- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Mary Elizabeth Drake is a New York City based musical theater actress and honor graduate from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Musical Theater. She has 10 years of performance and vocal technique training and was most recently seen as Philia in Pittsburgh Public Theater’s production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Miss Drake has performed in leading roles in twelve productions and toured nationally. Some favorite roles include Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Cosette in Les Miserable, Luisa in The Fantasticks, and Cinderella in Into the Woods.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 8+
- Teaching since:
Whether you have had many voice lessons or you are wanting to try lessons for the first time I am excited to help you find your best voice in a healthy and fun way!
My name is Mary Elizabeth and I am a professional musical theater actress and voice teacher living in New York City. I am an honor graduate of Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theater. I have toured the United States and performed with professional theaters around the country. Some of my favorite roles include Luisa in The Fantasticks, Philia in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Cosette in Les Miserables, and Cinderella in Into the Woods.
My private lessons include all styles of music and vocal technique that protect and strengthen the voice. Students will also learn some basic music theory that will make learning new music much easier. Along with voice technique I help my students to express their interpretation of the music, especially in musical theater repertoire. I teach students 8 and up and have a lot of experience working with kids. No matter what your goal is the most important thing is that you are eager to learn and enjoy the process!
As someone who is currently auditioning and performing in the business I want to pass the knowledge I have gained to others. I have done "endless" auditions in my life and I love to help others prepare for auditions.
I teach online lessons and in New York City at a studio in Midtown.
Please reach out if you have any questions all. I look forward to working with you!
Ms. Drake has helped me so much in my singing and performing. Her teaching helped me gain more freedom in my high notes. She inspires me to be a more confident performer.
Mary Elizabeth has helped me gain confidence in my singing. She has made me feel like my goals are attainable if I am just willing to work hard. I feel like I have improved so much after working with her as a teacher.
As a Vocal Coach, I have been greatly impressed by Mary Elizabeth Drake’s singing for many years! She has an impeccable technique and she is a beautiful actress in the repertoire, the roles she is singing, portraying! And now recently, I have had the opportunity to accompany as she teaches. Ms. Drake is excellent with her students. With total command of her own technique, she is astute in helping students work out their own. With vocal exercises, she was able to help the students with their breathing and placement problems and immediate improvement was evident! Ms. Drake is an excellent coach as well helping the students with their acting by grasping the importance of the text they are singing, the character they are portraying and giving discerning, clever ideas and tools for their delivery. There are many great singers out there today but few who have the ability and gifts for teaching and helping others with their voice! I highly recommend Mary Elizabeth if you are looking for a good voice teacher!+ Read More
Mary Elizabeth really helped me with expression in my singing. I loved working with her in a Master Class and learned so much about technique and bringing the placement of my voice more forward. She had great ideas to help me portray the character in my song. Her work with me helped me gain confidence in my recent audition to be a voice major in college where I was offered a full scholarship.+ Read More
Mary Elizabeth is a wonderful teacher. She has really helped me understand how important breath control is for my singing. She has also helped me to feel more comfortable with performing and getting into the character that I am portraying. I have also learned that sometimes stillness is the most powerful thing to express emotion in certain songs. Working with her as a teacher has inspired and encouraged me so much in learning how to sing. She makes learning vocal technique fun!+ Read More
Miss Drake taught a 3 hour Master Class for my 12 students. She was excellent in helping each student with their vocal technique and acting in the songs. She was able to creatively engage each student and pinpoint specific ways to help them improve their singing. It was amazing to watch students respond to her suggestions and see the improvement in their performances. Her expertise, performing background and energy made the class a fun learning experience! I highly recommend her as a voice teacher!+ Read More