SO NICE TO MEET YOU!
I have always been somewhat of an empath - feeling what others feel. I think this part of me is what helps make performing so special to me.
I love stepping into someone else's life, so to speak, and doing my best to portray them in a way that helps move the audience - sometimes to laughter, sometimes to tears and even sometimes to contempt - having permission to tap into your evil, alter ego every once in a while can be quite fun! It is my goal as a performer to serve my audience to help THEM to FEEL.
As a teacher and coach, this idea of serving your audience is what I aspire to pass on to my students. It helps bring your performance to life when you are ALL IN for your audience. It's a very magical mutual relationship - you and your audience.
I am your biggest fan... and think I may not have even met you yet. I truly l believe that we've been given the gift of music and song and that if you have the desire, then YOU CAN DO IT!
I struggled a lot with technique when I was just starting out and so I know beyond a shadow of a doubt, it's not the end if you have voice challenges. With the right understanding and stick-to-it-ive-ness YOU CAN DO IT!
I am on your side and I believe you are able. If you are here reading this, you are a singer... and you can be an AMAZING singer!
Singing well hasn't always come easily to me... just ask my college professors! I cannot express to you in enough detail the amount of frustration I have felt about my own voice at times.
In school, my teachers would say things like "you just need more confidence!" And I would think, "duh... it would help, though, if I could count on my voice to do what I want it to do!" I never said that out of respect, but boy did I feel it.
I vividly remember watching and listening to other students who seemed to just "get it". Their voices didn't have any obvious glitches or weak areas and I was dumbfounded. I knew I had raw talent, but why couldn't I do what they were doing? Do you resonate with this at all?
I had a choice. I could quit and call it done or I could work harder to REALLY understand my instrument. I chose the latter. I was honored with scholarships year after year as professors recognized this in me - and for that I am so grateful. That helped spur me on for sure.
So it has been with this perserverence that I have moved through my career. I am a student of the voice, even today, and it thrills me to be able to pass on to my students all I continue to learn!
Singing is personal, a sacred offering... for some, sharing it comes easy. For others, it's a bit more "work" learning to let go and SHINE.
I believe that at least 75% of the process is driven by a student's desire to sing and also their confidence quotient. I am focused on bringing out the best in my singers... the best technique and the best HONEST performance with connection to the lyric... all the while building their confidence.
I am a coach, a cheerleader, a technician, and I also happen to be a little bit goofy!
SINGING IS A GIFT
Singing, or even just desiring to sing, is a gift from God. I mean it was God Himself who originated being CREATIVE! What better way to honor Him than to offer it back by serving others, bringing joy to the masses... or maybe just making a joyful noise during shower time?
My goal for you is to embrace this and understand that it isn't about us at all, but rather about serving others with the gifts we have been given. Can I hear a Hallelujah?
I remember standing up in my cul-de-sac at 8 years-old belting out "Tomorrow" from Annie over and over and over again AT THE TOP OF MY LUNGS - much to my brother's chagrin, and I'm sure most of my neighbors as well. I just LOVED singing. I began working with a private voice teacher in high school and I was hooked. So much so that at 15 I told my teacher, Mrs. P, I wanted to be a voice teacher like her. I had clearly heard my calling... the rest is history, so to speak.
It wasn't just the singing that had me hooked, though. Life was challenging for my family, as it is for so many families, sadly, and my lessons offered me a magical, beautiful escape. You see, my father was chronically ill and was in and out of the hospital for most of my childhood years. My siblings, during that time, had their own trials with depression, drugs and alcohol. To say stress ran high at our house is a bit of an understatement.
I was blessed beyond measure to have a voice teacher who recognized that my family was facing many trials, and who poured her love and grace upon us in abundance through it all. Her legacy is HUGE in my life both musically, emotionally and spiritually and I will NEVER stop thanking God for placing her and her family into our lives. It truly was her example that resonated with my future self - I knew exactly who I wanted to be.
My passion is people. I love the arts... any art really. I especially love the performing arts. I am an encourager by nature. My strength is nurturing my students - their musical and performing talents, yes, but also as valuable people in this world with something special to offer.
It is my mission to equip my students with the knowledge and understanding of the technical side of the voice as well as to help them develop the artistic tools to expressively & HONESTLY communicate their art in performance, worship or for their own personal enjoyment.
I am a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Music Teachers National Association, and the International Voice Teachers Of Mix (IVTOM for short). I hold my Bachelor's of Music in Vocal Performance and have been teaching privately for over 22 years now. I have been and ALWAYS will be a student of the voice and am a huge proponent of continuing my education... I mean, vocal science and acoustics are MIND BLOWING!!!
My background includes (in no particular order); teaching private & group singing and performance lessons for over 22 years, most of which was in the beautiful state of Colorado; conducting vocal seminars at high schools and churches; recording studio vocal coaching; participating in and leading worship teams; directing children's musicals; conducting choirs; producing countless student performance opportunities from musical theater revues to full-on rock concerts; performing professionally with numerous theater companies in Atlanta and Denver; recording featured solos on two praise albums; and last but most definitely not least... being married to a phenomenal man and raising two beautiful daughters!
It has long been my dream to make voice and performance coaching accessible to underserved and underpriveleged youth.
I am working on building up a scholarship foundation, partnering with other local voice, guitar, piano and dance instructors to do just this. It is still in it's infancy stages but THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT! Stay tuned... pun DEFINITELY intended.