Sue Anne Gershenzon

Sue Anne G.

New York, NY

About Sue Anne G.

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Sue Anne teaches: Ages 13 and up
Teaching since: October 2003
Last sign in: Last week

Overview

Sue Anne offers classical structural work on the elements of the voice combined with a holistic approach to the individual needs of each student. The goal is a natural unaffected sound for effortless vocal communication in any singing arena. Ms. Gershenzon. has 20 years of experience in Broadway and Opera, and can help you with any aspect of vocal performance and technical mastery. Singers who are committed to vocal development on any and all levels are welcome.

There is nothing more exhilarating than beautiful sound soaring fully and freely out of your body. This achievement is a process!

I try to guide each student to the essence of his or her unique sound, and that is accessed through a clear and open instrument. This requires fundamental work on the elements of the voice. There are many technical steps to this process.

Freeing the head and neck of constriction
Balancing and integrating the head and chest registers
Vowel purification
Addressing Resonance and the 6 areas of relaxation
Coordination of and strengthening of the breathing body
Body awareness and relaxation
Mind Body Spirit integration

Each individual has unique challenges that can block the voice on many levels. My approach is a holistic one. When your instrument is in a healthy balance you can sing in any forum.

The goal is effortless voice


AEA SAG AFTRA
BROADWAY
SUNDAY IN THE PARK W/GEORGE Frieda Booth Theatre
LA VIE PARISIENNE Gabrielle Circle in the Square

OFF-BROADWAY
THE ROTHCHILDS Gutele Circle in the Square
STREET SCENE Rose Maurrant ELT
CARNIVAL Lili ELT
THE MIKADO Yum Yum Amas Rep
A SONG AT LAST Solo Act NYC &Tour

REGIONAL
AMARANTHA Amarantha The Kennedy Center
ADVENTURES OF FRIAR TUCK Maid Marian Lake George Opera
THE IMMIGRANT Leah Sacramento Theatre Company
DRAGONS Elsa Eugene O’Neill Theatre Conference
GIFT OF THE MAGI Della Actor’s Theatre of Louisville
TARANTARA Sybil Grey Actor’s Theatre of Louisville
THE FANTASTICKS Luisa John Drew Theatre, LI Tom Jones dir.
SOMETHING’S AFOOT Hope Langdon Alaska Repertory
FEATHERTOP Polly Penn Stage, Allentown, PA
OKLAHOMA Laurie Theatre by the Sea, Portsmouth, NH
GUYS AND DOLLS Sarah Brown Theatre by the Sea, Portsmouth, NH

STOCK AND DINNER THEATRE
CARNIVAL Lili Pittsburgh Civic Lt. Opera Heinz Hall
THE MUSIC MAN Marian Saddleback Theatre, Laguna Beach, CA
GIGI Gigi Darien Dinner Theatre, CT
THE SOUND OF MUSIC Maria Carousel Dinner Theatre, Ravenna, OH
MY FAIR LADY Eliza Lakewood Playhouse, Skowhegan, ME
CAMELOT Guinevere Lakewood Playhouse, Skowhegan, ME
AUNTIE MAME Gloria Upson Lakewood Playhouse, Skowhegan, ME
THE TEMPEST Miranda Steamboat Cabin Theatre, IN
TOYS IN THE ATTIC Lili Steamboat Cabin Theatre, IN
A THOUSAND CLOWNS Sandra Tin Tree Theatre, MI
BAREFOOT IN THE PARK Corie Bratter Tin Tree Theatre, MI


TELEVISION
SQUARE ONE TV (MATHNET THE UNKIDNAPPING) Eve Adams PBS Children’s Television Workshop

TRAINING

Voice: Eileen Farrell Classical/Jazz at Indiana University; Conrad L. Osborne/Classical New York City; Bobby McFerrin jazz/Improv; Rhiannon jazz/Improv; Kirk Nurock Jazz; Maria Argyros McClosky Technique

College: Indiana U. School of Music, Bloomington, IN BS Music/Theatre
Hunter College NYC Masters Music Ed coursework
Molloy College Music Therapy
Certification Level 2 Somatic Voicework Contemporary Commercial Music
Certification McClosky Institute of Voice
Certification Energy Healer IM School of Healing Arts

Memberships:

New York Singing Teacher's Association,
National Association of Teachers of Singing
AEA, SAG, AFTRA


*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are taught very close to Grand Central Station convenient for commuters from Connecticut or Westchester. Not to worry, there is no judgement in my studio, in fact, that is my one rule! The studio is a safe place to take risks and explore with our voices. We will work on the proper breathing for power and control, smoothly singing from the highest to the lowest notes in your range, and extending beyond what you never dreamed possible, how all the muscles in your body affect the sound that comes out of you and how to gently optimize your sound, and how you affect your sound by your thoughts feelings and emotions. You are your instrument! In three months you will feel you have a voice you never dreamed you could have.


*** Specialties ***
I have over 20 years of professional experience and training with masters. Eileen Farrell, who was one of the greatest voices of the 20th century. Conrad L. Osborne, Opera Critic for world renown musical publications such as Opera News and High Fidelity.

Somatic Voicework The LoVetri Method takes registration understanding to another level and combined with resonance work to take the chest voice up into the head voice fo a healthy Broadway sound.

The McClosky Technique offers the anatomical understanding and affect of the extrinsic muscles of the face, jaw, throat, neck, tongue and alignment, and how these elements affect the smooth functioning inside the larynx.

I incorporate these styles into my own method of approaching the voice by equally addressing Breathing/Registration/Resonance/ Relaxation, and Mind/Body/Emotion.

I am a certified Energy Healer with over 10 years of study and practice in this area. I am very aware of the energetic aspects of an individual, and utilize that knowledge to enhance the learning process.

Photos and Videos

Caricature by famous Broadway artist Al Hirshfeld

Experience

Singer/singing teacher

Mar 2003 - Present
Open to Your Sound

I have over 20 years of professional experience on and off Broadway and premiering and starring in several American Operas. I have been teaching vocal technique and performance skills since 2003.

Education

BA Music

Sep 2011 - Present
Hunter College

Bachelor of Science in Music and Theatre

Sep 1971 - May 1975
Indiana University School of Music

Languages Spoken

French and Italian

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Level 2 Certificaton of Somatic Voicework The LoVetri Method

Jul 2012
Shenandoah University

Somatic Voicework The Lovetri Method is Registration based. It focuses on pitch accuracy and the blending and intrinsic altering of the head and chest registers, the requirements necessary at times for the varying demands of the professional marketplace.

McClosky Institute of Voice

Jun 2011
Queens College

The McClosky Technique focuses on the relaxation of the resonators of the our bodies. It focuses on breathing, and the relaxation of the face, tongue, swallowing muscles, jaw and alignment.

Certification of Ordination

May 2004
IM School of Healing Arts

To the Full Ministry of Gaiabrielle. Six years of training and apprenticeship for Certification as an Energy Healer

Affiliations

National Association of Teachers of Singing

Mar 2004
NATS

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.

Actors' Equity Association

Apr 1974
Actors-Equity

Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.

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4 Reviews on Sue Anne G.

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Maya C. Oct 1, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Sue Anne is truly an incredible teacher; she focuses on you holistically, and works thoroughly from the ground up, in the most optimistic, encouraging and comforting manner I could possibly dream of. Her shining personality and laughter are also contagious. I'd definitely recommend her to everyone and anyone looking for voice lessons.
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Shana C. Feb 25, 2014
Singing
Great Teacher!

Although I've only been a student of Sue Anne's for a short time, she has already helped me so much to let go of bad habits and develop proper technique. She is very patient and at the same time, she is enthusiastic and genuinely invested in helping me reach my potential. I highly recommend her.
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Catherine M. Feb 9, 2014
Singing
Sue Anne is wonderful!

I came to New York for school and to further my training and aspiration to pursue musical theatre. I saw Sue Anne's ad in Hunter College. Her work focuses on how to sing naturally, something I have always tended to struggle with. I often found myself losing my voice the night before my musical's opening night, because of my constant belting and lack of a balanced relationship between my head voice and chest voice. After being with Sue Anne for a few months, my voice has felt and sounded much healthier! I have gained knowledge of the parts of the body involved in singing and especially breathing, and now instead of wailing away at any high note, I am singing with more ease. Sue Anne is an amazingly talented, knowledgeable and lovely teacher and person. I am ecstatic to have met her, and look forward to hopefully what will be many more months of lessons!
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Laura V. Feb 3, 2014
Singing
Great Teacher!

Sue Ann is simply great! She's a professional with a lot of experience, and lots of positive energy. As another reviewer mentioned, I too saw an add about singing lessons at Hunter College, and even though this is not my field at all, I decided to give it a try. I like singing and since I teach I use my voice a lot, and Sue Ann taught me how to breathe properly and not to stress my neck and throat when using my voice. The breathing exercises that she gave me were a real existential breakthrough for me. I can finally breath correctly with my diaphragm and I feel like I don't have to fight anymore to get air in my lungs! How relaxing! It just feels great, like nature intended (stress and bad habits tend to get in the way of that natural state).
I hope I will be able to take more classes with her in the future. If you're looking for a singing coach, I highly recommend her.
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