Anastasia Marie
Asheville, NC
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Anastasia Marie

Anastasia M.

Asheville, NC
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am a professional violist who has been teaching strings for nearly a decade, and I have been performing on the viola for over two decades. I use a body-oriented approach that helps violists play with ease and artistry. This approach includes a mix of Alexander Technique, body mapping, Karen Tuttle Coordination, Suzuki pedagogy, and my own curriculum around somatic movement education. In addition with ear training, note reading, playing by ear (or, active transcribing), and improvising, I help students learn jazz tunes, their favorite songs, and classical pieces, no matter the difficulty. We work with the Suzuki books and other training materials from my library. For the advanced student, I invite them to bring pieces they're working on, so that I may help them build their repertoire and prepare for auditions. Most importantly, I guide students on how to solve problems that show up in their practice and how to become their own teachers. Are you ready to get started?

About Anastasia M.

I am a singer, violist, voice coach, music educator, somatic movement educator, and interdisciplinary artist. I hold two degrees: a Bachelor of Science from the University of Vermont and a Bachelor of Music from the UNC School of the Arts.

Born and raised in Memphis, TN, I grew up singing gospel and R&B. I also learned how to be a musician on the viola through the public schools. I played in Memphis Youth Symphony and started gigging around town when I was 14 years old. When I left home, I pursued a diverse education in animal studies, environmental studies, and music.

Eventually, I built a career in music and education. I perform regularly with Asheville Symphony and as the regular featured musician for the Asheville Storytelling GrandSlam and the Moth Radio Hour. I have also studied several modalities in voice training, including Estill Voice and the McClosky technique.

I am an Alexander Technique teacher-in-training. My memberships include the National Association for Teachers of Singing, the Voice and Speech Trainers Association, the Voice Foundation, and the Association for Body Mapping Education.

I live on the ceded land of the Cherokee in Asheville, NC with my loving husband and our two dogs. My pronouns are she/her/hers.

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Deanna
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An Ya is an amazing musician. She doesn't only teach people like me how to sing. She's out there in the real world... playing her viola and singing in front of crowds throughout the region. In my experience with An Ya, she adapted my vocal lessons to work specifically on areas where I was struggling. She always seem to drill down to the real root of the vocal problem I was having and helped me improve. I wasn't able to stick with lessons as long as I had hoped, due to conflicts with my work schedule. However, I came away from my time with An Ya with better control over my diaphragm and a stronger "head" voice. Thanks to An Ya, I'm a better singer than I was before.

Posted Feb 4, 2021

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Experience

Voice and Wellness Coach
May 2020 - Present

Private Voice Studio

We specialize in online and in-person learning that helps people discover their embodied voices and call upon a long-term sense of freedom and liberation they can feel in their bodies.

Freelance musician
May 2015 - Present

Self

I perform with various acts, projects, and institutions on the viola. They range from professional orchestras such as Asheville Symphony, Western Piedmont Symphony, Hendersonville Symphony, Brevard Philharmonic, and Symphony of the Mountains. I also perform chamber music with various group, including my former quartet the Giannini Quartet in residence at UNC School of the Arts. In jazz, I perform regularly as a singer and violist with local jazz musicians. I have performed with Michael Jefry Stevens' Mountain Chamber Jazz Ensemble, and I am regularly featured at The Moth's Asheville Storytelling GrandSlam.

Music Teacher
Sep 2017 - May 2020

Asheville Music School

I offered private lessons for voice, viola, violin, and jazz students ages 7-70. I also collaborated with colleagues to organize outreach events and increase accessibility for low-income and black and brown students.

Teaching Artist
Sep 2013 - Mar 2020

Various

I taught music education in schools, after-school programs, and summer camps for kids K-12. My teaching ranged from basic musicianship and ensemble skills to strings pedagogy (violin and cello lessons, string orchestra), bucket band ensemble, rock band, and chorus. Past assignments included LEAF Community Arts, MusicWorks Asheville, Carolina Day School, and Girls Rock Asheville.

Education

Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance
Aug 2014 - May 2017

UNC School of the Arts

Bachelor of Science in Integrated Natural Resources
Sep 2003 - May 2008

University of Vermont

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Semans Art Fund
May 2015

UNC School of the Arts

Fellowship
Jun 2014

Southern Jam 2014

NextGen Fellowship
Sep 2012

Center for Whole Communities

McNair Scholar
May 2005

University of Vermont

Foundation grant
May 2003

Mr. Holland's Opus

Affiliations

Voice Foundation
Oct 2020
The Voice Foundation is the world’s oldest and leading organization dedicated to voice research, medicine, science, and education.
Voice and Speech Trainers Association
Oct 2020
VASTA is an international organization whose mission is to advance the art, research, and visibility of the voice and speech profession. Goals: SERVE the needs of voice and speech specialists, teachers, and students in training and in practice. ADVOCATE for those who work and study in the field. PROMOTE the vital role of voice and speech specialists for all professional voice users. BROADEN public understanding of the nature and importance of voice and speech use and training. CREATE opportunities for ongoing education, and the exchange of knowledge and information among professionals in the field. CULTIVATE diversity within our membership, and encourage a liveliness of thought and opinion. UPHOLD and advance excellence in voice and speech.
National Association of Teachers of Singing
Feb 2020
Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

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