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About Julia V.

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I have a Master’s in Opera Performance from the Boston and New England Conservatories as well as graduating from Vocal Performance programs at Boston University and Western Washington University. I have sung professionally with Boston Lyric Opera, Children’s Theater Companies, churches and synagogue and have toured on the east coast as well as Athens, Greece. Premiering new music is a specialty. I can help you prepare your pieces for auditions.  My students have successful auditions for college opera and music theater programs, and as choir soloists.

Students gain a larger vocal range and an easy, natural way of singing whether it is in a rock band, choir or as a soloist. Together we find the joy of singing while building a solid technique.

I have worked with small children as a Musikgarten teacher and have toured artist residency
programs which introduce children to music and theater in schools.   I was adjunct faculty at the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University and local music studios as well as maintaining my private teaching practice.

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I am persistent and positive! Working and performing with singers and master teachers has helped me to be a resourceful teacher who understands the process of becoming a singer. I believe that a sense of fun and play helps you to accomplish your goals quickly.  For beginners you will learn how the voice works and how to care for and develop your instrument, I recommend adults take 45" - 1 hour lessons weekly for skill building. The price of lessons DECREASES by 10% after each 5 lesson purchased for the first 15 lessons. Studio policy is located at VaaraMusic.com. We will choose music that interests you and helps to build your voice starting with basics before moving to more complex and challenging music. Understanding music theory and sight-reading will help you get the most out of your singing. After 3 - 6 months you should have a good command of breathing and an understanding of how to sing with an expressive tone.For the advanced student, I can help you work on trouble spots and give you tools to help with the changes that voices naturally go through.  I look forward to giving you my full focus and celebrating your growth and accomplishments!

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Condo w/ open area with piano. Visitor's parking lot w/ seating in studio for parents to listen. Parents with younger siblings can use play areas outside.
Basic library of vocal music, giving the student a way to sample different kinds of songs before purchasing books or downloading songs on their own. Music stand, iPhone plug-in/Amp for accompaniments and examples you want me to hear.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a basic library of vocal music at my home studio and will bring targeted books with me. Students should print out their favorite popular songs from such services as Music Notes website.
I expect my students to provide a keyboard, music stand and notebook as well as a low distraction environment.

*** Specialties ***
As an opera and musical theater, Oratorio and church singer, I help singers of all levels improve within their genre from popular music to opera. A good singing technique will help performers in any style stay healthy and enjoy an expressive singing instrument.
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Stephanie June 20, 2017
· Opera Voice · In studio
Julia is a joy and wonder to work with. She teaches with phenomenal skill and great heart, which makes each lesson easy, productive and fun while really working hard. I look forward to every session and to seeing her as well.
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Anne Marie January 3, 2017
· Speaking Voice · In studio
Warm welcome led into warm lesson. Already have 3 key things to work on!
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Neely M. October 14, 2016
· Singing · In home
Thanks for the great lessons for Neely!
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About Willy S.

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Will is from a long line of World Renowned Drummers. His uncle Ed played in the Tonite show band with Johnny Carson, his cousin plays drums for Billy Joel ( Liberty DeVito). Will himself took to the drums at the age of 7. By 13 years old he was already gigging in special events, Jazz Bands and local community concerts. Since he has performed with Mr Louie Bellson ( Legendary Jazz drummer) , Lou Soloff ( Trumpeter for Blood , Sweat and Tears), JIm Chapin ( Legendary Jazz Drummer, father of Harry Chapin and author of some of the best Drumming Technique books still employed today. Mr S. is a consummate performer and educator with over 30 years of World Tour performances in some of the Globe's most notable venues and stages. He attended SUNY Plattsbugh with degree in Jazz Studies. Real world experience and a passion for music, drums and wor
ld percussion make Will a highly sort after entertainer and educator. He has been an artist in residence at many schools and Universities over the course of his 25 years of instructing. He is actively performing and teaching both locally in Metro Atlanta and online.

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For most of us drummers and rhythmatists we cannot go an hour without banging something or tapping or humming or moving.. if this describes you or your child then Im the guy who would be delighted to foster your development in your lifelong pursuit of the ultimate beat. I cannot give you God given talent , but I can take what talent god has given you and accentuate the positive. Work with you on fundamentals, technique, timbre, timing, tuning, sight reading..the list goes on..Its a lifelong pursuit..How long you choose to pursue it is up to you.. Im here to be your mentor.

Im pretty laid back with teaching discipline. Either you got it or you dont. I cannot push you or force you into practicing.. You must inherently love music and love rhythm and love drumming or percussion. If I am working with you on Kit drumming you will be starting out with the basics unless you have experience. I normally do an assessment to determine where you are at.. If I am teaching you hand percussion or African or Asian based drums then its strictly an aural based learning experience. No books just memorization. Kit drumming will require either you have your own Drum kit if I am coming to your house or of you travel to my studio I will have 1 drum kit to share , but you must have your own sticks. I do employ books in Drum Kit lessons. I will give you the names of the books based on what I think your level is and we can go from there..

Music is a complex yet beautiful language. Once you are immersed in the culture of the beat your journey thus begins. And journeys like these last a lifetime. I hope I can be a part of your experience.

Many Blessings
One Rhythm
One Love

*** Studio Equipment ***
Medium Size Studio Room at Buddha Bike & Drum
6215 Johns Creek Commons- Johns CReek, Georgia 30097 with One complete drum set . The studio room is sound proofed. Students must bring their own sticks and any books required during the time of the lesson

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have percussion, I have my own sticks, students should have their own drum kit and any percussion gear they want to learn

*** Specialties ***
Steeldrum or Pan, World Percussion: West African, Latin American, SE Asian, Chinese and Japanese
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Hayden June 28, 2016
· Drum · In home
Willy is patient, knowledgeable & approachable. It can be a bit intimidating when learning from someone as talented as Willy, but my son felt completely comfortable. He's looking forward to the many future lessons to come.
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Peter S. January 4, 2016
· Drum · In home
I am pleased with the instruction which I have received and results experienced to date. I am increasing in confidence, independence, and comfort. I am further pleased with instructor availability and ability to adapt instruction to address multiple styles, genres, and concerns. I recommend Willy and am happy to serve as reference.
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About Jonathan G.

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Professional musician since age 11 in NYC. Worked with the Coasters, Drifters, O'Jays, Platters & Temptations plus the Ringling Bros/Barnum & Bailey Circus before the age of 30. Earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance with a minor in Jazz Studies from VCU in 1985. Recorded with the Ray Charles rhythm section, Jimmy Knepper, Kenny Washington, Loren Schoenberg, Joel Futterman, Paul Renz, Russell Scarborough, Steve Bassett, The Upper East Side Big Band (Pollack Prize Winner), Central Virginia Jazz Orchestra (CVJO) which was nominated for a Grammy Award. Currently performing with my own Jazz Warriors, Emme St James & Her Jazz Gentlemen plus Attraction & CVJO.

I teach students on an individual level according to what they want to accomplish. Each lesson is custom tailored to fit their objective. Mastering the instrument and understa
nding music theory are two important subjects that I offer. Along with that, a student can focus on any musical style from classical to jazz plus other important aspects like composing, reading and recording music.

I am willing to share my professional experience with any student who wants to become a player!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Steinway Grand Piano,
Electric Piano
Electric Bass
Synthesizers
French Horn
Trumpets

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring music books to augment the student's library. However, students must provide their own instruments.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki method for the 3 year old plus my father's method for ages 5 and older. After that, I teach according to the student's abilities and their goals.
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Shiloh November 20, 2016
· Piano · Online
This instructor is very helpful when learning new concepts and adjusts his lessons to match your skill level.
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Don W. September 9, 2016
· Organ · Online
Lesson 1 - we are off and running with both of us on the same page. I just need to do my part; practice.
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Jim August 31, 2016
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Need an accordion player for a party. Any suggestions or contacts.
Doing Oktoberfest theme. Great gig, pay is good.
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About Danielle L.

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Hello Students / Parents!

I specialize in providing a fun, inspiring and safe space for each student to reach their goals - whether that be for the novice singer whose been wrongfully told they shouldn't sing, the more experienced singer looking to do more with their music, or the budding songwriter, actor or speaker looking to develop the talent and drive they feel within them.

I always remember the inspiration and patience I received from my best teachers, so I strive to provide exactly that to my own students. I sing and teach most vocal styles, with the exception of opera and screamo, and utilize my studio to create a supportive, empowering experience singing, speaking, writing and recording. I absolutely love teaching both children and adults and look forward to learning how to best support each one of my students in their indi
vidual path toward realizing their potential.

Here's a bit about my background and musical experience:

Bachelors of Fine Arts degree (Theatre/Voice) from United States International University Graduated Valedictorian
Chula Vista School of Creative and Performing Arts Graduated Valedictorian
Workshops and studying with Bill Doyle, Roy Mote, Andrew Barnicle, Jack Tygett, Leanne Summers, among others.

"After seeing Danielle, I was impressed with her intensity as a performer. Her ability to get behind a lyric was stunning, she lives every line. As an artistic performer, I've yet to see better."
-Tony Ferguson / Interscope Records: No Doubt, Bush, Fisher

My original band, Danielle and The Masses, has been recording and performing live since 2001. We are endorsed by Ani Difranco, The Black Eyed Peas, The Bruce Hornsby Band, and have shared the stage with artists as Jamie Foxx, CAKE, Metric, En Vogue, David Byrne, Berlin, Margaret Cho, Cyndi Lauper, Jonatha Brooke, Beth Hart, Semi Precious Weapons and more.

I have written and performed music and voice over for Ace Ventura, Nutty Professor, VH1, various TV shows and independent documentaries, Eveoke Dance Theatre, among others, as well as having recorded eight professional CDs of various styles on various record labels.

For over ten years, my record / production company, Say It Records has been producing socially conscious music events throughout San Diego and Southern California that promote independent music, film, art, community and human rights. I also co-own Durga Sound, a teaching and production studio, with producer Alicia Champion, as well as San Diego IndieFest, a powerful community event which promotes and supports music, film, art and civic engagement.

I have a great time utilizing my contacts in the industry to help my students get work/ press / entrance into the schools of their choice, etc. For example, I'm happy to report that just last year we were able to book eight musicians on GLEE, as well as lots more in other capacities including using their music in commercials and film and helping them get cast in local theatre and accepted into arts-centered schools.

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I start on the first lesson by becoming clear about what the new student's goals and desires are from there, we start developing technique to achieve those goals along with having fun right away doing what they came for - singing, writing, voice over, acting or using a combination of these things be it for professional purposes or personal fulfillment. Every lesson is personally customized to meet the specific goals of each student. As a teacher, I'm encouraging and fun, passionate and positive. While I'm definitely not "strict", I do appreciate focus and drive. However, I often work with people who have special needs and are working on developing those very things. I'm especially good at helping people through progress plateaus, roadblocks, stage fright, loss/ stress. Using music as a means of release and healing - for both kids and adults - is something I do a lot of and am very comfortable with.

As far as technique is concerned, I focus on utilizing posture, correct breathing and developing relaxed, strong support, so that the muscles are developed properly. We want the voice to develop without stress, enabling the student to constantly grow while steering clear of any injury that can happen as a result of straining, not to mention other habits that manifest when we sing without proper technique.

I strongly encourage students to record their lessons on a mobile device so they can practice easily on their own, and so they eventually have a record of how far they've grown.
We mostly use tracks to develop repertoire, prepare for auditioning and performances, and to have fun singing the music that excites each student the most.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Apple Mac Pro Quad Core running OS 10.8.3
Avid Pro Tools 10 HDX
Propellor Reason 4.0
UA 2-610 Microphone Pre-amp
UA LA-610 Microphone Pre-amp and Compressor
UA Teletronix LA2A Compressor/ Limiter
Behringer ADA 8000
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Using music, writing and voice as a means of expressing yourself, growing as a performance artist, coping in challenging times, as well as a means of going professional and earning income are all areas I specialize in. Utilizing proper technique and learning how to sing / speak safely is also an area I focus on a great deal.

Learning precisely what each student wants is the key factor in my decision on how to achieve their goals. For example, using Speech Level Singing is definitely entrenched in my teaching, but I may not highlight it as much for those who want a more classical sound.

I excel with the following: first timers, very young kids, students working through stage fright, artists looking to develop their own original project, those seeking growth in their process of writing / recording / performing, those who are interested in using music and / or writing as therapy as well as with amateurs who've always wanted to do something musical but who think they are "too old" or too "untalented/short/tall/ fill in the blank" to try. I believe we all have something to say with our lives - finding the voice within you can be an incredibly powerful and transformative experience!
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Liz June 12, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Danielle was absolutely wonderful with my 7 year old daughter. She tailored the voice lessons specifically for what we needed (help preparing for an audition), and what my daughter could handle. We had originally signed up for 1-hour lessons, but ended up doing a mixture of 45 minutes and 30 minute sessions because that worked better for my daughter. We did a mixture of in-person and Skype lessons, and I was surprised at how well the Skype lessons worked.

My daughter warmed up to Danielle very quickly, and really enjoyed working with her. Lessons were fun, and she got tremendously better over the course of a few weeks.

Danielle went way out of her way to accommodate my crazy work schedule and my daughter's need to practice (a lot) before her audition. She also created a track of piano music for my daughter to practice to at home, and emailed us all of the warm ups and other tools we needed. We ended up not using her fancy recording studio, but even having that as a possible option was amazing.

Danielle is a truly excellent teacher, and we will certainly return if my daughter decides that she wants to pursue singing on an ongoing basis.

Yay Danielle!
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Cynthia Ralph May 24, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Danielle brought a singer out in our daughter we had no idea was there. My daughter is incredibly shy but with Danielle's wonderful instruction & guidance she grew so much. She is a incredible instructor & person & would highly recommend her.
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Melissa and Tayden May 11, 2017
· Singing · In home
I'm going to have to due two reviews because Danielle deserves 8 stars! She is fabulous and caring and patient and professional and takes such an interest in all her students. My 13 year old, who is ADHD, has been taking singing lessons from Danielle for over 5 years. She has been so patient and calm and so encouraging to my child, even when I could pull my hair out, she encourages her to take her time and will go over and over every note again and again until she gets it right. When things have been tough for my sweet 13 year old, Danielle helps her express herself through her singing and encouragement. My quiet, shy , and sweet girl has come out of her shell and is so self assured now. She loves Danielle and looks forward to every lesson. I am so grateful for Danielle!
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About Kristin H.

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I have a Master's in Acting and Directing and support fields in Music. I coach singing, acting, speech, and piano for a wide range of ages. I teach many styles of acting from stage to film and in between including Shakespeare I have studied a variety of methods on acting and will cater to the interests of my students. I have a degree in Speech and Communications as well as Performing arts and would love to help you with your public speaking or every day speech needs. I coach from two locations. A studio in SE Portland and from a studio in my home. I would love to talk with you further about your personal goals in regards with what you would like to study.

Thanks
Kristin

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I want my students to enjoy the arts but the music and acting is hard work. My students will be well rounded in their subjects and have
the opportunity to cross over if they would like.
I pay attention to my students needs and wants. I would like students to be open minded about the work that they are being taught but I also want to take their interests to heart. If a student brings me music or a monologue that they would like to work on, I will review it and try to incorporate it within our studies.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, flute, metronome, recording devices, internet access, text books and scanner and copier access, mirrors, etc.

*** Specialties ***
Musical Theater
Shakespeare Acting
Acting for Singers
Auditioning how to's
Script Analysis
Classical acting
Various acting methods
Classical Flute
Music Theory
Sight Singing
Public Speaking
Stage Dialects
IPA
Speech concerns and options
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Clinton June 22, 2017
· Public Speaking · In studio
Kristin is an excellent public speaking teacher. She combines voice instruction, with guidance on body language and delivery. I worked with her on several speeches and saw great results. Highly recommend her services.
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Jeff May 8, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Kristin is an excellent teacher. Very patient and very approachable. She is very knowledgeable in both theatre and music. She started me on basics such as breath control, support, and learning to sing as easily as possible. She was very attentive to my goals, in this case it was to learn as well as get ready for an audition for a local musical. I've had a great experience working with her an would recommend her highly. A+++
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Taylor D. May 1, 2017
· Speech · Online
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About Natalie I.

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Seattle, WA

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Hello, I'm Natalie, and I am a soprano. I enjoy performing as a soloist, chamber singer, and professional chorister in the Pacific Northwest, Midwest, and Italy. I taught private voice lessons to middle school and high school students at an independent school, as well as free-lance lessons with adult singers, for my last three years in Chicago leading up to my move to Seattle recently. I also became a certified teacher in Illinois in music for K-12, including general music, band, orchestra, and chorus, which is what I used to do full time before deciding to balance my career more evenly between teaching and performing.

As a soloist, my recent performances include my Artist Diploma recital with Byron Shenkman (harpsichord) and Janet See (baroque flute), the Bach's Lunch concert series with Henry Lebedinsky (harpsichord, organ), and th
e Classical Music Nights at Cafe Racer concert series, all here in Seattle. Other significant solo performances include Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 (2015), Purcell’s Te Deum Laudamus (2014), Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayer (2014), Fauré’s Requiem (2013), and Bach’s Magnificat (2012). As a chorister in 2013 I rocked it hard singing with the Rolling Stones. I received my Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in 2010 and 2015, respectively. I am a recent graduate of the Artist Diploma in Early Music program at Cornish College of the Arts.
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Cindy March 10, 2017
· Audition Prep · In studio
She is very precise re: breathing technique to further enhance my singing ability, and timing on hitting the high notes.
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About Joseph M.

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Local tutor;

Will travel to you, or we can use my studios located in Nassau, Suffolk and all 5 boroughs.

My name is Dr. Joseph M., Ba/Ma/Dma, in Education and Performance. I have reference lists a mile long, (with phone #'s, so you contact my previous and current

clients), full of success story after success story!

22 yrs teaching experience. I have sent thousands of children to Nyssma. Most of my students have scored; "Outstandings", (lvls 1-4), and A+'s, (lvls 5-6). Have gotten students

into All-County,

All State, and All National honor bands. This requires a ranked Nyssma level 6 score of 100.

I have prepared students for auditions to the finest music schools in the world, Julliard, The Curtis Institute, Berklee, etc.

My students have appeared on Broadway, have played at Birdland/the Bluenote, and have won
Grammys.........

I play and teach all styles; Classical, rock, Broadway, jazz,pop, etc.....

I have performed at the world class, A-list level in all the above mentioned styles as well.

I believe it is critical to be humble, down to earth and easy to work with, no matter how accomplished, student, teacher, or parent. :)..................
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Dana September 18, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
Very professional and thorough!
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louis R. August 9, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
First lesson with my grandson. My grandson enjoyed it. Joseph was very professional.
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Joshua W. April 19, 2016
· Singing · In home
We couldn't be more pleased and thrilled to have discovered Dr. Merkel. He is committed, gifted, firm, yet kind,
with my son. Thank you Dr. Joe!!!
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About Paul L.

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While attending the University of Southern California, where I received my M.F.A., I worked as a writing tutor in the USC Writing Center and also taught Classical Greek Mythology. After graduation, I taught Verbal, Writing and Literature SAT classes and worked as a private tutor in a variety of subjects.

I later taught for five years at the New York Film Academy in Universal City, CA, where I taught a variety of Critical Studies classes to various levels of students, some in certificate programs and others working towards their M.F.A.

As a former English and Spanish double major, I have always enjoyed teaching at various levels. Most of my other work these days involves the writing and editing of short stories, screenplays and novels.

You’ll find that I have the education, background and experience to be an excellent instruct
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Nicolette M. September 30, 2014
· Film Studies · In studio
Paul was my favorite teacher at the New York Film Academy.
Unlike most of the teachers, Mr. Paul put a lot of effort and creativity into planning his classes, which made them both stimulating and fun for us.
I also loved the fact that Mr. Paul always respected our opinions, and never made us feel stupid when we didn’t understand something. He was always very encouraging and willing to keep explaining until we got it.

I highly recommend him to anyone interested in extra lessons. He is definitely worth it!
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David has been a Guest Entertainer throughout the Mediterranean, Baltic, Asia and the Caribbean with JEAN ANN RYAN PRODCUTIONS and STILETTO ENTERTAINMENT. Most Recently, he has performed in Roseville as "MacBeth" in William Shakespeare's MacBeth at RTAA and performed in The San Francisco Opera's productions of AIDA and DON CARLO for their 2016 season. This winter, David will be the Musical Director for RTAA's production of Elf Jr. As a Soloist/Ringer he has performed in many ensembles, including two European Tours. As a Principal Performer he has been a part of both East and West Coast National Tours. He has performed professionally on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off- Broadway, including originating the role of "David" in Pure Gospel America. Some other credits include "Lumiere" in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, "Sheldon" in the Juni
e B. Jones East-Coast National Tour, "Mr. Snow" in Carousel, "Angelgelt" in Impresario Now at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, "Jack" in Into The Woods, "Don Ramiro" in La Cenerentola at The Kennedy Center, the "Student" in the West Coast Premier of Strawberry Fields, "Tonio" in The Daughter of the Regiment with the San Francisco Opera’s Opera á la Carte, "Beppo" in the Bronx Opera's production of Fra Diavolo, "Paperboy" in Final Defender's at The Brick Theatre, "Dr. Blind" in Die Fledermaus with the New Rochelle Opera, "Prince Karl Franz" in The Student Prince at The Media Theatre, and "Tinca" in the Garden State Opera's production of Il Tabarro.
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David E.

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A lot goes on behind the scenes before commercials, TV shows, and movies make it to the air. Here, New York, NY acting teacher Stephanie B. shares a few of the acting industry secrets that you should know as an aspiring actor...   Being on a film, TV, or commercial set for the first time is exciting and wonderful and VERY confusing. And, worse, everyone will assume you know what to do and when to do it. Here are five acting industry tips to help you look and feel like a pro! 1.
How to Have Stage Presence | 4 Areas to Improve Your Voice
Actors, your voice is one of the most powerful tools you have to make a character come to life. Next time you're getting into a character, use these tips from Baltimore, MD acting teacher Larry P. for improving your stage presence...   Remember when your mother used to remind you to “use your indoor voice”? You have all sorts of indoor voices, and in order to best portray any character and improve your stage presence, be it in an audition, a rehearsal, or a production, you have to

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