Carol Winston

Carol W.

Santa Monica, CA
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Lesson Details

Voice Acting

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Audition techniques for singers. Song interpretation.
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About

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Carol delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+ and special needs

Teaching since:
July 1992

I have taught voice for over twenty years. I studied music at University of California, Santa Barbara, where I received my B.A. I currently work as a professional singer for various local opera companies, music theater groups, churches and temples. I am principal soprano for Opera A La Carte and have also soloed with Repertory Opera Company, Redlands Bowl Festival, Laguna Beach Chorale and Celestial Opera Company. I have worked extensively in Los Angeles schools performing musical assemblies for students in elementary and middle grades through Southland Opera, LA Opera and Guild Opera of Southern California. My teaching experience includes private voice lessons and master classes at Idyllwild School for the Arts.

*** Lesson Details ***
I emphasize breathing techniques to free up the voice to expand your range and ease of singing. In the lesson, we start with simple warm ups and vocalizes and then apply techniques to the songs you want to sing. I realize each student is different and I customize the lesson to the student's particular needs. I specialize in classical and music theater, however the basics of singing apply to all styles of music. In addition to working on breathing and technique for singing, we'll also focus on interpretation of the songs you are working on as well as how to overcome performance nervousness. Most students find that they are able to sing with more freedom, less tension and will have more confidence as they progress.

I also teach beginning piano, using the John W. Schaum series.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the main room, upright piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
They need to provide a piano or keyboard if I am going to their home.
I have a piano in my home.

*** Specialties ***
I work on using the breath as a fundamental technique for singing. Singing should never hurt. I use a lot of imagery to achieve freedom in singing.

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Experience

Voice Teacher
Oct 2014 - Present
Southland Sings

Teach in elementary schools such as LAUSD and other districts for children with special needs.

Performer
Oct 2000 - Present
Guild Opera

Performer for outreach productions in schools in bilingual opera Estrella and Barab's Little Red Riding Hood.

Performer
Nov 1998 - Present
Southland Opera

Performer in outreach productions in school. Perform in such shows as The Night Harry Stopped Smoking, Mission Nutrition and Operetta, A World Tour.

Opera Singer
Jan 2014 - May 2017
Celestial Opera

Soprano - "Susanna" in The Marriage of Figaro, "Frasquita" in Carmen, "Adele" in Die Fledermaus

Soprano Soloist
Dec 2003 - May 2014
Laguna Beach Chorale

Soprano soloist in such works as Carmina Burana, Mozart Exultate Jubilate and more.

Soprano Lead
Oct 1984 - Nov 2013
Opera a la Carte

Lead soprano for touring Gilbert and Sullivan Company.

Soprano Soloist
Oct 2006 - Nov 2006
Ballet San Jose

Soprano soloist for production at Ballet San Jose

Voice Teacher
Jul 2005 - Jul 2005
Idylwild

Education

B.A. in Music
Sep 1976 - Jun 1981
University of CA, Santa Barbara

Languages

French
Professional Proficiency
German
Professional Proficiency
Italian
Professional Proficiency
Latin
Professional Proficiency
Spanish
Professional Proficiency

Awards

2nd Place Award
Oct 1998
NATS

Photos & Videos

"Poor Wand'ring One" - Mabel's aria from The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan
As "Zerlina" in Don Giovanni.

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As "Gianetta" in The Gondoliers.

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"Yum-Yum" in The Mikado.

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As "Estrella" in the Bilingual Children's Opera Estrella."

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Singing "Gianetta" -- Act 1 Finale from The Gondoliers by Gilbert and Sullivan.  Ambassador Auditorium, Pasadena, CA
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7 Reviews

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Miranda K. Oct 24, 2016
Singing · In home

Carol is wonderful with children.

Lana R. Sep 9, 2016
Piano · In home

Very kind & patient :)

Peter T. Aug 29, 2016
Singing · In studio

Great start - first lesson and I immediately felt comfortable with Carol. We started with proper exercises and into the music. She was good at showing me how to improve, and helping me eradicate some bad habits I've picked up.

Jennifer G. Oct 15, 2015
Singing · In home

Carol is an awesome instructor. She has greatly helped to improve my singing and musical abilities. She is professional and always arrives on time. I highly recommend Carol!

Marcia A. Oct 14, 2015
Opera Voice · In home

Wonderful teacher! Amazing what I have learned since I began the classes last year.

Tracy S. Apr 11, 2015
Opera Voice · In studio

My high notes are so much better now!

Ann N. Aug 16, 2013
Singing ·

Excellent teacher

Carol is an excellent voice teacher- I recommend her to any student.

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