Ahdda Shur
Cincinnati, OH
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Ahdda Shur

Ahdda S.

Cincinnati, OH
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I believe opera singers have a unique mission in life to bring joy and healing to others thru the power of the great music they sing.

You will receive my holistic approach to Bel Canto, the Italian tradition of beautiful singing. In addition to vocal and breathing exercises that I've designed to simplify and de-mystify classical technique, you'll be given a system of self-study so that you can begin to fully master and own your singing body.

We'll work with diction, languages, arias, vocalizes, interpretation. I speak several languages, and emphasize the importance of words when singing.

We will use piano accompaniment tracks from youtube, or other sources. I do simple piano accompaniments only.

If you are already an advanced singer, I may ask you to invite in and bring your own occasional pianist/accompanis at some of our lessons, as we work on finalizing your opera arias.

About Ahdda S.

For over 25 years, I've been training and empowering singers from beginners to professionals to find and keep their optimum voice and musical style. I believe that good opera training prepares you for a long and healthy singing life, and a voice that can sing in a variety of styles. I offer in-person and Online/Video lessons.

As a holistic Bel Canto opera teacher with 25 years of performing and teaching experience, each student gets my full support and commitment. I work with beginners to seasoned professionals. And, I'm looking forward to meeting you!

In lessons, you'll discover how Bel Canto really works. Using my powerfully effective holistic and healing vocal methods. you'll soon be performing with greater confidence and ease

I quickly tap into where you are blocked and tense, and give you specially designed, gentle exercises to re-condition tense muscles and enter into "the zone" more quickly.

I teach each singer according to their unique voice and talent. Every lesson builds on developing the breathing system, vocal range, stamina, vocal tone, and mental focus! You'll also be expanding on your dramatic and performing skills.

My teaching style is creative and supportive. As an expert musical stylist and vocal clinician, I make sure that lessons include learning effective vocal study habits, diction, and musical skills. We'll work collaboratively choosing songs and arias that you're happy doing and that make you shine.

If you have sudden or ongoing vocal problems, you're in luck -- as one of my specialty is helping singers recover from vocal problems or damage.

Professional Opera background:
As a mezzo-soprano opera soloist and sacred music singer, I've performed on concert stages, opera houses and recording studios in repertoire spanning opera, musical theater, folk, world and sacred music. I believe great music has the power to heal and uplift us, and that singing is the fastest road to joy.


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Ahdda has been a hugely positive and empowering force in my life. When I started working with Ahdda I was absolutely uncomfortable and unfamiliar with using my voice in a singing context. Through her coaching she has helped me build my confidence and embodied awareness for how I can use my voice for singing, as well as proving amazing coaching for speaking, which is my full time career. I just spoke for over 1,000 people throughout the weekend and Ahddas coaching gave me the guidance and support to be set up to speak and express in the best possible way. Ahdda is an extremely attuned and talented teacher, aware of the weave between the technical and spiritual sides of singing, and I can not recommend her highly enough. Thank you Ahdda!

Posted Apr 9, 2020
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Ahdda Shur has great breadth of singing and teaching experience; in Opera, Broadway, and classical styles, as well as liturgical chant. Ahdda will guide you in sensitive instruction in the breath, tone production, vowel placement, pronunciation, posture, and stage presence. You will be delighted and transformed working with Ahdda. Her calm sense of wellbeing, and attention to details you had not even considered, will enable you to sing with greater ease and confidence. Singing for Ahdda is fun, and relaxing. She can tell very quickly what needs to happen to improve your voice. I recommend Ahdda to you with confidence that she will transform your voice through proper technique, stage presence, and correct repertoire choices for your voice. Enjoy freedom of production, and increase your confidence on stage, with Ahdda Shur.

Posted Mar 9, 2020
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Ahdda has worked with my daughter for two years, and is an outstanding teacher. Ahdda focuses not only on how singing should sound, but on how your body should feel and what it should be doing when you sing. She explains this clearly, and the techniques she teaches result in a beautiful sound while ensuring that the singer's voice will remain healthy.

Posted Mar 8, 2020
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My past voice trainings have a rigid approach so I was following the instructions mechanically. I thought that this is the way to go--until I met Ms.Ahdda. Her "Voga" (voice yoga) focuses on sensations and helps me to trust that my body has the ability to create the right sound. I stopped analyzing the "why"s and am instead remembering the right feelings. My singing skills have improved so much, and I have only been working with Ms. Ahdda for 6 months!

Posted Mar 8, 2020
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I came to Ahdda with a very “worn and torn” voice in need of reconditioning. After a year and a half of lessons I am enjoying my singing voice again! Ahdda puts a lot of energy into every lesson while guiding me to the correct singing form, both physically and mentally. She is showing me what I need to do to maximize the abilities I have. I am so fortunate to be able to spend time with her every week because I would never have gotten to this point on my own. Thank you Ahdda!!

Posted Mar 2, 2020
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Ahdda is a wonderful teacher. Her techniques have helped me find my singing voice again as well as benefited me in my work as a lecturer and teacher. She adapts her lesson focus based on student needs. I had not sung since HS choir, but thanks to Ahdda am now feeling confident enough with my singing to perform at open mics with my husband.

Posted Mar 2, 2020

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Free Lance Mezzo-Soprano Opera and Sacred Music Soloist
Jan 1984 - Present

Various international Opera Theaters and Religious Organizations

I currently perform primarily as a sacred music soloist for churches and Synagogues in America, and Cincinnati. As a former international opera soloist, I sang various mezzo-soprano roles with international opera companies such as the Zurich Oper, Switzerland, The Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv, The Cincinnati Opera, Long Beach Opera, San Antonio Music Festival/Deutsche Oper Berlin, and more.


Masters in Music, Opera Stage Direction
Aug 1980 - Jun 1984

Indiana University, Bloomington

Bachelor of Music, Voice Performance
Aug 1980 - Jun 1984

Indiana University, Bloomington IN



Professional Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Prize Winner (2nd Place) Franceso De Andrade International Voice Competition
Nov 1988

Porto Music Academy, Porto, Portugal


Music Teachers National Association
Jun 2018
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.
Ohio Music Education Association
Jun 2018
The Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) is the principal organization in Ohio promoting music education in elementary and secondary schools as well as colleges and universities. OMEA is one of the largest of the 52 federated state affiliates of NAfME, The National Association of Music Education. OMEA members are involved at all levels of music education, serving more than 1.7 million public school students in 613 public districts and 108 colleges and universities in Ohio.

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