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Wendy Parman

Wendy P.

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I am a professional singer, songwriter and actor working in the Chicago area for many years. I have a B.F.A. in Theater/Voice from The University of Kansas and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago. I've been teaching private vocal instruction since 2003: I host the Singer's Salon in Chicago, a unique and supportive venue for singer's to become more comfortable performing before an audience. I also instruct workshops for vocal technique and performance. For 10 years I was the lead singer for The Red Apples, an acoustic/electric roots band that performed an eclectic mix of rock, swing, blues, country and jazz. Within the past year I have re-energized my theater and cabaret career, appearing at Davenport's Cabaret, in a new solo show, as well as productions at Big Noise Theater and Stage 773. I've also completed two short films and started working on my own web series, about my life as a singer/voice teacher. I also have an art song project consisting of original material with composer Jaroslaw Golembiowski. As a singer and actress I have performed with many major theaters in the Chicago area, including Court Theater, Victory Gardens, National Jewish Theater, Bailiwick Theater, and Prop Theater.

*** Lesson Details ***
As a classically trained singer I will instruct you in all aspects of singing technique, from breath control and support to improving your tone, range, flexibility and resonance. I have recently completed training in Somatic Voicework, The LoVetri Method, which has enriched my understanding of the mechanics and health of the voice, as well as applications of technique to CCM or contemporary musical styles of singing.
My familiarity with a variety of musical styles from pop/rock, R&B, and country, to musical theater, lounge and jazz makes me an ideal teacher for those interested in contemporary styles.

I have spent many years developing my own style of singing and instruction. I draw on my experiences and training not only in music, but theater and movement, (Linklater, Alexander Technique, Grotowski) to create a well rounded approach to singing and performing. As an instructor, I am most interested in helping students find their true voice and artistic style. I teach students to find expression through and with a foundation of technique, rather then in spite of it. I also am very interested in helping students deal with the mental/emotional aspects of performance, an all important area so frequently ignored by music teachers. My style is nurturing, yet disciplined, and sprinkled liberally with good-natured humor."

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio space is fully equipped with a piano, P.A. system with microphones, CD, MP3 player for tracks, and ability to record lessons if the student desires.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Please have a piano (in tune!) or keyboard for use in your in home lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I am classically trained, but I am very adept at teaching music in a wide variety of styles, including most contemporary styles of music including pop/rock, roots, swing, jazz and blues, country, r&b, and of course musical theater and cabaret. My band performs an eclectic mix of originals and covers in the roots rock genre, and I write music as well. I have many years of experience in the theater as an actress, and I coach acting technique and performance. I coach singer/songwriters, and all types of singers, of all ages. I have a workshop that specializes in helping people learn to perform better in front of an audience, and I host the Singer's Salon in Chicago, which is a supportive opportunity to perform regularly! I also coach bands, to improve their vocals, harmonies, etc.

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  • Speaks For purposes of singing: French, Italian, German
  • Teaches students 7 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Reviews (38)

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Nelson G. Oct 17, 2019

I couldn’t recommend Wendy enough. No matter what walk of life you come from, she’ll find a way to connect with you and help you reach your goal. I’m already seeing improvements and can’t wait to go back every week.

Arthur V. Sep 5, 2019
Speech · Online

Blake C. Mar 17, 2019
Broadway Singing · Online

Very helpful and focused on what needed to be worked on. Will definitely be looking forward to working with her again!

Reagan G. Jan 24, 2019
Singing · In studio

Wendy is a professional. Very comfortable to be around and she trains in a classical way. Highly recommend

Eileen Aug 24, 2018
Acting · Online

Best teacher.

Daniel G. Apr 6, 2018
Speaking Voice · In studio


St James Nov 27, 2017
Speaking Voice · Online

She's great!

St James Nov 20, 2017
Speaking Voice · Online

Eileen Nov 13, 2017
Acting · Online


Renata S. Oct 31, 2017
Acting · In studio

Extremely helpful! Thank you

Anthony Jul 27, 2017
Singing · In studio

Before my first lesson, I was nervous having no singing experience and not knowing what to expect from lessons.

Wendy, helped me relax and move forward in the process of learning to sing. I also appreciated how she kept me on topic and focused on the task at hand.

My first impression is that she is an intelligent professional and I look forward to my next lesson.



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Ken Apr 6, 2017
Speaking Voice · Online

Holly Feb 23, 2017
Speaking Voice · Online

Having never taken a voice lesson, i wasn't sure what to expect. Wendy gave me very good feedback and practical advice I was able to put into action.

Addie G. Feb 15, 2017
Singing · In home

Professional, friendly, great with my daughter! Win! Win! Win!

Maren Dec 30, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio

Working with Wendy was an immense pleasure. I've had various voice instructors and music teachers over the years and she was the first who was able to explain things in a way that I could understand. I had a lot of personal breakthroughs regarding registers and my vocal habits, and I found some new favorite warmups! My voice felt the most versatile it ever has whilst under her instruction. She was also very helpful and willing to work with me and my wacky schedule. In addition she's just very kind and lot of fun to work with. I would not hesitate to work with her again.

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Marlies Aug 6, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio

Finally I found with Wendy my perfect teacher to improve my voice!

Menaal A. Mar 18, 2016
Piano · In home

She is doing very good

Patricia B. Feb 17, 2016
Singing · In studio

Fun and inviting teacher! learning new stuff and having a good time.

Lisa Z. Feb 12, 2016
Acting · In studio

Wendy was a wonderful teacher. She is very patient and knowledgeable and really knows what she is doing. She was a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend her to any student for any subject that she teaches

SP Nov 28, 2015
Speaking Voice · In studio

Wendy is a passionate, highly professional and knowledgeable coach, who is truly committed to helping students achieve their desired effects!

Corinne T. Nov 28, 2015
Audition Prep · In studio

Wendy helped me a lot and I will always be grateful. I will begin the recording session in December and I was picked. With God's help I will be on the radio soon. Thank you so much Wendy. I will take some classes in December and January with you... :)

Jason G. Sep 26, 2015
Singing · In studio

Wendy is a nice teacher. She is professional, experienced and patient. I have never been so happy by watching my son take a lesson. My son said he likes Wendy and her voice very much, and her cozy studio as well :).

Jessica Sep 1, 2015
Music Performance · In studio

Wendy was the best instructor ever. Always very humble, sweet & honest. She truly teaches from the heart and genuinely wants one to do better than the lesson before. She knows what she is talking about and explains thouroughly what needs to be worked on. She not only corrects you but praises you when you have achieved something great. You will always have her support & knowledge that will take you a long way.

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Jessica Aug 31, 2015
Music Performance · In studio

Wendy was the best instructor ever. Always very humble, sweet & honest. She truly teaches from the heart and genuinely wants one to do better than the lesson before. She knows what she is talking about and explains thouroughly what needs to be worked on. She not only corrects you but praises you when you have achieved something great. You will always have her support & knowledge that will take you a long way.

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A Aug 29, 2015
Vocal Training ·

She's great!

Carol Aug 29, 2015
Singing · In home

I met Wendy Parman when she was the lead in a musical comedy, and I had a small supporting role. I began taking lessons with Wendy at the end of the play's run. I greatly appreciate how Wendy individualizes lessons to meet my needs. She is able to hone in on my specific vocal challenges, and has given me strategies and exercises to work on at home. In addition she has helped me choose audition songs and prepare me for those auditions. Her Singer's Salon provides a safe and nurturing space in which to perform in front of an audience comprised of aspiring singers of all ages and experience levels. In addition to being an excellent teacher, Wendy is a talented performer who understands what it takes to audition, play a role, and entertain a live audience or in front of the camera.

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Jean Aug 29, 2015
Singing · In studio

Wendy is a rare find in a teacher. She is so versatile and teaches all genres. She is highly skilled, creative and patient. She brought me out and gave me courage along with excellent coaching and instruction. Bonus- she is an awesome person. I would highly recommend her to any level singer!

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YVETTE R. Jun 30, 2015
Singing · In home

Great experience for my daughter.

Bob Jun 26, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio

Wendy has been giving voice lessons to my 12-year-old daughter for 6 months, so I asked her what kind of review she should get. The answer was quick: "Five stars!" Why? "Because she's fun, and she has helped me identify and work on the skills I need, and helped me improve where I'm okay, but could be better."

From my point of view, Wendy has done all those things. My daughter loves to sing, and Wendy is increasing her skills and her confidence. She looks forward to her weekly lessons; never a complaint. Five stars.

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Brenda M. Feb 27, 2015
Speaking Voice · In studio

I enjoy working with Wendy, very kind and and understands my desire to work towards my goals.

Ron W. Aug 8, 2014
Acting · In studio

Wendy is well connected to the theater in scene in Chicago. She currently helping my son prepare for college theater programs. Her knowledge, experience and flexibility are very helpful.

Claire E. Jan 21, 2014
Singing ·

Professional, Effective, and Challenging Lessons

Wendy is probably the most professional and talented voice teacher I have worked with in my time singing. She was able to quickly diagnose and help me begin to address difficulties I was having, but was also very proactive in helping me find repetoire that I enjoyed and that meshed well with my voice and my musical interests. She is extremely knowledgeable about the mechanics of singing, as well as the interpretation of song, and really challenged me to think through my singing in a way I hadn't before. Thanks!

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Julie S. Nov 29, 2013
Singing ·

I strongly recommend Ms. Parman for those looking to enjoy the process while making real gains.

Having taken both group and private lessons with Wendy Parman, I believe that Ms. Parman is an invaluable voice coach to casual and professional singers alike. She knows how to bring out the talent in her clients, and will helps bring out the best in each student through very personalized instruction. Along with a degree in music and vast performing experience, she brings sensitivity towards her clients as she individuates each lesson.

Through the lessons and workshops with Ms. Parman, I have seen a great improvement in my singing voice, the deepening of greater stage presence with ease, and I have grown in my confidence as a singer. She quickly got to know my vocal range and ability and handpicked songs and exercises that helped me develop. I got expert advice on expanding my vocal range and left each lesson with solid techniques I could use to practice on my own. She challenged me to push through what was in my way and I got results.

As her student, I have performing opportunities as she organized two events per month in a casual, supportive yet professional setting. (Singer’s Salon & Singer’s Spotlight) How else can you practice before a live audience and stretch in this area?!

I found her to be flexible with days and times for our lessons, as my schedule changes from month to month. And thankfully, she was willing to travel to my house or at other times we met in her studio.

I strongly recommend Ms. Parman for those looking to enjoy the process while making real gains!!

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Tracy K. Nov 18, 2013
Singing ·

Teacher with great humor teaches technique and interpretation.

After a long hiatus from singing, I began taking lessons with Wendy. I thank my lucky stars that this occurred. Wendy is not only a consummate professional, uber-talented and a thoroughly knowledgeable and dynamic teacher; she is also compassionate and caring, with a keen understanding of the many issues surrounding study of the arts and performance.

Wendy is a teacher who invokes trust from a student as she, 'knows the score;' the musical score, and life's score, both big contributors to the development of the voice itself. Wendy is a gifted individual who works with students to improve, enhance, and enjoy artistic abilities already in place, and those yet to be discovered!

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Ty C. Nov 15, 2013
Singing ·

Excellent teacher

I'm a professional singer and I know the importance of maintaining my "instrument" I take lessons with Wendy to help keep my voice healthy and to get honest feedback on performance skills. She is excellent in communicating technical information and is always spot on in in recognizing issues and problem areas. She has a way of identifying and correcting things in a kind and supportive way.
I take private lessons and I also enjoy her student workshops. Wendy provides a safe and open environment for singers to work on material, performance ability and vocal skills. I always have fun, learn something new, make new friends and all at a reasonable price! Whether you are a beginner or a professional you will enjoy the time spent with Wendy and you will walk out the door a better singer and performer than when you walked in!

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Mahogany K. Nov 14, 2013
Singing ·

Wendy is an excellent vocal coach!!!

Wendy is a fun and very knowledgeable vocal teacher who has enhanced my singing ability greatly. She is always punctual and professional. I always look forward to taking my voice to the next level each week. You can't go wrong with Wendy on your side.

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David L. Nov 13, 2013
Singing ·

You will improve and you'll have a great time doing it

I've been both a voice student and musical colleague of Wendy's for four years. Throughout our mutual experiences and projects, her warmth and integrity have led me to trust her without reservations.

As a student, she quickly identified root-cause problem areas with my singing and prescribed easy exercises that showed results in very short order. Her teaching style is holistic, addressing both physical and psychological aspects of singing and performance.

As a colleague in a band and numerous musical projects, I've found her to be consistently reliable and caring, as well as a supremely talented performer and songwriter.

If you care about improving your vocal and performance abilities, and want to work with someone who appreciates your unique nature as a person and singer, Wendy is the vocal instructor for you.

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Wilmar C. Nov 13, 2013
Singing ·

very down to earth

excellent teacher and very experienced. definitely recommend her for students who are beginners.

Lesson Details

Theater Acting

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Acting students will receive instruction customized for their individual needs and skill level, drawing on a variety of techniques, including Linklater (physical and vocal work), Stanislavski, Meisner, and Grotowski, Shurtleff, among others. Students can work privately on audition skills, including monologues and cold reading, as well as scene work, character building and basic principles of acting. The first step to great acting is a free body and voice, allowing full expression of of emotional life of the character!



Community Leader; Host, Teacher
Aug 2011 - Present

Private Company

This is a group I started to help singers move from classes and workshops to actual performance. We meet for workshops to improve singing and performance, and perform once monthly in a supportive but professional setting to work out nerves and other performance issues. I created a singer's spotlight to showcase more advanced singers once a month as well. It's great fun, and we learn bunches!

Owner, proprietor
Sep 2003 - Present

Voice Studio

My Voice Studio offers a unique approach for singers to realize their full potential. Wendy's voice lessons, are customized for individual singers, and consist of training the body and voice to create a free, expressive and unique sound. To help her students in the next stage of development she offers performance coaching, and workshops for applying those techniques. She also coaches speech and acting for the actor or public speaker. Finally, she created the Singer's Salon, which she hosts each month, an opportunity for singers to perform in a supportive, nurturing environment.

Music Leader
May 2012 - Aug 2012

Kookaburra Play Café

Created and lead music classes for drop in students in flexible setting for a variety of ages, from infant to preschool. Activities included singing, finger play, physical movement with rhythm, learning new songs, beginning keyboard and rhythm instruments

Private Voice Instructor
Sep 2010 - May 2012

Bloomingdale School of Music

Taught private voice instruction to students of all ages

Private Voice Instructor
May 2010 - Sep 2011

Rock Academy of Dupage

Private vocal coaching for students in the Rock Academy

Group Vocal Instructor and Band Coach
Jul 2009 - Aug 2009

Camp Jam

Instructed all singers at Camp Jam in healthy singing technique, including warm-ups and technique exercises, use of microphone and onstage performance. Work with bands on the development of their group, learning songs, creating harmonies and other vocal issues within the band setting.

Acting Instructor and Singing Instructor
Oct 2008 - May 2009

Virtuoso Performing Arts

Taught Acting class for ages 8-11 focusing on improvisational games and skills, writing and creating material, and development of character work, and skills for creating a role for the final project. Taught both private and group singing classes, focusing on vocal technique, learning music and sight reading.


Master of Arts, Interdisciplinary Arts
Sep 1999 - May 2003

Columbia College Chicago

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Theater/Voice
Sep 1977 - May 1982

University of Kansas


For purposes of singing: French, Italian, German

Limited Proficiency


Ascap member
Mar 2012

American Society of Composers, Authors, & Publishers

Member of NATS
Jan 2010

National Association of Teachers of Singing


Jeff Award for Ensemble, Animal Farm
Jun 1986

Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee

Jeff Award for Ensemble, Threepenny Opera
Jun 1985

Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Sep 2012
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.
National Association of Teachers of Singing
Jan 2010
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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