take voice lessons, regardless as to whether or not they are pursuing a career in music. Erin is committed to sharing a passion for singing and performing in a positive and healthy way. She welcomes all styles of music and singing, but focuses on classical technique and repertoire for learning purposes and basic, healthy technique.

Ages taught:
Beginning to
advanced singing- ages 8 and up
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Natalya June 20, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
My 14-year-old daughter has been taking lessons with Erin for about the past year and she really seems to enjoy working with Erin. Not only is she improving on her vocal skills, but I feel it's also given her greater confidence and poise. Erin is an extremely supportive teacher. She really goes above and beyond, in my opinion. I was particularly touched when she took time out of her own busy schedule to come see my daughter perform in her school play. The fact that she would do that, to me, speaks volumes about her as a person and instructor and I know it meant a lot to my daughter as well.
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Mike June 19, 2018
· Classical Voice · In studio
My daughter has been going to Erin for about a year and she is GREAT. We have been to many vocal instructors over the years and the quality of instruction Erin brings is top notch. Erin will definitely take your child's vocal performance to the next level. If I could give her 10 stars I would!
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Abigail March 7, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Honestly, I have so many compliments for Erin as a teacher. She's incredibly caring, kind, and patient. During lessons, she allows you to go at your own pace and encourages you even as you mess up. She gives compliments to boost your motivation, which is definitely something one wants from a music teacher, especially if you don't have much experience.

If you are not getting something, she will have you try again, often times providing you with many different techniques in the hopes that one works specifically for you. To me, this shows how well Erin understands her craft and how well she can teach it to others. She's able to adapt to her students and show them many different ways to accomplish a goal. I would definitely recommend taking lessons from her, whether for singing or piano. She's an awesome teacher all around.
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Erin A.

Erin A.

Philadelphia, PA 19104
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$40 / 30-min

About Robert M.

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Sicklerville, NJ
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About Opera Singing:
Robert, has performed as dramatic international baritone, in nearly every major opera house in the world over 114 operas, many which can be seen and heard on internationally distributed DVD and CD recordings. In addition to his worldwide reputation as an opera star, Robert has also conducted and directed 41 operatic productions internationally since 1986. During the summer of 2016, Robert performed the title role of Martin Luther in the world premier of Marilyn Thompson’s new opera Tapestry. The 2012-2013 performance Season found the international Baritone in Concert for the Temple, Texas Symphony fundraiser night (December, 2012): He performed the title role in Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” with maestro Steven Harter and the Colorado Springs Oratorio Symphony (April, 2013); and most recently as the Artistic Director, Ro
bert Directed & performed the Title role in Opera Seabrook’s Rigoletto - October 30, 2013.
Robert began his vocal studies in the studio of Dr. David Blackburn where the young baritone began to develop as an Artist. Eventually, after 12 years of intense study and struggle, he won the National Metropolitan Opera Auditions in 1979. This achievement led to his eight-year twenty-seven major role career at New York City Opera under the leadership of Beverly Sills. Since that time, Robert's vocal artistry has been showcased in nearly every major opera house in the world. From Milano, Palermo , Rome , Barcelona , Lisbon , Nice, London , Santiago , Toronto , and Montreal to Los Angeles , San Francisco , Chicago to New York (Metropolitan Opera and New York City Opera) Robert has performed such major roles as Rigoletto, MacBeth, Scarpia (Tosca), Tonio (I Pagliacci), Germont (La Traviata), Iago (Otello) and many many more! With a ready repertoire of over 83 major roles, Robert continues to delight the world with his artistry.
Robert is also renowned as an important Conductor – thanks to the intervention of the great Maestro Nello Santi, major Italian operatic Conductor. During his performances of I Pagliacci in Palermo, Maestro Santi insisted upon Robert conducting the pit Orchestra during rehearsals (1986) which began a second career of Conducting for now Maestro Robert.

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Having begun his musical career as an exceptional trumpet player through the Training of Harry Herforth in Shaker Heights of Cleveland, Ohio, & after winning several Trumpet Contests in the region, Robert was awarded the opportunity to play with the Cleveland Orchestra in 1963 at the age of 12 as co-first 4th chair for one full season.
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Pattricia P. November 16, 2017
· Opera Voice · In studio
He is the best.
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Laura November 16, 2017
· Opera Voice · In studio
Robert E. McFarland (my dad), gave me voice lessons which forever impacted my perspective of vocal training. He patiently taught me how to use my voice enabling me to realize the potential I already had to sing well. Many years later, I still enjoy singing!
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Robert M.

Sicklerville, NJ 08081
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$35 / 30-min

About Tania D.

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Collegeville, PA
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I am a classical flutist and pianist who has been playing music for 40 years and teaching for 28 years. I am also an associate professor who lectures in music history and theory at a commercial arts college. I received a Master of Music in Classical Flute Performance from the University of the Arts in 1994 and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from West Chester University in 1992. As a flutist, I have competed at the national level and performed in world-renowned venues at home and abroad, including Carnegie Hall and the Kimmel Center. As a pianist, I was first trained to use a fake book as a young child and then later trained classically as a piano minor in college. In December 2017, I became a lifetime member of Strathmore's Who's Who for Professionals.

I am highly motivated and highly motivating and have a knack for inspiring s
tudents of all ages and ability levels. My students appreciate my over-the-top energy, thorough knowledge of the subject matter I teach, kindness, compassion and high degree of personal ethics. I can fuel your passion for music and help you accomplish all of your goals.
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Tania D.

Tania D.

Collegeville, PA 19426
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$50 / 30-min

About Ben O.

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Philadelphia, PA
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"A band is only as good as its drummer"
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Ben O.

Philadelphia, PA 19143
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$25 / 30-min

About Elizabeth S.

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Garnet Valley, PA
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Professional opera singer here! Hello! I have the pleasure of making my living as an opera singer. My full time singing job is at The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City!
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· Singing · In studio
Elizabeth’s energy and attention to detail make every lesson a joy!
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Elizabeth S.

Garnet Valley, PA 19060
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