Desiree Maira
Santa Fe, NM
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Desiree Maira

Desiree M.

Santa Fe, NM
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
My teaching approach and vocal studio embrace the singer's personal and professional journey.

Many teachers conduct voice lessons using a series of preconstructed warmups and vocalises. This is rigid and ineffective, as each singer's vocal journey is unique. My teaching approach embraces the individual strengths of the singer, catering to their specific pedagogical needs. Every lesson is different. Creativity, playfulness, curiosity, humor, exploration, sensitivity, and respect are held in a safe container during lessons, acting as fundamental collaborative elements of my studio.

I am joyful to have extensive experience collaborating with:

*singers and dancers performing on Broadway and national tours

*contemporary recording artists

*actors in film and television

*voice over and audio book talent

*university and conservatory musical theater and voice majors

*performing arts middle and high school students

I take pride in working with any person who has suffered emotional and/or vocal trauma due to injury or abuse.

About Desiree M.

“Rich voiced” mezzo-soprano Desiree M. recently covered the lead role of Francesca in Jason Robert Brown’s The Bridges of Madison County with Media Theatre and was a featured soloist in the DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival in Wilmington, Delaware. Other musical theatre credits include: The Music Man, Godspell, Into the Woods and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

Some of Ms. M.’s favorite operatic roles performed include the titles in Serse, Carmen, and L’Italiana in Algeri. She has enjoyed working with Charlottesville Opera, Bel Canto at Caramoor, Connecticut Early Music Festival, Opera Providence, Cape Cod Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Riverside Theater and other companies.

Ms. M. has been recognized in the Metropolitan Opera, Palm Beach Opera and Suncoast Opera competitions. An avid performer of oratorio repertoire, solo credits include Mozart’s Requiem and Vesperae solennes de Confessore, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Cantata 147, Mendelssohn's Elijah and A Midsummer Night's Dream and more.

Desiree M. holds a Master of Music degree in Opera Performance from The Boston Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Stetson University. She is a certified voice instructor through New York Vocal Coaching and also serves as musical theatre faculty at University of the Arts. Ms. M. is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, AEA, MTEA, and was a proud mentor with an organization that provides free voice lessons to underserved communities.

Ms. M. is elated to have current and former students performing on Broadway, in national tours, cruise lines, regional theaters, films, commercials, and featured on Spotify and Apple Music. A certified mental health technician through the National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists, Ms. M. is pursuing her Masters in Counseling at Southwestern College and New Earth Institute. Her private work is dedicated to her vocal studio, which offers voice lessons to beginners, professionals, and individuals who wish to combine therapeutic techniques with singing.


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It's rare to find a voice teacher that is honest, constructive, kind, and encouraging all at once, but that is Desiree! She is incredibly warm but is still upfront and gives truthful and beneficial feedback. She is playful and up to try anything, always welcoming ideas from students. I feel I've grown immensely as a vocalist through my time working with her. She has equipped me with tools and exercises I can do on my own when struggling with a piece of music that I constantly use. She is also so generous, and I have always felt that she genuinely wants me to succeed. Do yourself a favor, and work with Desiree!!!!!!!

Posted Jun 27, 2021

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Voice Faculty
Aug 2020 - Present

New Mexico School for the Arts

Voice Faculty
Jan 2019 - Present

University of the Arts

Voice Faculty
Sep 2016 - May 2021

Rowan University

Voice Faculty
Sep 2018 - May 2020

Rider University

Voice Faculty
Sep 2012 - Jan 2019

The Boston Conservatory at Berklee

Voice Faculty
Aug 2014 - May 2015

Bak School of the Arts


Master of Music: Performance
Sep 2007 - May 2009

The Boston Conservatory at Berklee

Bachelor of Music: Voice Performance
Aug 2003 - May 2007

Stetson University


Fluent / Native Proficiency

Limited Proficiency


National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists
Jun 2020

Mental Health Technician

New York Vocal Coaching
Apr 2018

Teacher Training

Zumba Fitness Instructor
Jan 2013

Zumba Fitness


Second Place
Jun 2009

Suncoast Opera Competition

Encouragement Award
May 2007

Metropolitan Opera


Actors' Equity Association
Sep 2016
Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.
National Association of Teachers of Singing
Jan 2009
Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

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