Michael Miersma
Los Angeles, CA
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Michael Miersma

Michael M.

Los Angeles, CA
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
My lessons are geared towards fostering a healthy, confident singer from beginner to advanced levels. Providing you with the necessary tools in order to adapt to any situation, whether on stage or in studio. Building your instrument to weather adversity comes from a grounded and functional technique that fits your individual voice. Most importantly, singing should be a joy and that comes with confidence.
Through my over 15 years of experience singing professionally I’ve performed in every venue imaginable. From lead roles in operas to performing at venues like the Forum to singing on Disney soundtracks. Passing on the technique which has allowed me a career with longevity and flexibility is important to me.
A singer’s unique voice is a huge asset. You shouldn't sound like anyone else, you should sound like you. That’s where a healthy foundation can give you the guidance to sound like the best version of you.

About Michael M.

I am a professional singer in Los Angeles with credits ranging from opera to Disney. With over 15 years of professional experience, I practice what I teach to maintain my voice and have been lucky to have had great teachers along the way.

I started my career in opera and choral ensemble work. Formerly I have been a young artist at Opera Tampa and an ensemble recording artist with Oregon Catholic Press. In my three years in LA I have expanded my resume rapidly. In addition to being a member of two choral ensembles (LA Choral Lab and Tonality) and have sung this past season with the Los Angeles Master Chorale under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel.

In session work, I maintain an active career. Most recently I sang for Disney's The Lion King. I have also sung for Game of Thrones Live at the Forum and Assassin's Creed Live for E3. Two years ago I provided vocals for a Nissan national ad campaign. Not only do I sing, but I'm also a Voiceover artist represented by AB2 talent. There's not a day goes by that I don't practice vocal artistry.

Singing with a strong foundation in the classical style has given me many opportunities to perform in some amazingly diverse situations. Although I specialize in classical voice, the bel canto technique I employ encourages flexibility and can prepare you to feel comfortable singing in every genre.

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Jessica
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Michael is great - a fun teacher who also manages to be professional and inspiring. He's got tons of experience and readily shares it to ensure you get the most out of your lessons.

Posted Dec 4, 2019
Abram Poliakoff
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You will love taking lessons from Michael! Not only does he have a lot of real-world experience performing in the music business here in Los Angeles, but he is also incredibly down-to-earth and inviting. You will have no problem feeling comfortable enough to start taking risks and improving your voice under his guidance!

Posted Sep 11, 2019
Camille
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Michael rocks! He's a fantastic singer and a wonderful person. He's supportive, encouraging, and an absolute pleasure to work with. He brings tons of solo, choral, and studio experience to lessons, which makes him well equipped to help you reach your singing goals.

Posted Sep 9, 2019
Beatrice
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I had so much fun taking my singing lessons with Michael! It can be somewhat intimidating and daunting to sing in front of someone at first, but Michael was very relaxed and has a very approachable personality.
From just a few of our sessions, I have learned so much about my voice. I have also been noticing a few desireable results while implementing techniques that Michael has introduced to me. I am very exciting to continue my voice lessons with him, and I highly recommend that you do so as well!

Posted Sep 9, 2019

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Experience

Baritone Section leader
Oct 2019 - Present

St. James in the City

Recently joined the professional choir for St. James in the City in Los Angeles, CA.

Voice Teacher
Jul 2019 - Present

Neighborhood Music School

I teach at a local music school once a week to give back to my community.

Singing
Sep 2004 - Present

Myself

I've been singing professionally since right out of high school and have experience in all kinds of situations you may have questions about. And I'm sure that if I can't answer the question, I know someone who can.

Young Artist
Aug 2010 - Oct 2010

Opera Tampa

I was selected from a field of hopefuls to be employed as a young artist. Involved with the job was performing outreach and singing for young and old, from large stages to living rooms. In addition to spreading the word, we were the fundraising arm of the company entertaining donors at private parties. We were also cast in the mainstage opera The Merry Widow.

Section Leader
Sep 2004 - Jun 2007

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

Churches with strong music programs often employ local singers to bolster the ranks of their singers. I was hired right out of high school to be a section leader for their premier choirs.

Education

BA in Music
Sep 2004 - Jun 2009

Portland State University

Certifications

TEFL
May 2015

Bridge TEFL

Completed a course to teach English as a foreign language when I was living abroad and taught English as a second language for a year a half.

Awards

Ruth Dobson Award for Operatic Excellence
Apr 2009

Portland State University

Affiliations

American Guild of Musical Artists
Apr 2019
An American labor union that represents 8,000 current and retired opera singers, ballet and other dancers, opera directors, backstage production personnel at opera and dance companies, and figure skaters.
Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
Oct 2018
An American labor union representing over 160,000 film and television principal and background performers, journalists, and radio personalities worldwide.

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