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With more than 24 years of performance experience, I offer my students a fun, science-backed technique that is perfect for all ages and levels. I trained at Juilliard, Pepperdine University and hold a degree from The New School.
I began studying at age 8 with this very technique and have been performing in opera and crossover music professionally since then, when I won an episode of CBS Televisionâs Star Search. At 18 I debuted with Festival Opera Walnut Creek as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro to much critical acclaim and went on with the company to perform Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Sophie in Werther.
Having attended the Music Academy of the West, and studied with the great mezzo-soprano, Marilyn Horne, I made my New York City recital debut with the Marilyn Horne Foundation in the spring of 2001. I made my Carnegie Hall debut in that same year in a series of masterclasses and recitals conducted by another great mezzo, Christa Ludwig.
In 2003, Ms. Tivens attended the San Francisco Opera Merola Program and immediately followed up with a year as a Resident Young Artist with Seattle Opera.
As a crossover and pop artist, I have performed and recorded with David Foster, Josh Groban and Mike Garson (pianist for David Bowie. My first full-length album, Unlimited, was released in 2007 and is currently available on iTunes and CDBaby.
In 2011, I returned to the Los Angeles area to perform the soprano solo in Orffâs Carmina Burana with the New West Symphony. I then traveled to the Strings in The Mountains festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado where I performed two concerts as part of their summer series. In 2013, I will be featured singing Villa-Lobosâ Bachaianas Brasileiras no.5 on a new Mike Garson-produced album. My second solo album will be released in 2016.
Whether you are just beginning your training, if you want to sing for fun, or if you're an established professional, I can help by giving you the tools that will have you singing well for years to come.
*** Lesson Details ***
A lesson with me will include a warm-up, where we discuss basic concepts of technique, vocal physiology and sound. You will learn the fundamentals of healthy singing and increase your vocal stamina. Next, we will work on the music of your choice and apply those technical concepts to the piece you're working. I will also advise you on elements of style and performance at this point as well.
*** Studio Equipment ***
I use studio space that always includes a piano.
*** Travel Equipment ***
Student must have piano or keyboard in home if I am traveling.
*** Specialties ***
Voice, Musical Theater, Opera, Jazz, Pop Music, Style, Presentation
Starring role as Santuzza in North Shore's production of Cavalleria Rusticana.
Performed principal and secondary roles in mainstage productions, young artist/outreach productions, and special concerts.
Performed principal roles in Young Artist productions, educational outreach and many concerts.
Attended as a summer resident performing principal roles.
Performed with David Foster, Josh Groban, Nita Whitaker, Michael Crawford and others for various engagements.
Played various principal roles from 1999-2000
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· Opera Voice ·
My experience with Ms. Tivens was incredible. She really knows her vocal science and has such a foundation in vocal pedagogy. Also, it's fun to work with her, not just a science class. She helped my range expand and made me feel more comfortable with high notes. Due to her extensive performance background, she has incredibly useful notes when it comes to how to sing in front of people. Just take one lesson with her and I promise you will comeback.
· Broadway Singing ·
I have been so impressed with Jess! She's warm and personable. She quickly identified what needed work within my voice and provides clear instruction on how to improve. She also recognize the strengths I had and reinforced them. Jess responds to emails promptly, and is really just the best! Oh, yes and my voice has gotten so much stronger in the little over a month I've been working with her! She explains everything well and when I don't understand she'll explain it in another way. She's in-tune with where each note should originate and how it should feel in the body. Lessons have been a fantastic experience. Highly recommended!