Mary Elizabeth Drake
New York, NY
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Mary Elizabeth Drake

Mary Elizabeth D.

New York, NY
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I will help you discover your best voice in a fun and healthy way! You do not need to have a musical background, all levels of experience are welcome! You will learn vocal technique that protects and strengthens your voice so that you can approach new songs with confidence and freedom! Students will also learn basic music theory and gain a better understanding of reading music.

Mary Elizabeth D 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 D 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.

About Mary Elizabeth D.

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 10 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 "countless" auditions in my life and I love to help others prepare for auditions.

Please reach out if you have any questions all. I look forward to working with you!


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Very nice, very helpful, taught me a lot of really great things to help with my voice and to improve my singing. Helped me notice a lot of things I didn't even know I did. Very supportive too and let me do the songs I was interested in.

Posted Jun 28, 2021
Shanna & Sadie P.
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Mary Elizabeth has been wonderful with my daughter in helping her strengthen her voice as well as teach her breath control and many of the other tools that a singer uses. And building confidence along the way! I would highly recommend her!

Posted Jun 14, 2021
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Have seen such improvement in confidence and technique in just 5 lessons - Mary Elizabeth is so encouraging and makes you feel comfortable, and you can tell she’s genuinely excited to see progress. She respects the level of the student and really personalizes for your strengths, weaknesses, and goals. Her corrections are thoughtful and efficient and she makes sure the lesson gets you singing as much as possible. Friendly and accommodating with scheduling. Will definitely be continuing lessons. :)

Posted May 20, 2021
Emily F.
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Mary Elizabeth provides a fun stress free learning environment! I was nervous about starting vocal lessons for the first time, but her patience and enthusiasm helped me raise my confidence in my vocal abilities:)

Posted May 16, 2021
Natasha G.
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Mary Elizabeth is a great teacher! I noticed a difference in my voice and confidence in the past 7 months of her being my voice teacher! Thank you for all that you do and for sharing your experiences and talents with me !

Posted Dec 25, 2020
Lauren Campbell
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I've been studying with Mary Elizabeth since August and have seen a serious improvement in my voice! Her lessons are fun and engaging and I have been able to build my repertoire. I feel much more comfortable in an audition setting because of the variety of things I have learned. I've been practicing various types of music like classical/contemporary musical theatre and I have a stronger understanding of the music in general! I would highly recommend taking lessons with her.

Posted Dec 1, 2020
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Mary Elizabeth has been great! Im an adult and this is my first time taking voice lessons. I was very nervous in the beginning, but Mary Elizabeth is fun and positive and made me feel very relaxed! She’s very knowledgable and I already feel as if I’m improved a lot from just a few lessons.

Posted Oct 16, 2020
Alice F.
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Mary Elizabeth is absolutely wonderful! My daughter who has been taking lessons with her since the begin of the summer says that she is extremely fun, kind, patient and organized, always bringing new beautiful songs to learn that she loves. I am so happy and very excited about this singing journey for her with Mary Elizabeth.

Posted Aug 10, 2020
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My teen daughter was taking in-person voice lessons locally (Seattle) before the pandemic. Once everything moved to on-line, we realized the door was open to find an on-line teacher who lived anywhere! We were so happy to find Mary Elizabeth who has musical theater experience and has been on the stage in NYC! My daughter has a passion for musical theater and she needed a voice teacher who understands the challenges of learning to sing well while also belting out the notes. Mary Elizabeth has a very warm, positive and supportive style that has really has helped my daughter not only learn, but also give her more confidence. We highly recommend Mary Elizabeth! You will not be disappointed!

Posted Aug 3, 2020
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So patient. So knowledgeable. So upbeat.

Posted Jun 23, 2020
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First lesson and my daughter is so happy and motivated! Thank you Mary Elizabeth!

Posted Jun 2, 2020
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Mary made me feel so comfortable and it was a wonderful experience. She is a fantastic teacher

Posted May 20, 2020
Michelle Nadeau
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So kind.. patient and is extremely knowledgeable... Wonderful energy and enthusiastic about teaching and sharing her gift.

Posted May 5, 2020
Savannah G.
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Mary Elizabeth was amazing. She was professional, patient and knowledgeable. My daughter is so excited for their next session together! Thank you Mary Elizabeth!🎵🎶

Posted Apr 28, 2020
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My daughter was very happy with her first lesson. Mary Elizabeth was very sweet and made my daughter feel comfortable. They went over a number of vocal exercises and came up with a plan for future lessons.

Posted Apr 1, 2020
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Mary Elizabeth has been a great help in preparing me for college auditions! She helped me choose audition material that was right for me and helped not only with vocal technique but with acting choices and my overall performance. I felt more than prepared when it came time to film prescreens and audition. I have definitely become a better singer because of my lessons with Mary-Elizabeth, and I would not have done as well at my auditions without her.

Posted Feb 4, 2020

Great singing teacher! Helped my voice to become stronger and taught me how to sing without straining my voice.

Posted Jan 9, 2020
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My daughter loves Mary Elizabeth! She feels like she is learning a lot and I appreciate how flexible she is with scheduling!

Posted Aug 28, 2019
Inaru M.
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I am very happy taking my granddaughter to singing lessons with Mary Elizabeth. The dedication and efforts are real and Inaru has improved on the first lesson. Than you Mary Elizabeth!

Posted Jun 14, 2019
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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.

Posted Mar 10, 2019
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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.

Posted Mar 10, 2019
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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!

Posted Feb 27, 2019
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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.

Posted Feb 24, 2019
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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!

Posted Feb 24, 2019
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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!

Posted Feb 19, 2019

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Bachelor of Music in Musical Theater
Aug 2011 - May 2015

Oklahoma City University



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