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.
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)
Stage Door Unlocked Musical Theatre Coaching Workshop
with Nate Plummer
Audition and performance preparation, acting methods, repertoire selection, and vocal styling
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
National Association of Teachers of Singing:
District Governor 2018-present
Regional Auditions and Conference Online Services Coordinator 2015-present
California Capital Chapter
Executive Board Secretary 2015-2017
San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
The SpeakEasy Cooperative
Independent voice teachers cooperative, a professional organization for co-working and continued education
Voted Top Ten for Best Music Instruction in Sacramento
* See listing under former studio name:
Buon Canto Voice Studio
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