Elizabeth Patterson

Elizabeth P.

South San Francisco, CA
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
The Opera Voice Track focuses on opera and classical art song repertoire. You'll study songs in Italian, German, and French, as well as English. Your repertoire will reflect the evolution of classical music, with pieces spanning opera history -- Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern.

You will learn vocal technique to help you reach your singing goals! Some areas we may focus on include vowel shape, space, breath support, forward placement, register blending, muscle relaxation, and vocal anatomy.

My style of breath support focuses on mastery of the intercostal muscles, the muscles that expand and contract the ribs. By exercising these muscles, you can gain more control of your exhalation and breathe more efficiently!

About Elizabeth P.

Elizabeth P. is an operatic soprano and a private voice teacher. Raised in Pennsylvania by a family of accordionists, she resisted the family tradition and pursued her love of singing. She has since settled down in South San Francisco with her husband, John, and her cat, Bubby.

Elizabeth teaches singing to adults and children of all genres, from rock to opera. Her students have pursued music careers, entered college music programs, and performed in their communities. Elizabeth prides herself on building healthy voices and confident individuals.

Elizabeth performs regularly in operas throughout the Bay area. She has sung with Opera Cultura, Phènix Opera, Just Opera, Verismo Opera, West Bay Opera Chorus, and Valhalla Productions. Her opera credits include Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Ernestina (L'Occasione Fa il Ladro), Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), First Witch (Dido and Aeneas), Anna Gomez (The Consul), Giulia (La Scala di Seta), Chiquita (Coyotes and Rabbits), Waldvogel (Siegfried), Monica (The Medium), Oscar (Un Ballo in Maschera), Gerhilde (Die Walküre), and Carmela (La Llorona). Elizabeth has premiered three song cycles by the late composer Stephen Senderoff, entitled Spoon River Songs, Old American Songs, and Exits.

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Gettysburg College and a Master of Music degree from Duquesne University.


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9 Reviews
Dominic L.
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Elizabeth is excellent at detecting areas for improvement!

Posted Nov 19, 2019
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Elizabeth is patient, kind, and does an excellent job coming up with analogies and exercises for her students. She always remembered what I liked to sing and what worked best for me and was unfailingly encouraging and positive. Not only is she great at what she does, but she always managed to bring a smile to my face. She is more than a great teacher and singer, but also a great person and mentor.

Posted Oct 1, 2019
Jenna B.
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Jenna likes the lessons so much that she wants to go from a 30-minute Yo a 45-minute lesson!

Posted May 13, 2019
Catherine B.
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Elizabeth is very kind, encouraging, and helpful. During the first lesson I felt I learned and progressed a lot even in just a short time.

Posted Jan 26, 2019
Angelique C.
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We have had the pleasure of knowing Elizabeth for the past few years during which she has taught singing to our daughter, Katia, at home. Not only is Elizabeth knowledgeable, she is patient, thoughtful and considerate of her students. She puts nervous singers at ease while encouraging them to explore their full potential. We are most fortunate to have Elizabeth as Katia's singing instructor as our daughter really looks forward to her weekly lessons.

Posted Jan 26, 2015
Jennyfer H.

Liz is great!

I'm quite nervous when it comes to singing and Liz is managing to put me more at ease with me and my voice. She is very amiable, gracious, and knowledgeable. She does her best to help me find my voice and points out where I could improve without making me feel awful or pressured. In just the few lessons I've had with Liz, I think I've made some great improvements that I can hear and feel when I sing, with Liz being enthusiastic about trying to push the boundaries of my voice gently while assisting me in reaching my full vocal potential.

Posted Jan 24, 2013
Penny T.

Good teacher.

My daughter had few singing teachers, Elizabeth is one of the best. She is nice, knowledgeable, very patient. The technique from her is really helpful.

Posted Nov 13, 2012

Very enthusiastic, professional.

I have had many teachers, and Elizabeth is one of the best. Her personal dedication to my process is evident in every session. Her techniques produce amazing results.

Posted Apr 9, 2011

Hey Liz! i miss you loads

sorry i have been so busy working on loads of music in different statesthings are comming along great!i'd love to schedule something soon with you! :) you have helped me out alot and helped me become more confident that i can indeed sing.i have to wait til my schedule cools down a bit. I'm very excited to take lessons again.And i'll reach you soon to see what days you are free!hope everything is well! take care. :DMelody

Posted Nov 5, 2010

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Voice Teacher
Sep 2009 - Present


Soprano Section Leader
Feb 2015 - Sep 2018

Saint Paulus Lutheran Church

Choir Class Instructor
Jan 2013 - Sep 2018

Monastery of Perpetual Adoration

Jul 2013 - Feb 2015

Star of the Sea Church


Master of Music
Sep 2010 - May 2012

Duquesne University

Bachelor of Music with Honors
Sep 2006 - Apr 2010

Gettysburg College



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Pi Kappa Lambda
Apr 2012

Duquesne University

French Cultural Counselor's Award
Apr 2010

Gettysburg College

Phi Beta Kappa
Apr 2010

Gettysburg College

Anna Marie Budde Award
Apr 2008

Gettysburg College

Drexel University Tuition Exchange Scholarship
Apr 2006

Drexel University

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