Hello singers, welcome to my teaching website! You’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for a teacher with a proven record of success: I have over 22 years experience as a voice teacher in addition to my 30+ years of experience as a professional operatic soprano. I was trained at Manhattan School of Music, as well as numerous prestigious institutions such as the Santa Fe Opera, Tanglewood Music Center, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, among others. I have performed nationally and internationally including over 4 seasons with the Leipzig Opera in Germany, and in the UK, France, Canada as well as the US.
My teaching focuses on the use of old-school classical exercises rooted in the Italian “bel canto” period, which is considered the golden age of singing. These exercises, when worked on diligently and regularly, will give you the technical freedom to enable you to sing well in any style, whether it is opera, musical theater, jazz, pop, experimental, or basically anything that defines the verb “to sing”. The root of all good singing is classical technique, just as the root of great contemporary dance technique is ballet training. Once your voice grows and improves with these exercises, we move on to repertoire that suits you and that you like to sing.
I work with beginners, amateurs, and professionals of all ages and singing styles to improve tone, range (including developing the upper register), pitch, breath support, phrasing, and ultimately confidence. The great French composer and teacher Nadia Boulanger once said – Technique equals freedom. Truer words have never been spoken.
Personally, I have worked with many great teachers and singers over the years and know my craft well and am eager to pass that onto you. Several of my students were accepted to prestigious college music programs, including Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, Eastman, Univ of Cincinnati, Temple, and Montclair Universities as well as performing arts high schools, such as LaGuardia High School (of the movie “Fame”) and Edward R. Murrow High School. I was a voice faculty member of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music for 14 years and am a voice faculty member of the Lunigiana International Music Festival in Fivizzano, Italy. I am also a mentor-voice teacher with ArtSmart, the national initiative co-founded by international tenor Michael Fabiano, that brings free voice lessons to disadvantaged middle and high-school students across the country.
My private studio is based in Park Slope, Brooklyn (NYC). I also work from a midtown Manhattan studio and online through Skype, Zoom and FaceTime platforms.