Danika Fernandez

Danika F.

Brooklyn, NY
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I've always had this mentality that everyone can sing and it is my goal as your potential teacher to get you to learn how to enjoy it! I like to teach from a classical standpoint and want to make sure you know what the theory is all about, how to breathe properly and how to align your body.

I'm currently a master's student in Voice at Mannes and have had two years of private teaching experience and another two as a teaching assistant for a collegiate voice class and choir. On the performance side, I've been a church musician for over 20 years, I've made solo debuts with the Oakland Civic Orchestra and Mill Valley Philharmonic, have performed and covered numerous operas and even won an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera.

No matter what singing level you're at currently, by the end of our lessons and your continued practice I hope you'll learn the techniques to truly sing out whether it be for pop, jazz, broadway, or opera. Let's work together!

About Danika F.

Award-winning, Filipino-American spinto soprano Danika has performed mainstage roles including Laetitia in Menotti’s Old Maid and the Thief and Countess Violante in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera. She has also debuted as a soloist with Oakland Symphony Chorus in Handel’s Messiah, Oakland Civic Orchestra in Mahler 4 and the Mill Valley Philharmonic in Gounod’s Gallia. One of her fondest musical memories is being a soloist with the RGB Arts Festival; a collaboration with San Francisco State University’s music and poetry department, performing new works.

She is a recipient of an Encouragement Award at the 2018 San Francisco District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She is also the recipient of the President's Scholarship from The New School and the Carla Roed Scholarship from San Francisco State University. Danika is currently pursuing her Master’s of Music in Voice at Mannes School of Music, The New School under the tutelage of Beth Roberts and is coached by Cristina Stanescu and Marc Verzatt. She received her Bachelor’s of Music from San Francisco State University in 2019.

Danika is passionate about bringing awareness to the lost history of Philippine indigenous and Spanish-European influenced filipino colonial music. She became aware of the lack of resources regarding this particular niche of music and became invested in its research and performance practices with the intent of promoting an awareness of the history and culture of her racial identity. Beyond music, Danika is passionate about her outreach work serving impoverished communities in Mexico, the Philippines and Peru. Her prior work towards this cause involves first-hand serving of the poor through building homes, assisting with their physical and material needs, video and graphic design and strategic marketing.

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Mark Allen De Leon
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amazing!!!

Posted Aug 25, 2020

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Experience

Private Voice Teacher
Jan 2018 - Jun 2019

Private Studio

I was a private voice teacher for my own studio. I taught music theory, basic piano, and voice to about 6 kids from ages 6-11.

Voice teaching assistant
Aug 2015 - Dec 2016

Chabot College

I was the voice teaching assistant for all choral and vocal students at Chabot College. I assisted my voice teacher in outside tutoring, voice lessons, choral preparation, and office work.

Education

MM Voice/Opera
Aug 2019 - Present

Mannes School of Music

BM Vocal Performance
Jan 2017 - May 2019

San Francisco State University

AA-T Music
Jan 2013 - Dec 2016

Chabot College

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Latin

Professional Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Tagalog

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

First Aid/BLS/CPR
Jul 2019

American Heart Association

In the instance of in person lessons, I can save your life.
CPR/BLS/First Aid
Jul 2019

American Heart Association

Awards

Presidential Scholarship
Jul 2019

The New School

Encouragement Award
Oct 2018

Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

Carla Roed Scholarship
Jan 2017

San Francisco State University

Affiliations

Opera America
Aug 2019
OPERA America draws on resources and expertise from within and beyond the opera field to advance a mutually beneficial agenda that serves and strengthens the field through programs in the following categories: Creation: Artistic services that help artists and companies increase the creativity and excellence of opera productions, especially North American works; Presentation: Opera company services that address the specific needs of staff, trustees and volunteers; Enjoyment: Education, audience development and community services that increase all forms of opera appreciation.
California Music Education Association
Jan 2018
CMEA is an affiliate of the National Association for Music Education. NAfME, one of the the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education

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