Emily Lapisardi

Emily L.

Uniontown, PA

Lesson Details



Emily delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7 to 80 and special needs

Teaching since:
August 2004

I am a full-time pedagogue/performer with ten years' experience teaching private lessons in voice, piano, and acting to a range of ages and levels of students. Although the majority of my students are young adults, I have worked successfully with children, teenagers, and adult students (twenties to senior citizens) of both genders; I tailor my approach specifically to the goals and interests of each student; no two people learn the same way.
I hold a Bachelor's of Music in vocal performance from West Virginia University (summa cum laude, WVU Outstanding Senior, Honors College J. and C. Nath Outstanding Senior, Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships candidate) and a Masters' degree in Sacred Music (organ emphasis) from Duquesne University. I regularly perform as a soloist in opera, oratorio, concerts, and recitals and completed training through the Ezio Pinza Concil for American Singers of Opera in Italy, the American Singers' Opera Project of North Carolina, and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.
As a teacher, I completed a year-long vocal pedagogy course with Cynthia Bess which provided me with a thorough understanding of the anatomy and psychology of singing, as well as a systematic approach to the correction of vocal faults. One of my students, a teen-aged boy, was selected to attend Eastman's summer program for high school students, and another student received a full college scholarship in music. Several of my students have performed leading roles in school, community, and university musical productions.
I hold a full voting membership in the National Association of Teachers of Singing, am a Licensed Kindermusik Educator, am employed as Director of Music Ministry for a fairly large church, and am a chapter officer for the American Guild of Organists. I was also a teaching artist at Propel East Charter School for Greensburg American Opera and directed the Old Economy Singers (a twenty-voice historical choir) for six years.

*** Lesson Details ***
I provide professional, knowledgeable, and individualized instruction in a supportive and encouraging environment. During the course of study with me, I expect voice students will improve vocal technique and sound quality, alleviate physical tension which may be interfering with phonation, expand their range, learn new repertoire, increase confidence, and grow as performing artists.
My vocal teaching method focuses on correct breathing and resonance; I also incorporate some activities from Barry Green's "Inner Game of Music" technique. Although my teaching is grounded in a scientific approach to the process of phonation, I also believe singing should be a fun experience for the student. We sing to communicate! I believe that a thorough technical foundation is necessary for free and healthy singing in any genre of music. I am willing to work with students in the vocal styles that interest them most; although my professional performance experience is in opera and musical theatre, I have also successfully worked with students whose interests included jazz, pop, rock, folk music, contemporary Christian music, and choral singing.
My piano pedagogical method matches each student with the right curriculum-- Alfred, Schaum, or Piano Adventures-- plus supplemental technical exercises such as scales, arpeggios, and Czerny and Hanon exercises. All students are exposed to theory through worksheets, games, and other applied activities. As soon as possible, I introduce "real" repertoire from master composers.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Grand piano, electronic piano, music library, photo copier for copies of repertoire, music stands, Sing and See software.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide copies of music and exercises. If I am teaching at a student's home, I expect him/her to provide a keyboard instrument.

*** Specialties ***
I believe that a strong technical foundation emphasizing correct breathing and placement will allow voice students to sing in a healthy manner in any style of music. My professional performance credentials are primarily in opera, but I also have musical theatre experience and have successfully worked with students whose interests include opera, musical theatre, jazz, pop, rock, gospel, Irish folk music, and choral singing. In piano lessons, I emphasize technique and musicianship through a balance of exercises, repertoire, and theory activities.

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Music Director
Jul 2014 - Present
St. Paul Parish

Direct choirs, cantors, and instrumentalists, plan music for and accompany all liturgies.

Executive Director
Sep 2010 - Present
Market Street Arts Academy

Supervise faculty in voice, piano, guitar, Kindermusik, visual arts, and writing, chair board meetings, promote the academy, chair the annual arts festival and associated competitions, manage on-site music shop.

Director of Music Ministries
Jun 2011 - Feb 2014
St. Joseph Church

Play for three masses per week, direct 22-member adult choir, found and direct "Sing and Ring the Faith Music Ministry," coordinate instrumentalists and cantors

Voice and piano instructor
Sep 2010 - Sep 2011
Drama Direct

Provide private and group lessons to students age 4-adult.

Voice teacher
Aug 2006 - May 2008
WVU Community Arts

Teach private lessons through the university's outreach program


Masters in Sacred Music
Aug 2014 - Dec 2016
Duquesne University
Bachelor's of Music (vocal performance)
Aug 2003 - May 2007
West Virginia University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Certificate in Liturgy
May 2016
University of Notre Dame STEP program

In-depth study of Roman Catholic liturgy; final project focused on music in the church.

Organ Certificate
Jul 2013
National Association of Pastoral Musicians

Certificate of proficiency in organ for service playing (hymns, mass parts, repertoire)

Kindermusik License
Dec 2010
Kindermusik International

Licensed to offer the full Kindermusik early childhood music and movement curriculum.


Research Fellowship
Oct 2012
Communal Studies Association
Partial Scholarship recipient
Jul 2010
Ezio Pinza Council for American Singers of Opera
Rhodes Scholarship nominee
Nov 2006
West Virginia University
Semifinalist: Eastern US region
Sep 2006
National Association of Teachers of Singing


Pi Kappa Lambda
Mar 2016

An American honor society for undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors of music. There are currently 205 active chapters and approximately 64,500 individual members.

Kindermusik International
Mar 2011

Kindermusik has brought the unparalleled benefits of music education to private music studios around the world, delighting both children and parents with our creative and developmentally appropriate musical activities for over 35 years. Kindermusik@School, our research-based program designed especially for schools, brings the same benefits of music education to the classroom. Easy-to-implement lessons help teachers meet the needs of every child at each of five developmental levels. Each lesson fosters whole-child development, builds school readiness, and introduces the joy and power of music into virtually any early childhood learning setting.

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American Guild of Organists
Jan 2011

The mission of the American Guild of Organists is to enrich lives through organ and choral music. To achieve this we: 1. Encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music 2.Inspire, educate, and offer certification for organists and choral conductors 3. Provide networking, fellowship, and mutual support 4.Nurture future generations of organists 5. Promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles; and 6. Engage wider audiences with organ and choral music.

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National Association of Teachers of Singing
Dec 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.

Photos & Videos

Singing in Italy through the Ezio Pinza Council for American Singers of Opera

Organ recital at Baylor University

With Grammy award winning organist Nathan Laube.


11 Reviews

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Dianna B. Sep 24, 2015
Piano · In studio

She is incredible! Absolutely recommend!

AmberH Apr 20, 2012

Emily is GREAT!

Emily is a great voice teacher and Sage adores and admires her very much. Sage has learned so much from Emily and we are very happy with her services. Emily always provides timely and valuable feedback and Sage looks forward to her lessons each week. Emily should be commended for a job well done; we appreciate her and so does Sage.

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RyanB Mar 23, 2012

What I DIDN'T Know

Emily is an awesome coach and instructor. Yes I said coach! A coach actually encourages you, and that is what she did for me. Anyway, as for the title, "What I DIDN'T Know", there were things in film auditions that I didn't know that would were actually sabotaging my chances for auditions. Emily worked on these real quick and fixed them up.Long story short, I had an audition yesterday, and using Emily's lessons's the casting director said, "Wow, that was actually really good"

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StaceyS1 Dec 1, 2010

Excellent Instructor

I've spent years developing bad singing habits. Emily has been very patient and has helped me fix many of those bad habits one step at a time. I've made significant progress in a few short months and would recommend her to anyone looking to study voice.

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CarolO Nov 22, 2010


I love the we they interact with each other,Celine look forword to the other lesson which means that she enjoying her time,I am thinking to increase to two times a week,Miss Emily is an excellent teacher

PhilJ Sep 8, 2010

Emily was excellent!!

SarahM1 Apr 26, 2010

I really enjoy my lessons with Emily. She is able to recognize what type of exercizes will help me to develop my breathing and my range. She does a great job at no only making suggestions for improvement, but also at getting you to identifiy what I am doing right and what I can improve on. I am learning so much each week.

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CristinaB Mar 14, 2010


So, I'm 22, never had singing lessons before, and I find Emily to be a terrific teacher. She is very profesional and friendly, and to her credit my singing has noticably improved and I imagine it will only get better. Recommended! :)

RenanaF Feb 18, 2010

I really enjoyed the lesson on Wednesday. I think the advice you gave was accurate and the suggestions helpful. I also am excited for the song you've picked out, I think it's a good fit both for my range and my personality and taste.

GilaL Jan 19, 2010


I found Emily to be extremely professional, engaging and attuned to me as a student. I have and will continue to be out of town for a bit and thus the break in my lessons. I look forward very much to resuming my lessons!

KarenT Dec 3, 2009

Great Instructor

Emily is a great instructor and very encouraging. Her lessons on breathing and relaxation have been very valuable. She is also very patient. Good job Emily!!!! I highly recommend her to anyone looking to take singing lessons.

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