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Pia Ugarte

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Pia Ugarte Elliott is the Founder and Director of The Ugarte Studio as well as the Founder and Artistic Director of the performing arts organization known as Voices and the female vocal band Zaphyra.

Her music career started in Peru under the tutelage of Maestro Manuel Cuadros Barr, Founder and Artistic Director of "Camerata Vocale Orfeo" and Artistic Advisor to the President of the Republic of Peru. Encouraged by her first mentor, she moved to New York were she continued her vocal studies at The Juilliard School and NYU. She continued to coach opera under Maestro Vincent La Selva, Founder and Artistic Director of New York Grand Opera, winning an apprentice scholarship with the company and further performing in many of the company's concerts at Carnegie Hall and fully staged opera productions in Central Park. Her association with the company now covers over two decades.

In 1996, Ms. Ugarte Elliott moved to Atlanta where she has continued performing and is glad to contribute to the artistic life of The Southern Crescent. In addition to her career in music, she continues to act, write, and produce. In 2010, she completed the filming of "Angel's Wings" in the role of Ms. Linda and is currently working on a combined recording and writing project titled 'Songs for Eli' composed by Lithuanian pianist, InnaSatunovsky.

The Ugarte Studio was established in 1996 and has been serving the Southern Arc providing high quality of instruction in music and performance. Studio members and graduates are consistently seen performing leads and placing and winning in international, national and local competitions. In certain instances where multiple studio members have participated, 40 percent of winners and finalists have belonged to the studio. Many studio members go ahead to pursue professional careers in performing and music and are accepted to institutions of higher learning with honors and scholarships.

The studio's summer program has allowed members to experience performing with organizations like New York Grand Opera in Central Park as part of their fully-staged productions under the baton of world-acclaimed Maestro Vincent La Selva. Through this program, students have had access to private master classes with the likes of Maestro La Selva and Dianna Heldman, Associate Director of Vocal Performance at NYU's Steinhart School. Additionally, studio members audition and are accepted to prime performing arts organizations.

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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

I love music and what I do. I have an intrinsic knowledge of the vocal mechanism and music and I am able to convey what I know to my students in a way they will understand.



Feb 1996 - Present

The Ugarte Studio

Voice teacher



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Professional Proficiency

Quechua, Catalan, Basque, Eastern European languages

Professional Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


The Recording Academy
Jan 2015
Celebrating music through the GRAMMY Awards for more than 50 years, The Recording Academy continues its rich legacy and ongoing growth as the premier outlet for honoring achievements in the recording arts and supporting the music community. The GRAMMYs are the only peer-presented award to honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position.
National Association of Teachers of Singing
Jan 2014
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 National Association
Jan 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.

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