voice and opera specialist
Before moving to the Bay Area in 2005, I taught singing at the New England Conservatory of Music (voice class and individual lessons) and the Franklin School of Performing Arts. I have been a Teaching Artist with San Francisco Opera since 2008 and am currently a Voice Mentor for ArtSmart. I teach singing privately in my San Francisco studio as well as through Lacuna Arts.
I studied singing with Patricia Craig and Maria Spacagna—two sopranos who enjoyed substantial careers at the Metropolitan Opera and beyond. I learned a lot from them about performing traditions, interpretation, and what it takes to build a career as an opera singer. But shortly after I finished my conservatory training and started singing full opera roles, I was in a serious car accident that kept me from performing on stage for three years. Although I had already earned a Master of Music in Voice Pedagogy (teaching) and had studied vocal anatomy and function, it was in the process of rehabilitating and rebuilding my own voice that I really started to learn how to teach singing technique. I not only studied the latest science in vocology and acoustics, but I also researched various traditional schools of singing from the Bel Canto period. Now over a decade later, I combine a somatic approach to singing ("How does it feel?") with concrete knowledge of the actual physical action that creates both the ideal sound and the accompanying sensation.