Style: World; Pop; Opera; Jazz; Folk; Classical; Musical Theatre
Title: Vocal Instructor - private lessons
Bio: Mezzo-soprano Isabelle Ganz has been a member of the Voice Faculties of the Moores School of Music (U of Houston), Lamar University, Houston Community College, the University of St. Thomas, and the Piano Faculty of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, in addition to maintaining an active studio of private voice students in Houston. She has been a Fulbright Scholar (1997) and received a National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist grant (1992). She has premiered and recorded many works composed for her including 'Ryoanji for Voice and Percussion' by John Cage. She has appeared as vocal soloist in Milan Amsterdam Bonn Paris Istanbul Jerusalem Tel Aviv Bogata Athens Vilnius San Juan Seoul Bucharest Quebec and in cities throughout the U.S. Her most recent recording is of Luciano Berio's 'Sequenza III' for the Mode label She has also recorded for Opus One Leonarda Spectrum Aulos/Koch/Schwann Master Musicians Collective Global Village and Tecnosaga (Gershwin songs). Ganz is also the founder and director of the New York-based Sephardic music ensemble ALHAMBRA. To hear samples of Ganz's and Alhambra's recordings please go to: **** and **** Dr. Ganz's students have been prize winners in many vocal competitions. In her private studio she works with classical performers as well as crossover and pop singers teaching them the technique of healthy belting. Dr. Ganz also offers workshops in pitch memory rhythmic coordination ensemble singing and improvisation. In her 'playshops' she uses imaginative and playful dramatic exercises that lead to creating mini-operas.
\nEastman School of Music D.M.A. in Voice & Music Liteerature
\nUniversity of Houston M.M. in Voice & Music Theory
\nUniversity of Houston B.A. Major in Music
\nFORMER STUDENTS OF DR. ISABELLE GANZ
\nA few outstanding students who studied with Isabelle Ganz:
\n1.\tNATHANIEL PEAKE, tenor. Winner of the 2010 Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions.
\n2.\tBARBARA PADILLA, soprano. Second Place winner in the televised program “America’s Got Talent”.
\n3.\tABBY POWELL, mezzo-soprano. Graduate of the Juilliard School (undergraduate and graduate programs). Now a professional opera singer in New York City.
\n4.\tJULIA CRAMER, soprano. Graduate of the Eastman School of Music. Now a professional singer in Mainz, Germany.
\n5.\tMEAGHAN HEATH, mezzo-soprano. Graduate of University of Texas (Master’s degree in Voice). Now a professional singer in various opera venues.
\n6.\tREBECCA HEATH, soprano. Graduate of University of Houston (Master’s Degree in Voice). Now a professional singer in various opera venues.
\n7.\tDOUGLAS HENSHAW, baritone. Professional cantor, conductor and member of the Houston Grand Opera chorus.
\n'For Castelnuovo-Tedesco''s ''Three Sephardic Songs'', Ganz's voice formed the individual tones fully and roundly.'
\n--Herman Trotter, The Buffalo News
\n'Special mention must be made of the late Cathy Berberian''s ''Stripsody'', a tour de force for mezzo-soprano. Ms. Ganz made the most of it.'
\n--Tim Page, The New York Times
\n'In Jacob Druckmans'' ''Lamia'' the soloist was Isabelle Ganz, who vocalized the difficult writing skillfully and brought a multitude of coloration to the words.'
\n--Robert Croan, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Voice Type: Mezzo-soprano
Music Styles Taught: World; Pop; Opera; Jazz; Folk; Classical; Musical Theatre
Availability: I am available as a performer; I am currently accepting private students; I am available as a clinician or presenter; I offer lessons in a group environment; I accept students through a college or university program