Patricia Shanks

Patricia S.

Laguna Hills, CA

About Patricia S.

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Patricia teaches: Ages 8 and up
Teaching since: June 1973
Last sign in: 4 days ago


Patricia is a teacher of voice technique. She trains singers of ALL STYLES of music. Students and parents of students who expect intelligent, formal, conventional, conservatory-level training and a foundation-based approach will enjoy working with Patricia.

Patricia has trained singers and and taught vocal technique and piano in Orange County, California, since 1999. She has taught privately and in public and private schools and in college and conservatory settings, vocal directed and musical directed musical theatre productions and directed choirs since 1975. She has taught singing for the Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA). She also currently teaches voice for the Music Conservatory at Mission Viejo Christian Church.

A professional singer, Patricia has performed as a chorister with Los Angeles Music Center Opera, with Orange County’s Opera Pacific and with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and in master classes taught by Giorgio Tozzi (Metropolitan Opera), Blanche Thebom (Metropolitan Opera) and Dorothy Warenskjold (San Francisco Opera), among other notables. She is a San Mateo County Vocal Competition prize winner. She is a former staff soloist for the televised Crystal Cathedral Hour of Power Choir and the pre-recorded annual Glories of Christmas and Easter.

She has sung pop and rock and religious background music in recording studios, including Hollywood's Capital Records, and in live venues, including the Las Vegas Hilton Casino Lounge and the historic Coconut Grove club at the Ambassador Hotel in Hollywood.

Patricia trained and coached with a number of exceptional musicians including, most notably, Natalie Limonick (formerly general director of the USC Opera Program, director of the UCLA Opera Workshop and Opera Guild of Southern California President), Esther Andreas (Metropolitan Opera), Naomi Farr (New York City Opera), Nina Hinson (San Francisco Opera), Marion Cooper, Dietrich Erbelding, Charles Ross Perlee (conductor, San Francisco Opera and Bremen Opera), and several other respected teachers and coaches.

Patricia is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the Music Teachers Association of California, Music Teachers National Association, and the California Association of Professional Music Teachers. She is a Founding Teacher for the Music Development Program of the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Patricia is also an Emmy® Award-winning writer. She is a working spoken voice-over talent and an active member of SAG-AFTRA and AGMA. She is a former TV Arts & Entertainment news segment host and producer and NPR radio station affiliate host, and a former columnist for The Los Angeles Daily News.


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Photos and Videos

Patricia S. with student Julia Urone at Chapman University, March 2016. Julia performed on the MTAC Orange County Branch Honors Recital.


Sole Proprietor

Jun 1999 - Present
Patricia S. Voice Studio

Piano and voice studio offering private instruction. Orange County, California.


Sole Proprietor

Jul 2015 - Apr 2016
Studio S. Productions

Full-service performing arts training in Laguna Niguel, South Orange County, California.

Acting, singing, piano. Private lessons and classes.

Showcases. Artist Development. Casting Director Workshops.


Jan 1973 - Sep 2010

Contracted to teach acting, voice, piano, musical theatre vocal and musical direction, choir direction for groups, businesses and organizations, including Gold Coast Players, Palos Verdes Players, Hollywood Jewel Box Theatre, numerous public and private schools, SAG Conservatory, others.

Voice & Voice Acting Instructor

Sep 2008 - Jun 2009
Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA)

Classroom singing and voice-over for the Music & Theatre Conservatory


Sep 1996 - Jun 1998
Amadeus Boys & Girls Choirs

Director, Amadeus Choirs, Moorpark College, CA

Voice Instructor

Jan 1996 - Jul 1997
Gold Coast Theatre Conservatory

Classroom voice instructor, Gold Coast Theatre Conservatory, Thousand Oaks, CA

Voice Instructor

Jan 1989 - Jan 1992
City of Los Angeles Parks & Recreation

Voice class instructor and director of the Harbor Ecumenical Choir

Voice Instructor

Jan 1987 - Jan 1989
Angels Gate Cultural Center

Classroom voice and music instructor and community concert series coordinator

Music Specialist

Sep 1986 - Jun 1988
City of Redondo Beach

Classroom voice and music instruction in Redondo Beach public schools

Voice Instructor

Sep 1986 - Jun 1988
CSU Dominguez Hills

Voice Instructor for the weekend conservatory program at CSUDH

Music Instructor

Sep 1986 - Jun 1987
Carden Dominion School

Classroom music for Carden Dominion School, Redondo Beach, CA


Bachelor of Science

Sep 1988 - Dec 1990
University of Redlands


Standard Designated Subjects Credential

Sep 1973
State of California


Ms Newport Beach Ambassador

Nov 2013
Newport Beach Pageants


Jun 2010
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

San Mateo County Vocal Competition

Jul 1982
San Mateo County


Music Teachers National Association

Jun 2010

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists

Jan 2004

An American labor union representing over 160,000 film and television principal and background performers, journalists, and radio personalities worldwide.

National Association of Teachers of Singing

Jun 2001

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

Sep 1986

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.

American Guild of Musical Artists

Sep 1985

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.

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10 Reviews on Patricia S.

Marissa J Hoffman May 20, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Patricia is the teacher you need if you are serious about taking your singing to the next level. Her classes are challenging but she is patient. With each of her classes I learn valuable skills and techniques that I will use forever. She is truly a pro at what she does. Plus, she's fun! I couldn't imagine a better vocal coach.
Nathan Urone Nov 20, 2015
Singing · In studio
Patricia has not only trained my daughter to sing correctly and read music wnderfully, she has also developed a strong relationship with her and given her self confidence and a love of music in general.
Roland Henderson Nov 19, 2015
Singing · In studio
A little over a year ago I decided to take singing lessons. I scoured the internet and Yelp. It became apparent that I should try with Patricia Shanks. From my initial evaluation to the present day I am happy to say I made the right choice. On two counts. One, Patricia is long on substance and understands her craft at the highest possible level. She knows what she's doing. Count two, she blends into her approach a high level of compassion and just plain old down-to-earth care & concern for your best result and happiness and success. She immediately made feel comfortable and "accepted". And genuinely so. I have grown in the abundance of her able guidance. In this day and age of quick fixes and minimal effort it is refreshing to have someone performing her tasks as she does. You will NOT be disappointed. She is, in every sense of the word "Perfect".
Michael Nov 19, 2015
Piano · In home
Patricia has taught my boys piano for over 3 years and their progression over the years has been phenomenal! She communicates well with me and boys, she is an outside-the-box type teacher who uses technology as a tool to teach, and she pushes the boys to perform to the best of their abilities. If you are truly interested in having a music teacher that can really teach your child music, it is a no-brainer.
Lori C. Sep 22, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Patricia has phenomenal presence and knowledge. She is a detailed and skilled voice coach. And, her warm enviting personality are a delight. I highly recommend her as a truly respected artist. Thank-you Patricia:)
Lori C. Sep 22, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Patricia has phenomenal presence and knowledge. She is a detailed and skilled voice coach. And, her warm enviting personality are a delight. I highly recommend her as a truly respected artist. Thank-you Patricia:)
Lori C. Sep 22, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Patricia has phenomenal presence and knowledge. She is a detailed and skilled voice coach. And, her warm enviting personality are a delight. I highly recommend her as a truly respected artist. Thank-you Patricia:)
Dorothy S. Nov 28, 2014
Singing · In studio
Over the past year, my two children have taken singing lessons with Patricia. My kids are polar opposites of each other - in age, temperament, behavior, patience - you name it. My 14 year old daughter is in the gifted program at high school and my son in on the spectrum and spends part of each day in the special day class at his elementary school. Somehow, Patricia is able to provide individually tailored lessons for each child. They absolutely love going to see her! As a mother, nothing is more important than seeing your children thrive. This has been a richly rewarding experience for all of us.
Joni M. Nov 25, 2014
Audition Prep · In studio
Patricia single-handedly helped me ace my audition. She was positive, encouraging and gave me the skills and confidence I needed to blow away the competition. I would use her again in a heartbeat. Do yourself a favor and book a lesson with this awesome coach!
Joan M. Oct 27, 2014
Vocal Technique · In studio
Patricia is an amazing instructor on many levels. While she is an accomplished performer in her own right, she is equally able to break down the necessary vocal techniques in a manner that all ages and all levels can relate to. Lessons with Patricia are productive, but they are also fun! You will not find a more dedicated vocal coach anywhere.
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