I am an American opera singer, voice teacher, stage director and conductor. I teach a diaphramatic breathing technique that is equally effective for classical musicians, rock musicians, and those recovering from vocal damage.
My classical students have repeatedly achieved the highest honors in national and international competitions, including 1st and 2nd place winners in the Metropolitan Opera Competition, and a $10,000 award from the Sullivan Foundation. I enjoy working equally with beginners as well as the most advanced singers.
One of my passions is helping singers achieve their full potential as consummate singing artists who are also singing actors.
I also love to discover and conduct beautiful sacred music.
What kind of Vocal Coach am I?
I have studied at The New England Conservatory, Indiana University, Bloomington, and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, as well as with many sought-after teachers, including Luigi Ricci, Valdamiro Badiali, and Claude Heater. My extensive work with a wide diversity of operatic repertoire, as both a performer and a stage-director, enables me to work closely with young professional singers and music students on technique as it applies to their arias and role-preparation. I also coach business professionals and public speakers to help discover the focus and projection skills needed for successful presentations to an individual, client or a larger audience. My teaching style involves the use of unique breathing exercises that helped me succeed in my career by providing consistent resonance and connecting the sound to the breath.
"Just writing to thank you for all your support, determination, and brilliant ear. I would have never tried opera if it hadn't been for you! I greatly appreciate all you taught me. I now have 2 performing arts schools and am opening a new avenue of singing with orchestras and symphonies. I truly look up to you in so many ways and am so grateful for your willingness to work with me in those beginning years!" -- Chenille (Gerber) Saunders
I can help: Anyone who wants to improve their singing or speaking voice, including singers, actors, public speakers, and business professionals.
Technique: Gain roundness of tone quality and the ability to connect your breath with sound
Voice Projection: Create volume and project with ease
Presence: Find your own style and feel secure in front of an audience
Damage Prevention: Learn to avoid vocal nodule surgery by developing correct habits
Vocal Rehab: Trained in rehabilitating the voice after vocal surgery