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Mary V.
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Hello! Please note: I'm interested in experienced/dedicated students ages 14 and up (this includes adults). Advanced/serious singers welcome, experienced teenagers & adults welcome to write me and see if we are a good fit. My studio mainly consists of advanced, professional singers as well as college students pursuing Music Degrees and high school students preparing for school whom are very active in their music/choral/band/orchestra/theater programs. If this sounds right for you, read below: About Me as a Teacher: I’m a dramatic soprano living in Germany, currently pursuing my Master’s Degree at the Hochschule Franz Lizst in Weimar. I have done a lot of work on my technique through the years - having a voice type that is by definition high maintenance, I have a lot of insight into technique as the training for this type of voice is extensive by necessity. It was a long road - I was first considered a mezzo, then a soprano, then I worked internationally as a dramatic coloratura, after which I developed towards a spinto in my thirties before my voice finally settled. All this development has been made possible by my having worked with stellar pedagogues, and the journey has itself given me a large perspective about technical issues. I speak Italian, Russian and German. I believe that the best hope for any young singer to improve technique is through diversified repertoire (Musical Theater, Pop, Classical, etc;). I have students singing and competing in many genres but one thing my students have in common is the discipline to work in this diversified manner. Many of my students have been with me for 3 or even 4 years and see the benefits that classical has given their musical theater, particularly with flexibility. My approach is to assign repertoire that confronts technical issues, not avoids them. I think this is a massive mistake with voice teachers these days. No high notes? Sing something lower. No flexibility? Sing something simple. No range? Let's pick a song with less notes. This is NOT how I work and it is important that anyone interested in lessons with me understands this. My students enjoy the benefits of improved technique outside of lessons. In lessons we work hard. Lesson Format 30m lesson: Warm-Ups (15m) Pieces/Songs (15m) 45m lesson: Warm-Ups (15m) Classical Piece (15m) Musical Theater Piece (15m) 60m lesson: Warm-Ups (25m) Classical Piece (15-20m) Musical Theater Piece (15-20m) Recommendations: Beginners: One 30m session per week Enthusiastic Beginner: Two 30m sessions per week Intermediate Student: One 45m session per week Advanced/Experienced Beginners: One 45m session per week Intermediate-Advanced: One 60m session per week Clarification about level (please read to assess yourself) Beginner: No experience, interested in trying out Enthusiastic Beginner: No experience, motivated Intermediate Student and/or Advanced Experienced Beginner Students: Students who have either already taken lessons, or students heavily involved in their Choir/Musical Theater/Band/Orchestra etc; therefore have experience in Musical settings Intermediate-Advanced: Experienced with lessons & technical work, looking to move forward. Who I am not good for: Students who are not ready to confront their technical shortcomings. Students who want to sing in voice lessons for fun, not for improvement. (By the way, improving can be fun-but it does confront issues.) People who are not willing to have a flexible approach to repertoire for technical growth. People who are not ready to be confronted with direct feedback.
About Mary V.

Miss Vaillancourt is the rare combination of professional singer and certified Music Educator. She has worked in International Schools all over the world and is now a freelance soloist singing on concert and operatic stages in Europe. Recent engagements include Sofia National Opera (Small Stage) & Stara Zagora Opera (Main Stage). Miss Vaillancourt is currently a student at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar, Germany. Mary Vaillancourt is a dramatic soprano originally from Portland, Maine. Her voice has been defined as having richness and flexibility. Prior to COVID 19, Miss Vaillancourt had most recently been seen as Nedda in I Pagliacci with Opera Veto in Varna in Winter 2019. Other recent engagements include the National Opera of Sofia in Bulgaria where she sang in the Chamber Opera "Katze Ivanka” in the title role. In the 2018/2019 season made her highly anticipated soloist debut in State Opera of Stara Zagora as Nedda in I Pagliacci. She also covered Adina in “L’Elisir D’amore” with Ruse State Opera in the 2018-2019 Season. During the 2017-2018 season, Miss Vaillancourt performed as a choir member on the main stage in several major operas including La Boheme, La Traviata, Tosca, Aida as well as various other staged productions and choral concerts. Other notable performances include Beethovens 9th Symphony with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and Lucia di Lammermoor in Sofia's National Theatre. Miss Vaillancourt was invited with enthusiasm to sing in several faculty concerts hosted by Moscow Conservatory in the beautiful Rachmaninoff Hall. Highlights from her time in Moscow include performing an evening of Russian Art songs in the Chekhov Museum and the Kremlin State Geological Museum. Miss Vaillancourt pursued her Master’s Degree at the prestigious Gneisin Academy in Moscow whilst studying with Bolshoi Opera soloist Irina Dolzhenko. During this time, she also studied intensive Russian through a full immersion program in the Conservatory. During her time in Europe, she performed as a soloist in three productions at the Mediterranean Opera Festival in Italy including Cosi Fan Tutte (Fioridiligi), Suor Angelica (Suor Angelica), Gianni Schicchi (Nella) and La Boheme (Musetta, Cover). Though currently a very active performer, Miss Vaillancourt has been and continues to be a passionate and enthusiastic teacher. She entered the University of Southern Maine as a violinist and graduated as a singer with a degree in Music Education. Miss Vaillancourt has spent her career being an excellent educator to both Primary and Secondary students in International Schools around the world including in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Russia, Netherlands, Czech Republic, and Spain. Miss Vaillancourt designed and established curriculum-based instrumental programs in schools in the Middle East and Russia for students 6-14 years of age. She has also been noted as an excellent vocal pedagogue with young students, getting high-quality singing out of large groups of singers of all abilities. She knows how to create an enthusiastic, vibrant classroom that helps students learn but more importantly helps students leave feeling empowered. As a conductor, she has been invited to conduct several major festivals in the International School circuit, most notably the COBIS International Music Festival Orchestra and the BSF Gifted and Talented Festival Choir and String Orchestra. During her time in the Middle East, Miss Vaillancourt prepared multiple students for the prestigious ABRSM, LAMDA and Trinity practical and theory exams. All passed these exams but impressively enough, the majority received distinctions and merits.


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I am a soon to be Music Education College major and Mary has helped me tremendously through that process. I have gotten into al the schools I’ve applied to and u don’t think I could have done that without her!💕

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Nedda - I Pagliacci
Aug 2019 - Present
Opera Veto
Woglinde - Das Rheingold
Jul 2019 - Aug 2019
DMV Berlin
Woglinde in Das Rheingold
Soprano Soloist
Nov 2018 - May 2019
Sofia National Opera
Recital - Soloist Katze Ivanka - Chamber Opera in Bulgarian Magic Flute for Children - Queen of the Night
Cover Soloist - L'Elisir D'amore
Sep 2018 - Oct 2018
Rousse State Opera
Blondchen - The Abduction of Seraglio Adina - L'Elisir D'Amore
Soprano Soloist
Oct 2017 - Oct 2018
State Opera Stara Zagora Opera
Choir in dozens of productions Vesselina Kasarova Masterclass, Soloist Vesselina Kasarova Masterclass Gala Concert, Soloist Nedda - I Pagliacci
Soprano Soloist
Jul 2015 - Aug 2017
Mediterranean Opera Studio
This is training program but very rigorous with many fantastic teachers. I sang several solo performances during this time both on stage and in masterclasses.
Primary Music Teacher
Aug 2014 - Jul 2017
International School of Moscow
-Designed an original, compulsory curriculum for KS2 and KS3 students which included weekly lessons on orchestral instruments Managed and successfully created a strong team of individual music teachers who have been enthusiastically received by students, parents and teachers Developed various instrumental and choral ensembles in both Upper Primary and Secondary which maintained high attendance, enthusiasm and quality Tutored students in sight-singing, ear training, music history, and music theory for ABRSM exams Organized several events including studio recitals, productions and concerts outside of compulsory curriculum which had high parent and student attendance Organized and hosted the International British Schools Foundation Gifted & Talented Festival in Moscow which was attended by 500+ students and faculty members from all over the world Was personally invited (2016 & 2017) to conduct the International COBIS International Music Festival Symphonic Orchestra Students received awards in International COBIS International Music Festival for Brass, String, Woodwind solo and ensemble categories
Voice/Violin/Theory Teacher
Feb 2013 - Aug 2014
British School of Bahrain
Assistant Music and Stage direct West Side Story Stage manage school production of West Side Story Teach private voice, violin, guitar and piano lessons Tutor students in sight-singing, ear training, music history, and music theory for ABRSM exams Teach different choral and instrumental classes ranging from 5-16 age students
Opera Singing
Oct 2020
Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt
Master's Degree in Opera Studies (on-going)
Sep 2016 - Dec 2018
Gneissin Academy - Moscow
Bachelor's Degree in Music Education
Sep 2005 - Jan 2011
University of Southern Maine
Limited Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Music K-12
Dec 2011
Maine Department of Education

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