Sebastian Santiago-Rivas
Philadelphia, PA
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Sebastian S.

Philadelphia, PA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Teacher specializing in blending classical and contemporary singing technique. More than six years of experience in classical Bel Canto style and choral singing, with three years of specialization in bridging the gap between classical and contemporary pop vocals. Lessons can consist of vocal exercises, workshopping repertoire, strengthening core skills, and/or introductory concepts and foundational techniques applicable to all styles! Additionally, vocal ensemble skills such as harmonizing, ensemble ear training, and blending can all be focused on and improved through your lessons!
Whether you are just beginning your vocal journey or are looking to make the sometimes challenging transition from classical training to contemporary pop, your lessons will provide you with a toolkit guaranteed to bring you to your next level!

About Sebastian S.

Hello! My name is Sebastian (Sebi) Santiago-Rivas, and I sincerely look forward to working with you!
My primary experience comes from studying classical voice (as a baritone) and then having to teach ensembles where the style is more contemporary pop or jazz. I have been studying voice for the past 7 years and teaching students and ensembles for 3 years. In college, I directed a contemporary a cappella group that competed in the ICCA (the competition from Pitch Perfect; yep, it's real!) and made it to finals in NYC in its first year of competition. Since then, I have been refining techniques to sing free of tension and with excellent sound production, while managing to switch styles as necessary.
One of my biggest concerns is the comfort of my students; as a recording studio engineer and producer, I am often responsible for keeping my singers as relaxed and concentrated as possible while I coach them. You should expect a judgment-free and calm learning environment during your lessons, and I am always ready to listen for any possible ways I can improve that for you.
I'm very excited to start working together!

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Experience

Assistant Music Director
Mar 2016 - Dec 2016

Rittenhouse Sound A Cappella Chorus

Education

Bachelor of Music in Music Education - Concentration in Voice
Aug 2014 - Present

Boyer College of Music and Dance, Temple University

Languages

Brazilian Portuguese

Limited Proficiency

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Limited Proficiency

Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Janet Yamron Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Conducting
Apr 2017

Boyer College of Music and Dance, Temple University

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