Ms. W has been teaching for 8 years in various settings across the country. She currently teaches high school IB music in Houston and has taught privately in Boston, Indianapolis, and Houston.
Ms. W holds a masters degree in Opera from the Longy School of Music as well as Bachelors in Vocal Performance from Gordon College. Ms. W has also studied at IU's Jacobs School of Music and participated in the Summer Opera Workshops at BU.
Ms. W is a versatile performer whose experience includes opera, musical theatre, recital performances, and choral music. She has performed with various companies across the Northeast, Midwest and South in a wide range of operatic and musical theatre roles. Ms. W. has also toured North America, Canada, and Italy singing in choirs under the direction of Derrick Johnson (Walt Disney Music Orchestrator, Voices of Liberty) and C. Thomas Brooks. She worked from 2011-2015 with the Houston Symphony Chorus. Ms. W is the 2011 Encore winner for the category of "Best Singer in a Musical" for her role as Laurey in Oklahoma!
Past teachers and mentors have included Karol Bennett, Lois Alba, Patricia Wise, Robert Honeysucker, Tom Enman, and Donna Roll. She has participated in masterclasses with Broadway singer Darius de Haas and Opera directors Ron Luchsinger and Louis Burkot.
Currently, Ms. W is an active performer in and around Houston, Texas.
*** Lesson Details ***
I use the first 1/3 of the lesson to warm up and teach technique using specific vocal excercises. The last 2/3 of the lesson are focused on the songs that you are working on - both learning the music as well as applying the techniques that we are learning. It's very important to me that you, as the student, understand WHY you do what you do and HOW the mechanics of singing work. It's also very important to me that you enjoy the music you are singing! I will always give my students a say in what they sing! I think communication during a lesson is paramount - I want to make sure that you understand what you are learning so that you can progress! However, I am a laidback person, who loves to laugh and get to know her students - the rapport between a teacher and student can be a great direct factor in progress, so having fun is always a goal!
*** Specialties ***
classical voice/opera, musical theatre, performance