Lester Fernandez
Oceanside, CA
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Lester Fernandez

Lester F.

Oceanside, CA
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I believe that learning music is one of the greatest gifts that people can obtain and achieve in life, because if builds self-confidence, provide happiness to ourselves, and appreciate different cultures. Through singing, it has the power to touch the empathy of people through communication of words as singers deliver these texts within their sounding voice.

Having the talents in music is not predetermined whether you have them or you don’t, but I firmly believed that musical talent is a skill that can be learned and enriched. Through hard work and practice, I do agree that everyone can achieve these skills and become an exceptional musician. It is in my environment as a voice instructor to encourage and uplift my students through the very best of their capability by learning wide variety of songs while maintaining healthy vocal production throughout their instructions.

Through my previous mentors, I had received voice instructions with intense and thorough understanding of the human body. These connection with our anatomy play a significant role in our singing. From proper posture, good breathing, and sound production within our voice, I always frequently ask questions to my student if they feel something within their body; either good or bad. Then I will figure out the solution to the problem by applying my knowledge of vocal pedagogy whenever a student felt some terrible sensation in their anatomy during singing.



With this concept in my instructions, my prospective students will receive better understanding on how their voice and the functions of our anatomy during their singing instructions. They will also develop muscle memory of good sensation in their body to help them promote and maintain vocal health in their singing. In my opinion, this approach in my lessons is on point and more understandable for my incoming students in order to prepare them for their upcoming recitals, auditions, and for their own leisure in singing.

About Lester F.

I am a Classical-Trained Singer and Scholar based in the Southern California area. I am an active performer in the concert and opera theatre stages across the United States. I graduated with a Master of Music in the Historical Informed Performance with an emphasis in Voice at the Longy School of Music of Bard College. I received training under the mentorship of Ryan Turner. I also received my Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance at the California State University, Long Beach under the instructions of Steven Kronauer.

Through my previous training in Undergraduate and Graduate studies, I had received voice instructions with thorough understanding of the human body and its function in singing. From the basic level of singing such as proper posture, breathing, and phonation of the voice, up to the advanced level such as interpretation of various songs and its musical aspect.

As an active singer, I was a featured artist in several music festivals such as the Mainly Mozart Festival, Amherst Early Music Festival, the Boston Early Music Festival. I am a frequent recitalist performing mainly classical music ranging from Monteverdi up to the living composers today.

In my leisure time, I enjoy singing karaoke with my venerable friends. I like to travel in different places in our country and around the world. I enjoy watching Japanese Animations ever since childhood.

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Ryan J.
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Lester is super positive and very open to trying anything the student is interested in! He always has good advice and offers a variety of exercises that set students on the right path, while still helping them grow into their voice

Posted Feb 16, 2021
Judy
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I learned a lot about singing in the first ten minutes!

Posted Nov 9, 2020
Karlie
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Lester is a great musician, educator, and overall person. He shows up with a friendly smile on his face and he is ready to work. He is very passionate about musicianship and teaching and it comes through naturally. He is well versed in several styles and genres in various principles. I am glad to know him and his work!

Posted Oct 3, 2020
Annetta
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Lester is a passionate musician who strives to give his students a thorough understanding of repertoire, vocal production, and a general love of music. His humor and personality create a delightful learning environment.

Posted Sep 24, 2020
Jonathan R. Enerva
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Lester is one of a kind music teacher who will go to great lengths to find your voice no matter what age you are. He has a technique that enables you to keep on going until you comfortably find your voice. From posture, stands, looks, and the relationship of your diaphragm to your vocal chords, he is THE ULTIMATE MASTER.

Posted Sep 8, 2020
Joe
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Excellent teacher. Very aware of anatomy and how best to fix issues. Lester really allowed me to find my voice and allowed me to express myself without any strain. Highly recommend!

Posted May 7, 2020

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Experience

Voice Instructor
Jan 2014 - Present

The Private Voice Studio of Lester Fernandez

I provide voice instructions at my home studio for young and adult students based on the student's goals and need during their lessons. I give them the motivation and challenges for my students in a healthy matter with various repertoires from Classical, Musical Theatre, and Contemporary Music .

Singer
Oct 2018 - Jan 2020

The Boston Camerata Singers

I performed as a singer within the ensemble under the direction of Anne Azema. Most of the repertoires ranged from Early Music up to the early songs of America. I was a singer for "The Roman de Fauvel" concert and "The Play of Daniel: A Medieval Masterpiece" project-based performance tour.

Youth Chorus Director and Accompanist
Sep 2009 - Mar 2012

Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ)

I gave Christian Music instructions to a group of mixed young adolescent singers. I conduct and lead the youth ensemble in singing during worship. During rehearsals, I provide one on one voice instruction to individual young singers.

Education

Master of Music in Historical Performance
Sep 2018 - May 2020

Longy School of Music of Bard College

Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance
Sep 2009 - Dec 2016

California State University, Long Beach

Languages

Filipino (Tagalog)

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency

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