Cathy Elliott Garcia
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Cathy Elliott Garcia

Cathy E.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Ready to uncover the expressive singing voice you know you have? I’ve been helping students discover joyful singing for 20 years. Lessons are tailor-made to the needs of the individual student with a focus on vocal health and proper production. You will learn how to warm-up your voice with exercises geared towards building the instrument, breath support, and tension release. We will work on repertoire with specific techniques for learning and developing a song. For students that are ready or interested, we will work on applications such as working with an accompanist or band, creating arrangements and presentation. Beginners to professionals are welcome. Let’s get started!

About Cathy E.

Are you ready to express yourself through the gift of song? In my 20+ years of teaching, I have learned that people choose to sing for all kinds of reasons but the number one reason is that they JUST HAVE TO! I have had the pleasure and honor to accompany many singers, from beginner to professional, in their journey of discovering, building, and caring for the voice. As a professional jazz vocalist, composer, and arranger, I work with students on the process from A to Z—from the beginning warm-up and technique, to song development, crafting arrangements or writing songs for the band and, finally, presenting your work.

I have Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Music Composition from The Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College (CUNY) and Oberlin College and have had extensive private voice lessons and pedagogy training with Susan Dash. I have taught voice at three universities in South America and have taught privately for over 20 years both in the U.S. and South America.

Former students have gone on to sing with Cirque du Soleil, won scholarships to Berklee School of Music, won competitions to sing on the Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center, been winner and runner-up of The Voice—Ecuador among other achievements. Many students sing professionally with bands and a number of students have gone on to become teachers themselves. I am proud to have been part of their development and I look forward to working with you! Hablo español.


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6 Reviews
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Cathy is an excellent teacher who takes time to learn what you need and tailors her lessons accordingly. Really looking forward to my next lesson!

Posted Jul 6, 2021
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After a singing lesson with Cathy I feel more confident in my singing and self-expression as well as taller and more centered. Her lessons are infused with a deep understanding of the anatomy and mechanics of singing as well as with a gift for uncovering your personal expression through song. Meanwhile her classes are relaxed and unpretentious. Cathy creates a warm and caring atmosphere that allows the student to feel confident where ever they are at with their singing.

Posted Mar 12, 2021
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My lessons with Cathy have been excellent. Not only is she patient, funny, and sincere, she is a natural teacher. Her training, professionalism, and love for music make for an incredibly high-quality experience. She really has a talent for meeting you where you are at with exercises and techniques. I couldn't recommend Cathy more highly for vocal training!

Posted Mar 12, 2021
Gerson Eguiguren
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Cathy is the best teacher I had! She really knows how to get to understand and develop your unique individual voice. Her method is built on vocal health. She understands a lot about different styles and that gives you versatility as a singer.
I am a profesional touring singer now, I had several teachers and I can asure you that Cathy is the one that gave me all the best tools for my voice. I get a lot of compliments about the placement of my voice and how it is very nice and healthy, my answer always is "Cathy Elliot made it"!
I not only recommend Cathy as your vocal teacher, I actually thing is a blessing to have her.

Posted Feb 22, 2021
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Very passionate teacher, highly recommended!

Posted Jan 6, 2021
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My experience with Cathy for vocal training had been nothing but educational and fun. I’ve learned so much about using the voice properly and for longevity, which is my goal. And tho some of the classes can dive deep there is always a lightness and compassion to them. I highly recommend checking her out if you’re looking to improve upon your total vocal production while having fun exploring techniques you may have never heard of.

Posted Nov 27, 2020

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Music Department Chair/Chorus Teacher
Sep 2018 - Present

Private Studio

Voice Teacher
Jan 2000 - Present


I've been teaching voice for roughly twenty years. My focus is on helping the student find freedom of expression while releasing tension and building good habits to promote excellent vocal health. While building up a good foundation, we also work on how to transfer those techniques into repertoire and uncover the student's own personal style.

Jazz Vocalist/Composer/Arranger/Music Director
Jan 1997 - Present


I've been a jazz vocalist since I graduated from college performing as far north as New York City to as far south as Buenos Aires and many cities in between! I perform a combination of jazz standards, bossa nova, and my own compositions. Compositionally, I have scored for theater and film using palettes as large as a symphonic orchestra and a jazz big band to smaller groups chamber ensembles, quintets, and choirs.


Masters of Music in Music Composition
Sep 2001 - Jun 2003

CUNY-Queens College Aaron Copeland School of Music

Music Composition
Sep 1993 - Dec 1996

Oberlín College Conservatory



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