choral conductor ~ voice teacher ~ singer ~ lecturer

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I have been teaching voice privately since 1990, and actively since 1995. I teach a physically grounded, speech-based technique in order to cultivate healthy, effortless singing. I teach voice work as both a physical and spiritual practice, beginning with solid support and resonance, with goal of freeing the natural instrument. Each voice is entirely unique, it is a person's creative fingerprint. I work with singers to identify their personal voice in the courageous work of learning to sing.

I teach voice at the University of San Francisco and privately in San Francisco and Oakland.

I work primarily in the Western art music (classical) style, focusing on art song and operatic repertoire. I believe that the fundamental technique of singing is stylistically universal, however. I work regularly with musical theater, folk music, and popular styles.

I primarily work with young adult singers, but I am available to work with children and older singers as well. Singers are expected to be able to read music or to be interested in learning to read as part of their vocal study, which will include some basic piano and theory instruction. I am interested in developing the complete singer, both vocalist and musician. Students are required to have access to a practice space with a keyboard or piano.

Students generally take one lesson per week for one hour. Younger students may want to consider 30 or 45 minute lessons.