Kelley Kimball

Kelley K.

Ann Arbor, MI

Lesson Details



Kelley delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 14+

Teaching since:

**My schedule changes weekly, so if you don't see a time that works, please send me a message and we may be able to find something!**

Whether you've never had a voice lesson in your life, are looking for fine tuning, or are just curious, I'd love to help you set and achieve your goals! I've studied classical voice for over 17 years, and started teaching about six years ago. I focus on breath control, relieving body tension and any hindrance to beautiful and free sound, diction, and interpretation. I speak French, some Italian, a little German, and can also help with Czech and Russian diction.

My goal for students is that they develop the healthy, efficient, and reliable ability to express themselves through music in a safe and fun environment. I've studied with some of the finest pedagogues in the world, and am comfortable teaching students at any stage in their musical development.

***Lesson Details***
For beginners, I like to focus on music fundamentals, including theory and aural skills, and building a solid foundation of breath management. For more advanced students, the focus will be refinement and fine tuning--whether it be working on dramatic interpretation, freeing up the sound and any tension in the body, performance anxiety, or languages. We can work on operatic, song, musical theater, and jazz repertoire, languages and diction, dramatic interpretation, and performance skills.

I believe very strongly in singing repertoire appropriate for your age and level, and will not do anything to compromise your development.

Learning to sing requires a great deal of hard work and commitment. Each lesson, I will leave the student with specific exercises and pieces to practice before the next lesson. New exercises may pose challenges, but that's part of the process! If you are struggling with a particular assignment, please do not hesitate to communicate with me, and I will guide you through it, or find an alternative to help you achieve the same goal.

We are all different, and so have different learning styles. Singing lessons should be therapeutic, gratifying, and above all fun! I don't ever want singing to turn into a chore or something you don't enjoy. This should be fun!

***Travel Equipment***
Student should have either a piano or keyboard. A CD player, mirror, and yoga mat are a plus.

***Skype Equipment***
Computer with high-speed internet. I can supply electronic files for sheet music and accompanied tracks.

***More about me***
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

Originally from Seal Beach, CA, soprano Kelley received her Master of Music from Rice University, where she studied with world-renowned voice teacher, Dr. Stephen King, and her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from The University of Michigan. She has appeared in full productions and scenes as Contessa Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Frau Fluth (Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor), Musetta/Mimì (La bohème), Corvina (Volpone), Hanna Glawari (The Merry Widow), Countess Madeleine (Capriccio), and Curley's Wife (Of Mice and Men). As a concert soloist, Kelley has sung Mozart's Requiem and Vespers, Rachmaninoff's Bells, Brahms' Liebeslieder Walzer, and Schumann's Spanisches Liederspiel. She regularly performs in cabaret shows with Lone Star Lyric Theater in Houston, TX, and started teaching privately in 2011.

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Featured Artist
Apr 2013 - Present
Lone Star Lyric Festival & Cabaret

Featured artist in monthly cabaret shows

Featured Artist
Jun 2015 - Aug 2015
Opera Theater of Pittsburgh

Damn Yankees, Capriccio

Principal role
Mar 2015 - Mar 2015
Theater Rudolstadt, Germany

Frau Fluth, Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor

Young Artist Program
Feb 2015 - Mar 2015
Lyric Opera Studio of Weimar

Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor

Young Artist
Jun 2014 - Aug 2014
Opera Theater of Pittsburgh

The Merry Widow

Young Artist
Aug 2013 - Sep 2013
Da Camera of Houston

Concerts and recitals around Houston, TX--Houston Grand Opera, The Menil Collection, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Memorial Hospital. Worked at The Monarch School in Houston, TX, working with students with neurological differences.


M.M. Vocal Performance
Sep 2011 - May 2013
Rice University
B.M. Vocal Performance
Sep 2004 - May 2009
University of Michigan


French, Italian
Professional Proficiency
Limited Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Photo by Ashley Brooks

Photo by Shannon Langman

Photo by Ashley Brooks

La bohème, Rice University 2012. Photo by Ted Washington.

Volpone, Rice University 2012. Photo by Ted Washington.

Courtesy of Da Camera of Houston
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4 Reviews

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Constance Dec 25, 2017
Singing · In studio

I have known Kelley for over 10 years and I highly recommend her as a teacher. As a professional singer and voice teacher myself, I recognize Kelley as a consummate professional, a well-trained singer, and an expressive, refined artist in several different genres. She has had extensive performance experience herself. and her skill at transmitting her knowledge and discovering her students' unique, individual gifts sets her apart.

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Steven Nov 30, 2017
Singing · In studio

I have learned so much over the last year. Not only can Kelley teach but she can also sing all styles and genres of music. I highly recommend her as a teacher. She is professional, well organized, and makes great use of our lesson time.

Christopher Oct 4, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio

Kelley is the best! She's very knowledgeable in technique, languages, and repertoire, but she also made it really fun for me. I always wanted to sing but was really nervous about it, so I'm so especially thankful for her warm and supportive personality and professionalism. Highly recommend!

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Marcus Sep 24, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio

Kelley is a qualified pedagogue who exhibits that all too rare balance of consummate professionalism with a friendly personal touch. She teaches a healthy vocal technique, based on current science and traditional methods, always keeping an eye on the artistic and expressive goal. While some teachers just work on your voice, Kelley also coaches the student as they work to integrate their ideas into a musical/dramatic presentation. Kelley has trained with some of the best teachers in the United States and has a wide knowledge of repertoire both in the classical and Broadway/cabaret genres. Her extensive language skills also make her a great resource for students studying the classical repertoire specifically. I do not recommend voice teachers unless I trust their knowledge and professional demeanor implicitly.

I'm currently an Assistant Professor of Voice working in a school of music at a famous university in a major US city. Over the years, I have sent a variety of my students to work with Kelley, from ages 14-60. Across the board, they all have had a rewarding and fun experience, making significant progress both technically and in their self-confidence. I wholeheartedly recommend Kelley to anyone looking for a voice teacher.

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