Ellen Robinson

Ellen R.

Oakland, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Proper vocal technique (which includes understanding the vocal instrument, enhancing your breath support, addressing vowel formation, and becoming consistent with vocal placement) can be applied to any musical style.

-Improve your vocal technique.
-Work the break in your voice.
-Determine the best key for your songs.
-Prepare repertoire for an audition, performance or recording session.
-Expand your phrasing ideas and connect them to your emotional interpretation.
-Develop your musicianship & ear training.
-Address your specific vocal needs and musical questions.

About Ellen R.

My musical journey has led me through many genres: Folk, Rock, Blue grass, Musical Theater, Cabaret, a Cappella and Jazz. I have helped take many a vocalist from the level of simply wanting to sing to the stage. I am notable for arranging and guiding vocalists toward mastery of nearly any genre of song.

I have been a Vocal Instructor for adults at U.C. Berkeley Extension, a Choral Director for teenagers in the Oakland Youth Chorus and a Music Instructor for children at Walden School in Berkeley and Beacon Day School in Oakland, CA.

I have recorded three Jazz CDs: Mercy! Ellen R. Live , On My Way To You , and Don't Wait Too Long. In addition to my own performance dates and recording projects, I am currently the Director of the Anything Goes Choruses in San Francisco and Oakland, CA. These are community choruses for men and women that I started in 1980. I also teach Jazz vocal classes at The California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, CA, a beginning singing class for women called Swingshift Singers in Oakland and Musical Theater classes at Stagebridge in Oakland, CA. , CA. I have worked with literally thousands of students throughout my life and I continue to be a dedicated to coaching my students.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio is equipped with:
Yamaha keyboard
Yamaha acoustic piano
vocal mics
mic stands
music stands

There is room for 4 singers to work together at one time.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Pop, Folk, Musical Theater
Audition and recording preparation
Public speaking


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Musical Director
Aug 2010 - Present


Musical Director for Musical Theater productions.

Vocal Instructor
Jan 2010 - Present

Berkeley Jazz Conservatory

Jazz vocals, chart writing, Beatles Choir

Choral director
Sep 1999 - Present

Comunity Music Center

Director of Anything Goes Chorus - a community chorus for women and men. Beginning and intermediate levels.

Private vocal coach
Jan 1985 - Present

EMR Music

One to one vocal coaching.


Bachelor of Music Education
Sep 1968 - Jun 1971

Ithaca College

Music Education
Sep 1968 - Jun 1971

Ithaca College



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Bachelor of Music
Jun 1971

Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York

Studied Music Education. Majored in voice and piano.


Jefferson Award
Feb 2011

Jefferson Award Committee


National Association of Teachers of Singing
Jan 2010
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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