Regina Zona

Regina Z.

Yonkers, NY

About Regina Z.

Regina teaches: Females 14 and up
Males 15 and up
Teaching since: June 1988
Last sign in: Within two months

Overview

Dr. Regina Z. has held teaching positions at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Shorter College in Rome, GA, Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT and the Community Music School in Buffalo, NY as well as maintaining thriving private studios in Buffalo and Yonkers, NY and New York City. With over 25 years voice teaching experience, she gives her students a nurturing and growth-oriented environment at a most advanced level. With experience at all levels - from beginning to most advanced - she teaches a solid foundation of pedagogy that stresses a healthy, total-body approach to singing which is combined with a strong understanding of a variety of repertoire for all levels of singers including opera, lieder/art song, oratorio and musical theatre. With her extensive experience as an accompanist, she provides an integrated musical approach, sharing with her students the importance of understanding all the layers of the music - vocal line, text, accompaniment and the interpretation of the piece through those layers. It is with this approach that Dr. Z.'s students learn how to communicate the truth of the music and the character they portray.

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Experience

Private Voice Teacher and Dramatic Coach

Jun 1988 - Present
The Z. Studio

Maintains a thriving private studio in Yonkers, NY and Manhattan as well as online Skype lessons for singer of all levels - from beginning to most advanced. A solid foundation of pedagogy that stresses a healthy, total-body approach to singing is combined with a strong understanding of a variety of repertoire for all levels of singers including opera, lieder/art song, oratorio and musical theatre. With her extensive experience as an accompanist, she provides an integrated musical approach, sharing with her students the importance of understanding all the layers of the music – vocal line, text, accompaniment and the interpretation of the piece through those layers. It is with this approach that Dr. Z's students learn how to communicate the truth of the music and the character they portray.

Equally comfortable teaching musical theatre styles, Dr. Z's students have been cast in National Tours and Regional Theatres all over the United States. She teaches healthy belting techniques and understands the unique needs of the contemporary musical theatre performer auditioning in this ever changing business.

Assistant Professor of Music/Opera Program Director

Aug 2008 - May 2012
University of Minnesota Duluth

Taught a full studio of graduate and undergraduate voice majors – vocal performance/opera, music education and musical theatre – healthy vocal technique, English, Italian, German, and French Diction, and stylistic and performance techniques in a variety of literature from opera to musical theatre. Adjudicated vocal juries. Directed Hansel and Gretel, Cosí fan tutte, Falstaff, Suor Angelica and Pagliacci as well as Opera Scenes programs. Developed a new curriculum and taught Graduate Vocal Pedagogy. Guest lecturer in Music Appreciation and Vocal Techniques classes. Served on graduate and undergraduate recital and oral exam committees. Planned and coordinated undergraduate and graduate recitals. Served on Graduate Thesis committees. Started and realized a New Music Vocal Recital Series. Advised students. Arranged for UMD to be a First Round school for the Classical Singer Magazine University Competition. Conducted several opera outreach performances for regional high schools. Performed several faculty recitals. Gave lectures on opera appreciation, music education and vocal music to community organizations. Represented UMD at the Opera America Singer Training Forum.

Artistic Drector

Aug 2008 - Aug 2010
Sieur Du Luth Opera Training Program

Created an educational and performance based curriculum for the new Opera Training Program that commenced in the summer of 2010. Obtained internationally recognized guest artists to teach/lecture. Conducted auditions in Minneapolis, New York, Chicago and Duluth. Organized audition/class/rehearsal schedules – classes include acting, audition techniques, the business of singing, yoga for singers, stage combat and Alexander technique. Planned the performance season which includes a full production of Don Giovanni, aria gala with orchestra, a scenes program, song recital and weekly repertoire recitals and master classes. Will serve as the stage director for Don Giovanni and teach acting classes.

Assistant Professor of Music

Aug 2006 - May 2008
Shorter College

Taught a full studio of undergraduate voice majors – vocal performance/opera, music education, church music and musical theatre – healthy vocal technique, English, Italian, German, and French Diction, and stylistic and performance techniques in a variety of literature from opera to musical theatre. Adjudicated vocal juries. Directed Opera Scenes programs. Created and taught two opera career-oriented courses – Opera Role Preparation and Opera Aria Audition Workshop. Taught Musical Theatre Literature, Voice Class for non-majors and Freshman Seminar. Created Opera Outreach program. Proposed curriculum changes to the Vocal Performance degree. Taught voice lessons in the Summer Arts Institute program for high school students. Advised students. Performed in faculty recitals and galas.

Adjunct Professor

Sep 2000 - May 2004
Sacred Heart University

Maintained a thriving voice studio in which enrollment increased 100% in the second year. Taught private piano lessons to both beginners and advanced students. Taught a variety of music history and theory courses. Co-created and directed the CenterStage Show Choir and Opera Scenes Program. Accompanied university choirs

Vocal Masterclass and Opera Outreach Clinician

Jun 1988 - Aug 2000
Various universities, high schools and middle schools in Western New York State and Philadelphia, PA, 1988-2000

Conducted vocal solo masterclasses for students preparing for performances and solo competition focusing on healthy vocal production and interpretation. Conducted workshops on vocal techniques, performance practice and opera appreciation for choirs and honors groups. Created curricula and performed in opera outreach performances for schools in low income districts of Philadelphia to prepare them for student performances of opera at the Academy of Vocal Arts.

Education

Doctor of Musical Arts - Vocal Performance

Aug 2004 - May 2007
Manhattan School of Music

Performance Certificate - Opera Performance

Sep 1993 - May 1997
Academy of Vocal Arts

Bachelor of Music - Vocal Performance

Sep 1988 - May 1992
Northwestern University

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

German

Limited Proficiency

Italian

Limited Proficiency

Awards

Regional Finalist

Jan 2003
Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

Special Prize

May 1997
Neue Stimmen International Vocal Competition

First Place Winner

Apr 1997
Liederkranz Competition

First Place Winner

Dec 1993
Mario Lanza Competition

First Place Winner

Oct 1993
Giargiari and Arturo Bel Canto Competition

Affiliations

National Association of Teachers of Singing

Sep 2006
NATS

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.

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8 Reviews on Regina Z.

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Denise R. Jun 26, 2016
Opera Voice · In home
Verified Student
Reginal is amazing! She is extremely patient and she has so much passion at what she does.

She is the best!!
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Dajah P. Jun 22, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My experience was great. I can tell that I will learn a lot.
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Dennis S. Nov 23, 2014
Opera Voice · In studio
Dr. Regina is an inspiration! I began studying with her in Georgia at Shorter College and eventually transferred to Minnesota to finish my undergraduate degree with her. She is truly passionate about music, and the energy creates an incredible atmosphere for learning! She challenged me as a singer and performer and helped me learn to breathe life into the music--while also transforming my voice. She is a wonderful teacher and I would highly recommend her to anyone. Even a Skype lesson if you can't make it to her in NY. They are quiet helpful! I only wish I lived in the NY area so I could take from her in person. She is wonderful and I hope to continue studying with her for years to come.
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Erin B. Oct 15, 2014
Singing · In studio
I have been studying Voice (mostly emphasized on Broadway Singing) with Regina for a few months now and I am loving the lessons! She has really helped me identify the strong parts of my voice and showcase them while also strengthening those that are not as strong. What sets Regina apart from other teachers I've had in the past is that she does a really excellent job catering to each student's individual needs instead of having a set teaching structure that you have to try to fit yourself into. I also especially like that she will take the time to talk through the technique in a way that makes total sense and even if it doesn't at first, she'll always find a way to explain it differently until you really grasp the concept. Regina is an amazing teacher and I would recommend her to anyone who wants to push their voice to the next level!
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Johanna D. Oct 15, 2014
Musical Theater
I had the fabulous opportunity to work with Dr. Regina during my four years of Undergraduate study at the University of Minnesota Duluth. While Dr. Regina's expertise and reputation are largely based in classical music, I found her to be a perfect match for my vocal studies in Musical Theater. Her teachings and training were extremely beneficial to me, not only as a vocalist, but as a performer.
What I love about Dr. Regina is that her lessons are very personal focusing as you the student, you the performer, and you the person. I truly felt that she cared about my overall vocal health and growth as a singer. She challenged me with classical repertoire that kept me on track for my juries and made me feel comfortable with all of my class and show material for my Musical Theater studies.
Dr. Regina is a well-rounded vocalist, teacher, performer, and woman. She feels passionately about her craft and her students. It is important to her that each student comes to the understanding of concepts and techniques. I always left my lessons feeling that I had accomplished something and had the tools I needed to put forth my best possible performance. Dr. Regina is a fabulous teacher, with a worldly knowledge of voice and a fantastic sense of humor! You will look forward to every one of your lessons with her!
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Meghan K. Oct 5, 2014
Opera Voice · In studio
I began studying with Regina in 2011 at the University of Minnesota-Duluth where I obtained my Master of Music in voice, and I was thrilled to reconnect with her when I relocated to New York last year. She is a tremendously supportive teacher and mentor, and I always know that she will do all that she can to guide me in the many aspects of pursuing a singing career.
She has a thorough knowledge of repertoire and technique, and having sung in opera productions under her direction, I know that her instincts regarding dramatic interpretation and physical movement are invaluable.
What I admire most about Regina is her ability to effectively communicate with each student on an individual level. If I do not grasp a concept immediately, she will find a different way to approach the idea until it works for me. I always leave our lessons feeling inspired and energized.
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Jacob C. Oct 4, 2014
Vocal Training · In studio
I have been singing with Dr. Regina Z. since the fall of 2009. In those 5 years we have worked on many different genres of music, ranging from art songs and arias to Broadway showtunes. She was integral in shaping my operatic voice which led to my being hired to sing in the Chorus of the Chicago Lyric Opera in 2010. Having recently moved to New York, I am thrilled to be working with her again in her Yonkers studio where she has a library of music at her fingertips. She is a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of Opera and Musical Theater and I can't recommend her abilities higher.
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Juliana C. Sep 27, 2014
Opera Voice · In studio
I've been studying classical voice for about 10 years. I have voice degrees from the Crane School of Music in Northern NY and Manhattan School of Music. Over 10 years I've studied with numerous teachers, some good some not so good. Regina is the best teacher I've had thus far. She is a real technician and has an outstanding ear. I've been studying with her for 6 months and I've grown more and learned more about my voice in these few months than I have with any other teacher. It's due to the fact that every lesson she is "on" and ready to work. She is consistent and every lesson is an extension from the last lesson. Furthermore, Regina is someone who cares about you as a singer and as a person. She is willing to talk and give advice and creates a comfortable environment to put you at ease.
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