Orlando Spikes

OJ S.

Windsor Mill, MD

About OJ S.

Orlando teaches: Ages 10 and up
Teaching since: January 2006
Last sign in: Within two months

Overview

Lyric Baritone, Orlando S., holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from the Peabody Conservatory and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, respectively. Orlando serves as the Director of Music and Chancel Choir conductor at Hunt's Memorial United Methodist Church which was founded in 1773 during the advent of our nation’s history.

In addition to his work as a conductor, Orlando is also a highly-respected and sought studio teacher of voice and piano. He maintains an active voice and piano studio in the Baltimore area having successfully taught hundreds of students. Orlando holds memberships with the National Association for Music Education (MENC), the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and teaches students in five different locations.

Orlando is a versatile artist with performance experience in opera, chamber music, art song, oratorio, musical theater, pop and jazz. He has completed concerts with the Municipal Opera Company of Baltimore, UMBC Camerata, Vocal Arts and New Music Ensembles including performances of works by W.A. Mozart, G.F Handel, Beethoven, Herbert Brun, Christian Wolff, Verdi, Donizetti and John Rutter at venues including Carnegie Hall, the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore among others.

He currently lives in the Baltimore suburbs with his wife, violinist, Meg Mizumoto and their two dogs, Dice and Billie.

*** Lesson Details ***
It's been my experience that an austere and tense environment causes austere and tense singing which is the exact opposite of what we're trying to accomplish together.



Voice and piano lessons are a partnership between the singer and the teacher: we both have a part in you or your child's progress and success. Singing and playing both require a positive attitude, a willingness to try new things and adequate preparation. That's what I hope to see from my students when they enter the studio and I will give the same energy and preparation in return.



After a few months in the studio, you or your child can expect to have a better understanding of how the voice works and tools and techniques employed by myself and the professionals responsible for my education and technique.



Furthermore, piano is fun! Singing is fun! Otherwise, we wouldn't do it...without getting paid for it at least, right? I have many individualistic goals planned for each lesson, but generally if you've had a good time, found some energy and learned something about either music or yourself, we've had a successful lesson. Everything else is a bonus for me. My students' experiences with me speak volumes and their successes in music and otherwise even moreso.







My three promises to you as a student:



1) I guarantee that you will have fun during the time you're with me! I know lessons can be intimidating and stressful, but they have to be fun and that's part of my job.



2) I promise that I will never ask you to do something that will harm your voice.



3) I stand behind my education and experiences: I've learned music from the best in the field and you will get nothing less than that from me during a lesson.







My three expectations of you:



1) Come willing to try new and different things in a low pressure environment. I don't bite...I swear.



2) Come prepared to sing and/or play. Why? If you want to sing or play piano, you have to sing or play. Relatively simple, right?



3) Come prepared to make mistakes because no performance is perfect by any standard. No lesson is perfect either and no lesson should be. Lessons are your opportunity to make mistakes without being judged, so make mistakes, commit to not making the same ones the next time and enjoy and appreciate the praise and feedback you get along the way. Singing is a journey that cannot be completed in a few one hour sessions, so I hope and expect that you won't treat it that way.







Now let's make beautiful music together!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Acoustic Piano
Multiple Music Stands
Free Wi-Fi
Quality Playback Interface
On-Demand Sheet Music Access
Comfortable Seating Area

*** Specialties ***
Voice, Beginning Piano, Singing, opera Voice, Music Theory, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Ear Training, Sight Singing, Sight Reading, Speaking Voice, Songwriting
Bel Canto, Old World Technique, Belting, Broadway, Opera, Oratorio, Art Song, Sacred Music, R&B, Jazz, Beginning Piano

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Experience

Director of Music
Aug 2007 - Present
Hunt's Memorial United Methodist Church

Education

Master of Music - Voice & Pedagogy
Aug 2009 - Dec 2011
Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University
Bachelor of Arts - Music (Composition & Vocal Performance)
Aug 2005 - May 2009
UMBC

Languages Spoken

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

National Association of Teachers of Singing
Jan 2009

Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

21 Reviews on OJ S.

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Leena A. Jun 19, 2015
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
OJ is a great instructor! He taught me so much about techniques and my vocal range. I was able to greatly improve my singing through lessons with him.
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Kimberleigh R. Jul 2, 2014
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
I have only received 3 lessons so far and all have been a wonderful experience. I am not a professional singer nor have I ever had any lessons singing. I simply just want to learn 1 song to sing to my future husband. OJ has made every lesson fun while I am learning and I know in time I will reach my goal.
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Jeanette B. Mar 6, 2014
Verified Student · ·
Fun, Easy to Work with

This teacher has an easy, fun loving spirit. I have learned important tips to improve my singing, such as, to name a few, where to place my tongue, the importance of enunciation, and scaling from high to low notes without breaking. I would recommend him as a teacher.
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LaToya L. Jan 6, 2013
Verified Student · Singing ·
Great Teacher

Throughout my life, I have been singing in Gospel choirs and for years, I have been an alto. After meeting with OJ, he helped me find my voice. He was able to determine my vocal range and I found out that I was never an alto, but a lyric soprano. I was so shocked, but excited at the same time. I thought that was amazing because he helped me discover my true vocal range. OJ is knowledgeable, patient, and fun to work with.
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Jackie A. Jan 4, 2013
Verified Student · Singing ·
I would recommend Take Lessons to anyone that's interested in music lessons. OJ makes learning fun and exciting. I can't wait for my next lesson.

I really enjoyed my singing lessons today with OJ and I am looking forward to my next lesson. OJ provides such a friendly and professional environment and I love the feedback he gives. He certainly has a way of making you feel relaxed, and he makes learning fun and interesting. I am so happy that I selected him as my teacher. He is the best and he listens. I have learned a lot from him during this first lesson.
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Tyah G. Dec 11, 2012
Verified Student · Piano ·
Piano Lessons

O.J is a very interesting instructor if I may say so myself. His focus is on the student & which direction the pupil wants to take their course. He meets you at your level & just when you thought you learned everything on one particular subject, he teaches you something new every single time.
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Don'YelleT Jul 21, 2012
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Fun & Worthwhile

My daughter, Natalia has really enjoyed her piano lessons with OJ thus far. She is learning a lot and is having fun too! She looks forward to her piano lessons each week. I definitely feel these private lessons are worthwhile that will benefit her next school year when she takes Piano I.
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JohnR Nov 3, 2010
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Recruiter

OJ has been a great teacher..he is patient and very knowlegeable of his craft. I am in the beginning stages but looking forward to moving forward in my development.
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JenniferP Oct 1, 2010
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OJ is a Pro!

If you're looking for very specific feedback and professional tips on how to improve your voice, I don't think there's anyone better than OJ. Every minute of our sessions was valuable. OJ helps you tap into your potential and truly deliver a song, not just sing it. With the utmost enthusiasm, I will be continuing my lessons with OJ.
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DavidS Aug 29, 2010
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Great vocal coach

Very fun and knowledgeable in his craft, but also serious and determined to take you to the next level. I'm already noticing improvement in my voice. Highly recommended to anyone looking for an Instructor.
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