- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Strong Italian based bel canto vocal technique.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 7+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- May 2005
Stacey is a professional soprano known as an active performer in the Cincinnati area. Stacey is also an Adjunct Professor of Musical Theater Voice at Xavier University and Adjunct Professor of Music History at Cincinnati State. Stacey has sung for 13 seasons with the Cincinnati Opera as a member of the core chorus and sings with Cincinnati's professional chamber choir the Vocal Arts Ensemble.
Stacey has studied piano from the age of 5 and is great for beginning or intermediate piano students.
Stacey has taught students of all ages and with various musical styles. Her students have included professional ballet dancers with Broadway aspirations, an 8-year-old girl simply wanting to break out of her shyness, and high school students preparing for College auditions. Her students have performed in nationally known rock bands (Walk the Moon) , been accepted into College music programs, they have been members of the May festival Youth Chorus, the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts, and have traveled to Europe with competitive touring choirs.
Stacey's operatic performing credits include Autumn in Charles Halka's Layover with NANOworks Opera, the Mother in Amahl and Night Visitors with the Clermont Philharmonic Orchestra, Testo in Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda with the College-Conservatory of Music , Mimi from Puccini's La Boheme in the CCM's Opera scenes program, Donna Donna in P.D.Q Bach's The Abduction of Figaro , 1st Lady in Mozart's Die ZauberflÃ¶te and Juno in Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld all at the DePauw University Opera Theatre. Other partial roles/scenes performed include Suzel in Mascangi's Lamico Fritz, Countess in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, and Fiordiligi in Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte.
More than just singing opera Stacey is known for her versatility as a classical singer regularly doing cross over work. She regularly gigs as a jazz/popular singer accompanying herself on the piano. Her musical theater performing credits include Mama in Everybody's Buddy: The Buddy LaRosa Story, Shelia in Hair with DePauw University, Ensemble/Soprano Soloist in Sweeny Todd, Sonia in Godspell with the Lakeside Players and Yonah in Children of Eden with the Lakeside Players.
Stacey received her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music where she studied with Barbara Paver. She graduated magna cum laude from DePauw University with a B.M. in Vocal Performance. She studied with Caroline Smith and Stanley Irwin.
Stacey is originally from Florence, Kentucky and takes pride in impacting her home community through music.
*** Lesson Details ***
Stacey is known for adapting lessons for the individual. Each body is unique and thus each vocal instrument is unique. Stacey takes time to get to know each student and caters to their specific needs and goals. She believes in well rounded performers working often on dramatic intentions, overall professionalism, and stage presence. She also prepares her students with their audition packages and stresses the importance of regular performance. Stacey is a very open and caring individual but expects hard work from her students.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha upright piano
*** Specialties ***
Opera, Broadway, Pop, Choral Vocals
Teaches private lessons to musical theater and theater majors at Xavier University.
Sings weekly services as a professional member of the Cathedral Choir.
Stacey is a versatile member of Cincinnati's professional chamber choir, the Vocal Arts Ensemble under the direction of Craig Hella Johnson. Stacey regularly is featured as a soloist as well as being a member of the alto section.
Member of the Core Chorus for the Cincinnati Opera...sang in over 40 operas with the company.
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.
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.Show More
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.
First lesson was wonderful. She helped my daughter feel comfortable right away. She made it fun and created a safe space to help her stretch a bit.
She is an incredibly talented voice teacher! She listens to your needs and tailors her lessons to fit you. I am so excited to continue working with her and see where the future goes! I highly recommend her to anyone who is intrested in developing their voice, no matter what the age.Show More
I had my first lesson with Stacey and it was a blast! She is so patient, helpful and friendly. She works with your schedule and gives great advise on what to do in between classes so that you can practice and prepare for the next lesson. I would highly recommend her.Show More
My daughter really enjoys the lessons and is learning a lot!
She is very encouraging, positive and supremely qualified. A very good and attentive instructor.
honestly one of the best technique professors I've ever had. In the course of two lessons she correct two things I've been doing wrong my whole life, which instantly improved my sound! Amazing!
wonderful experience. in just a short time my range and sound improved! thanks Stacey!!
Stacey helped me improve both my skill and my confidence as a singer. Patient, kind, and supportive, lessons were always fun, and the results were immediately tangible. Great teacher!
So far all's great!
Stacey is wonderful. Our son has been a piano student and our daughter is taking voice lessons to prepare for a school musical. Stacey is well-qualified and the kids love her! I
Stacey was excellent with my seven-year-old! We are very pleased!
Just had our first lesson! Stacey is wonderful - she really listens and offers helpful advice. Looking forward to more.
The lessons were for my daughter and we were thrilled with Stacey. She went above and beyond.
Stacey created an environment that was extremely conducive to learning. She is not only very knowledgeable but she presents information in an easy and relaxing manner. Being a novice I did not feel overwhelmed or intimidated by what she asked of me. Very quickly she was able to discern where to take the lesson that instilled the greatest confidence and yet focused on the most immediate opportunities for moving forward. She’s fun, enthusiastic, and informative and made an hour lesson seem like fifteen minutes. I look forward to working with her in the future. I would strongly recommend her.Show More
My first lesson with Stacy was amazing.
She's such a great teacher I can't wait to continue working with her!
Stacey was very nice, outgoing and encouraging! She made me feel very comfortable. I cant wait to continue working with her!
Stacey has been a wonderful piano teacher. She has an upbeat and outgoing personality - And, a true passion for music. I'm sure she will transform many young aspiring pianists and vocalists.
Stacey is totally amazing! She has the ability to connect with any type of student. As a previous singer of 15 years who was a little rusty she helped me get back in the motions and did a wonderful job! I appreciate everything she has done to get my technique back and I couldn't ask for a better teacher.Show More
So fabulous! Caroline could not be more excited!!! Wonderful, inspirational lesson!
Direct quote from my daughter on the way home from her first lesson: "She is the nicest person I ever met." Awesome welcoming vibe in the studio. That's all the recommendation I need.
Stacey was incredibly helpful in preparing my daughter for an audition with little notice or lead time. My daughter loved meeting with her and didn't want the session to end.
My daughter really enjoyed Stacey!
My daughter Ashley has studied with Stacey for over 2 years. She is a wonderful teacher. She is very patient and makes lessons fun but productive. She wants the very best for her students and works very hard to make sure that they excel in their chosen field of music. Stacey always made sure that Ashley was prepared for upcoming competitions, college auditions and even helped her find scholarship opportunities.Stacey has also worked with numerous other students that Ashley attended school with and they absolutely love her as well. I would highly recommend Stacey to anyone in need of a good music instructor.Show More
I can't wait for the next lesson!! :) It was great and I'm super excited to keep working with Stacey!
Stacey was great, very encouraging and knowledgeable. I am looking forward to next week!
Stacey has been training my daughter since November 2014. While it has been a short time only, the training my child has received has been exemplary. She has grown in maturity and presence as well as performance.
Stacey is open and quickly puts you at ease
Stacey is AWESOME! She is both very knowledgeable and fun at the same time. She is very good at breaking complicated concepts down into simple steps that are easy to learn.
My daughter Caroline has been taking voice lessons with Stacey since March, 2014, and right away she developed a strong rapport with her. Stacey is a wonderful teacher. Not only is she a very talented singer herself, she also has a very outgoing personality and truly cares about helping her students achieve their dreams. Just a few months after she started lessons, my daughter achieved her goal of being accepted into her high school's vocal ensemble. Since then Stacey has encouraged her to participate in other competitions and recitals. Stacey has not only developed Caroline's talent, she has helped develop her confidence.Show More
My daughter, M.J, began voice lessons in August 2014 and I'm amazed at the progress she's made in such a short time! Here is what M.J has to say about lessons with Stacey:
"Stacy is SOOOOO AMAZING!!!! She has helped me not only with my singing, but with my confidence and my life. Her cats always cheer me up after a rough day at school. She has improved my singing so much that I actually tried out for the Wizard of Oz. I wasn't going to at first, but she helped me learn somewhere over the rainbow, and made me more confident to try out. She is an amazing singer herself and not only the best singer I know, but a great friend to me. I go to her for thirty minutes on Wednesday and that is definitely the highlight of the week! I always can't wait to sing with her and talk with her. If you are looking for the best voice teacher in the world, I highly recommend Stacey!"
I came to Stacey to pursue a dream that I was never able to pursue as a child. This was dream to sing. While my goal was not to be a professional singer, I simply wanted to tap into my breath and my voice so that my presence through my speaking and singing would be stronger. I wanted my voice to be vibrant and more alive. Stacey's professional and down-to-earth presence helped me shift the way I breathe, the way I speak, and the way I sing. My professional life involves frequent public speaking and b/c of my work with Stacey, my confidence has increased and I am the stronger educator I yearned to be. She shifted who I am and how I give myself through my voice and breath in this world. I highly recommend working with her regardless if you want to sing for professional develop, for voice exploration, or simply for fun.Show More
I wanted to take voice lessons only to help me not losing my voice so fast but I ended up having so much fun learning with Stacey that I went on and on (until I got my vibrato)
My daughter absolutely loved Stacey and I liked her teaching method. She makes a great mix of work and fun so my daughter looked forward to her lesson every week.
I have had a few voice teachers over the past couple of years and Stacey is by far my favorite. She is patient and dedicated to making her students better. She is very good at explaining the techniques that are vital to singing correctly - breathing, jaw placement, posture, etc. In my case, she has helped me immensely with my confidence in auditions. I have landed two roles since I have been studying with her! She's fun, funny, welcoming, super easy to work with and sing in front of! Take from her!Show More
Stacey is great at nurturing the student's musical interest, while challenging them to reach new levels.
Very fun to be around. Knows what's needed for better voice performance and more than willing to work on previous repertoire. Highly recommend.
The 30 minutes I spend with Stacey are the bright spot in my week. In just 3 short lessons, this 72 year old has learned so much! Stacey's enthusiasm and support for the student come together to create an environment in which the student can explore their limits. Her understanding of proper singing technique and phrasing and her ability to evoke same in her students is exemplary - in other words, I love my voice teacher, Stacey!Show More
I love my lessons with Stacey. She is an amazing teacher as well as performer. She is a wonderful person with a bright smile and positive teaching style. Stacey relieves any nervousness or anxiety I had upon starting singing lessons. I look forward to each and every lesson.Show More
Stacey is a wonderful teacher. I was nervous about taking singing lessons and she put me at ease with fun vocal exercises and her warmth and sense of humor. The musical education I received from her was excellent.
I highly recommend Stacey Sands as a voice teacher. She gets her students to sing in a free and healthy way by teaching them proper singing techniques. She has vast performing experience and can properly guide students to what is best for them.
I have sung with Stacey in various professional settings, and she is a very skilled musician and singer. She also has a wonderful personality and a great sense of humor. I think she would make a great teacher.
Outstanding teacher. Works well with children as well as adults. Fun exercises to teach proper breathing. Willing to work with whatever style you prefer. One word of warning, avoid in studio lessons if allergic to cats.
excellent piano teacher!
Stacey is a gifted piano teacher. She has a very good sense abiout working with children effectively. She can show great patience when needed and is able to guide toward improvement. Even at the very beginning level, she always emphasises the artstry and creativity that is such an important aspect of music.
Extremely talented and personable
I took lessons with Stacey during my senior year of high school. Studying voice with her improved not only my overall musicianship, but my confidence in what I specifically had to offer as a musician. Stacey helped prepare me for my college voice auditions. So, if you're looking for a teacher who is extremely talented, personable, and will push you to succeed, I highly recommend studying with Stacey.
Stacey is a talented teacher
Stacey is a very talented teacher with a great knowledge of repertoire, languages and musicality. She is a fine teacher for any student who is serious about improving their vocal technique and musical skills. Stacey also understands the world of singing at the college level and beyond. She is prepared to help a student succeed and successfully prepare themselves for the demands of college auditions or a professional career.
Stacey was wonderful with my daughter. She always would ask how her day was when we walked in. Stacey wanted to know her on a personal level. She would work very hard to meet my daughter's needs. Demi loved working with Stacey. She learned a great deal from her. Demi loves to sing and is growing everyday with her abilities. Thrilled that we were able to find Stacey.