For eight years now, Samantha has combined her love of music with her passion of cultivating an understanding and affinity to music in others by maintaining a private voice and piano studio for all ages and levels. As a performer herself, Samantha understands what it is like to be a student. Therefore, she makes it a goal to create a warm and nurturing environment while simultaneously challenging and daring her students to reach beyond what they think is possible.
A current voice student wrote this about Samantha:
"I love taking lessons with Samantha! She really has a lot of patience and works well with my voice. She doesn't give up on helping me reach notes, and makes me realize that I can do more with my voice than I would expect. She has developed my voice in the best way possible. I look forward to every lesson with her!"
In addition to teaching, Samantha maintains an active performance schedule as an opera singer. Described as being “silver-voiced,” Samantha most recently made her professional symphonic debut with Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra as Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni). Last September, Ms. G-Y performed the role of Yum-Yum (The Mikado) with Pacific Opera Project. She has also performed roles including Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro), Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), Fox (The Cunning Little Vixen), and Anne (A Little Night Music).
Samantha completed her Bachelor of Music Degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music and her Master of Music Degree from Temple University.
*** Lesson Details ***
One of my strengths as a teacher is that I can easily cater and adjust to the needs of the student and their learning processes. I formulate my lesson plans according to the level, experience, and goals of the student. Each lesson is extremely personalized and highly individualized to maximize the potential success of the student during our time together.
Research has proven that performing music is one of the few activities that engages both the left and the right portions of the brain simultaneously. Towards this end, my teaching places equal importance on developing a strong technique all while nurturing creative instincts.
All ages and levels are welcomed!
*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach out of my beautiful home in Van Nuys where I have a 7-foot Schimmel grand piano.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I may be able to provide music for certain pieces. I expect students to have access to a piano or keyboard.
*** Specialties ***
I am of the opinion that all students of singing should be initially taught a voice technique based upon the classical or bel canto style of singing. Once a firm technique is established, students can then branch off into other styles of singing such as musical theater or jazz. With my knowledge and skill of vocal pedagogy, I will be able to guide them into this transition as well as impart the correct tools that will insure years of healthy and enjoyable singing.