Gwendolyn Kuhlmann

Gwendolyn K.

Oakland, CA
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Gwendolyn delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 16+

Teaching since:
2014

I'm an opera singer with seven years of stage experience in Germany and the US, including top houses like the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Komische Oper Berlin, Konzerthaus Berlin, and, since moving to the Bay Area, I have worked with Opera San Jose and Lamplighter's Theater. I have a MA in singing from the University of the Arts (UdK) in Berlin, and I have taught others to sing since 2014.

I am also a 200 Hour Certified Yogalign teacher. Yogalign teaches the body how to come into natural, functional, comfortable alignment and strengthens it to stay there. I use it while teaching voice, but I also love to teach it on its own.

In voice lessons, I constantly incorporate alignment practices because we use our whole bodies to produce sound. A free breath, which means good alignment, is the foundation of good voice technique.

I believe that singing is a movement practice like any other. When we move our legs and feet properly, we move through the water, and we call that swimming. When we use our breath and our resonance properly while our vocal chords vibrate, we call that singing. It is all a matter of coordination, one we either naturally understood in childhood, or one we must be taught. It is my joy to guide people to this knowledge of their voices.

With public speakers, my goal is to help people feel at home in their bodies and command the room with their voices while giving presentations. I have given seminars teaching scientific researchers in Berlin and Potsdam, helping them to present results in ways that are both informative and inspiring.

I am fluent in German, having spent two intensive summers at the prestigious Middlebury College Language School, getting top training in the ins and outs of German grammar. That preparation, the tricks and tools I learned there, paved the way for the fluency I acquired while living in Germany for ten years. I am happy to help beginners learn the tools I learned to help get them on their way auf Deutsch.

Students in each area can expect to progress steadily week to week, provided they do the assigned exercises in between. The voice, the body, and language skills are all muscles we must train daily to expect any progress.

I look forward to working with creative students who have a passion for self-discovery and honest self-expression. Let's have fun!

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Education

Master of Arts Lied, Oratorio, Konzert
Oct 2009 - Oct 2011
Universität der Künste
Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance
Aug 2003 - May 2008
Columbus State University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
German
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Yogalign 200 Hour Teacher Certification
Apr 2017
Yoga Alliance

Photos & Videos

Having fun performing "Der Abschiedsbrief" by Kurt Weill
My favorite role so far - Cathy Hiatt in The Last Five Years

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As a fabulous Valkyrie in Dessau, Germany.

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Mary in The Flying Dutchman at Opera San Jose, my second Wagner role.

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Annina in La Traviata at Opera San Jose

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I love singing Carrie's song from Carousel - aside from the fish, it makes me think of when I got married.

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