Christina Esser
Chester, NJ
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Christina Esser

Christina E.

Chester, NJ
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In my lessons, we will cover technique, scales, and repertoire. I do emphasize basic theory to help students better understand the music and learn pieces more quickly. While working on these technicalities, I also try to make lessons fun and engaging so that the music has depth and a natural flow rather than mechanical approach that tends to make music dry and robotic.

About Christina E.

My name is Christina and I am a professional singer. Alongside singing, I have 7 years of teaching experience in schools, and private studio lessons. I specialize in opera but also sing and teach a wide variety of genres as well! I completed my Bachelor of Arts in music at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) graduating with high honors under full academic scholarship, and have recently completed a Masters of Musical Performance at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). At UCLA I was the recipient of a Graduate Fellowship Award, Fritz Altman Scholarship, Shapiro Scholarship, and was one of the Mimi Feldman Scholarship Competition winners.

Opera singing was a surprise in my life that I discovered in college. Because I was a self taught pop singer, transitioning into classical singing was very challenging at first. Throughout this transition, I learned the amazing benefits of initially pursuing a more classical technique such as breath control and efficient resonance production. These elements and many other aspects of classical training can establish a healthy foundation. Once one gains a healthy foundation, it is easier and generally safer to experiment with the voice in a way that isn't damaging.

I do prefer to teach a classical method, but am flexible to what each student wants to learn and cater my lessons to the unique needs of each student. Many pop singers train with a classical technique and this training does not mean that students will sound operatic.

Alongside singing, 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. Regarding voice, piano can help a singer become more independent with learning music and practicing on their own.

I would love to help and guide those interested in music. I want 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 degrees, and believe in shaping my lessons around each individual's learning style so that each student may continue to grow while having fun. Helping each student develop their own unique musical identity is one of the main goals with these lessons.

See Singing Bio Below:

Mexican-American mezzo-soprano Christina Esser has been noted for her “rich mezzo”, and “captivating performances” (The Desert Sun). This season, Ms. Esser will make her New York debut as a Young Artist with the Dell’arte Opera Ensemble performing the role of Giovanna Seymour in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena. Recent roles include Hermia in Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Nights Dream with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, the title role in a world premiere workshop reading of Juana by Carla Lucero and Mrs. Krawcyck in Janice Hamer’s Lost Childhood with Opera UCLA, and Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro as well as The Monitress in Suor Angelica with Repertory Opera Company.

In 2020, Ms. Esser was selected as one of nine finalists (both instrumental and vocal) to compete in the prestigious Hennings-Fischer Burbank Philharmonic Young Artist Competition. She has also been a featured young artist with the Palm Springs Opera Guild, and in May, will return as a guest teaching artist in their education outreach tour, “Opera in the Schools”.

A versatile artist, Ms. Esser also excels in standard concert works. She has been a featured soloist with the Santa Ynez Master Chorale and Orchestra performing Schubert’s Mass in G, as well as the featured soloist with the Idyllwild Master Chorale and Orchestra concert series, singing selections from Handel’s Messiah.

In 2018, Ms Esser attended the International Vocal Academy in Payerbach, Austria where she studied with world-renowned baritone Vladimir Chernov and bel canto expert Olga Toporkova. The following summer, she was a participant in the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival where she worked with soprano Jennifer McGregor and conductor Paul Floyd.

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Sacha B.

amazing!!!!!

Posted Feb 5, 2020
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Sacha B.
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always hits the right note - literally and also in terms of the support she gives x

Posted Oct 27, 2018
Adam
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I enjoyed working with Christina. She was very adept at identifying areas in my vocal skills that could use some improvement and then offered solutions to that end. She also happens to be an extremely talented singer. I definitely recommend her services and look forward to working with her again.

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Posted May 24, 2018
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Posted Mar 18, 2018
Isabella
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Super friendly! Excited to learn opera :)

Posted Feb 12, 2018
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Posted Jan 28, 2018
mary munger
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She's fantastic. She knows how to motivate a student and use positive reinforcement to build rapport. We highly recommend Christina.

Posted Jan 27, 2018
Rebecca D.
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GREAT first teacher for my 10 year old! Christina was also amazing and flexible with schedule changes when need be. Thank you for all your encouragement and great lessons!

Posted Jan 26, 2018
Charles
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Christina is wonderful. She pays attention to progress and creates assignments that keep me engaged.

Posted Oct 22, 2017
Kiana
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She is so talented and helpful. I have only had a few classes so far and i have made great improvement. I really value our lessons!

Posted Aug 7, 2017
Kiana
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A great first lesson. She was very knowledgeable and I feel like I learned a lot!

Posted Jul 27, 2017
Cristian
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Great

Posted Jul 26, 2017
Philip
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Christina is very upbeat and patient and tries hard to motivate her students.

Posted Jul 13, 2017
Sacha B.
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Our 10 year old daughter Indigo has been taking lessons with Christina for about 9 months. We are stopping for the summer as life is too busy, but Christina has taken Indigo's voice from one that mimics whatever she hears, and trained her to sing with her own voice in the most pure way. She just performed at her school talent show and was the star, thanks to Christina's encouragement, expertise and understanding of how a child's voice should develop have helped my daughter find her voice and shine xx

Posted Jun 24, 2017
Kristina
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Christina is the best! I took singing lessons from her last year on a whim because it's someThing I had always wanted to try. She is a wealth of knowledge and every time I went to her was so impressed to hear my singing improve every week thanks to the clear cut direction she would provide to me. She has a wonderful personality and Id recommend her to anyone looking for musical training.
Christina, you sound amazing in your video on here singing opera- simply earth shattering and powerful sound! Still working on breaking the sound barrier over here haha

Posted Jun 20, 2017
Karen S.
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Christina was the best!

Posted May 3, 2017
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Posted Apr 25, 2017
Allie
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Amazing person and teacher, a teacher who can handle any student in any level or age or knowledge. She is extremely prepared which is why i would say she is probably the smartest and knowledgeable vocal teacher on takelessons. Christina is pacient, kind, motivates and will get you where you want to be.

Posted Apr 20, 2017
Rachel A.
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My daughter loves Christina, very kind and patient and encouraging. Highly recommend!!!!!

Posted Feb 7, 2017
Skyler
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Daughter really enjoyed her 1st lesson! Christina's style and experience are a great fit!

Posted Feb 2, 2017
Josh
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For a long time I had difficulty singing but Christina has done a great job of helping me improve my voice. She's able to explain concepts in a way I understand and I've made significant process while working with her. I highly recommend Christina to anyone looking for a great vocal teacher!

Posted Jan 25, 2017
mary munger
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Christina is a great teacher. She is patient and kind but maintains high expectations. My daughter appreciates her cheerfulness and willingness to let her pursue her own musical interests. I highly recommend her.

Posted Jan 25, 2017
Leah
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Posted Dec 18, 2016
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Posted Nov 16, 2016
Cecelia
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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.

Posted Nov 6, 2016
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Posted Nov 4, 2016
Phineas J.
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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!!

Posted Nov 1, 2016
Indigo B.
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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

Posted Nov 1, 2016
Rowan H.
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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!

Posted Oct 27, 2016
Rowan H.
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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!

Posted Oct 27, 2016
Krista R.
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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!

Posted Oct 26, 2016
Karen S.
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it was awesome !!!

Posted Oct 26, 2016
Kim guessferd
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I love her she so amazing!!!!!!!!!!:)

Posted Oct 21, 2016
Elianna H.
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Wonderful first class my granddaughter loves the Christina!

Posted Oct 5, 2016
Genevieve
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Christina is a wonderful teacher for my 11 year old son. She is incredibly enthusiastic and very supportive. My son really enjoys taking lessons with her and has already shown great progress in a short amount of time. She is a kid at heart, and has made a good connection with him. Christina is also very professional with all aspects of scheduling and communication. I highly recommend her.

Posted Oct 3, 2016
Kaylynn serna
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Christina is a great teacher. She is patient, enthusiastic and fun to learn from. I feel more confident singing then when i started and very helpful giving advise on songs that will help me learn and be better. I finished the 5 lessons and looking forward to my next lesson.

Posted Sep 27, 2016
Heidi L.
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I was a little intimidated by the concept of online classes as this was new to me but Christina made me feel at ease. She was energetic and encouraging. Looking forward to my next lesson.

Posted Sep 22, 2016
Jaidyn J.
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We're very pleased with Christina!:) She has a wonderful personality. She's warm hearted, enthusiastic and engaging with her lesson. She's very thorough with her directions and easy to follow. You can tell she has a passion for teaching. My daughter was super excited about her experience and is looking forward to the next lesson:) Thank you Christina!:)

Posted Sep 14, 2016
Kendra
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Christina is great. The first lesson my daughter learned a lot! Although she's been taking lessons for over a year, there was a lot that Christina taught her that she didn't know. She's also fun! Thank you!

Posted Sep 12, 2016
Tessa
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Great experience overall! Never had a singing coach before and in a couple lessons I've come a long way. She always fills the time completely and has really pushed me!

Posted Sep 11, 2016
Adam K.
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Only one lesson so far but can't wait for the next one with Christina! She does an excellent job of distilling complex ideas to simple metaphors and visuals that help you make connections that make sense to you.

Great energy and beautiful voice too.

Posted Sep 9, 2016
Glenn M.
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Christina has been great. My 2 children really enjoy the lessons. Despite initially being reluctant and tentative to begin lessons, they now have fun learning.

Posted Jul 31, 2016
Theresa
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Thoughtful, patient, and flexible to the needs of the student!

Posted Jul 5, 2016
vincent
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my granddaughter tally is very happy with Christina.she has had five voice lessons and we just signed up for six more,we also signed up for six piano lessons with Christina.

Posted May 18, 2016
Leah
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Christina has been a wonderful piano teacher for my eight-year-old daughter, who is just beginning. Christina is efficient, patient, and very encouraging. My daughter says she has learned so much in just a few lessons. Thank you, Christina!

Posted Apr 27, 2016
Brock
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She got me excited and motivated to try my best with singing.

Posted Apr 25, 2016
Nanette K.
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Christina is great! We love her. We are so happy that she is teaching us. My six year old and I are both taking lessons from her.

Posted Apr 18, 2016
Angelo A.
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Really helpful and friendly, made my first singing lesson experience really enjoyable.

Posted Apr 2, 2016
Synden H.
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Christina is so nice and helpful!! She's encouraging and patient--wonderful teacher!!

Posted Mar 24, 2016
Brendan
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Christina has helped push me in the direction of my passion! Her enthusiasm and love for music has helped me so much. She has been so helpful and patient with my vocal training and is very good at articulating what she wants from you as a performer. Highly recommended by myself as a new performer to the industry!

Posted Mar 19, 2016
Lisa K.
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Christina is great, very knowledgeable with a positive and fun attitude.

Posted Feb 5, 2016
Jade J.
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She is very energetic and encouraging. My 10 year old daughter has been happy with her and I can tell that her piano skills are improving.

Posted Jan 29, 2016
Kumar
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Christina has been working with my 6-year-old, who is a beginner. She has been great, and my son is always happy to see her and is enjoying learning.

Posted Dec 23, 2015
Bethany S.

I highly recommend my colleague and friend Christina as a musician and teacher. Her style of teaching is quite effective because she is passionate, knowledgeable, talented, and quite fun and friendly. Because she has been so dedicated to honing her own craft (She practices and works incredibly hard), she can break down and clarify technique in a way that is informative, relatable, and inspiring.

Posted Nov 18, 2015
Travis H.

I've known Christina for many years, and she is one of the most passionate people I have ever met when it comes to music, she is truly dedicated to her craft. She has such a strong ability to inspire others through her bright and cheerful personality, I highly recommend her for lessons!

Posted Nov 14, 2015
Anne C.

I've had the great opportunity of knowing Christina while studying in Santa Barbara. I have never met anyone with more passion for music. After recently having a voice lesson with her, I can say that her passion has only increased since graduating from UCSB. Her enthusiasm and respect for the craft is refreshing and inspiring. She is very quick to adapt her teaching style to match her students' needs. If you're considering taking lessons with Christina, know that you will be in good hands.

Posted Nov 14, 2015
Adrian

Working with Christina has been nothing short of a delight. Really accommodating, easy to work with, and on top of that, fun and positive. She brings great energy to anything and everything she does, and always works incredibly hard. It's heartwarming finding someone who can bring such a delightful exuberance to the table.

Posted Nov 10, 2015
Trever
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I had two piano instructors before Christina and neither were nearly as good. She has a great way of explaining things that keeps the process simple, yet effective. She's also the only piano teacher I've had that kept the whole learning process fun. I was able to learn a lot from her I would definitely recommend contacting her and setting up an appointment!

Posted Oct 31, 2015
Jessie M.

I've worked with Christina for years and she has always been an incredible colleague with so much talent. I can honestly say I've never seen anyone with so much passion and dedication to music as Christina. She matches her passion and talent in patience and kindness. You rarely see her without a smile on her face that is bound to inspire her students. I highly reccommend her as a music teacher!

Posted May 4, 2015

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Experience

Substitute Soloist
Jun 2016 - Present

Ninth Church

Leads church hymns and performs a solo during each service.

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

MM Voice
Sep 2017 - Present

UCLA

BA in Music
Sep 2011 - Jun 2014

University of California Santa Barbara

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Limited Proficiency

German

Professional Proficiency

Italian

Limited Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Awards

Mimi Alpert Feldman Competition Winner
Nov 2019

Mimi Alpert Feldman

UCLA Music Scholarship
Sep 2017

UCLA

Kuel Scholarship
Sep 2013

University of California Santa Barbara

Ridlee Tree Scholarship
Sep 2011

University of California Santa Barbara

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