Grace Brega
Nashville, TN
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Grace Brega

Grace B.

Nashville, TN
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Beginner, Intermediate
Hi! My name is Grace, and I'm so excited to help you reach your singing and performing goals!

I believe that all voice techniques, whether classical, broadway, screamo, or even just speaking, rely on vocal health. I want to help you sound as good as you can, for as long as possible. I will help you truly connect to your breath, find your core tone, and use your technique to further your artistry.

Classical music goes so far beyond Puccini and Mozart, and I have a special interest in performing and teaching the works of living, American, female, BIPOC, and LGBT composers. I want to find music that makes you excited, because that is always what you'll sound best on!

I am a graduate of the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, where I studied classical voice under Dr. Gayle Shay. I have performed in Europe with Festivale Lyrique-en-Mer in France, OperaLucca, and Festival of International Opera in Italy. I've performed Mozart, Schoenberg, Sondheim, and everywhere in between.

About Grace B.

I know every student is different, and I try my best to reflect that in my teaching. However, all students can expect to learn and refine their vocal fundamentals. A good technical foundation is absolutely necessary not only to sound your best, but also to preserve your vocal health. I also believe that vocal technique works best in service to strong artistry - so expect plenty of acting work as well!

I want to work with students to help them find repertoire that not only balances vocal development level with challenge, but also excites them! While I love the 24 Italian Songs & Arias, there is such a huge world of music out there just waiting to be discovered. What are your interests? How can we find music that aligns with them? How can our work together reverberate out into your daily life outside of music?

I'm also happy to help prepare students in applying for undergraduate university/conservatory/precollege programs - this not only includes repertoire selection & preparation, but also help with resumes, personal statements, and program research.

As a professional coloratura soprano, and I've performed both stateside and in Europe. Here in Nashville I've performed multiple roles with the Vanderbilt Opera Theatre and Off-Broadway companies, including Mary Crawford in Johnathon Dove's 'Mansfield Park', Fiordiligi from Mozarts 'Cosí fan tutte', and The Stepmother in Sondheim's 'Into the Woods'. Abroad, I've performed in Donizetti's 'Lucia di Lammermoor', Puccini's 'Tosca' and 'Suor Angelica', and Mozart's 'Le nozze di Figaro'. I have two major roles upcoming - Lady Billows in Britten's 'Albert Herring' with Vanderbilt Opera Theatre, and Clorinda in Rossini's 'La Cenerentola' with Festival of International Opera Italia.

In my spare time, I am a textile artist specializing in embroidery and bobbin lace, and I have a special interest in historical dress and costume. I love Criminal Minds, doing nonograms, and my (very needy) cat, Sokka.

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Experience

Scholarship Singer
Sep 2017 - Present

Episcopal Church of the Resurrection

Section leader & solo cantor for church services.

Jeune Artiste
Jun 2018 - Aug 2019

Festival Lyrique-en-Mer

Performed in the mainstages, Jeune Artiste scenes programs, and as a section leader and soloist in community-based choral performances of large-scale oratorio work.

Education

B.M. Vocal Performance
Aug 2017 - Present

Vanderbilt University

Languages

French

Limited Proficiency

German

Limited Proficiency

Italian

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Intermediate Italian
Jul 2019

Lucca Italian School

Certificate of completion for the Intermediate Italian program at Lucca Italian School. Equivalent to 3-4 semesters of university study.

Awards

Tennesse State Finalist, Voice Young Artist Division
Sep 2020

Music Teacher National Assiociation

Ann Potter Wilson Award
Apr 2019

Vanderbilt University

3rd Place Winner; Mid-South Regional NATS
Mar 2019

National Association of Teachers of Singing, Mid-Sourth Region

Potter Oportunity Award
Apr 2018

Vanderbilt University

Blair Dean's Honor Scholarship
May 2017

Vanderbilt University

Affiliations

Sigma Alpha Iota (ΣΑΙ)
Mar 2018
Sigma Alpha Iota is a professional International Music Fraternity for women. Formed to uphold the highest standards of music and to further the development of music in America and throughout the world, it continues to provide musical and educational resources to its members and the general public.Sigma Alpha Iota operates its own national philanthropy, Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc.

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