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I am a classically trained vocalist and applied linguist, currently residing in the West Michigan area. I approach my instruction with the philosophy that music is a language. In this philosophy, I welcome those who are looking for extreme technique training and vocal pedagogy. Using my classical background, I have also developed effective & multidisciplinary vocal methods for Trans and Non-Binary voice training. I also have a lot of experience working with original artists in preparation for auditions, performances, and studio recordings. If this sounds like you, let’s talk!
My formal training is in Opera and Musical Theater from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee (BM), with additional interests in singing Cabaret and Jazz. Early in my academic training, I was an active member of Opera Grand Rapids and a finalist in the Opera Grand Rapids Vocal Collegiate Competition at age 19. It should be noted though that my passion for music began as a young singer/songwriter, influenced by classic rock, pop, and country music. I saw my first opera after I was being trained classically!
Some career highlights include studying and performing at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, OperaWorks 2016 in Los Angeles, California, and my time spent with The MUSE Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to music instruction for adults with disabilities. It was this experience as a board director, private music & life skills instructor that shifted me towards my current career goals in providing music instruction to an array of different disabilities and severity levels.
My interest in linguistics stems from the belief that music is a language. I specifically sought a Master’s degree in Second Language Acquisition in order to draw parallels from their field of research and apply it to my knowledge of musicality. I am very passionate about bridging the gap between musicality and language, and also the humanities and sciences.
Ultimately, I believe music is for everyone and that it should be about the journey, not the destiny. As a part of your musical journey, it is my goal to provide you with the necessary tools to carry yourself as a well-rounded musician and vocalist.
Voice lessons tailored to you. We will work together to develop your skill sets in a way that adheres to where you currently are and where you imagine yourself going! This is a safe space!
Bachelors of Music, Vocal Performance - The Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Master of Arts, Linguistics - The University of Massachusetts
ABC Summer School, Musicality - University of Amsterdam
Young Artist - American Institute of Musical Studies, Austria
Emerging Artist - OperaWorks, Los Angeles, CA
Returning Student Scholarship Recipient (2015)
Opera Grand Rapids Collegiate Competition Finalist (2012)
Albert P. Smith Scholarship Recipient (2011)
Opera Grand Rapids
True Music Studios
Ricks Music World
The MUSE Foundation
American Institute of Musical Studies
Amazing Sounds Performed
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