Liesl McPherrin

Liesl M.

Pinole, CA

Lesson Details

Opera Voice

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
As a professional opera singer, I want to help you find that operatic sound from deep inside! Let it go!!!
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About

Liesl delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Females 9+ and males 15+

Teaching since:
June 2011

Currently, I offer private voice lessons for everything from sacred music to rock and roll style songs to classical and opera. I find this diversity of work to be a stimulating and exciting exploration of not only the students’ musical skills, but to expand my own “bag-of-tricks” as a music educator. My students range from ages 5 to 75 and we all have tons of fun making music!

Music is a gateway to the soul, and part of what builds into their own self-identity. I currently serve as the music director for the adult choir and children’s programs at a Lutheran Church in California.

My music degrees from Westminster Choir College and San Francisco State University have helped me grow as a vocal soloist and professional performer as well as an educator. I have been a featured artist at many concerts and events around Northern California, and have performed with many of the area’s opera companies, such as Pocket Opera and Island City Opera.

Education is important to me, and although I have my Master of Music in voice teaching and performance, I often attend workshops, trainings, and other continuing education programs so that my students can receive the best training I can offer.

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

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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.

Adjunct Professor of Voice
Aug 2017 - May 2018
Yuba Community College

Teaching private voice and group class instruction to college level singers. Specialized in musical theater and classical singing.

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

Opera San Jose Aspiring Artists Workshop
Jun 2016 - Jul 2016
Opera San Jose
SongFest Professional Teacher Development Program
Jun 2015 - Jun 2015
The Colburn School
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

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

REAL TALK: Stage Fright!
Seasons of Love from Rent with Sing For America - Liesl singing the high part
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
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Opening Scene from the Secret Marriage
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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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