I have been teaching and performing for over 35 years in my home studio in the Orlando area. I teach technique, all styles/genres, stage presence, mic technique, audition, & demo CD prep,and sight-singing, to ages 7 on up. I gear the lessons to the individual students' goals and needs. I have and have had many successful professional and talented amateur singers grow and progress within my studio. Many of them perform in nightclub venues, theme parks, and theatres in the Central Florida area. One of my former students, just opened for Lisa Loeb's concert in downtown Orlando. This same student, John, has 2 albums of his own, and several students are signed by recording labels and touring. Students are encouraged to use their talents and regularly perform in recitals, community theatre, church, school, and community choirs, contests,& talent shows.
Engel School of Music, Orlando, Fl. I taught voice lessons at this prestigious downtown music school for six years. Owner/operator, Drucilla Engel.
I graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN in 1974 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree with voice as my major. I studied opera and musical theatre, performed in musicals, operas and the group, "The Singing Hoosiers",
I received a Bachelor of Vocal Performance from Indiana Universtiy in 1975. Languages: Italian, German, French, and Latin. Performed in group, ''The Belles of Indiana".
Paid church soloist for 2 years during college years and worked as a summer stock singer at Cedar Point theme park, Sandusky, Ohio in 1971 and a singer/dancer in a Cole Porter Musical Revue at King's Island, Cincinnati, Ohio in 1972.
Walt Disney World entertainer from 1976-1978. "Kids of The Kingdom", singing and dancing group of 12, performing at Castle Forecourt,and Tomorrow Land stages in the Magic Kingdom . Traveled throughout the US with conventions, and guest starred at Radio City Music Hall in NYC, with the "Rockettes", for 5 months under the direction of Peter Gennaro. Numerous recordings with "The Kids". Recorded 2 demo CD's.
Hoop-de-do Show, Fort Wilderness,Walt Disney World. Dinner show, character: Flora- singing and dancing for one season in 1978.
"Singing Snow White", Walt Disney World, seasonal show. Sang on parade float and on small balcony stage, behind the Castle Forecourt. I sang three solos from this Disney musical.
"Seesaw"-pop nightclub band of four musicians and lead vocalist, performing in Central Florida clubs. Late 1970's.
Opera Camerata Chorus in Orlando, Fl. - 1976-1979
Church and Wedding soloist for local Orlando area. Present day
"The Dickens Carolers', quartets entertaining seasonally. Agent/owner: Carol Becker. Present day.
Recitals and Sacred Concerts in Central Florida. Present day.
*** Lesson Details ***
I teach weekly lessons, with daytime and evening hours available, Monday through Thursday . I recommend an hour lesson. I give vocalizations to practice and develop good technique. Repertoire/songs are chosen by the student and myself. I encourage students to be well-rounded and try different genres/styles and even give me a "wish list" of songs they would like to learn. I give guidelines on how much to practice and what to practice. I help train the student's eye and ear and work with harmonization/parts, if needed. I help the student to develop their voice with strength, stamina, clarity, resonation, projection, expressiveness, and emotional impact. Progress will be continually evident throughout the students' study. Lessons are recorded on CD for every lesson, as this is a great efficient learning tool.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Tascam CD recorder
Mackie Pro mixing board
Korg electric keyboard
JVC karaoke CD player with key change capability
JVC triple CD player with key change capability
Four Advent speakers for super stereo sound
*** Specialties ***
I teach in the classical bel canto style and technique, which is how I was trained at Indiana University. I have been teaching all genres, including pop/rock, classical, jazz, country, r&b, and gospel/contemporary christian/traditional sacred.
I have been teaching for 35 years. I am a professional vocalist and have been since 1971.
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