Elizabeth Holmes

Elizabeth H.

Lesson Details

Opera Voice

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Improve your vocal quality, range, control, and expression through exercises designed to build vocal technique while focusing on the operatic repertoire.
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Elizabeth teaches



Elizabeth delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+

Teaching since:
July 2005

Elizabeth is an established and respected voice and piano teacher, and also an active, versatile performer in musical theatre, operetta, and opera in the Philadelphia region.

***Teaching Philosophy***
I am a fun, enthusiastic teacher who cares deeply about her students and their growth as musicians and people. I believe teaching works best when students are relaxed, having fun, and are actively engaged in the learning process. It is also important that you practice what we work on during lessons at home if you wish to see real progress. I will work hard along with you and ask for your input during lessons; we are partners in the learning process.

I also believe each student is unique, and take differences in learning style, interests, goals, and personality into account when I teach. Whichever you choose to study (voice, piano, or both), I tailor lessons to suit each student's needs. I would like to enable you to meet your musical goals, whatever they may be.

***Lesson Details and Recommendations***

Singing voice: I teach classical vocal technique with an emphasis on the body-mind connection. Through the course of my training, I have studied the Alexander Technique, which is a method that has been used by actors, musicians, and athletes to find optimal body-mind coordination to achieve better results. The voice is the only instrument that is literally your body, so we will be using these tools to improve posture, breathing, and resonance. By learning a healthy vocal technique, you can expect improved tone quality, an expanded vocal and dynamic range, greater resonance, increased agility, improved diction, and more. Healthy vocal technique can be applied to any genre, and I teach students who are studying a wide variety of music, but classical and musical theater repertoire is my area of expertise.

Speaking voice: I have had great success helping students who come to me for help with their speaking voices. As the speaking voice and singing voice use the same set of muscles, the same set of functional principles apply. I work with students to improve their posture, breathing, and breath support when speaking, as well as clear diction, better pacing, and conveying emotion and meaning. These tools also lead to increased confidence when speaking.

Piano: I am also an established piano teacher and have had much success teaching beginning and intermediate students from ages 4 to 91 in various styles of music. I believe it is important for students to learn how to read and interpret written music as well as understand the structure behind it, so in addition to learning musical basics, I incorporate music theory into lessons. I encourage my piano students to learn how to read lead sheets and create chord accompaniments as well, which opens the door for comfortably playing in all sorts of styles sooner than would be possible by classical approaches alone. I also work on improvisation and songwriting with my piano students, if desired.

***Lesson Recommendations***
I offer lessons in 30, 45, and 60 minute increments. These are the *minimum* lesson lengths recommended. Longer lessons are more beneficial, except in the case of children with smaller attention spans. A 60 minute lesson is the best choice for serious students (teenagers or adults).

Ages <12 years: 30 minutes
Ages 12 and up: 45 minutes

Ages <7 years: 30 minutes
Ages 7 and up: 45 minutes

Combination Lesson:
Ages <12 years: 45 minutes
Ages 12 and up: 60 minutes

*Please note: I do not reserve regular lesson times in my schedule for students who cannot commit to weekly lessons. With students who wish to take less frequent lessons, I recommend the flex plan, with lessons to be scheduled as we go at our mutual convenience.

***Educational Background***
Elizabeth holds an M.M. in vocal performance from West Virginia University, where she was featured in numerous WVU Opera Theatre productions and was the soprano soloist with WVU Choirs in Faure's Requiem and Handel's Lord Nelson Mass. While at WVU, Elizabeth resumed taking lessons at the piano, which she had previously studied for many years, and exceeded the piano proficiency level required by the university. She also holds a B.A. in music and international studies from Emory University. Elizabeth has studied and performed internationally, both at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, where she was the recipient of the Lemmonds Scholarship, and at the Bel Canto program in conjunction with L'Arena di Verona opera company in Verona, Italy.

As a graduate assistant at WVU, Elizabeth taught voice lessons to music education and performance majors as well as a course on vocal pedagogy. After graduating, she served as adjunct faculty, in which capacity she taught vocal repertoire and opera theater. She has maintained a private studio since 2005, in which she instructs students in voice and piano. She has also held past teaching positions with the Meridee Winters School of Music and Woodland Country Day School.

***Active, Professional Singer/ Actress***
Elizabeth was most recently seen as Joanie in The Full Monty at Candlelight Theatre in Delaware. Other recent performances include June in Musical of Musicals: The Musical and Peaches/ Baby Jane in Jerry Springer: The Opera with Bootless Stageworks in Wilmington, DE, solo performances with the New Voices Cabaret at the Society Hill Playhouse in Center City, and Woman 2 in My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra with Mainstage Center for the Arts in Blackwood, NJ. She has performed numerous leading roles with Philadelphia area Gilbert and Sullivan companies, most notably appearing as Angelina in Trial by Jury with The Savoy Company, winning Best American Production at the 2011 International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival. Her G &S performance credits include the roles of Patience (Patience), Yum-Yum (The Mikado), Rose Maybud (Ruddigore), Phyllis (Iolanthe), and Fiammetta (Gondoliers). Additionally, she has pioneered roles in new operas, including Gwendolyn in The Crowded House at the 2010 Philly Fringe Festival and Zelda in Black Horses with OperaDelaware at the 2009 Wilmington Fringe Festival.

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Voice and Piano Teacher
Sep 2014 - Present
Woodland Country Day School

Teach private voice and piano lessons to students K-8.

Voice and Piano Teacher
Aug 2005 - Present
Private Studio

Teach private voice and piano lessons.

Voice and Piano Teacher
Jul 2010 - Aug 2013
Meridee Winters School of Music

Taught private voice and piano lessons.

Adjunct Faculty
Aug 2007 - Dec 2007
West Virginia University

Taught vocal repertoire and opera theatre classes.

Graduate Assistant, Voice
Aug 2005 - May 2007
West Virginia University

Taught private voice lessons and vocal pedagogy.


Master of Music, voice
Aug 2005 - May 2007
West Virginia University
Bachelor of Arts, music & international studies
Aug 2003 - May 2005
Emory University

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26 Reviews

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Shannon Sep 14, 2017
Piano · In studio

Elizabeth is a great teacher, makes lessons fun and comfortable!

Dan M Feb 20, 2017
Vocal Training · In studio

Elizabeth has been great with my daughter. She makes vocal lessons fun! Elizabeth is always very supportive and give kudos for her efforts which builds up my daughter's confidence. This is a great approach as it often opens up the child's desire to push themselves and solidifies that it is ok to make mistakes. We are very fortunate to have found Elizabeth.

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Dylan Strong Feb 8, 2017
Piano · In home

Awesome teacher!!!

Isabella Jan 10, 2017
Singing · In studio

Excellent experience. Going back for more lessons.

Henry T. Oct 6, 2015
Singing · In home

We love her = great lessons and very kind teacher.

Willow D. Sep 28, 2015
Piano · In home

Elizabeth and my daughter hit it off from the start. It seems like a good fit.

Bih-Shya G. Sep 5, 2015
Singing · In studio

Elizabeth is amazing!!! I very much enjoyed the lesson, her lesson makes me feel good about myself & I look forward to it all the time!!!

Aurora M. Apr 15, 2015
Singing · In studio

Elizabeth is the best teacher I could ever have! She has helped me gaining confidence when I started singing in a middle school play and now that I have a main role in a high school play, her coaching and support have been priceless! She is my compass, guiding me in the right direction! I highly recommend her!

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Gloria S. Jul 23, 2014
Singing · In studio

Elizabeth is wonderful with couching to improve voice quality and singing technique. Her sensitivity and professionalism is definitely plus. Getting valuable advise to correct and to improve singing habit is very important to me.

Thank you so much for recording the lessons as I could review and practice along with you.

I am happy with the three lessons which I took; and, hope to continue my voice lessons with her. Keep up the excellent work ~

Best wishes,


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Claudia C. Mar 6, 2014

A gem

Elizabeth, is a wonderful teacher. She is very professional, knowledgeable and encouraging. My 12 year old loves her, and in the few months that she has been seeing her, has made big steps in her performing arts goals. I am really glad that Elizabeth is there for my daughter, and I know we will be taking lessons from her for a very long time .

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Ross D. Oct 29, 2013
Singing ·

Phenomenal teacher

Elizabeth is a great teacher who is willing to use different approaches to help a student reach there goals. She has a great deal of experience and is very people friendly. It's easy to trust her when she's walking you through a suggestion of hers.

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Nick R. May 3, 2013
Singing ·

Why go to anyone else?

When I first walked in to Elizabeth's door I thought I was going to hone the skills I already had...What I instead learned was, I didn't have much prior skills! The amount of knowledge she has shared with me in just a few short months has made a dramatic difference in my singing abilities and has helped me to find my own singing voice, and be the best me I can be. That being said, I'm still learning, but I leave every lesson with Elizabeth confident in what I learned and a better singer than when I arrived. Combine her knowledge and skills with her welcoming personality and you have a recipe for vocal success.

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Nick M. Jan 7, 2013

2 lessons in and I'm looking forward to the future!

She's been wonderful to work with and in just 2 short lessons I can already feel a difference!

Kevin B. Sep 28, 2012

A fantastic teacher, mentor, and person.

Elizabeth does a great job at helping me sing the songs I want to sing, not just singing songs/techniques/styles with which she is comfortable.

Randall M. Sep 3, 2012

This is the real deal.

Elizabeth has the credentials, loves to teach and is a great listener. She has a great read on what the student wants to learn, where they want to go and how hard to push.

DebbieR1 Jun 7, 2012

My daughter is very pleased with her teacher. Happy with your recommendation!

WendyB Feb 9, 2012

Learning lots and encouraged!

I have been singing all my life, have two degrees in music, but haven't taken lessons for 30 years. In only three lessons Elizabeth has helped me with my breathing and with developing the core of my voice. Hopefully this old dog can continue to learn new tricks!Elizabeth is insightful, clear in her instructions, and encouraging of my efforts. Her teaching style is positive and effective. Thank you, Elizabeth!

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JennA Nov 18, 2011

Excellent Technique

Elizabeth's instruction regarding my technique has turned my sound around in such a short period of time! She has helped me learn basic exercises and techniques that I can apply to classical and pop repertoire equally. She provides a fantastic foundation for any beginning singer while possessing the knowledge and ability to guide advanced students down more specific paths.

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KristinN Sep 18, 2011

vocal coach

Elizabeth Z. is an excellent vocal coach. I have returned to voice lessons after seven yrs. Elizabeth has helped me improve on my posture dramatically. She is a very encouraging and supportive voice teacher. I enjoy taking lessons in her home it is much more relaxing for me. Elizabeth is excellent with vocal exercises improving clarity of the voice and breath control. I highly recommend her.

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JoAnnH Aug 28, 2011

Elizabeth is awesome!

I have been taking lessons from Elizabeth for a couple of months now and have enjoyed them a great deal. I hadn't taken voice lessons in many years and needed some fine tuning. Elizabeth has given me some great feedback in some areas I was aware of and some areas that I was not.I highly recommend Elizabeth. She is patient and encouraging, but also provides helpful critiques. Elizabeth is great to work with and is highly talented!

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KarenJ1 Aug 7, 2011


Elizabeth -I just left a phone message and then remembered the message board! I need to reschedule this saturday's lesson, preferably for Monday at any time. Tuesday would also work. I also want to cancel the 20th and pick up again after that. Also, once school starts, I know I won't want all my Saturdays interrupted. Is there an evening we could settle on? Thanks for all your encouragement! I am thoroughly enjoying myself. Karen

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MicheleS Jun 13, 2011

Elizabeth is friendly and at the same time very professional. My son looks forward to her weekly lesson and implements her suggestions. Elizabeth is prompt with her feedback emails to us and I would recommend her!

DavidH2 May 9, 2011

May 6th

I'm enjoying this but need to practice more.I understand the "why" and we are getting there with the "how".

CarmenC Feb 12, 2011

Eliizabeth is an awsome teacher!!!

Elizabeth gives you a lot of confidence and my daughter enjoys learning from her. Elizabeth is also good at providing Alena with areas of improvement. Alena looks forward her lessons each week...

AlexandraB Jan 3, 2011

Elizabeth is a delight to be around. She is so patient with me as I work, but is always on me to improve. A wonderful teacher, I would recommend her to anyone!

RosanneT Jul 17, 2010

Very professional, great with kids.

We love Elizabeth. My 9 year old daughter is very comfortable with her. She has been very flexible with our schedule and with the singing material. I will be signing a second daughter up to sing with her.

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