With a voice that has been described as exquisite, sublime, and pure beauty, soprano Veronica has performed with opera companies and orchestras across the country while keeping firm roots in her hometown of Philadelphia. She has performed with small choruses and full orchestras, in intimate outdoor venues and major opera houses. She is an Artist in Residence at Temple University and has sung as a core member of many local choral ensembles, but frequently travels outside of the area to perform.
Recently returned from Shenandoah Bach Festivals Mozart C minor mass, and her first Countess w
ith the Shenandoah Bach Festivals concert version Le nozze di Figaro. 2010-2011 season also took Veronica on tour for the Northeast Louisiana / Union Parish Arts Councilâs Amazing Grace (featuring music of various religions, time periods and styles).
In 2008-2009 Veronica sang the role of the High Priestess for Opera Birminghamâs Aida, and added several new roles to her repertoire, including Liu (Turandot) with Opera Birmingham, the title role in Lakme with Concert OPERA of Philadelphia and Nedda (I Pagliacci) with Sycamore Opera and The Cousin (Madama Butterfly) with the Opera Company of Philadelphia. Of her finessed and dramatic portrayal of Liu, the press remarked that (she) sang passionately in the tear-jerking Act 1 aria, "Signore, ascolta," her final high pianissimo notes suspended in pure beauty. In Act 3, she provided one of the opera's most startling and poignant moments when she stabbed herself at the end of "Tu che di gel." She also performed a recital of opera and Broadway favorites to open Opera Birminghams performance season and traveled to Louisiana to celebrate the holidays as a soloist for the Northern Louisiana / Union Parish Arts Councils Ill Be Home for Christmas concerts.
Veronica performed two roles in Porgy and Bess in 2008, singing Clara with Opera Birmingham and Lilly with Lyric Opera of Chicago. She also appeared with Opera Delaware as Gianetta in The Gondoliers and won fifth place and audience favorite in the Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition.
2007 was a year of rave reviews for Veronica on both the opera and the concert stage. Of Opera Birminghams production of Cenerentola, Michael Huebner of The Birmingham News remarked "The role of Clorinda was engagingly sung, Veronica milked the sister's arrogance and ineptitude for all their worth. This was a five star production! Her recital performance with famed mezzo Marietta Simpson and bass Kevin Maynor was praised by the Birmingham Times, Veronica's agility and confidence in the upper register created some of the concert's most sublime passages. Her embellishments in 'Ride On King Jesus' were exquisite." Additional concert performances took her Muskegon, MI for performances with the West Shore Symphony, to Tennessee for the Memphis Symphonys televised Home for The Holidays concert and to Spoleto, Italy for the invitational Festival di Due Monde.
During 2006 Veronica performed Sandrina in La Finta Giardiniera with Elysium Concert Opera of Philadelphia and Fiordiligi (Cosi fan Tutte) with Delaware Valley Opera Company, and the title character in Little Red Riding Hood with Opera Birmingham. Michael Caruso of the Chestnut Hill Local called her a romantic and pearl voiced Fiordiligi. She also performed several musical theater selections with Bristol Riverside Theater for their Summer Musicale and then their holiday-themed Winter Musicale. Anita Donovan of The Trenton Times remarked, Veronica's powerful version of Summertime, I Loves You Porgy, My Mans Gone Now, and (the duet) Bess You Is My Woman Now makes one long or a full-scale revival.
2005 Veronica performed Edith in Pirates of Penzance with Gulf Atlantic Symphony of Florida, Violetta (student matinee performance) and Aninna (main stage production) for Center City Opera Theaters La Traviata. That summer she returned to Ash Lawn Opera Festival and appeared as Dolly Tate in Annie Get Your Gun. She was also chosen to be Gretel in Opera Birminghamâs educational tour of Hansel and Gretel. After leaving Birmingham she sang Donna Elvira with New York Opera Project, in which Debra Banerjee of the Scarsdale Inquire called her performance very emotional¦ very dramatic presence.
Veronica spent most of 2004 away from her Philadelphia home performing with Opera Colorado as Gretel in Hansel and Gretel (outreach ensemble) and Berta (student matinee performance) in Il barbiere di Siviglia. She also performed the roles of Susanna (one performance) and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Theater of The Rockies in Colorado Springs, and performed with the Colorado Symphony in their Opera on The Rocks concert at Red Rocks. That summer she was chosen as an apprentice at the Ash Lawn Opera Festival singing the Boylen Sister in Annie and Berta (cover) in The Barber of Seville.
In 2003 Veronica made her professional debut performing the title role in the Savoy Companys production of Princess Ida, and appeared with the Young Artist Program at Natchez Opera Festival performing the role of the Princess in Fair Means of Foul. That same year she also performed at Shaker Mountain Opera as Gianetta in L'elisir d'amore and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro.
She has also been a soprano soloist for the Charlotte Symphony, Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, Mendelsshon Club of Philadelphia, Ursinus College, In Clara Voce, and Orquestra Sinfonica Municipal de Caracas to name a few. She is known for her very versatile vocal abilities. Some demonstrations of her flexibility include her appearance with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia as the voice of Joan of Arc (a part that previously was only sung by members of the well-known group Anonymous 4) in Richards Einhorn's Voices of Light and her appearance as soloist in the Monteverdi Vespers 1610 with Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia.
Veronicaâs upcoming engagements include First Lady in Opera Delaware's production of The Magic Flute, covering Pamina in the same production, and Soprano One in the solo quartet of Opera Company of Philadelphia's production of Manon Lescaut.
*** Lesson Details *** I have been teaching piano/music reading and voice lessons of all ages since 2003. I really enjoy exploring the journey of learning about music with my students.
With voice lessons we learn the fundamentals of singer (breath, "placement", pitch accuracy, rhythm accuracy, and diction) Most students see a marked improvement in their singing ability in about 3-6 months. Singing is not always easy, but in a nurturing, safe environment I allow my students to realize their true potential.
In piano/music reading lessons I teach beginners. At these lessons you will learn basics of music reading music, rhythm exercises, and the basics of music theory. My attitude about playing piano is the same as singing, it may not be easy all the time but the time invested in learning will be worth the reward of being able to play an instrument!
*** Studio Equipment *** Front living room, full electric piano, two chairs and a sofa, room for parents to sit in on lesson
Kris A. October 29, 2013
Singing Verified Student
Veronica is a really superb instructor in every way. Because of her skill as a teacher, her ability to diagnose problems and correct them my singing ability has grown beyond my expectations.Veronica is so knowledgeable, talented and gifted as a teacher and singer. I don't know how I got so lucky! Did I mention that she is a lot of fun to work with?
Jaron G. May 7, 2013
Singing Verified Student
We have been nothing but impressed with Veronica! She's taken our daughter's singing ability to places we didn't think possible.
CarolynM January 5, 2012
Veronica is an excellant vocal coach and teacher, she is great making my daughter enjoy what she is learning!!!!! My daughter Sammi has come so far so fast during her time with Veronica!
I've been teaching singing for 30 years and Broadway singing for the last 15 years. My approach is to ensure the student is using excellent technique while singing. You will expand your repertoire as well as improve your technique and artistry. Lessons begin with vocal technique and move on to singing songs.
I have been singing for as long as I can remember. It is my very favorite activity. I have transformed my love of singing into a career.
I have been teaching music lessons for over 25 years. When you study with me you will have the advantage of that experience. I have extensive experience teaching students of all ages. Throughout my teaching career I have taught students with varied backgrounds and diverse needs. If you are a person who was told not to sing by your music teacher, don't give up! I have taught many children and adults to match pitches and improve their singing voices.
I earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Moravian College and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Temple University. While at Temple, I studied standard vocal repertoire and Early Music. I have also completed graduate courses in Early Childhood and Elementary Education at West Chester University.
I served on the faculty of Suburban Music School for 17 years where I taught voice, piano and recorder lessons. I also directed the Children’s Choir and the Women’s Choir. I was formerly on the faculty of Delaware County Community College where I taught courses in the Music Department; and of Temple Music Prep where I instituted, developed and maintained a vocal program at Temple University’s Ambler Campus.
In addition to teaching I was employed for eleven years as a chorister at Christ Church Christiana Hundred in Greenville, DE where I have had the opportunity to sing for such notable conductors as John Rutter, Sir David Wilcox, Sir Philip Ledger, Stephen Cleobury, and James O’Donnell. Previous choral work has included singing for Dr. Ifor Jones and for Michael Korn. I perform in solo and chamber music recitals throughout the Philadelphia area and in Cape May, NJ and with a Celtic group called Celtic Women and Friends.
*** Lesson Details *** Voice Lessons
When you study voice with me, you will start with the basics - posture, breathing and tone production. If you have studied before, we will review these areas and brush up on anything that needs work. The next step is to learn some vocal exercises to warm up and develop your voice. When the exercises are going well, we will begin to work on songs. You will need to learn some classical songs because they help to develop your voice, but we will also work on the kind of music you like best. In addition to songs, we will work on solfege (do, re, mi, etc.) which helps to train your ear and to improve your sightreading ability. If you don't know how to read music I will teach you that. If you read music but have some gaps in your knowledge, we will fill those in.
I teach what is called bel canto (beautiful singing). It is a healthy vocal technique that will help you avoid vocal problems. When you learn to sing with this technique, you can sing any style of music you want. After a few months of study, you should be able to tell that your voice is growing stronger, that you have better breath control, and that your range is increasing.
Although I have high expectations of my students, I am relaxed and friendly. If you love to laugh, we will enjoy that together!
When you study piano with me you will enjoy playing a variety of songs from your lesson book. As you advance, we may add a repertoire book which increases the number and variety of songs you play. There are many excellent piano methods. I use different methods for different students, depending on their needs.
Lessons will include posture and proper hand position, warm-ups, songs and music theory. Music theory is the study of notation and how music is put together. You will have a workbook with exercises for this study. If there is a particular style of music you would like to play, we will look for music at your level to add to your lesson. After a few months of study, you should know how to read basic notation and be able to play a number of songs. You will also have increased your knowledge of musical notation and harmony.
I expect my students to practice in preparation for their lesson every week. I am relaxed and friendly, so that should help to put you at your ease.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano, music stand, stereo equip, seating for parents
*** Specialties *** I specialize in teaching the bel canto style singing. With this technique, a person can sing any style of music she or he chooses.
Karen W. June 24, 2015
In studio Verified Student
She's excellent! Very professional and skilled! Encouraging! She's just awesome! Definitely recommend!
Vanessa B. April 18, 2013
Singing Verified Student
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I am delighted to work with Barbara. She is expert and inspiring and I look forward to my weekly lessons. Thank You!
I am a graduate of The University of The arts with a BA in music performance. The University of The Arts has allowed me to gain a reputable amount of performance and educational work. In my training at the University was able to concentrate on many styles of performance such as classical technique as well as Broadway and jazz. With that in mind, it is also important to stay current on today’s music as well. Music has allowed me to travel the world with various groups and perform with musicals greats like the Philly Pops, bassist Gerald Veasly and the great Bernard “Pretty “ Purdie. I have
taught voice and piano for high school students entering college for music. My experience in teaching is not only with high school students but spans all ages. After completing college I continued my training with Mrs. Jackie’s Piano Fun Class for ages 4-6. This gave me confidence to complete training for The Music Class and various other infant and toddlers music programs. Currently I have many adult students, some learning for performance reasons and others to just have fun with playing. One of my theory’s behind music training is “you must love the music you play”. It may be something new but always something for you.
*** Lesson Details *** Motivation and commitment are important in my lessons. I believe with these two things and proper encouragement for your teacher every student is a winner! I like to start my lesson by assessing what skills and goals each student has or would like to reach for within their lesson. It also important to talk about you expectations for me as the teacher and what tools you will need going forward. (Music books, songs, tape recording etc…). I lessons to be enjoyable but also productive. I use lots of games and techniques to help each student learn
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano and microphone
*** Travel Equipment *** keyboard
*** Specialties *** My style comes from university training and personal experience. I have performed with many different ensembles as well as performance groups. Particularly I specialize in the classic style of jazz and scat singing. Other aspect of my teaching include classical operatic voice training as a vocal bases for any style of music.
B July 6, 2015
Lauren was very skillful at what she does and this conveys well in the lessons with her. I learned a lot from Lauren in my time with her but I would prefer the lessons to be a little more organized. All in all a good experience, Thank you Lauren.
Kia A. January 6, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Lauren is the real deal. Point blank period. I initially signed up for singing lessons, but she has helped me with piano, music theory, and other skills as well. She has a much more wholesome approach for developing as an artist than simply a linear "sing these notes" type of lesson.
Lauren is a good balance of stern and silly. She has a great sense of humor, so I feel comfortable singing & playing for her (even if my skills are limited and sound like a dying horse). However, that doesn't mean you just goof around. She takes it very seriously and pushes you as a student. I couldn't recommend Lauren more.
Hello: I would be glad to help you with your Broadway performance and technique!
As a TakeLessons student taught by Jon, you're getting the benefit of a genuine musician/artist who has been affiliated with Atlantic Recording artist Ray Charles and EMI recording artist Paul McCartney by means of their musicians and songwriters. I do this for a living, so I'm serious about professionally satisfying you the student and helping you to develop to your fullest potential! Remember what you put in...I will help you to get the max out!
I belong to the Musician's Union local 802 located in New York City which is the largest musicians local in the world! Many stars and celebs are
I also am a publisher/songwriter with Broadcast Music Incorporated from which my performance rights are collected! We will help you to get on your way to doing all of these things or if you just want to play/perform for fun that's cool too. We'll help you to meet and surpass your goals. Well, look forward to working with you soon. (Please don't hesitate to sign up since I can only take on a limited number of students in view of my performing, writing and recording demands.)
*** Lesson Details *** We will taylor the lesson plan individually. Due to my schedule I will specialize in beginner to intermediate since more advanced students involve more preparation on my part and may serve to conflict with a very demanding itinerary.
We will determine what you want to learn and or improve on from our initial conversations and agree that we can meet those goals! We want to make you happy...hey that's what music is all about right?
The entertainer has to be happy first...then make you happy!
*** Studio Equipment *** Typical Home Studio Portable Set Up Including Computers, Production Software Keyboards Guitars Microphones Amplifiers Roland Guitar Synthesizer Etc.
*** Travel Equipment *** Depending On Job Fender P150 PA Fender P250 PA Acoustic Guitars Electric Guitars Fender Amp Vox Amp
*** Specialties *** Vocalist - Solo with Backing Tracks / Band Front Guitarist - Solo or with Band; Acoustic or Electric Songwriter - Jon T Music BMI Publisher - Jon T Music BMI Studio Musician - Vocals and Multi - Instruments Affiliated - American Federation Of Musicians Local 802 New York Owns - T Productions Studio
Olivia F. December 28, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Jon is a very talented, knowledgeable and patient instructor. He knows how to find the strengths and weaknesses of his students. He enhances the strengths and strengthens the weaknesses. Once my financial circumstances change, I will eagerly resume my lessons with Jon.
Shannon F. December 24, 2014
In home Verified Student
My daughter, who is now 11, has been taking lessons with Jon since last spring. He has done a wonderful job with her, making her feel comfortable and confident. Even though she doesn't practice as much as she should, her skills are really improving under Jon's tutelage. He has done a great job of adapting to her personality, which can be challenging, and developing a teaching style that fits her needs. Both her singing and her guitar playing have really improved and she looks forward to her lessons every week.
William has been teaching commercial voice and Broadway styles for 15 years. He also has several years experience as a professor of musical theatre. During that time, he has worked with theatre departments as a vocal coach, voice instructor and music director. In addition to teaching, he has experience as a performer and music director for professional theatre companies and workshops. He has also been sought after as a clinician and adjudicator.
William is a certified K-12 music instructor with experience in vocal and instrumental music at all levels of instruction. He is committed to providing quality music instruction to every student. In addition, he has served on staff for several universities and theatre companies as a performer, vocal coach/accompanist, music director, and professor. William's areas of expertise include vocal coaching all styles of singing, private piano instruction, adaptive lessons, and general music instruction. Special interests are vocal health, vocal/speech training, music psychology and music interventio
n and therapy for special needs.
He offers the following lessons at his home studio:
VOICE LESSONS- for all levels and styles of singing. Specializes in contemporary styles and Broadway singing for all levels. However, William has a background in classical singing and teaches beginning and intermediate level classical singing to adults and high school students interested in the study of opera or college prep.
PIANO LESSONS- for beginning students and intermediate levels.
ADAPTIVE MUSIC LESSONS- music lessons tailored for student that might need a modified approach to learning. He offers adaptive lessons for voice, piano, and general music for special needs students. It is recommended that adaptive music students take 45 minute lessons due to the approach and purpose of these sessions. In addition, it maybe encouraged from time to time that parents and/or family members become actively involved in the music learning process.
GENERAL MUSIC LESSONS- ear training, theory, movement.
AUDITION PREPARATION- designed to prepare singers of all levels for an audition and/or performance . Recommend a 45 minute or hour session for those planning only a single or limited amount of lessons.
COMBINED LESSONS- meaning student may study two instruments or have two areas of concentration during a single session/lesson. Recommended time for a combined lesson would be 45 minutes due to the focus being on two areas.
Jonathan S. June 14, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I was not much of a singer before seeing Will, but my singing has improved immensely with him; I had a few vocal breakthroughs during our time together. He is also exceptionally flexible in how he teaches. We were able to meld singing with song-writing and piano-self-accompaniment.
Jonathan S. June 13, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I had no prior singing experience prior to seeing Will, but I had some extremely helpful vocal breakthroughs during our time. He is also exceptionally flexible with how he teaches. We were able to meld singing lessons with piano-self-accompaniment and song-writing. Being a pianist and aspiring songwriter, this was much more than I had hoped for.
Students are raving about their Broadway Singing instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Jessa
"It was a great joy learning from Frank for the several weeks I had him as instructor. He has his own little studio at home, with his piano, so you can enj
oy and be comfortable singing out loud without other disruptions. His method is very simple and effective. It's all about energy, posture, and jaw movement! I definitely saw a change in my singing after only two lessons of learning from Frank.
He is also friendly, smiling, and courteous! He'll start you with warm-ups and then end with songs/pieces to practically implement the movements you've learned during warm-ups. Try a lesson with Frank! You'll not regret it!"
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Caroline
"Dr. Jeanne makes her students feel comfortable and confident. She is good at assessing students ability and helping them to be their best. She challenged
me to grow, and encouraged me in the process! I enjoy working with her and can see improvement in my voice and confidence."
Washington, DC teacher:
Dr. Jeanne S.
Review by Amanda
"Anna Lisa is a remarkable teacher who genuinely cares for her students and provides a fun and encouraging learning environment.
I have been taking lesson
s from Anna Lisa for about two years now and she is an absolutely phenomenal teacher. From my first lesson with her I have made huge improvements in my singing. She is personable, fun to work with, and seeks opportunities for her students outside of lessons (competitions, masterclasses with other professional singers, recitals, and audition opportunities) and genuinely cares for your success and growth as a singer. She has taken time outside of our lessons to help me prepare for auditions and recitals. Anna Lisa has improved the tone, strength, and quality of my singing, and has even extended the range of my voice. Anna Lisa takes even personally tailors individual lessons to work with me on problem areas and helps with choreographing and working on stage presence and posture for performances. Songs and notes that were once difficult for me are now so much easier to sing. She is an extremely talented performer as well, so learning from Anna Lisa is an honor and an amazing opportunity. I highly recommend Anna Lisa; she goes above and beyond to ensure the success of her students."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Shaotian
"LeAnna is definitely a good teacher to start with!
I have taken singing class with LeAnna for about two months and it was definitely a positive experienc
e. LeAnna is a good teacher to start with and I've learnt lot from her.
LeAnna is a very easy-going and encouraging instructor. She would try to find something good in me every time and appreaciate it. She would also find something I was doing wrong and point it out directly instead of like it vanish in the appreaciation. So I feel energetic and know what to improve at the same time. Moreover, LeAnna's teaching environment is quite comfortable. It is a clean, tidy, and quiet room. I wouldn't feel nervous there. And, there is plenty space where I could move within and sing quite comfortable.
An an instructor, LeAnna has good exercises which would build my technique little by little. She would offer a group of exercises for a specific training area and they are not difficult and seem easy to do. I would not feel practicing those exercises sucking too much of my energy. But, when I came back to sing, I would feel that without noticing, I could done what I couldn't done before, which was pretty amazing.
LeAnna is also reliable and knowledgeable of the industry. She is not only an instructor but also the singer/dancer/actor who do shows. She would tell me how this industry is like, what and how to prepare for the audition, and what details I should focus on (i.e. Don't change schedule after you have been confirmed with the stage manager) and what aspect I don't have to worry (i.e. I could go to another audition if you are wating for another result; just tell them you are waiting.) This helped me a lot to know what the custom is like in this area."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Simone
"Fawn is a refreshing change and one of the best instructors we have ever known
After going through a barrage of music instructors, Fawn was a refreshing
change. Our family has been taking piano, voice, performance and songwriting lessons from Fawn for 3 years now. My husband, myself and our son and daughter are her students and we all adore her. She has a lovely spirit and kind heart. She pushes us each in our own individual ways to be the best we can each be, and she always checks in to see how we are doing on a personal level too. She is such a positive person, her energy could light up an entire city. I donât know any one that works harder. I think hearing her songs on the radio, seeing her perform and work hard at her own successful music career, as well as work hard at helping her students achieve their best is one of the things that motivates me to work harder. Fawnâs attitude is, âanything is possible if you believeâ. Not only do we believe, but we believe in her. She is the best candidate for the job and this household deeply appreciates her."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Laura Petracco
"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!"
Cincinnati, OH teacher:
Review by Kaitlee
There are so many good things I could say about Arlys. I came to her with only a few weeks to prepare for an audition and with no previou
s lesson experience. In only the four and a half hours she taught me, I feel like it made a huge difference. She has wonderful teaching techniques that she learned professionally, but she's also wonderful at learning along the way. She work with you and suddenly there's a whole new way she finds to teach you. She seems to learn from every lesson she teaches and is so obviously enthusiastic about what she does. Even outside of our lessons, she did a bit of research into my audition song to try and find a way to make it easier to learn. She even called me after my audition to see how it went. Her wonderful teaching skills aside, she's also great at making you feel comfortable. I went to her full of anxiety and within the first few minutes I was immediately comfortable around her. She also was able to teach me an amazing meditation technique that's not only calming but also makes you more alert, something none of my therapists for my anxiety were able to do.
In short: She knows what she's doing, she learns along the way, she's so easy to relax around, and she shows a great deal of care for her students."
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Amanda
"She is a joy to work with
I started taking voice lessons with Elise in August 2013 and she has just been an absolute joy to work with! I learned so much
from her and she is friendly, positive and encouraging me when I was worried about one thing or another! I will continue to work with her for as long as I need to. She's great!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Sara
"Talented teacher and motivator
I have been taking lessons with Melanie for about four months. I initially contacted her to prepare for a part in a musica
l I wanted. Melanie helped me hone my talent, as well as find confidence in my voice as a singer. I came to her as an untrained, unskilled singer looking for guidance. Two months after I started taking lessons, I was asked to perform with a cruise ship live band (while I was on vacation) in Carnival's Showcase of the Stars talent show. Melanie inspired me to audition for several musicals I normally wouldn't have had the courage to pursue. She is always available when I need her, even if I need to schedule a last minute lesson or have a technical question I need answered. I owe my success thus far in my performance career to Melanie, and I proudly recommend her without hesitation."