Sven Olbash

Sven O.

San Francisco, CA
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Sven delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 14 to 65

Teaching since:
August 2000

Hi, I'm Sven and I love helping people learn to sing!

I'm a singer and choral conductor with 20 years experience as a full-time performing musician. I have taught class voice and individual singing lessons at the New England Conservatory of Music and have been a Teaching Artist with San Francisco Opera for nine years. As artistic director of Lacuna Arts (SF), I conduct the 24 voice a cappella Chorale and present workshops in ear training, sight singing, and music theory for choral singers. My students have gone on to major in voice performance at the college level and to perform as soloists with local choruses.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach classical singing technique based on a scientific knowledge of vocal anatomy and the physics of sound—and not on flashy gimmicks.

Through guided practice, you will learn to:

-take a long, slow breath that expands the ribcage before starting to sing
-initiate the vocal tone with an onset that is neither breathy nor pressed
-manage breath efficiently so you never feel like you "run out" of air in the middle of a phrase
-connect from pitch to pitch and vowel to vowel for a seamless legato
-sing any dynamic from piano to forte
-increase your vocal range from top to bottom with balanced resonance and smooth register transitions

If you study with me, you will learn why common expressions like "breathe from the diaphragm" are essentially meaningless (we can only breathe from the diaphragm). And you will come to understand why things like trying to "bring the sound forward" or "send the voice to the back of the room" are physically impossible (sound doesn't move like that).

Whether you are interested in singing opera, choral music, or musical theater, you will learn a foundational classical singing technique that will allow you to make the artistic choices you want with confidence, poise, and finesse. Students must be serious about improving their singing and commit to a minimum of 60 minutes of at-home practice between lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the living room, upright Kawai piano, sitting area, mirror, music stand, Edirol/Roland digital recorder

*** Travel Equipment ***
Must have piano

*** Specialties ***
classical, opera, and "legit" musical theater

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Teaching artist
Sep 2008 - Present
San Francisco Opera

Artistic director
Sep 2006 - Present
Lacuna Arts

Conductor of Chorale and Ensemble

Professional chorister
Sep 2005 - Aug 2010

Premiered over 40 works by over 20 living composers with this 20-voice San Francisco based new music choral ensemble

Teaching assistant in Voice
Sep 2003 - Aug 2004
New England Conservatory of Music

Taught class voice and individual singing lessons


Master of Music in Voice Performance and Pedagogy
Sep 2002 - May 2004
New England Conservatory
Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance
Sep 1995 - May 1999
Boston University, College of Fine Arts


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


National Association of Teachers of Singing
Apr 2017

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.

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