Zeffin Quinn Hollis

Zeffin Quinn H.

Valley Village, CA

Lesson Details



Zeffin Quinn delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
January 1996

🎶 If you want to...

1) Build a vocal technique that will not fail you
2) Have piece of mind that the SOUND you want to come out of your mouth WILL come out
3) Know that you are using your own 100% authentic sound

...then you have found the right teacher!

Most teachers "vocalize" or "warm you up" for 5 or 10 minutes and then the lesson is spent just singing songs with no real emphasis on how to execute awe-inspiring and healthy singing.

Working with me is a truly distinctive experience, much like a workout with a trainer (Don't laugh because I'm a little overweight!). We will spend the hour working on very physical and concrete exercises to build a comprehensive technique that will support you through any genre of singing. At the end of each lesson, usually about 15 minutes, we can work on your chosen repertoire. Utilizing both vocalise and song literature of your choosing, we will go through very pragmatic and utilitarian methods that will generate an easy, free and uniquely individual sound.

Main teaching studio is 14'x14'
800 sq ft recital & class space
Sound System with:
iPhone/iPod dock
Standard 3.5mm input jack for other phones/players
"Old School" cassette tape recording
Full Library of Classical, Musical Theatre, Pop Music

✓ I have served as a vocal consultant on many professional recording sessions
✓ I have nearly 20 years experience working in all genres - POP/Rock, Opera, and Musical Theatre. I have a long client list that includes many celebrities all the way to beginners who are dedicated and ready to embark on a systematic process.
✓ In order to gauge your progress, I also provide performance opportunities through quarterly recitals and studio classes.

🎥 🎶🎙 BIOGRAPHY 🎥 🎶🎙
In addition to a rigorous performing career, Mr. H. has also been the principal associate vocal technician to world renowned master clinician Joann C. Zajac for the past fifteen years. Known for unearthing talent; building voices from inception; and guiding and managing the well trained singers through the inherent difficulties of a performing career: ZajacStudio has earned a coveted reputation for providing a meticulous regimen that builds a robust and consistent singer with a "complete package" ready to take on the difficulties and rewards of a major career. Students have traveled from as far as Hong Kong to work with these down to earth and practical technicians, and they encompass every genre including pop, musical theatre, and opera. Using Ms. Zajac's exceptional approach, clients have garnered both critical and popular success working on Broadway, London's West End, and in opera houses all over the world. The ZajacStudio client list also includes recording artists and an extensive list of top celebrities.

Working with the concept that all performance art is pure storytelling, Zeffin is also an accomplished director and acting coach. He is the co-founder of Singing Actors' Lab, the production and group class arm of ZajacStudio. The mission of SAL is to bring the best of both worlds from acting and classical singing to a "no compromises" well-rounded performance where acting choices support the vocal technique and vice versa. SAL has produced many full productions of operas, legit musical theater, also a series of concerts at Le Petit Greek Los Angeles, and a countless array of master classes throughout the country. As a stage director Mr. H.'s productions have been on the stages of Opera Las Vegas; Los Angeles' Dell Chamber Opera; Larchmont Concert Opera; California State University, Northridge; Wichita State University; and also recently at the Off Broadway Theater, The Lambs.

Zeffin has sung over 90 leading roles at many of the country's most significant opera houses including Dallas Opera, New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Pacific, Opera Theatre of Pittsburg, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Delaware, Toledo Opera, New Orleans Opera, Dicapo Opera Theater, and also at Hungary's Szeged & Pecs National Theaters. Mr. H. has had the pleasure of many orchestral appearances as a soloist with the Brooklyn Philharmonic; Lincoln Center's Little Orchestra Society of New York; Westfield Symphony; Palm Beach Opera Orchestra; Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra; Owensboro Symphony; Bear Valley Music Festival Orchestra and Rome's International Chamber Orchestra. His signature operatic roles include Scarpia (Tosca), Escamillo (Carmen), and Jack Rance (La Fanciulla del West). Mr. H. also represented the USA as John Proctor in the award-winning production of The Crucible broadcast to 46 countries on Mezzo Television.

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Vocal Technician / Musical Theatre Dept.
Jan 2014 - Present
LACHSA / Los Angeles High School for the Arts

Vocal Technician

Acting Teacher / Vocal Technician
Jan 1998 - Present
Singing Actors' Lab / ZajacStudio

Professional Actor & Opera Singer (AEA, SAG-AFTRA, AGMA)
May 1990 - Present
New York City Opera, Dallas Opera, New Orleans Opera, Santa Fe Opera

Over 90 leading Operatic roles
Over 30 Musical Theatre & Acting roles

Acting Teaching / Stage Director
Jan 2010 - Jan 2014

Voice Teacher / Stage Director
May 2008 - Aug 2010
Opera in the Ozarks


Musical Theatre
Aug 1988 - Jun 1990
Webster Conservatory
Musical Theatre
Aug 1988 - May 1990
Webster University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Italian, French, German
Professional Proficiency


Activity Supervisor Clearance Certificate
Nov 2013
Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Activity Supervisor Clearance Certificate
Document Number: 130217179
Issuance Date: 11/25/2013 / Expiration Date: 12/01/2018


4th Place Grand Finals Winner
Sep 2009
The Fourth Solomia Krushelnytska International competition of opera singers / IV Міжнародний конкурс оперних співаків імені Соломії Крушельницької
WINNER of Best Opera & Individual Grand Finalist
Oct 2008
Opera Competition and Festival with Mezzo Television: Szeged, Hungary
5th Place Winner & European Audition Tour Grant Winner
May 2004
Loren L. Zachary Society National Vocal Competition
Midwest Regional Finalist
Apr 2002
Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions
Western Regional Finalist
Oct 2000
Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions
Grand Finals 3rd Prize Winner
Oct 1999
Ellen Faull Gordon Competition


Actors' Equity Association
Jan 2000

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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American Guild of Musical Artists
May 1999

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.

Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
Aug 1996

An American labor union representing over 160,000 film and television principal and background performers, journalists, and radio personalities worldwide.

Photos & Videos

English Classical Reel
This is my main private lesson teaching space in Los Angeles.  Our Studio II.

Los Angeles Main Studio I

She watched me painting along the Seine
Thérèse Raquin by Tobias Picker
Recorded LIVE on February 25, 2007
libretto by Gene Scheer
Minnie, dalla mia casa, from Act I of 
La Fanciulla del West by Giacomo Puccini
Recorded LIVE April 28, 2008
Los Angeles Main Studio I
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15 Reviews

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Herman S. Sep 12, 2017
Stage Performance · In studio

Great teacher. Zeffin is excellent at identifying the strengths but more importantly the areas to be worked on thus providing you with a perfect structure for you learning experience.

Andrea S. Aug 1, 2016
Singing · In home

Zeffin Quinn is the best.He really knows what he is talking about and l learned a great deal.Thankyou you so much

Ming-An May 24, 2016
Singing · In studio

I have been been blessed to be able to work with Zeffin for over 2 years now. Zeffin is a great voice coach, and he has been very instrumental in helping develop my instrument continuously and steadily. I can only highly recommend to anyone serious about singing, but don't take my spot. OK?

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Angie Apr 20, 2016
Acting · In studio

Shortly after finding Zeffin 2 1/2 years ago, my daughter started getting cast in shows! He has a way of working with children to bring out the best in them in a very natural way. He asks probing questions, makes them think about each scene and character and truly has a gift for working with young talent. My daughter has learned so much and grown in her acting ability. He is a great resource for all kinds of questions about the business. We are so glad we found him.

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Jessica Apr 14, 2016

Zeffin Hollis is indeed the Best Instructor Ever! I've taken lessons for over three years now and continue to improved my vocal and performance skills. Zeffin's various skills and many experiences allows him to help his students in every dimension of the performing arts. He can work with modern, classical, or any other genre of work. He has a gift for finding out how to best work on what it is you are struggling with as well as displaying your strengths. From vocal warm ups to acting out a monologue, Zeffin knows how to get a student to reach their highest potential. His patients and ability to listen to his students and identify what they need, not to mention his own artistic talents, makes him the best!

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Jessica Apr 14, 2016

Zeffin Hollis is indeed the Best Instructor Ever! I've taken lessons for over three years now and continue to improved my vocal and performance skills. Zeffin's various skills and many experiences allows him to help his students in every dimension of the performing arts. He can work with modern, classical, or any other genre of work. He has a gift for finding out how to best work on what it is you are struggling with as well as displaying your strengths. From vocal warm ups to acting out a monologue, Zeffin knows how to get a student to reach their highest potential. His patients and ability to listen to his students and identify what they need, not to mention his own artistic talents, makes him the best!

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Joshua Apr 13, 2016
Acting · In studio

Zeffin Quinn H. is a very experienced actor, he uses his many experiences to help us, his students better our acting skills. He is a wonderful teacher and I strongly value our lessons.

Hana C. Sep 17, 2014
Opera Voice · In studio

Studying with Zeffin is a true joy and and creatively inspiring experience. Learning from such a gifted and experienced singer/actor who really knows the demands and expectations of having a high profile operatic career is an invaluable experience. With the positive environment he provides through his uniquely original feedback, I feel I can push myself and explore the music I am singing without thoughts of self-consciousness or doubt that I have been struggling with in the past.Due to his immense enthusiasm about singing and acting Zeffin has been instrumental in helping me break old habits and build confidence. It's been a wonderful year and I heartily recommend Zeffin for any student interested in growing as a performer, artist and musician.

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Annalise S. Aug 14, 2014
Opera Voice · In studio

Zeffin helped me change my voice and performance style completely for the better! I had been studying musical theatre and operatic singing for nearly a decade when I met him and I learned more about my voice in the first month of lessons with him than I did in the years prior. He has an enthusiasm and passion for singing that is infectious and apparent in all of his students. And his way of explaining vocal technique is simple and easy to understand even for a beginner. If you're serious about singing and improving your voice, then Zeffin is a great choice for a teacher!

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Eli L. Jul 21, 2014
Classical Voice · In studio

Coming from a very unsuccessful experience with a previous voice teacher, Zeffin put me right, right away. Over the three years I have spent studying with him, I have felt my voice grow and become more secure in itself. Zeffin's technique teaches to play on the intricate connections between voice, body, mind, and sound. Now that I understand the physicality involved in singing properly, I know I'll never go back to my "old ways." It's strange to say, but I feel physically stronger and healthier after every lesson. As a guy and classical singer, I feel Zeffin's instruction is perfect for me. I've found Zeffin to be an incredible mentor and role model, and I know I'll have trouble trusting anyone else to achieve in me what he has. If I ever leave Zeffin, I might as well give up singing all together!

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Nancy Dobbs O. Jul 4, 2014
Singing · In home

Zeffin is an amazing artist. He is one of the most intuitive teachers that I have ever worked with, an amazing coach and director, a detail oriented producer, a mesmerizing performer and a truly good and kind person. I cannot possibly recommend him highly enough. It would sound insane, but every word is true. He is a gift to singers, to actors, to dancers who think that they can't sing and to human beings in general. Take his class, coach with him privately, see him perform. You will be happier for having done so.

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Atalia M. Jun 29, 2014
Opera Voice · In studio

I cannot express in words how much Zeffin has inspired and helped my vocal technique, acting expression, and confidence. Without him I would never have felt I was ready to fully follow my dreams (I moved to Germany to pursue an Opera Career with endless guidance from him that to this day still has not stopped). Before Zeffin, I was a little lost vocally but after studying with him for over a year, I am confident in my technique and can tell you exactly what is going on. Every lesson feels like a breakthrough lesson because of his clear way of explaining concepts. You end up working extremely hard because of your own motivation that Zeffin induces from his amazing lessons. I improved so incredibly much since I started working with him. Thank you so much Zeffin for giving me my voice and being one of the most inspiring and encouraging people I have had the privilege of meeting! I would recommend Zeffin to every single singer in a heartbeat.

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Lena H. Jun 17, 2014
Singing · In studio

Zeffin has been my voice teacher for over a year now and in that year he's turned my legit trained voice into an extremely versatile instrument. Now I can sing country, opera, jazz, musical theatre legit or belt with ease and confidence. Never have I had a voice teacher who has such a complete understanding of vocal pedagogy and can use that knowledge to mold the singer. Beyond that, he can coach the acting of a song for an audition expertly as well as give solid counsel on all things industry related. He's the whole package! Book him today. Your vocal chords will thank me.

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Jessie M. Jun 14, 2014
Singing · In studio

Zeffin has been my teacher for a while now and I can honestly say that he is the best teacher I've ever had, and I've had a lot of wonderful teachers. Not only does he explain technique in ways I can understand, but he is also in tune with the industry which is equally important. He keeps his students current and up to date with all of the audition and performance "rules" that are constantly changing with all of this new technology. He is definitely a teacher that can teach any level and has tons of patience. He has opened my eyes and made everything so clear and simple. My voice has never improved this much with my past teachers- he just knows how to make things easy to understand. And he's still active in performing so he really stays in touch with the business. Love him!!

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Joann Z. Jun 14, 2014

Zeffin has been my primary Associate Teacher for over fifteen years. As a clinician, his insight is vivid and imaginative and he brings the students to life with great care and passion. He possesses a rich and beautiful baritone voice and he always creates a well-crafted dramatic character. I highly recommend Zeffin as a teacher of acting and vocal technique. He is regularly at the top of his game: perpetually at play bringing art to fruition.

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