Fernando Tarango

Fernando T.

Fort Wayne, IN

About Fernando T.

Background check: Last verified 02/09/2016
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Fernando teaches: Ages 6 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: January 2009
Last sign in: 5 days ago

Overview

I am a professional vocalist who regularly performs with orchestras, rock bands, jazz bands and as a singer/songwriter. I teach beginners to professional touring artists and can break down the seemingly complex vocal techniques in simple to understand concepts and exercises. My focus areas are breath, placement and freedom from tension in order to increase your efficiency, stamina and flexibility between registers and musicality. (See my online tutorials for a quick idea of what it might be like to work with me)

I have a degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan and have worked professionally from Opera to Pop. I started my professional music career at the age of 10, traveling the world with the American Boychoir School in Princeton, NJ. I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where I worked as an instructor and vocal coach for the Grammy Award Winning Pacific Boychoir. I also sang professionally for ensembles such as the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Clerestory, American Bach Soloists and San Francisco Pocket Opera.

I am currently a vocal instructor for Sweetwater Music Academy, music director for the Jesters (a theatre ensemble for people with developmental disabilities) and I sing for hospital patients as a Parkview Healing Artist. I have taught grade levels K-8 in private schools so I am accustomed to all age levels.

As a songwriter I have composed and performed music for MTV, VHI, E! and the Oxygen Network, and have acted on commercials for Southern Comfort, Old Spice, & Anthem Blue Cross.

I am also the songwriter and front man for the original regional RootsRock band, Fernando T. & The Wickersham Bros and have established myself as a teaching artist for young audiences through the Carnegie Hall Link Up Concert Series.

I look forward any questions you may have and hope to help you or your child find creative fulfillment from the most unique instrument in the world- your voice!

Photos and Videos

The first intro lesson. This gives you an idea what it's like to work with me.

Experience

Vocal Coach

Nov 2014 - Present
Sweet water Academy of Music

Vocal Coach

Jan 2006 - Jun 2009
Pacific Boychoir Academy

Grammy Award Winning Boychoir - Changed Voice Coach

Education

Vocal Performance

Oct 2001 - May 2005
University of Michigan

Professional Schooling

Sep 1993 - Jun 1997
American Boychior School

Languages Spoken

Spanish

Professional Proficiency

Spanish, Italian, German

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

B.M in Vocal Performance

May 2005
University of Michigan School of Music

Classical Art Song, Opera Pwrformance, Acting, Dance, Movement

Affiliations

Broadcast Music Inc.

Jan 2005
BMI

One of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. In FY 2013, BMI collected more than $944 million in licensing fees and distributed $814 million in royalties.

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9 Reviews on Fernando T.

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Taras Jan 11, 2017
Songwriting · In studio
Fernando is a true talent and an asset to the community of Fort Wayne, Indiana. My first experience with him was 7 years ago at St. Henry Community Center. Fernando sang and played guitar during our Christmas recital. I was completely amazed with his vocal range and ability to captivate an audience with his overall musical aura. Fernando also taught vocal lessons for St. Henry and continued to contribute his ideas and talents to enhance the community center. We were blessed to have him as a part of our staff. He is, without a doubt, the best vocal coach that one could ask for. If you are looking to make singing a goal of yours in 2017, do yourself a favor and sign up for lessons with Fernando.
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Zaque Eyn Jan 4, 2017
Songwriting · In home
Fernando is one of the best vocal coaches around. He is a great vocalist and coach, but what I love most about working with him is his patience, guidance and support. He takes the time to fully understand what it is his clients are trying to accomplish and creates his lessons based on this. In other words, he works to help you achieve the best vocals given your chosen genre. I've worked with other vocal coaches and some of them just have a pre made lesson, which is fine, but I like the fact Fernando structures the lessons base on my style and what I am trying to achieve. If you do POP, he helps you with POP, if you do R&B he helps you with R&B etc etc.. but around you, not just some basic pre-boxed lessons.

He is brilliant when it comes to writing music and helping come up with new ideas for songs. He once taught me a game for writing lyrics about 4 years ago that to this day I still use in my sessions.

I continue to use the teachings he has given me in my music career and with my clients when we are in the studio recording. He is my number 1 recommendation when clients ask for a vocal coach.
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Zach Jan 3, 2017
Choir · In studio
Fernando is super great! Knows how to teach technique and make music incredibly fun! His knowledge ranges vastly from classical to folk to pop to almost anything else.
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Dayani Feb 11, 2016
Audition Prep · Online
Fernando is a great instructor! He's very professional and very knowledgeable. He has encouraged me, given me confidence in my abilities, and has pushed me to improve. I highly recommend him!
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Kevin Feb 10, 2016
Singing · In studio
Fernando has extensive experience in many styles and is great with kids.
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Jordan G. Feb 10, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
Fernando is very knowledgeable in his craft. He is easygoing in terms of rep as long as the music is at an appropriate level for you. Even if that's not the case he treats your desired material as a goal and trains you in the direction you'd like to grow. He's a very positive person who makes you feel very comfortable in every lesson, and makes effort to impart his vast performance experience to you. The quality of his lessons are awesome, and my voice has grown an incredible amount in the time I've worked with him.
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Matt Feb 9, 2016
Vocal Training · Online
Professional and fun! Fernando is the best coach!
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Troy Feb 9, 2016
Singing · In home
I learned more in half an hour with Fernando, then I had learned in 10 years of playing shows.
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Elliot Feb 9, 2016
Songwriting · Online
My daughter (age 9) had an excellent time working with Fernando and has been super motivated to keep songwriting. They wrote the cutest songs and we're planning on having Fernando record her in the studio when he gets back to Fort Wayne!
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