Welcome to Three Sparrows Studio! It is my joy to hear your voice and help you develop confidence in your singing. My studio is a safe haven for singers of all ages and abilities. Come let your voice fly free!
Marisa Gray Atha
Three Sparrows Studio Owner
With the foundation of a Classically-based vocal education, I've enjoyed performing and teaching in the genres of Musical Theatre, Classical, Pop/Rock, Jazz, Folk, and World since 2002. I use a holistic approach that empowers my students to find and free their own natural sound, incorporating vocal pedagogy, voice science, performance practice, vocal styling, yogic principles, Alexander Technique, and mind/body integration.
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 online and in my private studio in Land Park, Sacramento.
My formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Music, with a concentration in Vocal Performance, Master of Music in Classical Vocal Performance, Bachelor of Arts in English, and Minor in Psychology. I am a RYT-200 (Registered Yoga Teacher), CMT-200 (Certified Meditation Teacher), certified Core Singing voice instructor, and have 40 hours of Alexander Technique training. I’ve also completed the Contemporary Voice Teacher Academy and New Science of Singing certification programs with John Henny, the Musical Theatre Coaching Course with Nate Plummer, Breaking Down the Riffs with Natalie Weiss, and the Vocal Instrument 101 with Shannon Coates.
I 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.
As a private voice teacher, I consider myself a 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 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 with continued training. Such trainings have included topics such as: vocal styling in musical theatre and contemporary styles, audition and performance preparation, acting methods, repertoire selection, Alexander Technique, integrative and holistic approaches to singing, yoga and meditation, mind/body principles, vocal pedagogy, functional training, vocal health, neuroscience, energetic awareness, performance practice, cross-training in the voice studio, fundamentals of voice science, young singers, neurodiverse singers, transgender and nonbinary voices, aging voices, and much more.
As I grow, my students grow—new tools and information find their way to the right student at the right time; I am the happy messenger.
National Association of Teachers of Singing
NATS Cal-Western Region
NATS California Capital Chapter
NATS San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
The SpeakEasy Cooperative
Independent voice teachers cooperative, a professional organization for co-working and continued training
Contemporary Voice Teacher Academy
Total Vocal Freedom
Alexander Technique, holistic and integrative singing
Yoga & Ayurveda Center
RYT-200, 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification
RYT-300, 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification
CMT-200, 200 Hour Meditation Teacher Training Certification
The Embody Lab
60 Hour Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy Certification
Applied Polyvagal Theory in Therapeutic Yoga Levels 1 and 2
Voted Top Ten for Best Music Instruction in Sacramento
* See listing under former studio name: Buon Canto Voice Studio