Gwendolyn Kuhlmann

Gwendolyn K.

Oakland, CA
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Opera Voice

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I access singing and speaking through movement and resonance. We discover the way your body moves freely, opening up the breath and getting it to flow freely. Then we discover how to access your resonance with that freely flowing breath. Singing and speaking comes easily from there. Lessons with me are a combination of yoga class, anatomy lesson, and actually making sound. I find that if we see our voices as another part of the body that we're training, we see that singing is a movement technique, and looking at it that way actually gives us the freedom to make art with it.
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Gwendolyn delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 13+

Teaching since:

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.

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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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


Fluent / Native Proficiency


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

As a fabulous Valkyrie in Dessau, Germany.

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

Annina in La Traviata at Opera San Jose

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

4 Reviews

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Monet Jan 30, 2019
Vocal Training · In studio

Gwendolyn is my first vocal coach. She is helping me to access the power and confidence in my speaking and singing voice. Using full body movement and vocal exercises she opened up a world of singing for me that I never knew before. She has helped me to discover my body as an instrument (crazy right?!). Gwendolyn has a tremendous amount of knowledge on the mechanics of the body, the way sound is made in our bodies and of course music! I am more powerful and confident in my voice than I have ever been. Gwendolyn is amazing!!

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Monika Jan 17, 2019
Yoga · In studio

Working with Gwendolyn brought forth several break throughs even after just one session. She intuitively guided me into alignment, and with such efficacy & ease, my connection to body and breath continues to deepen now, months later. The work I've done on my own or with other teachers came to a (an aligned, you could say) clarity while working with this gifted teacher - definitely recommend!

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Joanna Jan 16, 2019
Yoga · In studio

Gwendolyn is the best! I loved her yogalign class. She’s so warm and open and made me feel really comfortable just being myself and trying new things.

Jonas Jan 15, 2019
Singing · In studio

Gwendolyn is really amazing. She gave me the courage to experience my voice in a new way. With a lot of respect for my level we worked together on my ideas and she helped me a lot to conect more with my body. Yoga for the voice! Thanks a lot.

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