- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
Monica is a classically trained soprano with a strong background in solo and choral singing and church music. Her opera credits include full productions and scene showcases in the roles of Laetitia (The Old Maid and The Thief), Cinderella (The True Story of Cinderella), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Zdenka (Arabella), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), and many ensemble roles. She has appeared as a featured soloist with Rochester Lyric Opera, The Little Theatre, IC BACH, Ithaca College Women's Chorale, Roberts Wesleyan College Chorale, Roberts Wesleyan College Community Orchestra, and Roberts Wesleyan College Jazz Combo, performing a variety of repertoire from opera arias and vocal chamber music to Broadway classics and jazz standards. Monica was the 2016 Winner and 2015 Runner-Up of the Concerto/Aria Competition at Roberts Wesleyan College, and she has been a finalist and semi-finalist in regional NATS competitions. A frequent recitalist in upstate New York, she has performed the world premieres of several new art songs at venues such as the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in NYC.
Monica is also a seasoned church musician, having served as a church cantor, pianist/organist, and choir director for 10+ years. In these roles, she assists in various leadership positions, designs resources for cantors, and provides both traditional and contemporary music for services, funerals, and weddings.
Monica is passionate about teaching and has experience teaching students ages 7-70 of all levels of experience, from adult community members to undergraduate music minors. In addition to teaching private lessons, Monica has taught group voice classes, assisted for undergraduate diction classes, and tutored students in diction, music history, music theory, and aural skills. She has formal training in Vocal Pedagogy at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as formal acting training.