Mezzo-soprano Rachel A. has captured audiences throughout the United States with her rich and warm timbre, beautiful blend, and dynamic stage presence. A native of Stockton, California, Rachel was born into a musical family and quickly developed an affinity for the performing arts. She first fell in love with classical music as an oboist and gradually found her niche as a singer through her passion for languages, literature, and theater. In the fall of 2012, she relocated to Connecticut where she continues to be an active performer of opera, oratorio, art song, crossover, and new music.
Most recently, she was seen as the mezzo-soprano soloist in Capella Cantorum Masterwork Chorus and the Old Lyme Congregational Church Choir's performances of Handel's Messiah, the mezzo soloisit in Vivaldi's Gloria and Magnificat with the Stamford Chora
le, with Hartford Opera Theater as Elise in Dawn Sonntag's Verlorene Heimat, Pythia in Nkeiru Okeye’s We’ve Got Our Eye on You, and as Miss Paige in Dan Shore’s An Embarrassing Position which was nominated for Best Featured Ensemble in a Musical through the 2015 Broadway World Connecticut Awards. She has also performed with Opera Theater of Connecticut, Connecticut Lyric Opera, Madison Lyric Stage, Greater Worcester Opera, Revolution Opera Alliance, the Simsbury Light Opera Company, and the Greater Meriden Concert Chorale.
Prior to moving to Connecticut, Rachel lived in St. Louis, Missouri, where she frequently performed with the St. Louis Symphony as a member of the St. Louis Symphony Chorus. She has also performed with Winter Opera St. Louis, Union Avenue Opera, and the Southern Illinois Music Festival. In 2012, Ms. Abrams had the opportunity to be a sponsored young artist with Winter Opera St. Louis where she performed the role of Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos, covered Musetta in La Bohème, and performed in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical review: A Grand Night for Singing. Ms. Abrams has also performed with Opera Fort Collins, Loveland Opera Theater, Victorian Lyric Opera, and Opera Classica Europa in Bad Schwalbach, Germany as an apprentice artist. Additional operatic credits include Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Giannetta in L’Elisir d’Amore and Miss Pinkerton in The Old Maid and the Theif.
A passionate performer of Jewish music, Ms. Abrams was featured as a soloist in Martin Bresnick’s puppet opera, Der Signál, with the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra during the 10th Annual Celebration of Jewish Arts and Culture at Charter Oak Cultural Center in October of 2014. As an active performer of art song, Ms. Abrams has collaborated with various musicians throughout the New England region to create diverse and accessible art song recitals. In April of 2015, Ms. Abrams and pianist Michael Korman presented a recital featuring the works of Schönberg, Ruth Schönthal, Previn, and Weill with the Maurice Greenberg Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Hartford.
Since the winter of 2016, Rachel has been an active performer with Lollipop Opera Outreach. This touring opera company brings the joy of opera to thousands of school children throughout New England. This season, she will perform the roles of the Mother/Witch in Hansel and Gretel, Babe in The Three Pigs – A Pig Tale, and participate in the premiere of a new interactive “culinary” opera adventure: A Fairytale Kitchen.
In addition to being a passionate performer and collaborator, Rachel is a private music educator dedicated to the success of her students. Ms. A maintains a private studio of voice students out of her home in West Hartford, Connecticut. In addition to her private teaching studio, she is the alto section leader at St. James Episcopal Church in Farmington. She has also taught at Farmington Valley Academy Montessori in Avon, Arts Place in Cheshire and Summit Studios in Manchester.
As a voice teacher, Ms. A provides her students with a holistic, healthy, and age appropriate technique based on her studies of vocal pedagogy, years of lessons from master teachers, and her personal experiences as a performer. Through personalized vocal exercises and repertoire assignments, students will learn how to achieve a proper vocal onset, management of air pressure, increase vocal stamina, and maximize vocal freedom through balanced resonance. While Ms. Abrams teaches "classical" technique, her students apply her pedagogy to all styles of singing including, but certainly not limited to: musical theater, jazz, gospel, barber shop, and even rock!
Before opening her own private studio in Connecticut, Ms. Abrams lived in St. Louis, Missouri where she taught throughout the region. While in Missouri, she served as an Adjunct Voice Instructor/Lecture Professor at East Central College and a Private Voice and Music Instructor at St. John's School of the Arts.
In addition to her teaching experience in the Missouri area, Rachel was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Northern Colorado, where she was an assistant instructor for Music Survey and Music and World Cultures classes.
Ms. A holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Northern Colorado and a Bachelor of Music degree from San José State University. She lives in West Hartford with her husband Ben and their anti-social diva cat, Bonnie. She is currently accepting new students!
*** Specialties *** I teach classical technique, specifically focusing on proper resonance and breath control. This method can be highly useful to broadway, jazz, popular or any other style of singing.
Great Lesson!as a first timer, I m very happy and comfortable with Rachel
February 21, 2019
I really enjoyed working with her, she gave me some great tips on how to improve my voice and my posture so I can become an even better singer.
June 28, 2018
Rachel is a such amaizing teacher, knowledgeful ,creative, patient enough,
Fast to identify mistakes, very optimistic by giving hope -encouraging To push hard all things are possible. She deserves all stars in the Universe!
I teach Broadway singing in a way that is fun, encouraging, and easy to understand. I will help you hone your skills and develop new ones. My knowledge of repertoire is vast.
I have been teaching private lessons since 2006 and have loved helping my students expand their vocal range, increase their repertoire, gain solid technique, and just enjoy singing. Each lesson will begin with a vocal warm-up focusing on breath, posture, and technique. We will then work on your music together incorporating what we learned in our warm ups. We will focus on everything from phrasing, to marking breaths, to understanding lyrics, utilizing dynamics, and staying true to the style of the music. Our lessons will be engaging, informative, and fun.
I want you to find your unique voice and help it to grow. I want to know what type of music you like and am happy to help provide you with new material ideas. My Broadway repertoire knowledge is expansive and I love finding songs that fit your personality and type. My background i
s primarily in musical theatre/Broadway which embraces all styles of music including classical, jazz, pop, rock, and country. I love teaching. I love learning new music and helping my students learn new music. I love watching my students make progress.
Below you will find a bit more about my education and performance background:
I have always had a passion for musical theatre and vocal performance. I began performing at the age of 5 and started studying voice at the age of 12. I attended the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music, where I received a B.M. in Vocal Performance.
Upon completing my Bachelor’s degree, I received an M.M. in Musical Theatre from the Boston Conservatory. While in Boston, I had the unique opportunity to perform as a concert soloist with the Boston Pops conducted by Keith Lockhart on the same night that I sang the national anthem at Fenway Park.
Wanting to combine my joy for traveling with my love for performance, I studied acting at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England, musical theatre at NYU’s CAP 21, and opera at OperaWorks in California. I have performed in New York at Birdland and the Laurie Beechman Theatre, in California at Rockwell Table & Stage, and in New Hampshire with the Great Waters Music Festival and New Hampshire Dance Institute.
I traveled the world in the International Tour of CATS as Jennyanydots and the understudy for Grizabella. I have also performed in many regional theatres throughout the country. Some of my favorite credits include: The Marvelous Wonderettes, Light in the Piazza, Guys and Dolls, The Golden Apple, and The Full Monty.
Currently, I am on the faculty at AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Hollywood, CA where I teach Individual Voice lessons to college students.
Jen is fabulous with kids! She really helps my daughter get comfortable with her roles
May 28, 2018
Jennifer is a great teacher! So helpful and supportive, she has been a big part of my singing journey and I always have great lessons with her. Would highly recommend to anyone looking to progress there singing technique.
January 21, 2018
Jennifer is one of the best voice teachers I have ever had. She really takes time to make sure I understand everything she’s trying to show me and stays at that pace until I get it. She pushes me to keep working and find the right tricks that will help me remember each lesson. I feel so grateful to be one of her students and have felt the most confident in my voice when I got the chance to train with her. Thank you so much Jennifer. You all will not regret signing up with her because she is an absolute genius and one of the most fun and welcoming people to be around.
Experienced teacher of 6 years, specializing in the beginner/intermediate/advanced voice student! Recommended ages of 14 and older. From all genres including opera, musical theater, and more! Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. Not only will you be performing songs in no time, but you will be building a strong foundation of note reading, music theory, ear training, sight reading, technique, and more. Let's get started!
Welcome fellow singer! My goal as a voice teacher is to embrace each unique voice and bring out a more confident singer regardless of the musical genre! I love teaching each performer how to use their vocal instrument to their greatest potential as well as teaching how to become a great story teller. Taking voice lessons can lead to great personal growth as a performing artist and professional individual. Together we will communicate your personal goals and begin to master the fundamental techniques of singing, along with motivating each performance with emotional honesty.
Mandy is a fabulous voice teacher! She is extremely skilled and works with a variety of material, including Broadway show music and Classical songs. She is caring and enthusiastic and has a wonderful, positive and professional rapport with her students.
September 11, 2017
Working with Amanda Baker during the spring of 2017 truly revolutionized the way I think about my voice. We explored techniques that enabled me to understand the ease required for singing above the staff, as well as the intricacies of resonance. The time we spent together was an amazing stepping stone for the Young artist opera program I attended during the summer of 2017. If not for our working together I would not have performed as successfully as I did. She was extremely prudent, diligent, compassionate, and encouraging. She is a grade-A 5-star teacher in my book!
I've been acting and singing professionally in the Milwaukee area for several years for a variety of shows. I can show you how to sing and act in tandem with control over the voice but also emotion to suit the situation. I've taught students of all ages and experience levels from those just beginning to those already being paid to sing.
If you’re searching for a professional Music Teacher and Performer who can give you the personalized attention you deserve, look no further! I’m an experienced and knowledgeable teacher of singing lessons with a degree in voice education and state certification to teach music. I've been offering my instructive services since 2016 to clients in the greater Milwaukee area. I can help you unlock your full vocal potential by providing the technical guidance and fundamental skills you need in order to succeed.
My lessons focus on controlling the voice. For beginning students I teach the basics of posture and breathing that will lead to a healthy control of not only the voice, but the whole body. As we continue I move onto learning different individual skills based upon what the students needs most. Some of the most common goals of my studen
ts that I address are learning to sing with more volume without needing a substantial amount of effort, extending the range, and eliminating habits that can cause permanent damage later in life. For my more advanced students or those looking to sing a variety of styles I teach how to alter the voice subtly such that a student could sing drastically different songs with quality.
The stage is the perfect place to let your voice shine! Having been in several shows at my high school, college, and in the community, I know how important having a strong voice is to a great audition or performance. Together, we can work on vocal techniques and Broadway solos that will help your voice stand out in the crowd. Let's have fun making music!
Hi there! My name is Charlotte Rosenthal, and I am a piano teacher! I attend Concordia University Wisconsin and am in my second year in the Music Program there. I have been playing piano since 1st grade and have accompanied choirs, played for church services, and won awards at State Solo & Ensemble. I love teaching kids (and adults) the ins and out of piano playing and developing a casual interest into a lifelong skill.
VOICE FOR SINGERS & ACTORS: You'll learn sequential detailed exercises that free and strengthen your voice. You'll understand how your instrument works, what parts of your voice are blocked and what to do about that. You'll be able to combine your emotional life on your voice without tension and blockages. You'll learn how to approach and perform scripts, text and songs in preparation for audition and performance. And, you'll experience the JOY of using your voice.
You will learn how to utilize your breath, proper placement and build vocal power. You'll master specific exercises that unlock tension blocks in each part of your musculature as you developing expressiveness, resonance and enjoy the individuality of your free voice. If you practice you'll feel result after two weeks!
I teach all styles and specialize in auditions. After working with me I want my students to "own" their individual vocal methods and styles, expressing the essence of every song and script.
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Shauna is a professional director, acting and voice teacher, playwright and the artistic director of Voice Theatre, a company she founded in Paris, in 1988. Since then she has have directed over forty plays in eight countries from Aberbeen, Scotland to San Antonio, Texas to London, England to Paris, France.
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I have taught acting and acting in many universities and professional theatre training programs on both sides of the Atlantic. I am currently a mentor for the New York Foundation for the Arts. I have led hundreds of workshops and individual classes where singers and actors have shed non-productive habits and built healthy expressive acting instruments and voices. I have taught actors from the Royal Shakespea
re Company to jazz artists to Broadway singers and actors.
I am a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon and College at Purchase where I earned a BFA in acting. My post grad work was at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol, UK. I am published by Drama Books, "Voice and Speech Warm-up", University of Nebraska, "Pushing Through", Arts Navigator-London, "Taking Legacy to Germany" and featured in Cune Press, "Stage Warriors". This Spring I have been commissioned by Texas Tech University to write a new play.
My students experience improvements and change most weeks. You'll become the master of specific exercises that will unlock tension blocks in each part of your body and voice. You'll develop strength, expressiveness and confidence and as a result you'll have a technique that will solve challenges in rehearsal and performance. You will learn how to solve rehearsal problems and challenges on your own.
I teach students of all ages to "own" their own instruments as constantly developing artists whether it is acting or speaking or singing. I work out of my studio in the East Village in NYC, or in my home in Upsate, NY and online. I teach many different styles.
Here are a few of the schools I have taught voice and acting: The Stella Adler Studio of Acting, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, T. Schreiber Studio and the New Actor's Workshop. In England at: The Mountview Theatre Conservatory, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Queen Margaret College and Middlesex University – all members of the Professional Theatre Training Programme of Great Britain. I have been a guest artist at Bowdoin College, Williams College and Harden-Simmons College.
I look forward to meeting you and helping you become a better artist!
It's an amazing feeling when you find someone who is a master at the craft and can teach it too!
Shauna's previous extensive theatre training and instruction is UNDENIABLE. Because of this, she brings much more to the table than the average acting coach.
She made me realize there's SO much more than just breaking down a scene and creating a character. She made me think about where the character is going physically as well as emotionally, and why. I continue to grow and improve with each lesson with her. I'm so lucky to have found Shauna, and strongly recommend her to all actors.
May 18, 2019
Shauna is an amazing teacher! With her tools and teaching techniques she guides you to the place where your voice is physically mentally and emotionally connected,able to work and produce results that every artist is seeking to accomplish-reaching the audience. She. Is kind, compassionate and makes you work hard all at the same time to get you to the place you need to be as an artist. Thank you Shauna! ♥️
May 17, 2019
Shauna is an absolutely incredible voice/acting teacher. She took the time to meet me where I was and encouraged me to be confident in the skills I already possessed. As a dancer, it is often scary to use your voice because it isn’t something we often exercise. Shauna helped me gain incredible knowledge in a new instrument. I was preparing for an important audition and with the tools she gave me I was able to have incredible success on a nearly impossible time constraint! I highly recommend Shauna for all levels :)
I specialize in vocal technique for actors and singers of all ages. I focus on breath control, expansion of vocal range, song interpretation and performance/audition training. My lessons are targeted to meet each individuals needs and goals. Singing should be fun and enriching and learning always in a safe and supportive environment. I believe every song is a scene and not only will we focus on proper technique but we will develop the interpretation and expression of each song.
I am a professional singer and stage actress. I am a graduate of Fordham University with a B.F.A in Theater and a B.A. in communications. I have over 20 years of vocal and musical training. I appeared as Golda in Fiddler on the Roof, Dolly in Hello Dolly, Reno in Anything Goes, Velma in Chicago and Anita in West Side Story. I also performed for the USO, Alvin Ailey Theater at Lincoln Center and The Music Hall in Tarrytown . I most recently performed in and was the Musical Director of a one woman cabaret show entitled " A Night of Song " at the Playroom Theater in Manhattan. I believe singing should be fun,expressive and rewarding!
Getting ready to Headline a cabaret show LIVING Through Music at the Gramacy Theater on Wed. night June 19th at 7:30 It will be a great night of broadway and cabaret music. Tickets will be sold Vi
a Ticketmaster. Come see a fantastic show!!
Hi Everyone! I will doing a one- woman cabaret show entitled Love Through The Seasons at the Duplex on Friday night Nov.8th at 7pm. Tickets are $25 cover + a 2 drink mix. Come for a great night of Broadway music
As a performer, you do not find someone more expressive and powerful than Erica--she is absolutely dynamite. Erica is also totally dedicated to her craft, and she passes everything she's learned on to her students. Erica is passionate, personable, warm, open, honest, and so generous. Highly recommended!
July 10, 2019
Erica is so patient and wonderful and has helped me find my voice. After being intimidated about singing for so long, she has given me the confidence I need to experience the joy of song. I love you Erica!!!
July 2, 2019
Erica has been working with my 13 year daughter Stacy for two years now. My daughter loves musical theater but was very shy and not confident. After working with Erica she is front and center on stage and enjoys being in all the school performances. Erica is the best!! She is so supportive and kind and giving of herself and her talent. I couldn't imagine my daughter working with anyone else. My daughter is really growing and enjoying her singing. Brava Erica!
My coaching is unique in that it focuses on the entire performer, not just part. How is the voice produced in a way that is healthy and natural? What sets you aside from other performers? My students have high success rates in musical theater to commercial and classical styles. My focus is tailored to the individual with a healthy, firm understanding of technique and style.
Jeff has performed lead roles with the Mississippi Opera, Belmont University Opera Theater, and was selected in 2018 to perform an American Premier in Nashville, TN of a South Korean Work accompanied by choir and orchestra. In 2014, Jeff was granted the opportunity to study at the Juilliard School through private instruction and later studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with performance emphasis in voice and piano. Jeff currently works with students from beginner to advanced levels in voice and piano. He specializes in jazz, musical theater, and classical styles of singing and is happy to cater needs to the individual student.
My kids adore Jeff! He does the most for his students and it really shows in their progress. Couldn’t recommend a better teacher.
July 7, 2019
I’ve learned so much from Jeff! He is an amazing singer/pianist. I’ve been through many teachers and Jeff is the one I have so much progress with!
July 7, 2019
My family moved to the U.S. from France 1 year ago. Mr. Jeff is able to conduct lessons for my children in French with no barrier. He is professional and my children remind me at the beginning of week for their weekend lesson days away. It is a highlight.
"Ms. Alayne is a very professional, and great mentor. She recognizes a student's strengths and weaknesses. I admire her for her passion towards music. You
can actually feel it through her teachings. I would most definitely recommend her to everyone.
I am currently studying Broadway under her, and so far it's been an awesome experience."
"I received classes from Rosita a couple years ago. Her methods that she has taught me followed me. Now that I live in New York her voice is still in my he
ad. I know that sounds a little creepy but it's like having your mom's voice in your head before you do something. Through her classes I'm definitely more confident not only in singing but in myself. Out of all the teachers I have had and if you live in LA she is the only one I will recommend. Book her now! She teaches more than just singing, she teaches you how to be you and not be scared about it! Thanks Rosita for everything!!!!"
"It was really great. I felt I learned a lot and had much fun"
"Alayne was an absolutely amazing vocal instructor! I needed her to help me prepare for an audition and she helped me immensely! She is able to explain thi
ngs in a way that is very easy to grasp, she truly improves the way you sing. I couldn't have asked for a better instructor!"
"Keith has been great, he is very knowledgeable and has an amazing personality! We are really enjoying our lessons with him and look forward to many more."
"Sarabeth is wonderful! She is fantastic and she doing wonders for my daughter! My daughter loves her lessons and can't wait for her next one. I would hig
hly recommend Sarabeth to anyone looking for lessons."
"Had fun!! looking forward to learning a lot."
"Steve is an excellent musician and gifted teacher. He is intuitive and nurtures individual talent."
"Kristen is AMAZING! She has been so patient, supportive, and genuine since our very first lesson. Even though I’ve had voice teachers in the past, Kristen
has taught me SO much about technique, and I have become more knowledgeable about the connection between my body and my voice. My lessons have been perfectly catered to my personal goals; I look forward to each day that we meet! I would highly recommend Kristen to singers of all levels."
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