About the Studio

Background

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With the foundation of a Classically-based vocal education, I've enjoyed years of hands-on performing and teaching experience in the genres of Musical Theatre, Pop/Rock, Jazz, Folk, Classical, World, and more. 


Enjoying a wide variety of genres, my performance experience includes solo recitals, operatic roles, choral concerts, community outreach programs, venue gigging, and recording.  I served as a Vocal Department Artist-in-Residence at School of the Arts in San Francisco, and currently teach voice lessons in my private studio in Land Park, Sacramento, and online via Skype.


My formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Music, with a concentration in Vocal Performance, and a Master's Degree in Classical Vocal Performance. 


I have been teaching private voice since 2002. I also play piano, guitar, and ukulele, and offer beginning instruction in these instruments, as well as beginning to advanced music theory and ear training.


I enjoy practicing yoga, getting out into nature, and spending time with my family and friends.

Specialties and Studies

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As a private voice teacher, I consider myself a holistic facilitator of the mind/body/spirit coordination that must be present and functional to sing freely.  I serve as a vocal technician, providing my students with clarity and understanding of the vocal mechanism and its relevant components.  I guide my students into poise, confidence, and ease in their expression, tone, projection, and onstage craft.  


My education, formal training, performance and teaching experience, certifications, and research have all focused on the function, artistry, and enjoyment of vocal performance. It is the culmination of this knowledge and experience that creates the foundation of Three Sparrows Studio for Singing.  I welcome students with interests in any genre of music.  


I consider myself a life-long academic of the voice operating within a growth mindset.  My education did not stop after graduate school, but instead, proceeds through the duration of my professional career.  As such, I continually widen my knowledge base in certification and continuing-education programs such as:


Total Vocal Freedom:

with Peter Jacobson

  Alexander-Technique, Integrative, and Holistic approach to singing 


Contemporary Voice Teacher Academy 

with John Henny

 Online certification program for CCM (Musical Theatre, Pop/Rock, and Jazz) 

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Stage Door Unlocked Musical Theatre Coaching Workshop 

with Nate Plummer

Audition and performance preparation, acting methods, repertoire selection, and vocal styling


Core Singing 

with Meribeth Dayme

Vocal pedagogy, neuroscience, energetic awareness, and performance practice


The New Science of Singing 

with John Henny

Fundamentals of voice science


Vocal Instrument 101 

with Shannon Coates

Vocal pedagogy and instruction


The Full Voice 

 with Nikki Loney

Workbook system for theory and ear training

Affiliations

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NATS

National Association of Teachers of Singing:

Member 2004-present

 

Cal-Western Region

Member 2004-present

District Governor 2018-present

Webmaster 2015-present

Regional Auditions and Conference Online Services Coordinator 2015-present

 

California Capital Chapter

Member 2011-present

Executive Board Secretary 2015-2017

Co-Webmaster 2015-2018

 

San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

Member 2006-2019


The SpeakEasy Cooperative

Independent voice teachers cooperative, a professional organization for co-working and continued education

Member 2017-present


KCRA A-List

Voted Top Ten for Best Music Instruction in Sacramento

* See listing under former studio name: 

Buon Canto Voice Studio