Style: Pop; Opera; Jazz; Folk; Classical; Musical Theatre
Title: Voice Teacher
Bio: Ms. Mead earned her BMA in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan school of Music, where she studied with George Shirley and Freda Herseth, and has had 18 years of private vocal study. Ms. Mead spent two summers performing with the Aspen Music Festival Opera program, during which she was a featured artist opening for Jessye Norman. Ms. Mead has also performed with the Metro City Lyric Opera, Arbor Opera Theater and the Austin Shakespeare Company. While studying with W. Steven Smith in New York, Ms. Mead incorporated both Jazz and Classical styles into her performance repertoire at the Victor Café in South Philadelphia. Recently appearing with the Brass Tacks Ensemble as King Henry in Shakespeare's Henry V, Titania in Ann Arbor Shakespeare in the Arb, and with composer Donja Jarrar's ensemble in 'Seamstress,' Ms. Mead maintains an active performing life. 2015 alumna of the OperaWorks Intensive training program,member of A2CT's long-form Improv troupe 'Dearly Beloved, 2017 training includes Rhiannon's Vocal River improv workshop. Ms. Mead is dedicated to continued education as a performer and educator.
She currently teaches privately in Ann Arbor, MI, and is a faculty member of the Community Music School of Ann Arbor. As a teacher and mentor, Ms. Mead spent ten years teaching rock climbing and outdoor adventure activities to children and adults. She has been teaching singing lessons in Ann Arbor for 6 years and her technique is influenced by teachers George Shirley, W. Stephen Smith, author of The Naked Voice and Freda Herseth. Assistant director of the CelloChanWoods Music Retreat, her experience mentoring a wide range of people through challenging processes makes her a uniquely patient and positive vocal instructor.
Voice Type: Soprano
Music Styles Taught: Pop; Opera; Jazz; Folk; Classical; Musical Theatre
Availability: I am available as a performer; I have a wait-list for private lessons; I am currently accepting private students; I am available as a clinician or presenter