Camille van Niekerk
San Diego, CA
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Camille van Niekerk

Camille V.

San Diego, CA
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Experienced teacher of 7 years, specializing in classical, jazz, musical theater, and contemporary voice! All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. Not only will you be singing with greater control and ease, but you will be building a strong foundation of musicianship, ear training and healthy vocal technique, all while having fun. Let's get started!

About Camille V.

I'm a credentialed voice teacher, session singer, writer and performer who loves sharing the beauty and joy of music with others! I graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a BA in Music Education (Choral emphasis) and received my CA teaching credential in music from San Diego State University.

Voice students can expect to improve week to week in their vocal technique. Every voice has a unique timbre; I teach students to release built up tension and apply foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual sound. I love helping my students learn to sing with freedom, confidence, and expression.

As a professional recording artist, my voice can be heard backing Damien Jurado ('The Horizon Just Laughed'), in the 2019 film 'Dark Encounter' (choir vocals), on the 'American Vandal' season 2 trailer (BMG/Netflix), and soloing on DanceSport Record's latest album ('Oversway 2'). In 2020, I am releasing my first full solo album with Vonk Musiek (South Africa).

I sing with the L.A. Choral Lab and Los Robles Master Chorale, in addition to performing as a soloist at restaurants and hotels including the Langham (Pasadena) and Hotel Casa 425 (Claremont Village). Recent live credits include 'Dawson City: Frozen Time' (Ace Hotel Theater), 'Riceboy Sleeps' with Jónsi & Alex (The Orpheum), and 'Assassin's Creed: Symphony' (Dolby Theater).

I specialize in classical, jazz, musical theater, and contemporary styles, but I firmly believe that great technique is essential to any and every genre. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!

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Conrad
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Posted Jul 2, 2020
Cathy H.
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Camille is amazing. Linda loves each lesson.

Linda and Cathy

Posted Jun 29, 2020
Jhullian D.
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Great! Seeing lots of improvement already.

Posted Jun 26, 2020
KayCi
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Great!

Posted Jun 24, 2020
Ali Rizk
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i'm awful at singing and she put up with me for 30 minutes! BESTEST/NICEST INSTRUCTOR EVER. Would recommend. 10/10.

Posted Jun 19, 2020
Cathy H.
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Linda continues to grow. She has been getting so many wonderful comments on her voice. Thank you so much Camille. You are the best.

Posted Jun 15, 2020
KayCi Wolf
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Fantastic!

Posted May 29, 2020
Cathy H.
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Linda gains confidence with every lesson. Camille is the best vocal teacher ever.

Posted May 18, 2020
Jhullian D.
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Posted May 12, 2020
Tiffany G.
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She is lovely and patient and very educated in her craft. She loves what she does and it shows and she really cares about helping her students improve and reach their goals. I look forward to continuing lessons with her.

Posted May 7, 2020
Noah Jackson
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She’s very positive and knows her stuff. Was fun to work with.

Posted May 1, 2020
Sofia V.
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She is a wonderful teacher. She is very patient with my daughter. My daughter loves her lessons with Camille.

Posted Apr 27, 2020
Cathy H.
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Camille is such a patient teacher. Linda has learned so much.

Thank you.
Linda and Cathy

Posted Apr 13, 2020
Miguel
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Posted Apr 13, 2020
Kate
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Camille is the best. She constantly checks in to make sure I have everything I need in order to practice on my own. I really appreciate how much she cares about helping me reach my goals.

Posted Apr 12, 2020
Amanda
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I was really nervous before taking singing lessons, but my confidence has grown so much. Camille breaks down topics in an understandable way and gives me exercises so I can practice on my own. I recommend Camille for anyone wanting to improve their voice!

Posted Apr 9, 2020
Scott
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I've learned so much and really taken my singing to the next level. I'm so grateful to have Camille as my teacher.

Posted Apr 8, 2020
Taylor
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Camille is so positive and encouraging. She really cares about my goals and gives me the training I need to sing more challenging songs.

Posted Apr 8, 2020
Jonathan
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I always look forward to my lessons with Camille. She's a fantastic teacher and vocalist, and I've seen my skills grow considerably with her guidance. Thank you, Camille!

Posted Apr 8, 2020
Monika
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Camille is awesome. I've been a student of her for the past 6 months. She is an excellent teacher, she is well qualified and has a lovely personality. I will recommend her to anyone who would like to sing and especially for anyone who wants to improve.

Posted Apr 1, 2020
Mary
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Camille is down to earth and able to explain technique in a way that I understand. She always comes prepared to take me personally to the next level. She is so easy to work with that I feel comfortable being able to relax and have improved my abilities immensely in a short time.

Posted Apr 1, 2020
Paul T.
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It's the perfect time to pick up a new skill, and Camille has been an amazing teacher.

Posted Apr 1, 2020
Heather
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I've been singing my whole life, and Camille is by far the best teacher I've had! She is caring, encouraging, and has really helped me grow. Camille is very knowledgeable and gives advice specific to me and my voice. So thankful to have found her!

Posted Apr 1, 2020
Becca
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Camille is the best!

Posted Apr 1, 2020
Julie T.
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Camille was really nice but my daughter had a hard time connecting with her so it made her not sure if voice lessons were for her. She is 12 years old and the feedback she gave me was that she wishes she had introduced herself and given some background information instead of just diving into the lesson. She felt that not having a connection or introduction made opening up hard. She has an acting coach on take lessons she really connected with but she said those small things that her acting coach did in the beginning really gave her more comfort. Camille does appear to put a lot of thought into her teachings it just was not the best fit for our child. She was not sure she wanted to sing again after taking her first lesson.

Posted Apr 1, 2020
Cathy H.
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Learning so much with every lesson. Always building confidence with each song. Camille is such an excellent teacher.

Linda and Cathy.

Posted Mar 23, 2020
Tatum L.
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She has the perfect match for working with my 12-year-old daughter! Encouraging, helpful, uplifting to work with!

Posted Mar 19, 2020
Kathleen L.
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Posted Mar 5, 2020
Cathy H.
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Camille is excellent. Linda enjoys every lesson. She learns so much each time.
Thank you:)

Linda and Cathy

Posted Mar 2, 2020
Cathy H.
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Each lesson I can see so much improvement in Linda's voice. She feels very confident. Thank you Camille you are the best.
Cathy H.

Posted Feb 10, 2020
Cathy H.

Camille is wonderful. We have seen so much growth in Linda. She looks forward to each week. Thank you:)

Posted Jan 27, 2020
Jerry and Janira S.
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Posted Jan 23, 2020
Giuliana

She’s so positive .

Posted Jan 2, 2020
Rita ..
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Posted Dec 30, 2019
Adrian
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Camille is extremely sweet and inviting. I am excited to reach my vocal goals with her!

Posted Dec 22, 2019
Cathy H.

Excellent as always.

Posted Dec 16, 2019
Cathy H.

My granddaughter loves her lessons with Camille.

Posted Dec 4, 2019
Cathy H.
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Camille is the best teacher:-)

Posted Nov 13, 2019
Cathy H.
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Enjoying every lesson. My granddaughter is learning so much. Camille is excellent!

Posted Nov 6, 2019
Cathy H.
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My daughter really enjoyed her first lesson. Camille made her feel comfortable and relaxed. She looks forward to next week

Posted Oct 16, 2019
Cami
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Camille is so patient and invested in the student. This is my 9 year old granddaughter who is working on an audition right now. Camille always makes her part of the decision making process, and that ownership and exposure to the preparation process for auditioning, makes for a long lasting learning experience.
We are looking forward to what is hopefully a long lasting relationship.

Posted Mar 11, 2019
Mark
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Nice teacher! She focuses on technique and exercises which I really need! I have practice next week and I am excited!

Posted Feb 25, 2019
Nancy C.
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Just had my first singing lesson!
Camille was very patient with me, and encouraging.
Looking forward to my next lesson.

Posted Feb 21, 2019
Amelia
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Posted Nov 5, 2018
Damien
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Camille is an outstanding teacher

Posted Oct 11, 2018
Johanna
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Camille is a great instructor! She is calm and encouraging. She has taught me so much about vocal anatomy and important aspects of singing such as breath support, posture, mouth and jaw placement, etc., which in turn has helped in hitting those higher notes. I highly recommend Camille as a vocal coach!

Posted Sep 12, 2018
Diana S.
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Camille was awesome and made me feel as comfortable as I could be for my first singing lesson. She is very positive and encouraging and I enjoyed it very much. She is obviously knowledgeable and extremely helpful. Thank you Camille!

Posted Aug 28, 2018
Matthew
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Camille is super fantastique!

Posted Aug 1, 2018
Matthew
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Posted Jul 26, 2018
Kaori
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Camille is an awesome voice teacher! She's super knowledgeable, friendly, encouraging, and great at putting me at ease so I don't feel nervous or embarrassed to sing during lessons.

Posted Jul 19, 2018
Trever
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Posted Jul 6, 2018
Kaori
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Posted Jun 28, 2018
Chloe
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Amazing first lesson!

Posted Jun 12, 2018
Grace
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The lesson was fantastic.

Posted May 17, 2018
Daisy
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Camille was very nice and wants to make sure you get everything out of your lesson. I highly recommend her if you are trying to decide who you or your childs teacher is.

Posted Apr 26, 2018
Juliana
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My daughter was so nervous that she wanted to cancel her first lesson. I told her I'd just take the lessons and she could watch. Well, within 5 minutes of us both interacting with Camille, Juliana was have fun and feeling 100% comfortable. Juliana can not wait until her next lesson.

God bless you Camille. You are awesome. Love your voice. Thank you.

Posted Mar 24, 2018
Jenny
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She is such an amazing teacher! I can see the passion she has on what she's doing! My daughter had so much fun on her first lesson and is looking forward for her future lessons!

Posted Mar 15, 2018
Toby
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Camille is awesome!!! She is so knowledgeable and this was exactly what I was looking for. Thank you! `

Posted Mar 3, 2018
Chloe
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Camille is excellent. Our daughter is living her lessons and we love hearing her little voice sing! Love we can access such great teachers from our home!

Posted Mar 2, 2018
Angel
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My second lesson was great. I was late and tired from work, but my voice instructor made the class so fun and I still got to learn a lot in just a few minutes.

Posted Feb 12, 2018
sheva
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Posted Jan 31, 2018
Andy K.
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Awesome Teacher! Very knowledgeable in voice training and experience with teaching different techniques. I like how she is well prepared and not making up stuff. I do recommend Camille to anyone who is looking for a teacher who understands your concerns and walk along side you to address those concerns and worries. But overall experience, it was fun and I learned a lot!

Posted Jan 19, 2018
Amelia
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Great first lesson! I was comfortable with her right away. Looking forward to the next one.

Posted Jan 19, 2018
Meredith
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Outstanding lesson!

Posted Jan 18, 2018
Genna M.
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Posted Jan 17, 2018
Nicole M.
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One of the best decisions I’ve made was to sign up for live online singing lessons. I liked having immediate feedback compared to just watching singing lesson videos. Ms. Camille is a wonderful teacher. I’ve learned a lot. I’m very grateful. I highly recommend her.

Posted Jan 10, 2018
Maily
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Posted Jan 5, 2018
Trever
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She was amazing and it's only my first day!

Posted Jan 5, 2018
Angel
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I learned a lot for the first day. It was really great. My teacher Camille was very professional and patient with me, especially since I do not really know much about singing and its techniques. I can't wait for my next class.

Posted Jan 4, 2018
Sheila P.
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i love it that was so fun and i can not wait till our next lesson

Posted Dec 22, 2017
Phoenix L.
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Camille is really good with our 6 year old. Would recommend to anyone.

Posted Dec 1, 2017
Ivan C.
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One of the best instructors of anything I've ever done. Professional, fun, supportive, and knowledgeable. She is always prepared, helpful, and focuses lessons based on your needs. You will see dramatic improvement in a short amount of time.

Posted Nov 13, 2017
Peter R.
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Camille was super-knowledgeable and great at identifying and addressing areas of improvement for me.

Posted Oct 25, 2017
Kelsey Barkan
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Wonderful. Knowledgeable, inspiring!!!!

Posted Oct 23, 2017
Ivan C.
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Very professional and helpful. Well prepared and sets up an individual plan for you. Very knowledgeable and uses a variety of techniques for fast results. You will see improvement from day 1.

Posted Oct 11, 2017
Joni C.
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I LOVED IT

Posted Sep 13, 2017
Felicia P.
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Camille is awesome!! The very first day I met her (online) she demonstrated a patient, caring and understanding attitude concerning my view of my singing abilities. I was able to tell after our first session that she genuinely cares about helping me enhance my voice and she goes the extra mile to ensure I have full understanding of how to correctly train my voice. I Thank God he chose her to be my vocal trainer!!

Posted Sep 12, 2017
Cynthia
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Working with Camille is awesome! She is a knowledgeable and talented musician who brings levity and perspective to all of her projects. I have learned so much from her in terms of vocal health, professional musicianship, and performance practice. I'd highly recommend her to anyone looking to improve their musical knowledge and technique.

Posted Aug 25, 2017
Townsend

Camille is both an excellent musician and an excellent human. She is one of the most hospitable, personable, and delightful people I know. She is comfortable and fun, patient, perceptive and sincere. With her knowledge and her character, I would recommend Camille to anyone looking to grow their vocal abilities.

Posted Aug 24, 2017
BBob
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Good first lesson. Communicates well, is patient and knowledgable.

Posted Aug 19, 2017
Monica

We hired Camille for an event in the fall. She was professional, very easy to work with, absolutely punctual and most of all, she was loved by our guests !! She sings from a wide variety of genres, takes requests and was just a pleasure to have at our event. I can recommend her services without reservation.

Posted Aug 8, 2017
Darbii B.
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My daughter has her first lesson this week and it seems Camille and her are a great fit and looking forward to next tuesday 😁

Posted Aug 2, 2017
Audrey
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Camille has a great jazz voice herself and has helped me tremendously. She is warm, comfortable and experienced. I highly recommend her.

Posted Aug 1, 2017
Mary
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Camille is an experienced performer and teacher. She is trained to protect your voice as well as challenging your range and improvement. Having been musical theater for so many years she is also able to help with auditions. She is always kind and professional. I highly endorse her.

Posted Aug 1, 2017
Bobby
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I have heard Camille sing professionally before but was not aware that she was a qualified vocal instructor. However, I did some research into her educational background and saw that music education was her strong suit. She has proven to be very gifted in the arena of vocal instruction and I have found her to be very patient, intuitive, and pleasant to work with. I experience no nervousness when singing with her and have found her to be so encouraging and really quite skilled in bringing out the highest potential in me. Great teacher.

Posted Aug 1, 2017
Lowell
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I sang for some time before even hearing about Camille, but I have found that her insight into proper vocal technique and her ability to communicate how to implement that technique so that the student can improve their own vocal performance skill is the thing that makes her stand out. I appreciate her skill level as a teacher so much.

Posted Aug 1, 2017
Josh
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Camille is a fantastic teacher and singer! She regularly studies the voice and finds new techniques and specific vocal exercises to use for her students. She is patient, friendly and professional. Take lessons with Camille!

Posted Jul 28, 2017
Pedro
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I took voice lessons from Camille while she was in the Pomona area. She is kind and encouraging, and she is an extremely good teacher. As time went on friends and family noticed and remarked on how my voice was changing, and I just felt so much more confident as a singer. If I could make the trek to Ventura every week, I definitely would!

Posted Jul 27, 2017
Chris
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Camille is an excellent teacher. She is patient, gives relevant feedback and practical tips on which you can improve your voice very rapidly. Her voice is soothing and she has definitely mastered the art of teaching.

Posted Jul 27, 2017
Anna
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Amazing/kind person with so much patience, a really diverse vocal range and good teaching skills. She works really well with both kids and adults; you can tell she really loves to share her talent. I always felt 100% comfortable with her. Love her and would recommend her to anyone interested in deepening/exploring their musical talents.

Posted Jul 27, 2017

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Choir Member (Alto)
Jan 2019 - Present

L.A. Choral Lab

The mission of the L.A. Choral Lab is to deliver unique, transformative performances of the choral repertoire, to provide musical and educational enrichment to professional and amateur choral artists, to advocate for living composers and the music they write, and to reach out to the community in a way that creates new lovers of choral music.

Vocal instructor & Writer
Nov 2018 - Present

Guitar Tricks (30 Day Singer)

I develop curriculum, write articles, and teach with 30 Day Singer (by Guitar Tricks). See below for more info! https://www.30daysinger.com/

Choir member (Alto I)
Sep 2017 - Present

Los Robles Master Chorale

Los Robles Master Chorale (LRMC), led by Artistic Director Lesley Leighton, is one of Southern California’s premier choirs. Celebrating a rich legacy and hailed for its remarkable sound, striking versatility, and commitment to commissioning new choral works, the 100-voice Ventura County-based chorus harnesses the power of music to enrich people of all ages. With repertoire ranging from early music and great choral masterworks to folk, contemporary and world music, LRMC presents its own concert series each season and performs with leading music organizations across the Southland in such iconic venues as Walt Disney Concert Hall, Hollywood Bowl and Royce Hall.

Voice teacher
Sep 2015 - Present

Private Vocal Studio

Soloist & Choral member
Sep 2015 - Present

Ensoma Creative

Ensoma functions as a professional performing ensemble, studio ensemble, and collaborative resource. In performance, Ensoma represents a wide variety of vocal literature including, but not limited to, Gregorian chant, vocal jazz, Bach chorales, commercial/pop and contemporary classical. Ensoma also produces original compositions and arrangements by its own members in addition to seeking out creative opportunities with other composers, conductors, ensembles, solo artists, and songwriters.

Choir, Orchestra & Band Teacher
Aug 2014 - Jul 2015

Wilson Middle School

Education

CA Teaching Credential - Music
Jul 2014 - Aug 2015

San Diego State University

BA - Music Education (Vocal Emphasis)
Aug 2010 - Dec 2013

Azusa Pacific University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

CA Teaching Credential: Single Subject, Music
Jun 2015

San Diego State University

First Aid, CPR, AED
Mar 2014

American Heart Association

Awards

Best of 2016
Mar 2016

Thumbtack

Best Actress
Mar 2009

Inland Theater League

Best Actress
Mar 2007

Inland Theater League

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