Christina Esser

Christina E.

Pasadena, CA

About Christina E.

Background check: Last verified 04/22/2016
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Christina teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: March 2015
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

My name is Christina and I am very passionate about the vocal arts, specifically Opera. Opera was a surprise in my life that I discovered in college. It moved me to a point where I knew it was what I wanted to pursue. Though singing classically takes great patience, discipline, and perseverance, that 5 minutes on stage projecting pure vocal freedom and expression make it well worth it. The classical technique can provide a great foundation to healthy singing, which can ensure a long vocal life.
Along side opera, I believe basic knowledge in piano is extremely beneficial in improving musicality and an understanding of each piece. Piano greatly improves sight reading and ones ability to learn music quickly and efficiently. It can allow one to develop an understanding of harmony and context within each unique piece of music.
I have recently started teaching and would love to help and guide those interested in music, specifically classical voice, opera, musical theater, and piano. I would love to share the great joy it brings me with others and pass down what I have learned over the years. I have completed courses in music pedagogy and education alongside my degree, and believe in shaping my lessons around each individual's learning style so that each student may continue to grow while having fun.
I graduated with high honors from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2014 with a degree in music receiving both music and academic scholarships. I have performed a wide variety of roles with the university's Opera Scenes program, private showcases, and main staged productions. I was also the featured soprano soloist with the Santa Ynez Master Chorale and Orchestra for their Spring concert.

*I will drive to you for lessons being I don't have sufficient studio space. The only requirement I have is that a piano be present for scales and learning music.

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Experience

Singer

Nov 2014 - Apr 2015
Cafe Italia

Soprano soloist

May 2013 - Jun 2014
Santa Ynez Master Chorale and Orchestra

Featured soloist with the Santa Ynez Master Chorale and Orchestra

Church Cantor

Oct 2012 - Sep 2013
St. Mark's Catholic Church

Leads church service in hymns and responses

Education

Music

Sep 2012 - Jun 2014
University of California Santa Barbara

Music

Sep 2011 - Jun 2014
University of California Santa Barbara

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Limited Proficiency

German

Professional Proficiency

Italian

Limited Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Awards

Kuel Scholarship

Sep 2013
University of California Santa Barbara

Ridlee Tree Scholarship

Sep 2011
University of California Santa Barbara

Music Talent Scholarship

Sep 2010
University of Redlands

Music Talent Scholarship

Sep 2009
University of Redlands
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37 Reviews on Christina E.

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Carolina B. Dec 6, 2016
Singing · Online
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Ashley Nov 16, 2016
Singing · Online
Verified Student
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Cecelia Nov 6, 2016
Singing · Online
Christina rocks!!!! She helped me find my voice. I'm an older (some could say senior 😀) student. I never had any formal training. In one lesson she had me singing 100 times better. Surprisingly, I'm getting even better as the lessons progress. I started out watching Videos online which helped me, but at some point you need a professional to hear your voice.
I am the cantor at church, so I am so thankful for Christina and her focused direction. I think the congregation is thankful for her as well 😀. Love you Christina and thanks for helping me find my voice.
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Lily Nov 4, 2016
Vocal Training · Online
Verified Student
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Phineas J. Nov 1, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
This was my 5 year old son's very first time taking singing lessons and we couldn't be more pleased! Christina didn't force him into it when he started out shy, rather found a song he loved and started singing it herself until he felt comfortable chiming in. So great! We're so excited for next week!!
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Indigo B. Nov 1, 2016
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Christina was lovely with my 10 year old daughter. She was encouraging, yet kept her persevering to get out of bad habits to reach the best vocal range. First lesson and we were worried about doing it online, but it was absolutely perfect. xx
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Rowan Oct 27, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Christina is a truly wonderful vocal coach. She's not only knowledgeable and competent as a teacher, but she's very personable and warm which inspires excitement for learning and honing your instrument. Her teaching style creates a relaxed, but useful experience. She's sensitive to working with the specificities of your voice and style/genre while also creating a healthy foundation of classical training. I highly recommend Christina for any singer!
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Rowan Oct 27, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Christina is a truly wonderful vocal coach. She's not only knowledgeable and competent as a teacher, but she's very personable and warm which inspires excitement for learning and honing your instrument. Her teaching style creates a relaxed, but useful experience. She's sensitive to working with the specificities of your voice and style/genre while also creating a healthy foundation of classical training. I highly recommend Christina for any singer!
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Krista R. Oct 26, 2016
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Singing lessons with Christina are fun and she is helping me gain confidence!
She has a great way of explaining vocal techniques and she is professional and upbeat!
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Karen S. Oct 26, 2016
Singing · Online
Verified Student
it was awesome !!!
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