Olga Chernisheva

Olga C.

San Mateo, CA
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Test Prep

Levels Taught:
Elementary, Middle School, High School, College
I prepare singers for various tests: CM, ABRSM as well as auditio s and competitions
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Olga teaches



Olga delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6 to 75 and special needs

Teaching since:
March 1999

Latest news:
I just have to share this:
My 13 years old student forwarded to semifinals of national Classical Singer auditions in Chicago!!!! Way to go, Avantika!

You can see me performing with Opera San Jose in Classical Series in the Park in Redwood City.

Three of my students passed Certificate of Merit with honors , one of them was chosen to sing at convention in LA this Summer.


Described by critics as "flawless in her singing" (Cultural World Bilingual ), "natural singer with beautiful colors...sings wonderfully, communicating the excesses of passion and emotion, the quick contrasts of mood , with grace and conviction" (San Jose Mercury News); possessing “a pure, strong soprano with phrasing of sumptuous elegance” (San Francisco Chronicle), " dazzling high notes are piercing without being ugly" (San Francisco Classical Voice), "beauty of her voice is outstanding...it has power to set the theater ringing, but it also has a wealth of color... Her stage presence...is magnetic" (Peninsula Reviews), "Her mezzo tones...evoked memories of Maria Callas' spell-binding rendition" (San Jose Mercury News),
Olga was announced the Best Leading Female Singer in North East in season 2006-2007 by Opera Online.
A native of Russia, she appeared on the stages of the Bolshoi Opera (Maria in Mazeppa, Prilepa in Pique Dame, Brigitta in Iolanta, Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress, Musetta in La Boheme, to name a few), Kazan Opera Theater (Mimi in La Boheme), Stanislavsky Opera Theater (Micaela in Carmen), and Malmo Opera Theater in Sweden (Musetta) before emigrating to the U.S.A., where she appeared with Hawaii Opera Teater as Mimi in La Boheme, San Francisco Lyric Opera in title role of Aida, West Bay Opera and DiCapo Opera in New York in the title role of Manon Lescaut, Opera San Jose and Illinois Opera Theater as Tosca, and with Cedar Rapids Opera, Gold Coast Opera,Golden Gate Opera and Opera North as Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly, with San Francisco Opera Merola Program and Tampa Opera as Musetta in La Boheme. In autumn of 2009 she appeared in Cairo as Tosca and, in spring of 2010 debuted it Italy at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo as Carlotta in Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten, where she returned following summer in the title role of Aida. From 2006 till 2010 Olga performed with touring company Teatro Lirico d’Europa all over United States in multiple performances of Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Aida, Carmen,La Boheme, Turandot, Le Nozze di Figaro, I Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana. Olga appeared in title roles with local opera companies like Opera San Jose (Tosca),;; West Bay Opera (Manon Lescaut, La Forza del Destino), Livermore Opera (I Pagliacci), Martinez Opera (Madama Butterfly), Golden Gate Opera (Madama Butterfly, Suor Angelica, I Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana), San Francisco Opera Company (Aida)
Olga appeared with Orchestra Sinfonica Romana at the concert stage of Santa Cecilia in Rome and Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Verdi Requiem, Quatar with Gala concerts, Opera Santa Barbara in an evening of music by Giocomo Puccini, DiCapo Opera (Rachmaninoff’s Francesca da Rimini), in Russia at the Nizhny Novgorod Concert Hall for Bach’s Mass in B-minor, at the Grand Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory for Mahler’s Sympony No. 4 and for Orff’s Carmina Burana, Moscow’s Cathedral Catholic Church for Bach’s Easter Oratorio, as a featured soloist for both the Notti Musicali Modenesi Festival and Costa Rica’s XIII Festival de Musica Credomatic; and as a featured soloist for the political-cultural event entitled “Days of Russian Culture in Bulgaria, jointly sponsored by the Russian and Bulgarian Ministries of Culture and attended by the presidents of both countries.
In 2002 Olga participated in San Francisco Opera Center Merola Opera Program for young singers and sang Musetta with Western Opera on tour.

Currently Olga devotes herself to voice teaching and performs locally."

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MYC teacher, voice teacher
Dec 2014 - Present
Private Studio

Voice teacher
Mar 2013 - Present
Private Studio

Voice teacher, vocal coach, Russian diction coach, professional development.
Sep 2000 - Present
Private Studio


Masters Degree in Solo Singing and Voice Teaching
Sep 1996 - Jun 2002
Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory
Bachelor Degree in Choral Singing
Sep 1992 - Jul 1996
Moscow state colledge named Gnessin


Professional Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


MYC Sunrise Certified teacher
Apr 2015
Music For Young Children


Grand Prize
Jun 2006
Rose Palmai-Tenser Vocal Competition
3rd Place
Apr 2006
Opera Index Competition
Special Award
Sep 2000
International Bulbul Vocal Competition in Baku
Grand Prize Winner
Jun 1999
Bella Voce international competition
1st place Winner
Jun 1996
Bella Voce international competition


National Association of Teachers of Singing
Jul 2016

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.

Music Teachers' Association of California
Jun 2015

MTAC aspires to be the recognized leader in (1) Student Programs, which make a positive impact in the quality of music education and in the lives of music students; (2) Member Programs, which inspire quality teaching, the pursuit of ongoing teacher education and member involvement with community outreach; (3) a thriving Foundation, which funds Student Programs and member needs through its investments, donations, and grants.

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Photos & Videos

Signore Ascolta from Turandot. Hong Kong Opera Theatre 2006
Musetta in La Boheme Bolshoi Theatre Moscow Russia 2002

Mimi in La Boheme Stanislavskyi and Nemirovich-Danchenko Opera Theater Moscow 1999

Poliubila Ja na Pechal Svoiu by Sergey Rachmaninov Concert in San Francisco Univercity
Manon Lescaut West Bay Opera 2005

Aida San Francisco Lyric Opera

Mimi Hawaii Opera Theater 2010

Opera San Jose Tosca September 2015

San Jose Opera Tosca September 2015,
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20 Reviews

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Shannon Apr 22, 2019
Singing · Online

Did not have session

Jill R. Jan 12, 2019
Singing · In studio

Learning a lot. Started not knowing how to sing and now I can carry a tune!

KC Dec 25, 2018
Vocal Training · In studio

Ultimate professional who has a great voice herself.

Tejashree Jun 6, 2018
Classical Voice · In home

Olga is very passionate, patient and persistent voice teacher who strives to bring the best in her students. My daughters 10 and 12 started taking lessons with Olga an year ago. We saw phenomenal difference in both of their singing abilities in just few classes. Moreover my 10 year old daughter passed with flying colors ‘The certificate of merit -level 3’ exam and got selected to sing at the MTAC convention. Thank you Olga for your persistence and hats off to your patience. If there is tiny bit of constructive feedback it would be to seek help on organization skills, but being a mom myself I totally can discount that for your caliber of music.

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Yachen Aug 29, 2017
Singing · In home

The lesson was very helpful! I look forward to more!

Jim F. May 27, 2017
Singing · In studio

Too early to tell how it will go.

Jason Sep 3, 2016
Singing · In studio

Olga is a kind, patient instructor. We are glad to have her as our singing teacher.

Connie C. Jul 21, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio

Olga transformed my technique completely! She's got a lot of experience and knows exactly how to help me find the right technique using various ways to explain, such as the physical and physiological side, as well as more imaginative and creative explanations that I could easily relate to. I enjoyed the lessons very much because I felt I was achieving something new every lesson. Will definitely take more lessons with Olga in the future!

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Katya Ozherelyeva Jul 17, 2016
Singing · Online

Olga is an incredible teacher: encouraging, friendly and professional. I enjoy my lessons with her.

Lourdes S. Mar 13, 2016
Vocal Training · In home

Olga has been teaching my daughter since December 2015. I asked my daughter what she thought of her teacher and she said she liked her a lot because Olga believes in her. Olga seems to know what music fits the personality of my daughter. I am so glad we found her.

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Rick T. Nov 19, 2015
Singing · In studio

Olga is very motivational and inspirational! Olga is very serious about music and let 's you know how passionate she is toward being a great teacher for you. I feel she is dedicated to music and has lifted me up to do my best ! Thank you for this great opportunity !!


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Irina M. Nov 14, 2015
Singing · In studio

Olga is a very experienced and knowledgeable teacher. I always enjoyed her lessons, and saw real and quick changes of my voice. The progress was obvious, and I would highly recommend this voice teacher to anyone.

Marina Nov 9, 2015
Classical Voice · In home

Olga is an amazing teacher. Due to her great efforts, my daughter's voice has improved tremendously. She is a very passionate teacher who truly cares about the success of her students. She has a deep expertise in voice-training that she is able to clearly communicate to her students. We are fortunate to have her as our voice teacher.

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AK Nov 9, 2015

Olga is an amazing teacher. She is able to bring out the best in my daughter. I've seen my daughter blossom into a melodious singer. I knew she always had a very loud voice but to hear her sing opera style using the right skills was just amazing! My daughter also has started truly enjoying her vocal training and I attribute that to Olga's dedication and teaching capabilities. I would highly recommend Olga as a teacher who can transform you or your child into an exceptional singer.

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Albina Parks Nov 9, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio

My daughter has been taking lessons with Olga for a year and a half now. She absolutely adores Olga. She is positive and clearly loves working with children. Olga is an opera singer and knows how to teach children: be it songs from musicals, opera or Taylor Swift. My daughters voice and confidence has grown tremendously since she started taking lessons with Olga. I highly recommend her as a voice teacher.

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Siobhan L. Oct 26, 2015
Singing · In studio

Olga is amazing! Very patient and really gives you the tools to practice techniques on your own as well as tips for long term success.

Nat Oct 23, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio

I like her teaching and patience. She is kind and knows how to get around my limitations. Thanks

Kathy Y. Oct 20, 2015
Singing · In studio

I'm so glad finding Ms. Olga from TAKELESSONS. She is not only a great singer,but also she knows how to pass her talent to her students. The way she teaches is very practical. Her traching method is individualized. After I only took one lesson, I already got idea how to overcoming my problems. She shows me exactly how my voice works, and how to work with each muscle group in my voice to get amazing result.
I definitely continue to take lessons from her.

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Jaslyn K. Jul 11, 2015
Singing · In studio

Love Olga's teaching style. While she focused on fundamentals and techniques, she made it fun and easy to understand for my 6 1/2 year old. She introduced an engaging and age-appropriate song for my little one during the first lesson and my girl couldn't stop singing it on our whole way home! Very much looking forward to more future lessons!

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Svetlana K. Nov 26, 2014
Classical Voice · In studio

Olga is a great teacher and an experienced professional. She have been teaching my daughter last two years. I can say that it was enjoyable and worthwhile experience. I think she is kind of teacher who is in the talent-finding and talent-development business. She helped my daughter to come out of her shell and gain more confidence.

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