Sarah Cambidge-Hamilton

Sarah C.

San Carlos, CA
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About

Sarah delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+ and special needs

Teaching since:
June 2010

I am a Canadian Soprano, currently working as a professional opera singer in the Bay Area, looking for a few students because I love to teach! I earned my Bachelors and Masters in Vocal Performance from the Lamont School of Music and until 2017, I was on faculty at the Denver School of the Arts, teaching voice lessons, master classes and lectures as their Guest Artist in Residence for the Vocal Department.

As a teacher, I incorporate my experience and knowledge from both my degrees as well as my background in the Canadian Royal Conservatory of Music. My singing and piano teaching philosophy is to develop a free and easy technique, devoid of physical tension and bad habits at any age or skill level!

Lesson Details
In my studio, I teach voice, music theory, and beginner piano.
I offer 30, 45 or 60 minute lessons in the students home.
*Please note: All students must have access to a piano or keyboard for their lessons and practice.

Voice Lessons
As a classical vocalist, one of my passions is vocal pedagogy. So as a teacher, I feel the most important job is to help my students create a free sound. I strive to cater each lesson to my students' individual needs, discovering and developing their own unique gifts, while teaching a general classical technique. Within the first 3-6 months, students can expect to have learned the basics of breath support and improve tone, be working on musicality and be working on a few songs of your choice!
Usually the lesson starts with a quick warm up, and then we get right to singing. We focus on correct posture and breath support, as well as the ease of vocal production and stage presence in all genres, including classical, opera, music theatre, and jazz.

Piano Lessons
Just as my voice lessons revolve around freedom and ease, our emphasis in your lessons will be on correct keyboard technique. I cater each lesson to the student, focusing on their individual needs and experience level, incorporating a variety of methods including Faber, RCM, Thompson, Bastien, Alfred and Fletcher.

My students range from young children to adults and seniors of all abilities and aspirations. I also prepare pre-college students for their auditions and entrance into college music programs in voice and theory. I truly believe that with time and effort, anyone can learn, no matter what their background or experience level is.

Thank you, and I look forward to working with you!

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Experience

Adler Fellow
Jan 2017 - Present
San Francisco Opera

The Adler Fellowship Program is a multi-year performance-oriented residency for opera’s most promising young artists.

Originally founded in 1977 as the San Francisco Affiliate Artists Opera Program, the Adler Fellowship is one of the world’s most prestigious programs for advanced training. The program offers intensive individual coaching, professional seminars and a wide range of performance opportunities to young singers and pianists. Adler Fellows, selected from artists participating in the Merola Opera Program, also gain valuable experience by performing supporting roles in San Francisco Opera’s mainstage productions.

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Guest Artist in Residence, Vocal Department
Aug 2013 - Dec 2016
Denver School of the Arts

As Guest Artist in Residence for the Vocal Department at the Denver School of the Arts, I performed Recitals and Concerts at the School; taught voice lessons to their students (Grades 6-12); Coached Music and Diction: Italian, French, German, Latin and English; Conducted Master classes and Studio classes; and stood as a jury member for the students final performances each semester.

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Education

Masters of Music
Sep 2011 - Jun 2013
University of Denver, Lamont School of Music
Bachelors of Music
Sep 2007 - Jun 2011
University of Denver, Lamont School of Music

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
French
Professional Proficiency
German
Limited Proficiency
Italian
Limited Proficiency

Awards

First Place
Apr 2016
Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition
National Semi-Finalist
Mar 2015
Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

Affiliations

American Guild of Musical Artists
Jan 2017

An American labor union that represents 8,000 current and retired opera singers, ballet and other dancers, opera directors, backstage production personnel at opera and dance companies, and figure skaters.

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.

Sigma Alpha Iota (ΣΑΙ)
May 2009

Sigma Alpha Iota is a professional International Music Fraternity for women. Formed to uphold the highest standards of music and to further the development of music in America and throughout the world, it continues to provide musical and educational resources to its members and the general public.Sigma Alpha Iota operates its own national philanthropy, Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc.

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Photos & Videos

Steal me Sweet thief, Menotti, Old Maid and the thief
Un bel di, Puccini, Madama Butterfly
Ecco L'orrido Campo, Verdi, Un Ballo in Maschera
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