PHILOSOPHY: I believe every voice is a unique gem. With the correct training and polishing we bring out it's shimmering radiance. Learning to sing is a life long journey. There is always something new to learn for teacher and student. Patience, persistence and love of the art and craft are key to success. Enhance the true beauty and power of your voice. If you are an intermediate to advanced professional level singer I have the background and experience to help you maintain, strengthen and further develop your voice. My technique ensures that the sound you produce is free, supported and beautifully yours.
TECHNIQUE: Based on the Italian "bel canto" tradition and encompassing the knowledge and expertise gained by 25 plus years of study, teaching and performing. Balanced postural alignment and release of un-useful body tensions are key to achieving efficient breath management and support for tone. With these basic tools and attention to clear vowel production we can better access the natural power and resonance of the voice. Through specific and targeted exercises I can help you achieve a strong and easily produced lower register, bring out and strengthen your mid range and extend your upper register with ease and comfort. The goal is to ensure an even registration of the voice top to bottom. We will choose music you enjoy singing and which will challenge and assist your vocal growth. Musical and dramatic coaching is also provided.
STUDENTS PERFORM: I hold regular studio workshops and recitals where you can try out your songs for an audience of friends, family and your fellow students. Qualified students will be notified of and encouraged to participate in the NATS singing festival as well as other competitions, concerts, recitals, musical theater and opera auditions and scholarship competitions.
TEACHING EXPERIENCE: In addition to over 25 years of instruction in my private studio, I have taught individual and class voice at Diablo Valley College, College Preparatory School, the Alameda School of Music, Oakland School for the Arts and Piedmont Children's Choir.
PERFORMING EXPERIENCE: My professional singing credits include leading and title roles in opera, concert and musical theater in the United States, Italy and Spain. Representative companies include Barcelona, Sacramento, West Bay, Stockton, Open Opera, Berkeley and Solo Opera Companies as well as San Francisco Opera Chorus. Concert venues include Sacramento and Oakland East Bay Symphonies, Cantare Chorale, Diablo Valley Masterworks Chorale, San Francisco City Chorus, Operatic Concerts in Trevi and Spoleto, Italy.
EDUCATION: Bachelor of Music - Indiana University. Master of Music- University of Texas. Wesley Balk Music Theater Institute, OperaWorks, ACT Improvisation classes. Vocal Pedagogy - Holy Names College.
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: American Guild of Musical Artists, The Performing Arts Society, The Bay Area Professional Singers’ Forum and The National Association of Teachers of Singing (past Vice President of Student Recitals and Programs). Local chapter web address: SFBACNATS.org
STYLES/DICTION: Musical theater, opera, art song and contemporary. Lyric diction includes Spanish, German, French and Italian.
AGES: Mid Teens to adults
LEVELS ACCEPTED TO STUDIO: Intermediate to Advanced. Accomplished avocational to professional level singers only.