Barbara Ryan

Barbara R.

Fairfax Station, VA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

About Barbara R.

Singing is my life! I trained classically from 4/1972 - 4/83, then continued concentrated self study for 5 years. I sang for Voice of America and National Geographic Explorer specials before becoming voice coach for the MD Renaissance Festival. I have sung professionally since '83 and have taught voice since '86. Traditional methods are not enough to keep you singing healthily and successfully into your old age! At 68, I still tour and can sing infinitely without amplification. I want that for every student!


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9 Reviews
Marc E D.
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I have been taking lessons from Barbara for 3 to 4 months now.I live in a condo so when I practice every 2 weeks I take my PA.over to my x girl friends house to practice .She is the person who got me started 12 years ago and she knows my voice well.She rarely compliments me on anything which is common for an x girlfriend, however the last 2 times I practiced at her house ,she cracks a big smile and says with suprise"You have gotten better!"Thanks Barbara!

Posted Jun 9, 2020
Marc E D.
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Barbara was great,she knows her stuff.Looking foward to my next lesson with her.Also fantastic personality!

Posted Jan 21, 2020
Frank B.
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Barbara is fantastic. She has such a strong background in vocal performance and taking good care of your instrument. She's lso a lot of fun and has great enthusiasm.

Posted Oct 30, 2019
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Barbara is extremely helpful in helping me learn the foundation of voice by focusing on small yet manageable components of singing each session.

Posted May 12, 2019
Isabella M.
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Great vocal teacher and person to talk to!

Posted Dec 29, 2018
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Barbara is so knowledgeable about her craft. I felt her enthusiasm right away and I am very excited about embarking on my series of voice lessons.

Posted Jun 20, 2018
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The best teacher around! Barbara's training is unlike any other. You'll hone your pitch, increase your projection, and mostly importantly, learn to use your vocal instrument safely. Since I began lessons with Barbara one year ago, my voice power, quality and knowledge have all increased dramatically.

Posted Mar 20, 2018
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I began working with Barbara in 2013 for singing lessons and I have never looked back! I had never taken lessons before, so I had no idea what to expect. Barbara was and is wonderfully open, friendly and patient. She teaches you how to use your voice in a way that will not strain or hurt your voice, but train this "muscle" to work for you and all your vocal desires. I have been able to reach notes and achieve goals for myself vocally that I never expected. Bottom line: I would highly recommend Barbara for anyone wanting to grow their voice - for choir, for profession, or just for fun. Look no further!

Posted Feb 18, 2018
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I consider myself fortunate to receive singing instruction from Barbara Ryan. Our work together, uninterrupted for the past several years, continues on, and I hope with no end. Barbara continually brings new insight, techniques, and knowledge to this long-term student. She does all this with delight and patience. I am so grateful for Barbara Ryan.

Posted Feb 16, 2018

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Lead siger, IONA; , Voice teacher.
Jul 1986 - Present

Private Company

We are a small traditional celtic production company and management for IONA. We have been producing the Concerts of Trad Celtic Music at the Old Brogue since 1990, Swift Run Celtic House Concerts since 2004, and founded the Oatlands/Potomac Celtic Festival in 1994.


BA in Languages
Sep 1970 - May 1971

George Washington University



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