Rachel Liss

Rachel L.

New York, NY
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am studying to become a professional classical singer. Through my own training, I have discovered that having an amazing teacher – one who is supportive, caring, and hard working, and who will push you and work with you to be better – is the most important tool an aspiring musician can have. I believe that every student is different, as no person's body is the same, and no vocal instrument is the same. Based on my performance in the Teaching of Singing course at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, I was selected to be a voice teacher to non-Conservatory students at Oberlin College. I have now had several students, two of whom, with my assistance, have just been accepted to prestigious summer programs in classical voice. Though I have only been teaching voice to others for a year now, I have been teaching myself alongside my own teachers through practice and independent work for the past nine years, and I have discovered countless techniques and tricks to help every aspect of singing. The voice is individual because it is inherently unique to the person it belongs to. It is the exciting, demanding, and amazing work of a teacher to bring out each individual's voice, and I love discovering a person's voice with them.

About Rachel L.

I am studying to become a professional classical singer, and am enrolled as a Masters degree candidate in Voice and Opera at Mannes School of Music. Through my own training, I have discovered that having an amazing teacher – one who is supportive, caring, and hard working, and who will push you and work with you to be better – is the most important tool an aspiring musician can have. I believe that every student is different; no person's body is the same, and no vocal instrument is the same.

Based on my performance in the Teaching of Singing course at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where I graduated with my Bachelors in Music as a Voice Performance major with a Music History minor in 2018, I was selected to be a voice teacher to non-Conservatory students at Oberlin College. Since then, I have taught countless students at all levels. My students have gone on to participate in prestigious summer programs in classical voice, and they have been featured on Netflix and in music videos. I am equally proud of those students who, through private lessons, have gained confidence as singers and as pianists while pursuing other careers.

I am a native New Yorker, and I am a proud alum of LaGuardia High School, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Manhattan School of Music's Pre-College program, and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. I am also proud to have received the Graduation award for top vocalist in my year at LaGuardia. All of these programs helped to shape who I am, both as a performer and as a teacher, and I am excited to pass on what I learned.

As a singer myself, I have discovered countless techniques and tricks to help every aspect of singing, as well as the discovery that what works for some people does not necessarily work for others, and that's O.K.! The voice is individual because it is inherently unique to the person it belongs to. It is the exciting, demanding, and amazing work of a teacher to bring out each individual's voice, and I love discovering a person's voice with them. I can't wait to work with you and find your voice!

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Susan
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awesome lesson!

Posted Mar 22, 2020
Grant L.
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Rachel is a great vocal instructor and gave me the confidence to learn and discover my own voice. As a beginner with no experience in vocal training, I was able to learn the basics of posture, setup and breath and of course singing. I enjoyed lessons with Rachel and would highly recommend working with her.

Posted Sep 21, 2018
Monica Z.
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Rachel is absolutely awesome. Makes me feel so comfortable which helps me to be 100% myself including my funny mistakes. I feel that I am learning and understanding music and singing a lot.

Posted Sep 15, 2018
Olivia
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Rachel was extremely patient and could figure out how to help a new singer like me navigate their body and find a true sound. Her positive feedback encouraged me to do better along with her comforting wit and humorous exercises that really made me open up. I believe she was the absolute best person to help me along and open up more than I had ever before and I think if she continues educating that she will do amazing things, and have fun all the while!

Posted Jul 8, 2018
Hannah
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I took lessons with Rachel through the secondary lesson program at Oberlin College and it was a great experience! What I loved was that her teaching goals extended beyond how I sounded in the lesson itself, but also focused on trying to give me the tools for being able to properly and productively practice on my own. I also love her emphasis not just on proper technique and musicality, but also on expression.

Posted Jul 6, 2018

Experience

Choral Manager
Sep 2015 - May 2018

Oberlin Conservatory of Music

Managed two separate choirs: one 65-member, Conservatory-based choir, and one 125-member, community-based ensemble. Responsibilities included administrative duties such as taking attendance, distribution of music and important information, stage set-up and strike, personally assisting the conductor with any logistical or musical issues, and grading students taking the choir for credit.

Teaching Assistant for Music History
Sep 2016 - Jan 2018

Oberlin Conservatory of Music

One of three teaching assistants for Music History 101, a 175-student course. Duties included grading weekly quizzes and three unit exams, teaching review sessions and maintaining weekly office hours, answering any questions by email or in person, assisting the professor as needed, and helping students as they worked on major projects such as composer, bibliographic, and database projects.

Volunteer
Sep 2011 - Jun 2014

Actionplay/The Miracle Project

Volunteer, working with teens with autism and other disabilities to assist them in creating and performing original musical productions. Duties included taking dictations and minutes when needed, building props, assisting light and sound engineers during performance, ushering and stage managing performances, and assisting with the care and support of those enrolled in the Miracle Project.

Education

Masters of Music in Voice and Opera
Aug 2018 - Present

Mannes School of Music

Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance
Sep 2014 - May 2018

Oberlin Conservatory of Music

Chancellor's Endorsed Diploma in Voice
Sep 2010 - Jun 2014

Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts

Languages

French

Limited Proficiency

German

Limited Proficiency

Italian

Limited Proficiency

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