Maureen Smith

Maureen S.

Chicago, IL

Lesson Details

Opera Voice

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I am an opera singer who grew up singing bluegrass. I love all kinds of music, I love people at all skill levels, and I’m everyone’s biggest cheerleader. I studied at a major music conservatory, lead the voice program at a dance academy for two years, and have taught hundreds of kids at inner city schools throughout the Midwest. Patience is my middle name.
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Maureen teaches



Maureen delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 9+ and special needs

Teaching since:

I am a professional opera singer who grew up singing bluegrass. I graduated from Peabody Conservatory of Music with a Bachelors of Music, specifically voice.

I've been singing professionally for 15 years in a variety of settings: I grew up in a family bluegrass band, sang musical theater through high school and college, sing in a female folk ukulele duo, and have a thriving career as a classical soprano in Chicago.

I love teaching students of all skill levels. For two years I was the head of the voice department for a dance academy. While there I maintained 15 students of varying age and skill level, and created a curriculum for their dance and voice integrated musical theater program. I also created a music education program for inner city schools in Milwaukee that had their arts funding taken away.

If you choose me as your teacher, I'll be your biggest cheerleader. I'm patient, kind, and truly want those I work with to sing beautifully and healthily. Let's make some beautiful music together!

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Teaching Artist
Jan 2013 - Mar 2016
Piano Arts

Developing accessible music curriculum for school-age children, tracking individual progress with individual students, communicating with classroom teachers on activities to prepare class for the next lesson.

Lead Voice Teacher
Sep 2013 - Sep 2015
Aspire Dance & Music

Maintain a studio of 15 students, keeping notes on their progress, selecting repertoire appropriate to each student's skill level and range, preparing them for studio recitals, auditions and competitions


BM - Voice Performance
Aug 2008 - May 2012
Peabody Conservatory of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency

Photos & Videos

A cover of Nat King Cole's "L-O-V-E" by my ukulele duo, Smith and Segal
An excerpt from a new opera written by Chicago composer Ross Crean
In performance!
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Christine Oct 9, 2017
Vocal Training · In studio

Maureen was a student of mine for 6 years, a student of my own graduate school voice teacher's for 4 years, and a student of my current voice teacher for the last few years. Since she was 13 years old, she has understood vocal technique in a way that some singers two or three times her age would be fortunate to grasp. She often helped other singers find their way through vocal issues, even as a teenager. I have always felt that she was meant to teach voice and anyone lucky enough to work with her will have a great experience and will learn a great deal! (Also, she's a great person.)

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