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“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” 

― Stephen King



Much of what goes into vocal talent is genetic. Some people are simply born with a better vocal instrument than others, and it is usually the recognition of this exceptional talent that leads people to consider singing as a serious pursuit.


However, like any instrument, only when it is skillfully used does it produce truly exceptional quality. In fact, a poorly used instrument, no matter the quality, can be a frustrating experience for all involved.


In my studio, I teach students to understand their vocal abilities, and the best practices necessary to care for it. Through applying what they learn daily, they achieve the most exceptional and consistent quality possible, and experience the joy of producing a truly exceptional sound "on demand".



Music is often best enjoyed when it is performed rather than simply sung. Performance of music is usually what young singers have in mind when they embark on vocal training.


Performance is an experience and application of the whole person -- body, mind and spirit. Watching a truly great performer is recounted by many as a peak experience in their life. For a singer, being that great performer is even better still.


In my studio, I coach students on how to truly perform their songs. Students develop competence in microphone techniques and stage presence. Acting techniques and light dance training are included, and I encourage all of my students to consider serious dance training. Adding dance to a singer's skillset dramatically increases their effectiveness and joy as a performer, and enhances their educational and performance opportunities.

Stage Presence


As ironic as it may seem, many musicians - including singers - are shy. And even the hams might experience shyness on a big stage, removed by formidable distance from the audience, footlights shining in their eyes.


One thing that sets my studio apart from others you might consider is that my students don't perform traditional recitals. Instead, I work to provide audition opportunities for shows, try to connect the singer with a band, or, when possible, I offer them the  opportunity to be in  live stage productions I produce each year. This performance experience, before live audiences in a variety of venues, is a valuable and  important proving ground for taking things to the next level.


Performing live on stage  provides students the opportunity to experience what a career in music would feel like. It also provides the always important resume builders for auditions, especially when applying for vocal performance programs at universities or conservatories.

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