Whether its for auditions, private enjoyment, for your band or choir we work on vocal technique and practice techniques to improve your vocal ability.
My name is Jennifer. I got my degree in vocal performance and minored in Jazz. I began voice lessons myself when I was eight. I am a mezzo soprano, and can teach both female and male voices. I have performed in several opera productions including but not limited to The Marriage of Figaro, Dido and Aeneus, Tenderland, and Hand of Bridge. I have worked and performed in masterworks by Brahms, Chopin, Mozart to name a few. I studied in French, English, Spanish, Italian, and German. I studied diction, ear training, piano, music history, pedagogy, and music theory. I have also performed with artists such as New York Voices, Bobby Mcferrin and Kurt Elling. I was blessed with many learning opportunities to grow in my passion and I would love to pass that knowledge and passion to anyone who wants to learn.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons are de
signed around the needs of each student. The first lessons is always spent testing range, knowledge and abilities already known by the student. Then the student weighs in on what kind of music they would like to learn and what they hope to gain from the lessons. Theory and ear training are incorporated into the lessons. We work on breathing, technique and style. Generally we start with English or Italian. We work on vocal performance from a classical standpoint but Jazz and Broadway can also be taught if desired by the student. Scales and exercises are given each week to be worked on until the next lesson. A recording device is encouraged if the student cannot play the piano. Also, a voice note book to take notes during the lesson to be used during practice during the week.
Omg seriously best vocal teacher ever!!! After my first lesson I had already started seeing improvements!! If you want to strengthen your vocals, Ms. Jenn is definitely the person for you!! Absolutely love going to lessons! I will not be stopping anytime soon!
August 2, 2019
Jen was really nice, put me at ease right away!! I'm looking forward to my next lesson!
May 23, 2019
Hannah is really enjoying her lessons and is always letting me know how much she is learning. I hear her practicing every night. Jennifer is professional, very experienced and wonderful to work with
I am thrilled to be joining the teaching ranks of TakeLessons! Having just recently relocated from Lansing, Michigan in order to pursue a DMA in Voice Performance at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA, voice specialist and instructor Donna G. is excited to work with a new crop of singers. While Donna lived in Lansing, MI, her voice studio facilitated in preparing amateur and professional singers for music and theatre auditions and performances for more than twelve years in the Lansing area. The goal of her voice studio is to promote vocal arts and current activities in the various public schools and communities represented in the studio. Donna also enjoys playing piano, vocal coach accompanying, working with diverse singing styles from classical to musical theatre and jazz/pop, songwriting, and designing individual curricula that
allow her students to express themselves in their individually unique ways. Donna looks forward to working with new students from the Winchester area.
Donna G's Education: DMA Candidate in Voice Performance, Shenandoah Conservatory MM Voice Performance, Michigan State University MM Choral Conducting, Michigan State University BM Music Education and Vocal Performance, Northwestern University
*** Lesson Details *** The goal of Donna's voice studio is to promote vocal arts and current activities in the various public schools and communities represented in the studio. Donna also enjoys playing piano, vocal coach accompanying, community theatre, working with diverse singing styles from classical to musical theatre and jazz/pop, songwriting, and designing individual curriculum that allow her students to express themselves in their individually unique ways. Best known for preparing singers for music and theatre auditions, Donna also enjoys encouraging singers to find public venues in which to share their talents and accomplishments. Such venues include school, community, recitals, or church worship experiences.
Donna's teaching style and personality can be described as "easily approachable with an emphasis on personal growth". Additionally, she is known for promoting relatively high standards so that her singers feel continuously challenged and inspired to work toward creative and artistic expression and performance goals.
*** Travel Equipment *** If I must travel to a student's home, I would need him/her to provide a piano or keyboard. I can bring music books/repertoire. If the student wishes to drive to my home studio, I can provide a piano as well as a large vocal and piano music library.
*** Specialties *** ~Certified Lovetri Somatic Voicework (sm) at Shenandoah University Summer Vocal Music Institute ~specializing in opera vocal styles as well as ability to cross-train voice for musical theatre and pop/rock styles ~ability in vocal coach accompanying on piano/keyboard ~lyricist and songwriter for rock bands over the past 20 years ~musical director for musical theatre productions for 15 years
I am very comfortable with Donna. She is very knowledgeable of her talents to teach her students. The 10 lessons I paid for will be all the lessons I need. I wanted to do this to get the basics I need. I will not be signing up for more lessons so please do not charge my credit card for future lessons. I will need conformation from you and a guarantee that my card will not be charged. ASAP
Thank you so much. Nancy Richard
February 26, 2019
Very kind and intelligent. Can’t wait to see how much my child can learn from her!!
January 5, 2019
Donna is very friendly and my daughter loves taking lessons with her looks forward to every lesson
General singing lessons are for those who simply wish to improve their voice without necessarily committing to a particular style.
You will learn what I call the technical non-negotiables to great singing. I have broken down systematically what is exclusively necessary to singing at a high, yet achievable level in every given style.
Once this is established then what we are left with can be categorized as artistic choice and preference.
As a vocal coach, you will find that I work from the perspective of a technician. My work is only enhanced by my knowledge and specialization of vocal intonation, which has allowed me to make these distinctions. This is precisely why I am not limited (nor confused by) to any one style.
I genuinely teach all legitimate vocal styles and how to approach them successfully. You will achieve this while exploring and expanding your natural ability (mostly unrecognized) regardless of style.
This includes those who are already very fluent and ...
The Exquisite Voice, Inc.
Christine is a professional vocal coach with an exceptional reputation. She is the owner of The Exquisite Voice, Inc. Currently home in Springfield Va.
As a D.C. native, Christine has taught extensively in the DMV area for 10 years and is now taking her business/work to New York.
She is considered an expert in her field for achieving high quality vocal technique that can be implemented in all legitimate singing styles.
Christine is a fearless technician in the vocal arts, willing to put her knowledge and know how against the best in the field.
Achievable, high quality, professional results that captures and highlights a singer’s natural voice is what I am after because it brings the most joy to ourselves and to others.
Straightforward technique that removes uncertainty and doubt.
Learning to have authori
ty over your instrument to really grow into an individual artist and communicator.
Always honoring the instrument that a person has by guiding them to really learn the fullness of their abilities.
There is nothing more compelling than a voice that is natural and confident in their ability and accessing technique consistently is vital to creating this assurance and peace.
I am able to rapidly diagnosis a full range of vocal issues and begin to work towards strengthening deficient elements in relation and respect to the singer’s entire technique.
This will take time, but I make it clear exactly why this is the focus so we can work efficiently and cooperatively together.
It is important to reveal issues in a highly apparent manner, yet to be supportive and respectful of the student’s voice while motivating change to take place. I try to make it extremely clear through the exercises and rep I personally select to highlight a capability that is lacking by giving a student the right challenges where they can see they are not fully demonstrating a vocal element.
It often times is things they have been told in the past, but aren’t able to identify the problem due to lack of clarity clouded by other elements from past instruction or not provided the right tools to overcome their vocal issues in a realistic way that leads to continue success in their process. Meaning I really isolate and get to the heart of issues.
I have a signature method of highlighting issues and making corrections. I am very particular about explaining the process so that it makes sense to each student and can be accessible for them.
Another strength I have is I am able to identify the student’s learning style and am resourceful in the way I teach.
Together we will learn to develop a practical process and routine that works consistently for you based on your own personal needs as an artist.
The goal is that you will be able to instruct yourself successfully every time by thoroughly learning your instrument’s capabilities through care and guidance provided in our lessons.
I expect this from each student in their time, so that they can become confident in the choices they make to direct themselves. It is important to become independent since you are the one in control of your voice alone, and I intend to get you closer to that goal every lesson by making your voice more relatable to you by providing the proper understanding and resources to achieve this.
This is how world class musicians think, that they will be able to lead themselves in their process and trust their choices without too much worry after because the foundation and thoughtfulness to their decisions have already been made over time to where it is now intuitively inspired while performing. You can only access what you have trained (technical) or allowed (emotional).
Not only trust, but enjoy the freedom to do so. It might be a freighting concept to many, it was for me to think I must take full control, but you must eventually be assured about who you are and that you have more than enough to manage.
Something we will discuss a lot from the emotional standpoint, not allowing our fears or need/expectation to be perfect stand in our way of the bigger picture. We will develop a healthy relationship with our voice.
Every necessary element required for excellent singing will be explained. It is not possible in one or two lessons however.
It is real time and work. I do require you trust the process to a reasonable degree and know that I will always have your best intentions at heart. I have worked with many issues and types of people and have a lot of insight to pull from. Mostly people think their issues are unique, when in reality they are common. Nor do I get easily confused. So rest assure that your voice is always inspiring to me and I love to help people find more meaning in their art.
I can confidently say, almost more than any other instructor you have had we will thoroughly go over every element.
It is necessary that a student knows what is already amazing about their technique so they do not expel or replace it while working on their challenges. I cannot emphasis this enough. I have found this to be the biggest issue with passing on good instruction in the last 40 years from all institutes of voice.
Every voice comes in with something to build upon. There is not one voice, even the most challenging that doesn’t have an element right, it just might not be used appropriately while lacking all the other supportive elements, however it is there and that’s where we will start if that’s the case.
That’s why so many students, particularly very talented ones get lost in their training, because they do not realize that this has happened, so their natural abilities they cannot explain if they become teachers or professionals, which you must be able to explain everything or worst, they lose their natural ability and do not understand why.
This is also another fear of people who have natural ability, but if you have an instructor who understands you and these factors, you will be in good hands to find greater success vocally.
We need to identify our technique simply and readily every time in a way that we can articulate to ourselves.
This is a process and hard work (particularly emotional/reasonable expectation) is required on your end. More importantly developing trust for the process because what you do with your voice is up to you in the end alone and to displace that is neither helpful or honest. It is your voice! Always.
We will be doing honest work, look forward to it:D 💗💗💗
I am extremely generous as a teacher, you will come to find this is true. I promise to do my end of the deal and give you everything I have got in terms of my knowledge and insight, you just have to give yourself the opportunity to really commit to trying full heartedly. The lesson is for you. If I do not know something I say it.
I am a dramatic soprano and I have continued my vocal studies vigorously with Mrs. Fabian Bravo, a long term principal singer at The Met, who was taught formerly by Mr. Luciano Pavarotti.
I am very confident in the Italian Bel Canto technique and extensively in all popular genres, including jazz, ballads, R&B, Broadway, traditional, etc.
Technique I cover is creating legitimate support via fully integrating the body, while from the body’s relative support, applying highly efficient/directed air that is responsible for the quality of the voice’s capabilities and range of elements. Everything is created from these two fundamental elements.
We will also cover muscle release (throat, spine, tongue, facial, soft palate and accessing resonators directly, releasing the larynx and closing the vocal folds genuinely and appropriate air and relative use to the other elements, accessing legitimate chest and head voice, mixing/centering the voice appropriately with highly disciplined air and body support) legitimate dynamics with muscles released/throat open, accessing internal naturally covered space that can thoroughly release the voice through the skull and centered in which the air pressure/direction determines the dynamics, while not improperly closing the muscles or inappropriately moving the larynx/overly directing and dropping into one register, proper articulation that enhances/does not interrupt or cut off breath support/the body inappropriately/use of compressed air and direction that directly effects head voice, chest, middle mix access that most professionals do not have disciplined and create through other secondary means. This is more all equates to flexibility, strength and freedom to be endlessly expressive. Everything in balance and relation to become competent and proficient. The best part is really being able to enjoy your singing in the moment.
I have been singing opera for 7 years now, and Christine had the most thorough teaching process by far! I found my real voice underneath all the conformity I had been taught through choir and am now moving through singing more powerful and with my "real voice." She is open to workshopping repertoire that you are interested in, and suggests things that will help you grow your voice while not pushing an agenda, so you feel as though you have lots of artistic freedom.
Also just a super warm and authentic person. Overall a great experience!
May 12, 2019
Christine is extremely talented and provided me with positive yet technical feedback each practice.
February 17, 2019
Christine is a Godsend! Prior to working with her, I studied classical voice and opera with several instructors. Christine is by far the best teacher and wish I had met her sooner!
As an accomplished singer herself, she is able to identify challenging areas and help improve technique. I’m now attempting pieces with confidence that I never would have attempted previously. And, I find the sessions very relaxing and enjoyable. She inspired me to push myself further and feel like I’m getting great results! Well worth the investment.
Orla Conway is a stunningly experienced Vocal Coach in the Washington D.C. area. She trains students of all experience levels in a vast amount of genres, performance, and artistic styles. Orla uses contemporary and progressive training methods to give new life to traditional, tried-and-true vocal techniques.
"I am absolutely certain that any singer of any age or ability can come to me with their audition, performance, and vocal technique goals, and together we will achieve those goals and more! I love bringing the joy and beauty of singing to others and I can guarantee you'll leave our lessons with results beyond what you had thought possible."
-Student Accomplishments under Orla's training: *Admission into: Berklee College of Music in Boston, Southern Virginia University and their Belle Vocce Women's Choir *Performing live in front of audiences at: open ...
Hi there! My name is Orla Conway and I can’t wait to sing with you!! -The biggest difference between my teaching style and any other local voice coach is: my Relaxation First method. This wholistic, centering, and therapeutic technique uses guided relaxation to insure that students not only learn about proper vocal technique, but actually master it in a way that is natural to their own voice and learning style. I am dedicated to nurturing the differences in each students voice, and through this customized approach my students learn to understand their bodies and gain total control over their intonation, resonance, and vibrance. This simply means that the student will be able to sing any style of music they want! My Relaxtion First methodology is often viewed by my students as deeply therapeutic as I lead them through exerci
ses which steady the breath, relax the muscles, and center the body. We approach singing as a natural form of therapy that helps the singer understand their body fully, and express themselves effortlessly. Together we will eliminate tension, strain and pain from the singing experience. We will gain comfort, ease and will highlight the beauty in your unique sound (as opposed to attempting to make your voice conform to someone else's style). I am here to make you sound like the most authentic version of yourself, and to find the deep joy and expression that comes from letting your voice be heard!
-The most important thing to me when working with singers of any age or ability is: Helping them learn the correct techniques to keep their voices safe and healthy while singing. A Beginner Lesson Plan begins by covering the three main foundations of healthy happy singing: 1.Posture 2.Breathing 3.Placement (head voice, mask voice, chest voice) After covering these techniques, my students will be able to achieve almost any style and level of singing they desire. It is totally possible to stretch your vocal range, learn a new style, or incorporate movement into your songs if you follow this method! I also make sure to focus a lot on confidence and stage presence throughout all of our lessons to help students prepare for upcoming auditions, showcases, concerts, and talent shows.
Applying my Relaxation First methodology to these industry secret foundations of strong vocal technique make it easy and natural for you to find your voice and transition out of your stage fright so that you can own that stage like you were born to be there, because you were!! These are not only vocal coaching sessions, but complete performance-ready-workshops. I am here to make all your singing and vocal performance dreams come true!
-I began my vocal training: at the age of 12 learning how to sing classical and musical theater music. I eventually went on to learn jazz and rock vocal techniques before going to Berklee College of Music in Boston where I learned how to sing celtic music and alternative contemporary styles. I have my own band which I write all the music for, and we have performed all around Boston and in New York City. My students have achieved admission into Berklee College of Music in Boston, lead roles in their school plays such as Peter Pan, Into the Woods, and Julius Caesar. They have achieved new levels of confidence and power that have made them the stars of their local open mics, talent shows, and recitals!
Please feel free to message me with any questions. It’s my job to make this process as seamless and comfortable for you as possible :) Let’s get singing!
My 12 year old daughter took multiple lessons from Orla and she was fantastic! Orla taught in a way my daughter easily understood and could relate to- making the learning fun and progress at a fast pace. Orla is an amazing vocalist herself- professional and a wonderful teaching style.
October 17, 2018
Awesome first class. Felt more comfortable with meditation :)
For many years before I was a pro harmonica player I was a rock & blues singer/frontman person. We'll study all aspects of being a rock vocalist, from belting out classic rock 'n' roll classics to interpreting soulful ballads.
NOTE: WILL TRAVEL to N. VA. LOCATIONS ONLY. Innovative and enthusiastic harmonica, music & oral performance coach - live and in person - Get playing right away and up your performance chops! - Fun and informative sessions from a pro harp player and stage performer. All harp styles: Blues/Rock/Southern Rock/Folk/Country/Bluegrass/Jazz, smooth and improvised. We'll study breathing and playing techniques and discuss stagecraft and musician etiquette. Our time together will be engaging sessions rather than tedious lessons. Let the jams begin!! Currently a member of Night Watch Paradox, follow our musical journey of Magnificent Machines and Astonishing Tales on Facebook! ALSO get comfortable and be memorable making oral presentations, business or dramatic. I look forward to our first lesson!
I earned my B.A. in music from Hood College and have studied with Elaine Bonazzi in New York and Ruth Drucker in Baltimore. I sang opera professionally in my twenties and have been teaching private voice lessons for fifteen years. Many of my students have gone on to music conservatories or universities for vocal performance (classical and musical theater), but if you are just looking to have fun singing that is great, too!
*note: for voice lessons I only teach female students
ONLINE VOICE LESSONS: I offer VOICE LESSONS ONLY online as piano does require a physical presence at the keyboard with the student. If you are interested in online voice lessons, there are some differences from a live lesson to consider:
During live lessons, I accompany my students on the piano for their songs. During online lessons, due to lag time and my need to clearly hear you during lessons in order to give solid feedback, you will need to have an audio source separate from whatever device you are
I earned my B.A. in music from Hood College and have been teaching private voice/piano lessons and general music in schools for the past fifteen years. I sang opera professionally in my twenties and early thirties, and have taught voice to both the young beginner who just likes to sing for fun and the serious musician preparing for a career in music. I also teach beginning - intermediate piano and particularly enjoy working with children (I am a preschool teacher by day). Thanks to my background in working with young children, I understand how to pace a lesson to keep a young child interested in sitting still on a piano bench for thirty minutes straight ;)
If you are interested in piano lessons, please have either a real piano or weighted keyboard at home for practice. You will also need to purchase a few music books (about $5 each).
Voice students will need to purchase song books ($15-20) after we meet and I get a feel for the student’s range and what type of repertoire we should work on.
Note: for VOICE LESSONS ONLY I only teach female students.
I am an opera and musical theatre performer with years of teaching experience. I offer voice lessons for all genres and abilities, beginning piano lessons, and acting coachings.
I am trained and have experience in opera, musical theatre, pop music, and other genres, and I am eager to teach students of all ages and abilities! I aim to facilitate a positive, enjoyable learning environment that is constructive and productive.
My students have performed in professional and community theatre productions, have won local competitions, and have been invited to national auditions. I have music directed several musicals and summer camps, including Annie and Captain Louie.
I am a recent graduate from the University of Virginia, where I studied music and drama. I have performed operatic and musical theatre roles with several opera companies, including Teatro Nuovo, Victory Hall Opera, Charlottesville Opera, and the Bethesda Summer Music Festival. My performances and studies have taken me across the country, as well as to Italy and France.
I have also worked as a stage director in opera, musical theatre, and theatre stage production. This insight allows me to guide students in their presentation of songs and characters.
I have worked as an educator at several institutions, including Imagination Stage in Bethesda, MD, which specializes in inclusive artistic education. I am passionate about teaching lessons because private instruction allows for a personalized approach that is so necessary in singing.
Each singer's instrument is unique, and I take joy in helping my students find the easiest, healthiest, and most beautiful sounds that they can produce.
I am a British musician with 5 years experience teaching singing, music theory, choir and conducting. All ages welcome. Lessons are customised to the needs of each student. I'm a patient teacher who can help you achieve your musical potential. Do get in touch with any questions you have - I'd be delighted to hear from you!
I am professional singer and conductor, with music degrees from King's College London and Cambridge University.
I like to encourage my singing students to develop a healthy vocal technique, and to apply this to music that they love to sing. I know how joyful this process can be from my own study, and I love to pass this on to my pupils.
I'm also passionate about helping conductors become more confident. I achieve this by analysing every element of what they do, from score marking to rehearsal preparation to every gesture they make, and guide them to solutions to any problems they have. I want them to feel relaxed and in control when they're on the podium, and know how to get them there!
I'm also experience in preparing students for music theory exams, sight-reading tests, and helping them improve their listening skills.
My personal pa
ssion is choral music but I firmly believe that great training is essential to any and every style. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to fulfil your musical potential!
Capable, courteous, and very well versed in his field. Patrick's flexible schedule made it possible for us to cram for an upcoming test, on short notice.
Conveniently, he's preparing to teach a university cpurse on the same subject matter.
"I sang my first karaoke song flawlessly thanks to Troy. I still have a long ways to go, but I see improvement every week. Troy is professional, optimistic
, and talented. Thank you Troy!"
"Took my voice to a whole new level. I've had three vocal coaches in the past two years and Eric was by far the best and the one I've stuck with. He specif
ically helped me with hitting high notes that I never imagined I'd be able to reach ( and with ease) . Very grateful to have found him."
"I'm excited about my upcoming lessons and learning! Ashley seems very knowledgable in music with much experience to pass on!"
"We are really enjoying the lessons!!"
"Daniel is a natural teacher and inspires his students to share his love for music. He has a lot of experience and is patient with learners of all abilitie
s. I have had 3 lessons with him so far and have thoroughly enjoyed my experience. I am new to singing but learned piano when I was younger so I am not entirely new to music. He has helped me expand my horizons and believe in what I can do with my voice. During class, we cover music theory as well as the actual singing part. Progress will go faster if you study the theory on your own (he provides you with all the materials you need to learn) and come prepared."
"Fabulous experience! Not only is Noelle knowledgeable, she's cheerful and encouraging as well. Scheduling was easy. Noelle contacted us before the less
on and was very friendly and organized. Our daughter is a beginner and absolutely loved it!"
"Axel explains singing concepts in an easy to understand way that is easy to remember. The skills will stay with you for life like riding a bike. Highly re
"Tracey is super nice. I was not with them in the sdudio when she was teaching my daughter . She said I could definitely stay there though. My daughter w
as very happy with her."
"if you dream it you can do it
First off there isn't enough room for all the things I want to say lol. Desiree is probably the best teacher I could have i
magined having. She is patient and understanding and amazing at helping you learn singing skills. I'm one of those people that think too much into something but she figured out ways to help me understand. I love my voice and I understand how to use it
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