Voice Technician & Opera Singer
I help singers break through vocal limitations to expand their vocal range beauty & power.
I believe within each of us, there is a little voice that knows innately what we are capable of achieving. It is our calling and duty to explore and develop our ultimate potential.
Along with my career as an opera singer, I have been teaching voice lessons for over 15 years.
My clients have performed with companies such as Deutsche Oper, The Metropolitan Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, Houston Grand Opera, Salzburger Festspiele, Theater an der Wien, Finnish National Opera, Sarasota Opera, and Chautauqua Opera. They have been seen in National Tours of Musicals including Phantom of the Opera and have been signed to record labels and music management. In addition, they have received many honors including advancements at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition, final selections for NBC's The Voice, Miss America pageants, Classical Singer competitions, and Vocal Scholarships for conservatories and universities.
As an opera singer, I have performed with companies such as National Moravian-Silesian Theater, Opera Orlando, Opera Naples, Annapolis Opera, Wichita Grand Opera, Gulfshore Opera, and Tri-Cities Opera. Major roles include Marietta (Die tote Stadt), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Donna Elvira/Anna (Don Giovanni), Violetta (La Traviata), Fiordiligi (Cosí fan tutte), Susannah, and Suor Angelica.
I have won a few competitions, including The Jenny Lind Competition, Connecticut Concert Opera Competition, and The Marcella Kochanska Sembrich Competition. Additionally, I was 2nd prize winner of the Kosciuszko Foundation Competition and the National Federation of Music Clubs Biennial Young Artist Awards, 3rd prize winner of the New Jersey State Opera Competition, as well as a grant recipient from CareerBridges Foundation.
I currently live in Bratislava, Slovakia with my husband who is a Slovak opera conductor, and I miss my dog, Fifi, who is keeping my Mom company in Florida.
Want my personal story? Read on....
My love of vocal technique began at an early age- almost as early as I began singing. I remember going to the bookstore and library and reading every book I could get my hands on about vocal science and technique. I read Richard Miller, Seth Riggs, Sataloff, and McKinney all before the age of 15. I had a few great teachers along the way who guided my voice and let me explore. My voice was not an "easy" instrument. Already at the age of 16, I was exhibiting qualities of weight and "push" in the sound which were natural to my voice. Finding the balance to this was not always easy, but I found my way there, and for a few years, enjoyed easeful singing.
It wasn't until I hit my late 20s, that things started getting more difficult. My voice was growing... and this created balance issues that I was having difficulty overcoming and finding answers. Through experimentation, and a long dark journey into the depths of my vocal function, I discovered that a large portion of my balance issues were through the incorrect function of my tongue, which had inadvertently become tied up in my phonation. I spent a good 6 months completely retraining reflexes that I had come to know as "natural" singing. This process was scary, and I felt very alone. Sounds were coming out of me that I had never heard before. A certain ease of singing was coming back into my throat, and I kept following this breadcrumb trail.
After about 1.5 years of diligent work on ALL aspects of my singing- registration, tongue/facial function, breathing, support - I finally felt good about my singing. Things felt easy again. I enjoyed a couple more years of this easy singing, when I learned about posterior tongue-ties, and discovered that I, in fact, had one. This was a revelation to me, as it explained so much of my previous difficulty. As the posterior tongue tie was also connected to neck pain and stiffness that I had been experiencing for several years, I decided to have a functional frenectomy. This completely eradicated my neck pain and tension, and added a new layer of fullness and ease to my singing.
I am now on a mission. My mission is to help singers bring back the full ease and beauty of their instrument. It can be a very lonely feeling when you feel you can no longer sing in a way that feels effortless and expressive. Or maybe, you have never been able to find that vocal freedom. There is shame in that maybe you did something wrong? Maybe you never really knew how to sing? Maybe you'll never learn? This is exactly where I need to remind you: "It's there." Now, it's just a matter of re-patterning muscles, processes, and thought patterns to unite in a way that serves you AND the music.