Liesl McPherrin

Liesl M.

Pinole, CA

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Liesl delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Females 11+ and males 15+

Teaching since:
June 2011

As a professional singer, I perform throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California. I have performed the roles of Galatea in My Fair Galatea with Pocket Opera, Antonia in Tales of Hoffman and Tytania with Westminster Opera Theater, and Esmeralda in The Bartered Bride at San Francisco State.

As a chorister, I have performed in locations such as Lesher Center in Walnut Creek, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, the Kimmel Center of Philadelphia, and Carnegie Hall in New York City. I've worked with some of the top vocal coaches in the country through professional development programs and graduate studies, and received my Master of Music at Westminster Choir College. I currently teach preschool and elementary music in the Bay Area, and direct the choir at Coastside Lutheran Church in Half Moon Bay.

​Voice lessons are a great way to improve your speaking and singing voice for the stage, the classroom, and personal enrichment! Music is a gift everyone can appreciate, and refining your singing skills gives you more understanding of music, poetry, languages, and yourself.
My teaching method gathers from and utilizes the techniques of classical Bel Canto singing, combined with holistic health, yoga, Alexander Technique, and acting methods to give you the most healthy and well-rounded approach to singing for performance. My understanding of voice science, learning styles, and child development helps me to structure each individual voice lesson for the student’s specific needs.

I teach private voice and piano lessons, direct choir, and sing professionally throughout the Bay Area. I hold my Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance from Westminster Choir College, and my Bachelor of Music from San Francisco State University. I have had students perform in musical theater productions and choirs throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, including Pied Piper Players, San Francisco City Chorus, and the Peninsula Girl's Chorus.

These techniques can be transferred across most singing genres, I am willing to teach classical, opera, musical theater, pop, jazz, and country western styles of singing.

I am a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and the American Choral Directors Association.

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Experience

Music Director
Feb 2015 - Present
Church

Directing the choir, developing a children's bible song program, and contributing to worship planning.

Owner/Instructor
Jul 2011 - Present
Liesl M. Voice Studio

Voice lessons to students from ages 8 to adults. All styles.

Elementary Music Teacher
Aug 2014 - Jun 2016
Episcopal Day School

Teaching children music from ages 3 - 9.

Voice Instructor
Aug 2013 - Jun 2014
Big Bang Music Center

Taught voice lessons to students ages 6 to adults.

Vocal Techniques Teacher
Aug 2011 - Jun 2012
Marysville Charter Academy

Group course on singing and vocal literature and techniques. Culminated in two class recitals and a scenes program.

Education

Music Together Teacher Training
Jun 2014 - Jun 2014
Music Together
Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance
Sep 2012 - May 2014
Westminster Choir College
CoOPERAtive Fellowship
Jun 2013 - Jul 2013
Rider University
Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance
Aug 2006 - May 2011
San Francisco State University

Languages

French
Limited Proficiency
German
Professional Proficiency
Italian
Limited Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

SongFest Professional Teacher Development Program
Jun 2015
The Colburn School, Los Angeles

A training program for college voice teachers. Masterclasses, workshops and lectures to improve the private voice teacher's skills.

Emergency Teaching Credential
Aug 2011
Tri-Counties Substitute Teaching Consortium

Training for classroom management and working will children from age 5 - 18.

Awards

Fellowship
Jul 2013
CoOPERAtive Program at Rider University
First Place for Art Song
Apr 2011
National Association of Teachers of Singing, Bay Area

Affiliations

American Choral Directors Association
Aug 2015

Founded in 1959, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is a nonprofit music-education organization whose expressed purposes outline the associations dedication to the advancement of choral music. The mission of ACDA is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.

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National Association of Teachers of Singing
Aug 2011

Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

Photos & Videos

I'm directing the choir - I often work with choral singers improving sight-reading, audition materials, and pitch problems
The Dating Suite from Cantata for an Urban Maiden
As Antonia in Tales of Hoffmann, Westminster 2013.

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Kathy H. Aug 17, 2014
Classical Voice · Online

As a trained teacher coach for twenty years, I observe and provide feedback for educators. Excellent teaching techniques apply to all content areas, including music. Liesl teaches with positive energy. She models all of the vocal exercises before expecting the student to carry them out. When providing corrective feedback, Liesl acknowledges the correctness of the singers approximation, and follows up with a next step. She teaches students to use the correct body alignment and breathing techniques to sing correctly as well preserve the vocal cords. She is fun and dedicated to her craft.

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