Linda Collazo
Bronx, NY
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Linda Collazo

Linda C.

Bronx, NY
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I am a Bronx native professional opera-singer that has been studying singing for 10 years and playing piano since the age of 7. I have been teaching both voice and beginner to intermediate piano to all ages for five years throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens. My voice and piano lessons focus on developing a healthy technique, learning how to sight read, breathing exercises, acting, and having fun. I teach all genres and can help with audition preparation.

About Linda C.

Audiences throughout the U.S. have heard Ecuadorian and Puerto-Rican Mezzo-Soprano Linda C. at venues including Carnegie Hall, the U.N., Lincoln Center, the United Palace Theater, and Repertorio Español, as well as in theaters throughout Europe. Described as having a voice that is “elastic and luxurious…” (Ars Raving Mad), Linda began her 2018/19 season as a part of Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance. She later went on to perform as an Apprentice Artist in Sarasota Opera’s Winter 2019 season, and just recently sang the role of María Magdalena in El Caminante de Nazaret and as a soloist in Ben Yarmolinsky's The Constitution with the Vertical Player Repertory Theater.

Linda has made appearances with the New York Lyric Opera Theater at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall and made her Italian operatic debut as La Cesca in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi with Si Parla, si canta and Centro Studi Italiani in 2017.

In addition to her operatic career, Ms. C. has also showcased her vocal versatility in her concert and recital work. She has performed as a soloist with various orchestras and ensembles throughout New York City including the Mimesis Ensemble, Queens College Choral Society, Voces Unidas, and the Cantanti Project, performing in concerts, recitals and galas showcasing oratorio, new music, and Spanish opera, zarzuela, art song, popular song, and baroque music.

Her recent awards include the Guida-LaCamera Encouragement Award from the Connecticut District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, first prize in the Friday Woodmere Music Club’s Young Artist Competition and first prize in the Bronx Arts Ensemble Young Artist Competition.

Linda received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from The Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. She was a CUNY Macaulay Honors Scholar, Richard and Mica Hadar Foundation Scholar, and the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Jane and Paul Smaldone Memorial Scholarship, the Helene B. Giudice Award, the Erik Horlick Memorial Award, and The Claire Bartels Freshman Award.

When she is not performing, Linda loves to teach and has five years of experience teaching both voice and beginner-intermediate piano.

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Juan
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Linda is Great. Very attentive and Makes the lesson easy to understand. Im looking forward to future lessons

Posted Aug 19, 2020
Casey
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Linda has such a wonderful approach to teaching that I find truly refreshing! Such an incredibly patient person who has a wealth of knowledge of Opera and Musical Theatre! I've been singing for 5 plus years but Linda really opened up my possibilities and my confidence.

Posted Jul 27, 2020
Luis
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I am a college student majoring in sound studies who wants to go into musical theatre. Linda is kind, patient, and KNOWLEDGEABLE teacher that helped me with problems that I was having with my technique. She helped me bring my singing to the next level. I can’t help, but recommend her to everyone looking to better their singing no matter the level you’re at. At first a bit skeptical about lessons online with my internet, but after taking lessons with her I realized there was nothing to worry about when you’re learning with Linda!!

Posted May 24, 2020
Natasha
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My son and daughter have been taking vocal lessons with her. She has such a pleasant and positivo demeanor with the kids. She is working on helping both of my children build their confidence and love for singing. My son was a little reluctant to start but after one session with Linda he changed his mind. He is constantly singing around the house. My daughter is starting to feel more comfortable hitting notes that she used to shy away from. She is fair and flexible and I would definitely recommend her!

Posted Apr 24, 2020
Sabryna
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Super patient and well informed. Has made me realize I can do more and can’t wait to improve with her guidance.

Posted Apr 23, 2020
Jean (JP) Vinals
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I have been a voice student of Linda's for half a year and she has helped me improve tremendously in what feels like such a short amount of time. She is very patient, honest, and believes in pushing her students out of their comfort zone which has been such an incredible challenge that has only made me a stronger singer!

Posted Apr 23, 2020
Richard Reyes
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She is very patient and a very capable teacher. In one month, I have learned a lot under her instruction.

Posted Apr 23, 2020
Shawna C.
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Linda is perfection! my 6 year old daughter adores her and has learned so much.

Posted Nov 23, 2019
Jim Wu
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I am a retired professor. It is always my dream to be able to sing some day, but I was intimidated by the technical requirements involved in singing until I met Linda. She is a wonderful singing coach, knowledgeable, honest, patient, and inspiring at the same time. Not only she has amazing voice, but also has very good ear and can immediately tell whenever one is off tune or not. Linda combines rigorous demand for perfection with warm encouragement and repeated demonstration of how to improve. I am blessed that I had her as my coach. After having just taken a course on bel canto offered by her recently, I feel that I really have learnt enormously about breathing, resonance, vibration, Italian pronunciation, and several beautiful songs, among others. I most strongly recommend Linda without any reservation to any one who is thinking to learn how to sing.

Posted Sep 9, 2019
Amanda
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I have learned so much from Ms. Linda about vibrato and breath support, along with singing with healthy technique. She has also helped me achieve a mixed sound. She is a one of a kind teacher and worth every penny!

Posted Sep 5, 2019
Anthony C.
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Linda is a vey experienced teacher,
She worked well with my 9 yr old son!

Posted Jul 7, 2019
Ana
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My daugther has been taking piano lessons for about 1 month and it's amazing how fast she's learning, also Ms Linda is so patient as a teacher and my daugther feels so confortable as i do myself while i wait for her class to finish. I highly recomended her. 🤗

Posted Jul 6, 2019

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Experience

Teaching Artist
Sep 2019 - Present

Professional Performance Arts School (PPAS)

• Responsible for teaching choir to the 6th and 7th grade three times a week in 90 minute sessions. • Instruct a diverse group of students to hone their performance skills, reach their musical goals, and teach them musical literacy by giving out theory and sight reading worksheets daily, and assigning songs in two to three-party harmony in English, Italian, and Spanish languages. • Monitor all students to ensure they are in a safe and welcoming environment to best support their learning experience.

Choir, Voice, and Piano Instructor
Oct 2018 - Present

The Point CDC

• Teach a small group of children ages 7 to 10 how to sing in an ensemble by assigning different songs every few months and rehearsing the music in weekly one-hour sessions, with the goal of performing in a concert at the end of each semester. • Engage the students in a fun environment in which they learn about team work by practicing how to sing music of all styles together, including folk and classical.

Private Voice and Piano Teacher
Sep 2018 - Present

New York Music & Arts

• Train voice and piano students of all ages, including children, teenagers, adults, and the elderly, by giving weekly lessons ranging from 30 minutes to one hour, and assigning music to study and practice each week. • Prepare students for auditions, including prestigious performing arts high schools such as Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School and the NYSSMA exam; which led to students successful passing of the NYSSMA exam.

Education

Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance
Aug 2014 - May 2018

CUNY Macaulay Honors College at Queens College

High School Diploma - Vocal Major
Sep 2010 - Jun 2014

Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Music & Art and the Performing Arts

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Awards

Encouragement Award
Dec 2019

Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions - Connecticut District

3rd Place Winner
Jun 2019

Five Towns Competition for Voice

Semi-Finalist
May 2019

Washington International Competition for Voice

1st Place Winner
May 2018

Friday Woodmere Music Club Young Artist Competition for Voice

Jane and Paul Smaldone Memorial Scholarship
May 2018

Queens College

Finalist
Apr 2018

New York International Vocal Competition

Fellow
Jan 2018

Be-Spoken

1st Place Winner
Dec 2016

Bronx Arts Ensemble Young Artist Competition

Finalist
Nov 2016

Civic Morning Musicals Competition

Scholar
Aug 2014

Richard and Mica Hadar Foundation

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