Kelly Brown

Kelly B.

North Hollywood, CA
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Kelly delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 5+

Teaching since:
2009

I recently relocated to Los Angeles after working as a performer, voice teacher, accompanist, composer, and choreographer in New York City for over eight years. I graduated from Shenandoah Conservatory with a BFA in Musical Theatre, Minor in Piano Performance, and a Vocal Performance Certificate. I have graced the stage in a multitude of musical theatre productions, including the international Broadway tour of HAIR, directed by the Tony-Award–winning Diane Paulus. In addition to writing and performing my own music, I have also sung and toured with several NYC-based bands at some of the country’s top music venues.

My experience in classical, musical theatre, and contemporary commercial vocal styles allows me to provide a well-rounded education for my students. Using principles from Estill Voice Technique, I train my students to healthily produce sound in all parts of their register. I work to eliminate the "break" in each student's voice, giving them the confidence to tackle challenging pieces.

I carefully select repertoire for each student in their chosen style or styles (musical theatre, classical, contemporary commercial, etc.). Students may bring in a song of their choosing, or any audition/callback material. I can also assist in finding appropriate audition songs, and marking "16 bar" or "32 bar" cuts.

In addition to voice lessons, I offer singer-songwriter coaching. I work with writers as both a guide and collaborator to bring out their unique artistic voice. I also teach students how to properly sing and play an instrument* at the same time.
(*Instrumental instruction in piano and ukulele only. Guitar playing is permitted, but student must already be at intermediate playing proficiency.)

I am very passionate about my field, and take great pride in guiding each student to their fullest artistic potential!

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Experience

Owner/Voice Instructor
Aug 2009 - Present
Voice Studio

Private voice studio includes students from absolute beginners to professional performers. Lessons include a technique-developing warm-up, vocal coaching on current repertoire, and selecting new music. Passionately teaches a variety of vocal styles, including musical theatre, pop/rock, and classical. Personally provides professional piano accompaniment in each lesson. Previous students have appeared in Broadway, national tour, and top regional theatre productions.

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Accompanist
Nov 2016 - Jul 2017
The Growing Studio (NYC)

Adjunct accompanist for master classes with the industry’s top directors, music directors, choreographers, and casting directors.

Voice/Piano Instructor
Aug 2016 - Jul 2017
Applause NYC

Private voice and piano instructor at one of the top performing arts programs in New York City. Provided lessons tailored to each student’s musical interests in the comfort of their own homes.

Accompanist/Piano Instructor
May 2016 - Jul 2017
New York Vocal Coaching

Accompanist for Broadway veteran Arbender Robinson’s musical theatre forum class. Piano associate in their growing piano program, offering lessons in both classical and contemporary styles.

Voice/Piano Instructor
Mar 2015 - Jul 2017
The Studio of Performing Arts (New Canaan)

Instruction in voice, songwriting, and piano to students ranging from elementary school to college levels. Musical director for several summer programs and shows at The Studio, including the popular “Broadway Audition Prep Intensive.”

Director/Choreographer/Co-Music Director
Jul 2016 - Jul 2016
The Studio of Performing Arts Summer Theatre

Directed, co-music directed, and choreographed this youth production at The Studio of Performing Arts in New Canaan. All cast members are of high school age, and work diligently to put up a fully staged musical in two weeks.

Choir Director
Sep 2014 - Jul 2015
Ocean Hill Collegiate School

Primary choir director for the middle school choir and the 8th grade vocal ensemble. Introduced basic music theory, ear training and encouraged a fun environment for students to create music as an ensemble.

Music Director/Accompanist/Backup Vocalist
Jan 2014 - Jan 2014
Possible Memoir Titles

Music director, accompanist, and backup vocalist for Caroline Dooner’s original comedy cabaret. “Possible Memoir Titles” enjoyed two feature performances at Don’t Tell Mama in New York City, as well as Rockwood Music Hall.

Music Director/Accompanist/Backup Vocalist
Dec 2011 - Jan 2012
PJs and Pixy Styx

Music director, accompanist, and backup vocalist for Nicholas Park’s debut cabaret at The Duplex in New York City. Arranged original “mash up” arrangements for the performance.

Education

BFA Musical Theatre with Piano Performance Minor
Aug 2005 - May 2009
Shenandoah Conservatory

Certifications

Level One & Level Two
Jul 2014
Estill Voice International

Instructed by Kim Steinhauer

Vocal Performance Certificate
May 2009
Shenandoah Conservatory

Completed the repertoire and recital requirements of a Vocal Performance major.

Affiliations

Actors' Equity Association
Mar 2017

Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.

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SAG-AFTRA
Jul 2013

SAG-AFTRA represents approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals. SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world. With national offices in Los Angeles and New York, and local offices nationwide, SAG-AFTRA members work together to secure the strongest protections for media artists into the 21st century and beyond.

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Sigma Alpha Iota (ΣΑΙ)
Sep 2007

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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Photos & Videos

Singing with the rock/blues band Cooke on their 2016 Summer Tour

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Kelly sang her original song, "Her Blues," as a featured performer at the prestigious InspiredWordNYC.
Singing "What Baking Can Do" from Waitress. Kelly also pre-recorded the accompaniment herself!
Kelly performing her original song, "String," with DD White at their premiere show at Arlene's Grocery in NYC (April 2016)
Kelly arranged/performed this "Home" mashup for a benefit concert at the famous 54 Below.
Performing in the international tour of the Tony Award-Winning HAIR. ( pictured far right)
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