S.Adithyanarayanan, fondly known as "Adi" started his basic training in South Indian Classical music(Carnatic music) at the tender age of 4 and he showed incredible talent and progress, that, he made his concert debut by the age of 9! Since then he has been performing regularly all over India as well as abroad. He is a winner of numerous titles and awards. Some of his awards have been mentioned below:
- Winner of “The Best Individual performer” for his concert in the HCL Concert Series at Music Academy for the year 2016.
- Winner of MS Subbulakshmi Hindu Saregama Award 2015 instituted jointly by "The Hindu" and "Saregama" after going through a very tough competition. Youngest to receive this award to date.
- Winner of the Maham Sangeetha Nakshatra(Music Star) award -2016
- Winner of the Best Vocalist – Award from Madras Music Academy in their 27th Spirit of Youth concert Festival held in August 2015
- Winner – AIR(All India Radio) competitions held in Aug 2014 in the Classical Music and Devotional music categories
- Accredited AIR B Grade artist awarded directly for winning the All India Level Competition in both categories
- Title "Golden Voice of 2014 – Tanishq Swarna Sangeetham" in a "reality show" for Carnatic music conducted by RajTV and Tanishq. Striking feature of this contest is that contestants are required to sing different genres like, Fusion, Film Songs, light devotionals, patriotic songs, wedding songs through about 12 rounds of gruelling elimination process.
- Winner of the shoot yourself singing an "Aalaap"- world wide contest(no specified age limit) conducted by an organization called "Aalaap" in Aug 2013.
- Winner - "Times Thyagaraja Award" - Feb 2013 in a competition held by Times of India. Contestants were chosen from among the best concerts by city sabhas/Music Organisations. Times of India conducted the contest with renowned musicians, Smt Sudha Raghunathan and Shri OS Arun as judges in December’12 Season.
- "Ramakrishnaiyya Pantulu Award" for his outstanding performances in Music from none other than Shri Dr Balamuralikrishna during December 2012.
- "Most promising upcoming youngster in Music" in Nov 2010.
- "POGO Amazing Kid" award for the year 2009 by POGO TV Channel for Kids
And the list goes on…
Adi has always been fascinated about the mechanics of Voice Production at a very early age. He worked hard to know more deeply about the human voice and discussed with many knowledgeable musicians and voice experts. With this knowledge he could get through the period of ‘Voice transition’ during his adolescent age understanding what he has to do and what he should not do. He came to know about the Voice teacher training course conducted by New York Vocal Coaching at NYC through his friend. He jumped and grabbed this opportunity, AND is now a "Certified Voice Teacher" from the institution, coached by its founder - the ever incredible Justin Stoney. Adi is quite versatile and open to many genres of music. While he looks forward to incorporating his learning in his field of Carnatic Music, he is keen to spread the knowledge and make ‘Facile Singers’ out of every one of the aspirants in their chosen genre of music.
Graduado em Música (licenciatura) pela USP–RP (2008), atualmente desenvolve pesquisas na área de técnica vocal e regência coral. Realizou diversos encontros, cursos, oficinas e workshops em sua área de pesquisa destacando-se o Curso de Regência Coral (2005 e 2007) ministrado pelo diretor da Universidade de Tübingen – Alemanha, Tobias Hiller, I Encontro de Jovens Pesquisadores da USP – RP (2009), onde apresentou sua pesquisa “Regência Coral: levantamento crítico da bibliografia brasileira”, Oficina de Coro Infantil (2011) ministrada pela maestrina Margrete Enevold (Dinamarca), especialista em pedagogia vocal e didática de coro infantil. Estudou técnica vocal com os mais renomados professores do cenário nacional, como o maestro Marconi Araújo, Wagner Barbosa e Márcio Markkx e também cerfiticou-se em Nova Iorque (2015) no programa “Voice Teacher Training”, ministrado pelo fundador e presidente da escola de canto New York Vocal Coaching, Justin Stoney. É maestro titular do Coro Experimental de Franca, do Coro Infanto-Juvenil de Franca, professor de técnica vocal e cantor.
Izaar is a regular performer, vocalist, songwriter, voice teacher and academic educator for Academy of Rock Singapore. His background spans more than 12 years of performing as a vocalist in various bands and currently he fronts for Singapore’s premier Reggae band, Bushmen and pop/rock outfit, Inertia.
Izaar has been a voice teacher at Academy Of Rock for the past 7 years and has graduated with a Grade 8 in Rockschool Vocals and a Level 6 Licentiate Diploma in Rockschool Performance (Vocal). Recently, he has also graduated from the 10-hour Voice Teacher Training Course conducted by Justin Stoney at New York Vocal Coaching. Apart from being a full-time Voice Teacher, he is also a key member in Academy Of Rock Singapore’s academic department, where he helps to develop vocal training and design academic materials as well as coaching & mentoring new staff.
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- 2010-2015 Russian Academy of Music named after Gnesins
- Department: musical art in contemporary singing.
- Theme of the final work: “Articulatory exercises in the professional preparation of variety performers: a comparison of American and Russian traditions.”
- Specialty: pop-jazz singer.
- September 1, 2015 enlisted in the postgraduate course of the Russian Academy of Music named after Gnesins, for 1 year full-time education.
- Specialty 13. 00. 02 - Theory and methodology of teaching.
- The supervisor of studies is professor, candidate of pedagogical sciences Olga Leonidovna Berak.
- The theme of the dissertation research: “Formation of articulatory technique of the pop singer”.
- 7/04/2016. Participation in the V international conference “Philosophy and Art”.
- Theme of the report: “Anthroposophy of M. Chekhov and her place in Russian culture”.
- 04/04/2016. Participation in the IX Russian Scientific Conference “Studies of Young Musicologists.” The theme of the report “Relax Kids - program is the peaceful future of our children”.
- 12/15/2016. Participation in the scientific and practical conference “The Borders of Culture: Actual Problems of History and Modernity”. Topic: “Innovations in vocal pedagogy”.
- 12/04/2017. Participation in the 10th Russian Scientific Conference “Studies of Young Musicologists”. The theme of the report is “The Kristine Linklater School turned the world over”.
- Member of the club for improving communication skills “The Art of Speech.” A.E. Epstein.
- Personal achievements during his studies: Concert activity during the whole period of study, touring abroad in various bands (Belgium, Great Britain, Ireland, Spain, Italy, USA, France, Switzerland).
- Increase of professional skills (summer course) Tech music school (London, 2011) Assistant in Jazz Festival, Montreux, 2012. Performing on the radio Scorpio, Belgium 2015.
- Teaching Activities: Started from 2015. Teacher of the author's course in RAM named after Gnesins Vocal Breathing and Vocal Techniques" at the pop-jazz department.
- 07/23/2016. resident of the festival of electronic music Alfa Future People.
- November 25-27, 2016. Training in the Estill Voice Training method. Certificate I level of EVT. Teacher Alejandro Saorin Martinez.
- 12/25/2016. Diploma of professional education at the course ”Leading on radio and TV.“ Head of the course Konstantin Mikhailov. Chairman of the Commission Xenia Strizh.
- February 2017 - training on the "Voice", the author's course of Vadim Kurilov.
- March-April 2017 - training at the Center for Improvisation and Art Music Inside, in the direction of “Performance”.
- March-May 2017 - training program Logic Pro X - professional creation of music, processing and mixing of sound.
- May 2017 - invited expert in the musical TV show of the first channel “Winner”.
- 10-11.06.2017. Training in Estill Voice Training. Certificate of the II level EVT (Estill Voice Training).
- July-August 2017 took a 10 hours course in Voice Teacher Training in New York Vocal Coaching Inc. Instructor Justin Stoney.
- August 2017 was trained at the Kistine Linklater School in New York City. Tamala Bakkensen.
- Spoken languages - English (TOEFL certificate 2013), Italian and French (A2 and B2 levels).
Luanne Asta has been coaching voice since 2002. Originally from Vancouver, BC Luanne opened the Heartland School of Music after a very successful country music career which included two top 40 hits on the Canadian Country Music Charts. Luanne trained classically at the Royal Conservatory of Music for 15 years, winning her first national award at the age of 10. With her true passion being coaching and helping others achieve their dreams, Luanne founded the Manhattan Kids Music school on NYC's Upper East Side in 2011 and now Luanne is pleased to bring her services to the Hamptons where she resides year round. Ms. Asta was awarded the Best of New York Award for Music Teachers in 2015 and 2016.
Gillian Attard, born on the 3rd of February 1983, is a highly esteemed Maltese singer and vocal coach and is also the founder of La Voix school of performing arts. She acquired her professional skills after studying at the Trinity College of Music in London, United Kingdom.
Gillian started singing from a very young age and gained a lot of experience by taking part in local and international competitions, where she was always successful. After experiencing all of this success, Gillian thought it was time to pass on her knowledge to others that were willing to learn. This was when Gillian opened her school - La Voix School of Performing arts. It was quite a journey, but the students from La Voix were dominating the Maltese islands with their success . Few of these students are Gaia Cauchi - winner of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014, Federica Falzon- winner of Ti Lascio un canzone and 4th runner up in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Veronica Rotin winner of Io Canto, Maxine Pace winner of USSN 2015 and Ecca Muscat winner of Ghanja tal-poplu 2015. Gillian was recognised for this success in the 2014 Malta Music Awards when she won the “International Recognition Award”. Apart from her responsibilities as the founder of La Voix School of performing arts , Gillian has also had a lot of success in the songwriting business.
For Robin Avery vocalist and songwriter, following her dreams has always led to music. From the time she was a little girl, Robin was infatuated with music and performing. A native of Florida, she grew up on Miami Beach. She began at an early age singing and dancing to pop tunes in front of her stereo and when she was 9 wrote her first song and won her first talent contest. From the ages of 11 to 16 she was the lead soloist in her school choir. Having her journey temporarily turned away from the musical path, Robin immersed herself in academia and eventually earned a Ph.D. in psychology. She pursued a career as a neuropsychologist in California, working with stroke victims and patients with head injuries, but never abandoning her musical spirit and passion. Later, returning to South Florida, that same musical passion inspired Robin to begin the pursuit of her lifelong dream to write and sing her own songs.
She’s performed at numerous city events and night clubs in South Florida as well as festivals like the Hollywood International Music and Arts Festival, the Abacoa Music And Arts Festival , the Miami International Book Fair, and SunFest, the largest outdoor music festival in South Florida, where she performed as concert opening act for Bruce Hornsby. Other highlights for Robin include performing at the Broward Center For The Performing Arts in association with Women In Jazz South Florida, the Arts At St. John's concert series on Miami Beach, as well as the Jazz For Peace event (Fort Lauderdale).
While you may hear echoes of Sade, Marvin Gaye, Carole King there can be no mistake that Robin Avery's music and voice are all her own. In 2008 she released the single Light The Way a song for all earth citizens to awaken to righting social injustices and respecting the environment. For the week of August 1, 2008 Light The Way was included as part of the TM Jones Hit Disc compilation that also had cuts from superstars Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney and Natalie Cole as well as singer/comedian Wayne Brady and Dutch sax sensation Candy Dulfer. TM Studios distributes these discs to over 5,400 stations worldwide, as well as satellite and internet networks, websites and the Armed Forces Radio Network. The song's music video features images aimed at reminding the viewer about the magnificence of the planet put in our charge. It was directed by veteran film director and MTV pioneer Ken Ross of Cyclone Pictures, Inc.
In her 2005 release, The Way You Hold Me, Robin teamed up with producers Paul Banman and Greg Minnick, as well as world class musicians Robert Thomas, Jr. (Weather Report tours and recordings), Leo Brooks (Lauryn Hill, Pit Bull tours), Jonathan Joseph (Jeff Beck, Joss Stone, Zawinul Syndicate, and Ricky Martin tours) to offer her unique fusion of smooth jazz and R&B/Pop. With lyrical reflections on life and love, Robin's songs flow to the rhythm of life covering the joys and pangs of men and women who are trying to connect, separate, or find their own meanings. Avery’s cover version of The Cars’ Drive, which featured top smooth jazz saxman Warren Hill and was the featured single on The Way You Hold Me, received airplay on over 50 smooth jazz stations nationwide. Sandy Shore of smoothjazz.com said of Avery’s The Way you Hold Me: “slick, crisp production, fresh and cool vocal tunes...create a fantastic listening experience from the beginning to the final track. Radio & Records’ smooth jazz editor Carol Archer adds, “Avery’s a new artist to me - a damned good one, too.”
Robin's newest work is her soon to be released world music project Rose. She and producer Paul Banman, are joined by guest musicians Leo Brooks-bass (Lauryn Hill, Pit Bull tours), Mitch Farber-guitar (Julio Iglesias tour), Hector Neciosup-percussion (Tania Maria tour), and Quinton Robinson-drums (Gladys Knight recording) adding their creativity and inspiration to the recording.
Sarit Barkan is an Israeli Tel Aviv based singer and voice teacher. Sarit Barkan pursued a career as a classical singer and studied in the Tel Aviv Academy of Music. She began writing music and left her classical career.
Her debut EP "How To Compose a Musician" was released in 2014 on Levontin 7 Label at Tel Aviv. The album was produced by Ori Winokur and recieved excellent reviews by major Israeli music critics such as Yoav Kutner, Guy Tene, Ben Shalev as well as Israeli and international music blogs.
The second single has entered the playlist of Israel's most popular radio station (Galgalaltz) for several weeks.Sarit has been performing in Tel Aviv and other cities in Israel since 2012 including major Israeli rock festivals, TV shows and radio shows.
Sarit has worked with Rockfour, Einav Jackson Cohen, Naj Hamadi, Nitzan Horesh and the Cut Out Club, Noam Rotem, Omer Hershman and other Israeli Musicians.
She is currently recording her second studio album.
She has been a voice teacher since 2006, working at her studio as well as managing a vocal ensemble for girls, writing vocal arrangements and conducting a choir of unprivileged youth for the Tel Aviv and Jaffa Foundation.
Tamis, a natural born teacher, was drawn to be a singing coach when her own struggles with stage fright and vocal challenges lead her to study everything (from anatomy to neurology) to "slay that dragon." Her passion is to empower inexperienced singers of all ages who think they can't sing or are afraid to be heard. Her unique teaching approach yields amazing results regardless of skill level, and encourages each person's vocal journey.
Refusing to let her stage fright interfere with her desire to perform, she implemented her theater background experience and"became a character" on stage, calling herself Tameese. She even put herself through college performing singing telegrams and was hired as a tutor for students in theBeginning Piano and Music Theory classes at Mendocino College.
After graduating on the Honor's List with a Vocal/Music Degree in 1991, she became apart of the teaching team for the Joy of Singing classes through SRJC Community Education, specializing in helping new students overcome stage fright and helping returning students with vocal training, staging, and costuming.
Her teaching experience also includes: Song Composition-- Cotati/Rohnert Park School District, and Musical Theater-- Bellevue School District. She was recently featured in Sonoma Family Magazine in an article "Music Matters" for her unconventional teaching style.
Tamis comes from both a teaching and a musical family: her parents and paternal grandparents were musicians, her grandfather was also a music teacher. Her father was a Math instructor, and mother an Art teacher: which makes her a Left-Brain/Right- Brain person, creative and playful but with an analytical attention to detail. Growing up with no radio in the car, she learned how to sing harmony at a young age by singing along with the family, and can harmonize to any song, even songs she has never heard before. She has performed in several different bands and sings diverse styles, including folk, country, hard rock, punk, metal, swing and jazz. She has been in many plays and talent shows, starting in grade school. And in high school she was awarded the Bank of America Award in Theater Arts.
Tamis has been teaching music since 1987 for both adults and children, and is currently teaching groups and one-on-one private lessons in her welcoming and somewhat eclectic Northern California home.
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Jasmine Baxter (Jaz) is a woman of God, singer-songwriter, and vocal coach/voice teacher. Jaz always knew that she wanted to sing for God and has spent the last 6 years singing and leading praise and worship at church. She began teaching praise and worship at True Hope Apostolic Church in Austin, Texas under the leadership of Justin Ash; a profound background singer and worship leader in the Gospel community who helped shape the teacher that was already within.
However, it was at her church in Dallas, Christian Stronghold that she realized that she too had the gift to shape leaders. Jasmine worked over the youth praise team with notes, song choice and performance, thus, receiving the revelation that she had influence with younger generations. It wasn’t until about a year later that God revealed to her that she was gifted to become a vocal coach. Jasmine learned vocal technique, creativity, breathing, and vocal health from gospel recording artist Gaye Arbuckle and celebrity vocal coach Ametria Dock (India Arie’s coach). She attributes the majority of her knowledge and skills to Justin Stoney. He shared a great wealth of knowledge and wisdom that Jaz plans to use with her students.
Jasmine is a lifelong learner and continues to grow and educate herself in order to give her students the best results. Currently, she is in the process of starting her own performing arts school, Pursuit School of the Arts, which will be birthed out of vocal coaching the youth. Jasmine presently lives in Atlanta, Ga with her husband, Christian Hip-Hop artist The Author, and their two children, Sarai and Timothy.
If you are interested in getting in touch with Jaz or taking a voice lesson, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Kristy is very proud and humbled to join the long list of music loving graduates of the New York Vocal Coachings Teacher Training Program under the direction of Justin Stoney. Ms. Bissell specializes in teaching Contemporary Commercial Music styles such as Pop, Rock, Musical Theatre, and R&B. She holds a Master's of Music in Vocal Pedagogy with a focus on Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) from Shenandoah University, and a Bachelor's degree in Music Theatre with a Voice Minor from Seton Hill University. She is also a graduate of the CCM Institute where she received her certification in Somatic Voicework under the direction of Jeannette LoVetri.
Kristy is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association. She has performed in regional theatres and tours, and some of her favorite roles include Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Sally in Cabaret, Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Cinderella in Into the Woods, and Miss Nelson/Viola Swamp in Miss Nelson is Missing. As a vocal soloist, Kristy's styles run the gamut, including pop, folk, bluegrass, rock, country, and R&B.
Aside from developing vocal artists into professionals, Kristy believes in the power of the performing arts for developing individual self-confidence and self-awareness. She has a passion for teaching music and theatre to students of all ages. By combining her training in music and theatre, her experience as a performer, her knowledge of vocal anatomy, and her understanding of various approaches to vocal pedagogy, Kristy utilizes a functional approach to help students develop their skills, pursue their goals, and reach their greatest potential!
Zac Bradford is an Australian singing teacher, based in New York City. In addition to being an Associate Voice Teacher at New York Vocal Coaching, he has worked at NYU Steinhardt, where he served as Adjunct Faculty teaching Voice.
He specializes in teaching voice technique & styles including Rock, Pop, R&B, Country, Jazz and Musical Theatre. Zac’s clients have performed on Broadway (Aladdin), Off Broadway, 1st USA National Tours (Memphis, All Shook Up, Joseph, Ghost), The Metropolitan Opera and work as Professional Artists (backing singers/band members for Mariah Carey, Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen & Dave Brubeck). Zac was the vocal coach for a musical episode of the TV show "Royal Pains" (USA Network), with original music by Tom Kitt (Next to Normal, If/Then).
He holds a Masters of Music Studies degree in Voice Pedagogy from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Australia). In the Spring of 2016, Zac will graduate from NYU with an Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy (post masters), under the guidance of Dr. Brian Gill and Professor Jeremy Aye. He also holds a GDipMusSt (Pedagogy/Performance) & BMus (Jazz Voice) all from Griffith University (Brisbane, Australia). Zac is a member of the New York Singing Teachers Association & the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
In 2014, Zac completed the NYVC Voice Teacher Training & Certification (40hr) under Justin Stoney. Zac is a Certified Integrative Studies Practitioner (One Voice Centre), under the guidance of Dr. Joan Melton & Jennie Morton. He also completed the NSVPI certificate (at NYU Langone Medical Centre) under world renowned voice experts Johan Sundberg, Dr. Brian Gill, Jeremy Aye, Joan Lader, Dr. Milan Amin & Shirley Gherson.
Zac’s has a wealth of experience as a lead & side man at festivals, clubs & on the corporate music scene. He has performed on stage with finalists from “The Voice” , “Idol” & “The X Factor”. Zac has an extensive performance resume, including over 50 musical theater productions, as performer, orchestra pit musician, vocal director, and music director.
On stage, he has worked professionally as a gig singer, performing in a wide variety of styles, ranging from Jazz to Pop and various other mediums in the contemporary music genre.
As a performer, Zac has a wealth of experience as a lead & side man at festivals, clubs & on the corporate music scene. He has performed on stage with finalists from “The Voice”, “Idol” & “The X Factor”. Zac has an extensive performance resume, including over 50 musical theater productions, as performer, orchestra pit musician, vocal director, and music director. In the USA & Australia Zac has presented voice & music based workshops, lectures & master classes at various events and venues. He is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and the New York Singing Teachers Association (NYSTA). Zac is passionate about helping singers at New York Vocal Coaching access their full vocal potential and realize their artistic dreams! For even more insight on Zac’s teaching style and philosophy, you can read some of his articles on singing for New York Vocal Coaching’s Vocal Articles.
Julie Brooks is a New York based voice teacher. She has been passionately studying voice since she was in her early teens, and has been lucky to study with many of New York’s top voice teachers. She is a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, where she studied Musical Theater. She has also completed all three levels of the Music Theater Vocal Pedagogy Program at Shenandoah University. She has been playing piano since the age of 4, and spent her high school years as the pianist for her school’s jazz band. Before being hired to the staff of New York Vocal Coaching, Julie Brooks trained as a voice teacher under Justin Stoney and completed the New York Vocal Coaching 50-hour Teacher Training.
As a performer, Julie is a member of Actors Equity. Some highlights of her theater career have been traveling around the country twice in the national tour of Fiddler on the Roof as Bielke/Grandma Tzeitel, where she worked beside theater luminary, Topol. She also originated the leading role of Chloe in Frank Wildhorn's Broadway musical Wonderland.
Julie truly enjoys being a part of the team at New York Vocal Coaching. She loves working with students of all ages and levels, and helping each one truly unlock his or her vocal potential.
Vanessa Kelly Brown is a Professional Vocalist and Coach based in New Zealand.
She has had a great passion for the Voice and Performing Arts for much of her life.
She has worked professionally as a Vocalist and Actor for the past 20 years, during that time touring internationally as a Singer/Songwriter in the world of Contemporary music with Universal Records. She has achieved 3 number one hits in her own country and several numbers ones abroad. She has received a NZ Tui Music Award for her vocal ability and of most recent a Ruby Award in recognition for her contribution to the history of New Zealand Music. She continues to write and perform for commercial and theatrical projects as well as create events and opportunities for up and coming artist.
Vanessa’s passion extends to teaching in the contemporary voice arena - Pop, Rock, Country, Musical Theatre, Folk, Original and Experimental. She has a passion for the development of the artist, not only healthy voice production but performance factor and understanding the business of the industry.
Vanessa was invited to teach at University level with her Voice Coaching and now works independently with her own successful Vocal School “Vocal Mechanics” based in the South Island of New Zealand.
Vanessa trained with the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art in Christchurch (NZ) and has trained with many well respected teachers locally and internationally with Voice and Acting – most recently with Justin Stoney at New York Vocal Coaching for which she has found was highly effective and very inspiring. Justin has a style of intuitive teaching mixed with extensive knowledge and experience. His enthusiasm is infectious making it impossible not to what to learn more and push yourself to a higher level.
Jessica Callen is a music instructor of voice, piano, harp and songwriting. She currently owns and runs House of Sound, a mobile music school servicing Westchester County, NY. In addition to her own music school, she has taught at The Rye Arts Center, Westchester Community College, Scarsdale Adult School, Convent of the Sacred Heart, Amadeus Home Music School, Westchester Music School, Milton Elementary School, and the JFK Elementary School Outreach Program.
Jessica holds a B.M. in Studio Composition (Magna Cum Laude) with a concentration in harp from Purchase College in New York. While at the university, she also received professional, college-level training for piano and voice as well as instruction in music theory and composition. She received her vocal teacher training certification from New York Vocal Coaching in 2013.
In addition to teaching, she is also a professional harpist, singer and songwriter. Her original music, highlighted on 3 studio albums with her group The Callen Sisters, has been featured internationaly on BBC Radio in Wales and in publications such as Harp (Blurt) Magazine. She's performed at venues such as The Frick Musuem, The Waldorf, The Living Room, The Bitter End, Chipriani's, The Central Park Boathouse, The NY Wine & Food Festival, The Natural Museum of History and more.
Rudy DeJuan Campbell-Smith is the Founder of Love, Music & Soul Entertainment Records and DC Vocal Coaching Studios. Mr. Smith is a native New Yorker raised in Washington Heights. He is an accomplished Singer Songwriter, Musician, Voice Teacher/ Vocal Coach, Producer, and Actor who is a Tap Dancer. Mr. Smith graduated from Nyack College with his Bachelors of Science in Business with a focus on Management, even though Mr. Smith was originally accepted into Nyack College for Interdisciplinary degree with an emphasis on vocal performance, piano and pastoral ministry. During his time there, he was a member of the jazz ensemble. Rudy was also a guitarist with the praise & worship team for chapel services for one year in the Manhattan Campus.
During his high school years, Rudy joined the school chorale, and performed part of a special ensemble for all four years. While in high school Rudy performed in a lot of school plays and musicals, such as West Side Story, and Guys and Dolls. Rudy at the age of 14 was accepted into the Julliard Repertoire Program for Classical & Contemporary Voice Technique, which he studied with some of the most noted teachers in the nation. Rudy was also part of All-City High School Chorus performing at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fischer Hall and Lincoln Center Arts Building along with performing in Spain, France and Budapest; Rudy was already a very accomplished Classical Singer, Sectional Leader in All-City for Bass and Baritone by the age of 15. Rudy co-founded an all-boys music group called Voices of Harmony in high school, which was signed to RCA Records by Producers Rick Petrecco and Jimmy Putignang. Rudy under RCA Records became a background vocalist on various records and for artists such as Jon Secada. Mr. Smith is also Spoken Word Artist and Poet who has performed at Nuyorican Poets Café and SOB’s Lounge in NYC. Mr. Smith also had the opportunity to join Hezekiah Walker’s Choir, and CUNY Mass Gospel Choir. The Host of cable music show, “Ear to Da’ Ground,” for Bass Line Entertainment Inc. Mr. Smith has performed at the Apollo Theatre as a background singer for Indie artists. As a songwriter, Rudy has contributed to songs such as “Bright Lights, and Leanin.”
Rudy was also discovered by Julie Taymor:
...Rudy one day working as an Usher doing his clean up in the New Amsterdam theatre was singing, of course Rudy thought he was by himself when a tap on the shoulder gets his attention. It’s Julie Taymor the Creator of Lion King. Ms. Taymor heard Rudy’s voice and approached him saying, “Have you ever thought of auditioning for Lion King?” Shocked and a big yes flew out of Rudy’s mouth and Ms. Taymor set up Rudy’s audition for Lion King. Hesitant at first, Rudy’s friend Christopher Jackson (Grown-Up Simba, Original Cast, and the Heights) convinced Rudy to go for it! And Tsidii Le Loka, who Rudy had become close with and looked up to as an Actor, pushed him to the audition. Chris Jackson “What do you have to lose since Julie Taymor is interested in you. Screw the tattoos! Go for it!” Suffice to say Rudy audition once and had 16 callbacks. I will let you figure it out from there… Rudy (DeJuan Campbell) also performed in various Off-Broadway productions, “Nothing But the Blues” and Shakespearean plays such as Othello and Hamlet. Rudy has studied under the late Great Acclaimed Songwriter and Guitarist “Larry” Lawrence Lucie, who played with the late Great Duke Ellington, studied Guitar under Tamara Hey, Anne Husic (NYC Guitar School), and Jack Baker (Fretted Instruments). Rudy has also studied Functional piano under Jazz Pianist Prof. Jon Werking, Prof. Hughes for Jazz, and Pianist Prof. Lawrence Wilson. Rudy has studied Classical Voice technique and Musical Composition under NY Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera Director Prof. Douglas Anderson and All-City and All-State Director Ann-Marie Hudley. Rudy has also studied drums under Rafiq D. Nelson (Child Prodigy who played with Grover Washington Jr. at 13). Rudy has studied under Actress and Acting Coach JoAnna Rhinehart (Law & Order, As The World Turns, Second Sight, and Damages).
Mary Candler is a Brooklyn-based voice teacher, actor, and singer. Her studio, Joyful Singing, inspires students to find their truest voices and sing their hearts out. Mary holds a BA in Music from Duke University (NC) and an MFA in Classical Theatre from The Shakespeare Theatre's Academy for Classical Acting (DC). She has worked as a professional actor and singer for over ten year playing roles like Amalia/She Loves Me, Juliet/Romeo and Juliet, Maria/West Side Story, Audrey/Little Shop of Horrors, and Anne/Diary of Anne Frank.
Mary has worked with a number of exceptional voice teachers during her career, but is most thrilled by the training she received at New York Vocal Coaching. She strives to bring that level of excellence to her students in a fun and joyful experience. While not teaching, Mary can be found running her theatre company, Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre.
Jacob Thomas Carr is a New York based voice teacher, music director, and contemporary keyboardist. He has a private voice studio in the city, and was formerly adjunct voice faculty in Sam Houston State University’s Department of Musical Theater, as well as a vocal coach in the Houston metroplex. He has had students accepted to major university musical theater programs, as well as others who have worked professionally on various cruise lines and and national tours. Work as a music director have included collaborating with Tony Award Winner Ben Vereen, as well as various other Broadway performers including Josh Young, Jarrod Spector, and Kelli Barrett. On keyboards he specializes in Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM), and also works regularly as an audition accompanist for musical theater. He has collaborated with singers and actors in various capacities for over a decade, and has been fascinated with the technical and artistic abilities of the human voice for just as long.
Education includes a B.M. in Music Composition, summa cum laude, from Sam Houston State University School of Music, including dual study in piano and voice, and extensive work as a choral accompanist. He is certified in Levels I, II, and III of Somatic Voicework The Lovetri Method, and is a graduate of the New York Vocal Coaching 40-hour Teacher Training. He is also a graduate of The Esper Studio Two Year Professional Acting Program, where he was in class under the direction of Bill Esper, in addition to studies in Linklater Voicework, Alexander Technique, Loyd Williamson Technique, Mask, Mime, and Stage Combat. Private voice instruction has included work with John Barth, David McCall, and Justin Stoney.
He is committed to providing the best artistic and personal experience for the various performers he coaches, and believes strongly in the power of habit formation and kinesthetic learning. Earlier in life he had a stint as a horse trainer, and practices John Lyons Natural Horsemanship Method. He is thankful to his horses for teaching him that words mean much less than behavior and body language (though he’s still trying to learn that one). He actively follows a primal food and movement based lifestyle, and loves improvising in the kitchen as well as on the dance floor (specifically partner based street dances like Blues and Fusion). He is immensely grateful to Justin for his mentorship, expertise, and infectious positivity.
Sophia Chariarse grew up in a family of musicians. A Yoga teacher (her father) and artists. After learnig Piano, classical Singing with her mother Beate von Zehmen, who is a classical singer in the tradition of the Garcia Method, classical Ballet, classical Indian dances, Oriental dance, taking Pop-Singing lessons with Harepriya Wolfram, and studying Yoga in the school of her father, GGF Yoga School, she started a solo career as a dancer in the Oriental and Bollywood dance scene in Germany, where she was one of the Pioneers of Bollywood dance. 1996 she fell in love with Jazz, Blues and Soul singing and later, 2001, founded a Jazz Duo with Jazz Guitarist Uwe Arenz. In the following years she worked together as a singer with different musicians and bands, to name only a few: “Visions and blues Duo” with Blues Guitarist Norbert Benneckendorf, the Blues Rockband “Ben in the Cornervillage”, “Shadan and friends”, which is a cross-cultural ethno-fusion project, 2010 was her first Solo-Singing and dancing Performance on a Festival stage of the big german dance festival "Orient Magazin Festival" where she performed a song from the musical Chicago. 2011 followed a duo Burlesque performance with vocals and dance with the renowned german dancer Manis Sjahroeddin at the german festival “Orientale” at Tanzhhaus NRW. Since 2015 she started her studies with Justin Stoney and New York Vocal Coaching, and teaching vocals at music school in Neunkirchen Seelscheid and at home nearby Bonn. Not only because she had major health problems with her voice, which could only be successfully cured by spiritual healing, she is specialized also in spiritual healing as well as in spiritual coaching, channelling and aura chirugy and offers singers help with their voice with this methods if no medical help works.
She is a writer, dance teacher and painter also.
Douglas Charles, a native of Connecticut, has been served as worship leader for over 10 years. Douglas' has been inspired first by gospel music through his father. From singing in the church choir, gospel quartet group and praise team into being founder and president of a new organization called “Singers Connected” an organization for singers to join and become professionally trained background vocalists to service musical is artists, events and more. Douglas will continue to walk in the footsteps of gospel music creating a legacy for his family and those who believe in their dreams.
Catherine Vega Codd Is a speech and language therapist, based in the north of Chile, currently working on a specialty in Vocology. Catherine started singing naturally at a young age. She considers herself a ballad/R&B singer and plays some musical instruments, mostly guitar, to accompany herself. Catherine has studied voice with private singing teachers for a few years. She’s performed in bars and has participated in a few music projects in different genres such as Hip Hop, Soul, Rock, Pop and R&B. Catherine Vega Codd trained as a voice teacher under Justin Stoney and completed the New York Vocal Coaching 40-hour Teacher Training.
Oliver Dagum is a Singer/Songwriter, Acoustic Performer, Independent Music Professional and Vocal Coach from Mount Holly, NJ and Manhattan NY. Oliver has been performing since he was 9 years old and has won numerous contests and awards in singing. He immigrated to the United States to fulfill his dreams to become a successful singer.
Fate had rerouted him continue his passion in the military by joining the United States Air Force. He still continued to sing while he was in the service. Notably called upon and requested to sing the “Star Spangled Banner” on different awards and ceremonies held by the military. In 2008, he decided to audition for Air Forces Entertainment’s “Tops in Blue” A special group that comprises of talented performers and musicians where 80 was selected to audition out of hundreds of applicants in the Air Force. He was then selected to be one of 10 male vocalists in the group where they toured around the world performing over 135 shows to military families in the United States and overseas locations.
In 2010 he moved to New Jersey where he learned how to record and produce his own music. He started his plan to fulfill his dream. He became a project manager for Making Music New York, a program where the city opens up one day to all singer and music performers. When he is given places to perform, he recruits performers for that spot. Besides performing himself in places like Coney Island, Foley Square by the New York Supreme Court and Dag Hammarksjold Park.
When he separated from the military in 2015, he has completed his Music Business Certification from Berklee College of Music Online and a diploma from Raritan Bay Guitar Repair learning how to set up guitars for musicians that helped him save by setting up his own guitars. Recently, he was one of the 24 that was selected out of 80 that auditioned to be a part of MTA’s Music Under New York and one of the few people selected for NJ Transit’s Music in Motion Program. The singers selected are given the opportunity to perform in the New York City Subway and NJ transit train stations. Because of his selections after separating from the military, a NJ.com reporter did and article about him called “From service to subways, N.J.military vet pursue musical dream”. He is also a Grammy Associate Member selected by the Recording Academy.
After years of singing and performing he wanted to help out singers that experienced the same problem that everyone encounters, trying to find your own voice. “I knew I could sing but it took me a long time to figure out how I should sound like. I tried to sound like singers that were out of my range and forced myself to be like them when really, I was not like them at all. The moment I found my voice, I was more comfortable and relaxed and that made a big difference in my singing. So I want to be able to help others get to that point that took me years to realize”. He then enrolled at the New York Vocal Coaching and took the NYVC Voice Teacher Training & Certification program. Under the guidance of Justin Stoney, Oliver has learned ideas about vocal methods and how to create a compassionate and appealing environment for upcoming singers and performers to be able to learn and overcome barriers.
Camilla DeFaria currently makes her home in Boca Raton, FL with her husband Rafael DeFaria. Originally from Brazil, she has been a singer/performer from the age of 6 and has been trained vocally by some of the best teachers in her area. It was her passion for music, only matched by her desire to use it to impact lives, that led her to pursue the area of Worship Leading.
She is a Christ For The Nations Alumni and also had the opportunity to join as a Staff Worship Leader at one of the most creative churches in America, Fellowship Church in Grapevine, TX. While at Christ For The Nations she had the opportunity to engage in Voice Teaching, attending the needs of several students from the Institute. At Fellowship Church her skills as a vocalist and performer were shaped to excellence and her style ranges from Contemporary, to Rock, Pop, Country, Jazz and Musical Theatre.
Before opening a studio in Florida, Radical Coaching Studios, Camilla DeFaria trained as a voice teacher under Justin Stoney and completed the New York Vocal Coaching 40-hour Teacher Training.
At the studio, which she founded alongside her husband, they coach a variety of styles. By offering individual and group lessons, both local and long distance via Skype, in English and Portuguese, they reach students of all ages, levels, backgrounds and nationalities. They train worship teams from different churches, providing voice lessons and workshops. They also work with studios assisting recording artists preparing them for studio sessions.
The New York Vocal Coaching Teacher Training was pivotal in this new season of teaching and coaching. Justin Stoney is an amazing teacher, coach and person, and the impact can be seen throughout the work Camilla is performing. As now great passion and strong technique work hand-in-hand in helping students intentionally improve how they sound.
Rafael DeFaria currently makes his home in Boca Raton, FL. Originally from Brazil he has been a singer/performer since 7 years old and has been trained vocally by some of the best teachers in the United States and overseas. It was his passion for music, only matched by his desire to use it to impact lives, that propelled him to pursue the area of Worship Leading.
Rafael is a Dallas Baptist University Alumni where he studied Music. He also had the opportunity to join as a Staff Worship Leader at one of the most creative churches in America, Fellowship Church in Grapevine, TX.
While in Dallas he had the opportunity to engage in Voice Teaching, as a staff teacher at Christ For The Nations Institute.
At Fellowship Church his skills as a vocalist and performer were shaped to excellence and his style ranged from Contemporary, to Rock, Pop, Country, Jazz and Musical Theatre.
Before opening Radical Coaching Studios, Rafael trained as a voice teacher under Justin Stoney and completed the New York Vocal Coaching 40-hour Teacher Training adding so much to his experience as a Vocal Coach.
At the studio he coaches along with his wife Camilla DeFaria in a variety of styles. By offering individual and group lessons, both local and long distance via Skype, in English and Portuguese, they reach students of all ages, levels, backgrounds and nationalities.
They train worship teams from different churches, providing voice lessons and workshops. They also work with studios assisting recording artists preparing them for studio sessions.
Their great passion and strong technique work hand-in-hand in helping students intentionally improve how they sound.
Regina Noel Downing is the owner and instructor of the Regina Noel Music Studio in Decorah, Iowa. She teaches both private piano and private voice lessons (both in studio and on Skype), as well as offers group classes and unique studio projects. Regina also volunteers her services teaching general music to a local preschool and ballroom dance for wedding dances.
Regina has taught music for the last 12 years, played piano since the age of 8, and started singing as early as she can remember. Her father, Stephen Lee Yarbrough, was a theory, composition, and ear training professor at the University of South Dakota, as well as a nationally sought-after composer. Awarded music scholarships to 3 colleges and universities, Regina chose Luther College in Decorah, Iowa for her BA in Physical Education and Music. Shortly after graduation, she went on for her MA in Elementary Education. Having successfully completed the New York Vocal Coaching Company Teacher Training course, she offers a well-balanced approach to all aspects of teaching music. The professional education she received from Justin Stoney provides flawless pedagogy that she has found transformative for students of various ages, styles, and individual differences. Regina has a passion for inspiring musicians to dream big, give big, and plan accordingly. Each lesson is catered specifically for each individual. Regina takes great pride in offering the best music education in the best environment in which to study: fun, positive, and passionate.
Emily has been a professional singer and actress for 17 years. She got her start doing regional musical theatre in New York before relocating to Colorado. After spending a number of years working in theaters, Emily began singing for corporate bands who perform across the country. Some of her favorite experiences include a performance at Mile High Stadium, and opening for national acts in the Denver area.
Emily has run her own vocal studio in Colorado for over 8 years. She has taught group and private classes throughout Colorado, and is now teaching at Midtown Performing Arts Center in Fort Collins, CO. Though most of her vocal training has been from university professors in Musical Theatre and Classical styles, she has a true passion for teaching and performing contemporary music.
“Completing the Voice Teacher Training Program with Justin Stoney has truly been the best decision I've made for my voice studio and singing career. I cannot explain to you how much this knowledge has truly blessed me and caused me to grow.”
Rafael graduated from NYVC and lives and teaches voice in Brooklyn NY. He has been singing and performing in choirs and synagogues from age 9. Rafael specializes in vocal stamina, teaching grade school and singing nights and weekends all while keeping a clear,healthy and strong voice. His favorite teaching styles are middle-eastern,pop,opera and rock. Rafael's passion for teaching and sharp vocal analyzing skills make him a gifted teacher who gets results fast.
Since the colorful walls of pre-school Jonathan Farrington has been singing and performing and now the 25 year old Bahamian artist has made his mark in the industry as one of the vibrant and convicting gospel singers of our time. Known for his warm tone, soul stirring lyrics and authentic riffs, he takes gospel music to a whole new level. The anointing of God which rests heavily on him, allows Jonathan to minister to persons on many different levels through his music, which in their lives being totally transformed.
Confident, vibrant and innovative are just a few words to describe Bahamian Gospel sensation Jonathan “Jonny” Farrington. Passionate about the arts at a young age, he was active in school plays, concerts, musicals and recitals. In 2007 he entered The Bahamas National Arts Festival singing competition and results won the Gospel title for Best Male Vocalist.
At 17 Jonathan joined the Bahamas National Youth Choir, where he received vocal training from director Cleophas Adderley. He also gained a greater appreciation for other genres of music such as jazz, negro spirituals, classical, and reggae. As a member of the choir, Jonathan traveled extensively to the USA, Europe, South Africa and other Caribbean Islands, representing the Bahamas as a cultural ambassador.
After parting from the secular, all-male group “No Way Out”, Jonathan won the popular reality TV show, BTC Starmaker, and was signed as BTC’s first voice spokesperson in 2010. During his transformation from secular to Gospel music, Jonathan realized that he had a higher calling, so he devoted his music as a message of hope that would uplift and transform lives. He had his first gospel concert and after its success within the nation he started his own gospel group called Risen Destiny with friends who were apart of the concert as background singers. However the group only lasted a short time, but during its operation it was very effective and helped to inspire its members to walk into their purpose in God and ministry. Shortly thereafter, Jonathan became a lead vocalist in the Gospel ensemble, “Shaback” the Bahamas’ leading top ensemble.
In 2012, Jonathan hosted his first album release concert featuring Kiera “Kiki” Sheard. There, Jonathan released his first hit radio single entitled “We Need You” from his EP “It’s Time For Me”, produced by Elevation Records. Jonathan continues to enhance his fresh and diverse sound that showcases his love for other genres of music. He does not like to be boxed in and does fit himself into one category of music.
Jonathan currently serves as the senior judge on the popular Bahamian televised singing competition, 242 Untapped which is in its 3rd season. As an entrepreneur he also creates jingles and ads for companies and he also does sing-a-grams for persons celebrating birthdays and anniversaries. He also works with the Elevation Record Label where he produced, arranged and wrote many popular and impactful songs from some of the greatest Bahamian artist of our time. One of which is the heart moving, We Are One Anthem. A song of unity performed by an all star cast of Bahamian gospel artists, which was emotionally penned by Jonathan after the tragic plane crash of Dr. Myles Munroe, his wife Ruth Munroe and other great leaders within our country. Jonathan desire for the song was to remember and honor those that fatally lost their lives in the crash and to also bring about a greater awareness of unity within the Bahamas.
In search of fulfilling his purpose in a greater way, Jonathan began seeking for direction toward new music. He began searching for new background singers, however while in search he started to have visions and dreams of himself leading and singing with other young singers on large platforms. He quickly realized that God was showing him more than just background singers but a new ministry and the new direction he was searching for towards his music. Hence, Grace Generation was conceived, a group of anointed singers and musicians who though faced with struggles in their life, have committed themselves to using their gifting and talents to bring about change in the earth under the leadership of Jonathan. Farrington’s desire through Grace Generation is to inspire and empower this generation to fulfill their purpose in God knowing that a life without purpose is simply death. He is excited about this new mandate and anticipates that God would do some new and amazing things within his career, music ministry and life.
In order to develop his gift and talent and learn more about the field in which he is in, Jonathan recently entered the competition “The Shot”, a mentorship-based vocal talent search focused on providing emerging talent with opportunities for professional development. Jonathan placed 1st runner up in the competition and feels very accomplished.
Cauê Ferreira is one of the most requested vocal coaches of the Brazilian music industry. He is the most popular among the most popular artists.
It prepares the greatest artists of the musical industry, besides attending several renowned actors and the biggest digital influencers of the country.
With clients spread throughout Brazil and around the world, it makes an average of 250 monthly coaches (presences and online), in addition to preparations in the studio, in shows, lectures and workshops.
He has unique techniques that he has developed with his daily practice and that has been giving incredible results.
O Cauê Ferreira é um dos preparadores vocais mais requisitados da industria fonográfica brasileira. Ele é o mais popular entre os artistas mais populares. Trabalha com grandes nomes do Mainstream. Além de atender diversos atores renomados e os maiores influenciadores digitais do país.
Com clientes espalhados pelo Brasil e pelo mundo, faz em média 250 atendimentos mensais (presencias e online), além de preparações em estìdio, em shows, palestras e workshops.
Ele tem técnicas exclusivas que vem desenvolvendo com sua pratica diária e que vem dando resultados incríveis.
Renee Finkelstein “Radharani” is a singer of Indian and World devotional and sacred music. She sings with many other World and New Age artists at festivals through the USA. Her debut album “Just One Drop” was released in 2016 through White Swan Records, a label for yoga-related music, and it is being reviewed in yoga and spiritual magazines world-wide. She specializes teaching music as a personal practice and a tool for healing and upliftment. She also emphasizes the element of musical community through her choir workshops and classes.
Renee graduated with honors from Cornell University in 2002, with coursework in music and the arts. She subsequently spent around 4 years in India studying Indian classical music and Sanskrit along with Indian philosophy. She currently takes people on pilgrimage to sacred sites in India, alongside her teaching and performing.
Renee's voice lessons emphasize the journey of self-discovery. She brings in elements of yoga, meditation and traditional Indian music to her classes. These tools are used to help train the ear, refine the voice, and bring an artist into their authentic self-expression.
Jessica Foster is a New York City-based singer and actress. She has performed in numerous regional professional theatre productions and new works in NYC. She has also worked as a voice-over artist for over ten years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Texas Wesleyan University and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.
Jessica has been involved in several studio recordings and can be heard singing the role of Leah alongside Ramin Karimloo on the Song of Solomon Original Concept Recording by Broadway Records. She worked as a member of Casa Mañana Theatre’s resident company and as a resident musical theatre teacher for the esteemed Casa Performing Arts Conservatory (formerly known as Casa Mañana Theatre School). Jessica also loves regularly leading worship at her church in Manhattan.
Jessica is tremendously thankful to Justin for the wealth of knowledge he generously shared regarding teaching voice in his Voice Teacher Training course. Jessica cares deeply for her voice students and is passionate about guiding singers of all ages to grow in their abilities and increase their confidence and love of singing.
Yurie Fukagawa sings the universal language of music. She is a NYC based singer and composer, originally from Yokohama, Japan. She loves to connect with her listeners through her soothing and passionate voice. Blending a myriad of styles, from classical, pop, jazz and traditional Japanese music, Yurie is a dynamic and convincing storyteller.
In Tokyo, the epicenter for a plethora of artistic endeavors, Yurie joined a J-Pop (Japanese Pop) group, “Don Ultra”, fronting the band as the singer and co-director. E-sum Records (Universal Records Japan) released Don Ultra’s debut single, “Beyond” and “Sora Namida Iro” in 2008. The band released an album “Kyun-Kyoku” the following year. She performed in popular venues throughout Tokyo area, and has appeared in many radio programs.
However, Yurie regarded jazz music as her backbone and she never left it behind. She was accepted to the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and now holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts. She studied with talented musicians from all over the world. Yurie led her quartet for International Jazz Festival in Bern, Switzerland.
Yurie is also passionate about choral music. She became a member of New York Choral Society, and had performed at the prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center Alice Tully Hall, Barclays Center, Madison Square Garden, and many churches and concert halls throughout New York area. She had an opportunity to share stages with Andrea Bocelli, Renee Fleming, Joyce Didonato and Heather Headley.
Through her travels in the U.S. and to other countries, Yurie has found this to be true: “Music really inspires people and uplifts them. Every culture uses music to express emotions. Music is the universal language that we all can understand, no matter what background you are from.” As a performer, Yurie’s goal is connect people from all over the world together with music and singing. To deepen her knowledge on her own instrument, Yurie studied with Justin Stoney of New York Vocal Coaching, and finished a 40 hour teacher training & certification and is excited to share the joy of singing.
Clara Gálvez is a Speech Therapist graduated from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She is also Master in Pathology of the voice and Professional voice from the Universidad de Alcala de Henares (ICH), Madrid.
She works in clinic with Roxana Coll Barragán recognized nationally and internationally for her expertise and her excellent work in the rehabilitation of voice pathologies. They work with all kind of voice disorders with adults and kids, professional voices, speech and feminization of transgender people.
In order to further deepen her expertise as a voice specialist, she's getting individual singing classes by Fernando García Escudero. Fernando has taught singing with a physiological technique (proprioceptive) in order to deepen her knowledge of the voice through singing.
She followed the 10 hours course with Justin with the objective to enlarge her professional knowledge on voice techniques.
Conrad Gayle, born in South London, is an experienced tutor for just over 24 years and a West Midlands based vocal coach and choir director, as well as training individuals and groups all over the country. Mr Gayle passed with distinction, his Certificate in Singing at New College Nottingham in 1996.
His passion for teaching the art of singing developed, which led him to continue his studies in Education, completing a teacher training course the following year and immediately securing part-time employment at the same college. Conrad gained extensive professional experience in tutoring and in lecturing singing classes with an attendance size of 30 individuals with a retention rate of students which had never been seconded within the music department.
All this took place while completing his professional studies with the Institute of Legal Executives at Nottingham Trent University.
Conrad has an extensive background in a vast array of vocal technique. His passion and understanding has allowed him to sing with and train a number of groups, choirs and individuals from around the country and has his sights set on sharing this workable technique across the Atlantic.
This sort after, personable, organised and focussed individual currently coaches two Choirs, sings professionally with his own group, Tutors for Aston Performing Arts Academy, holds bespoke master classes all over the country and intensive vocal classes with planned sessions and holds private sessions for a number of individuals per week. As well as nurturing his 3 Children along with his wife Sarah Gayle, who is also a singer.
Unlike other vocal coaches and voice technicians in England, Conrad has written a choir vocal trainer course for inexperienced contemporary choir leaders and assistants on how to develop voices in their membership. This is a 12-week curriculum which he has delivered to Worksop Community Choir leaders, which will soon be rolled out to other church and community choirs across England.
On a visit to New York USA, Conrad came into contact with the worldwide renown vocal coach, Justin Stoney, which led him to enrol on the New York Vocal Coaching Teacher Training and certification Program. This catapulted him into teaching and singing to a much higher level and his vocal pedagogy skills.
Conrad believes that everyone can sing!! And his motto is ‘Give a note a home’. Once an individual is presented with the skills to produced manageable sound, it then has a home. This is why he welcomes to teach anyone from beginners to professionals and recording artists; which covers all styles of singing such as Pop, Rock,Gospel and Classical.
Without a doubt, everyone that has come in to contact with Conrad’s tutoring has experienced great positive change with their vocals and increased confidence in a short space of time.
Terri Gorgone is a freelance musician and musical director in theatres and venues throughout New York and New Jersey. She has been a music educator for over 25 years. She presently teaches musical theatre at the Cicely L. Tyson School of Performing Arts and is the director and music director of several shows produced throughout the school year. She is currently on the board of The Vanguard Theater Company and serves as the Music Supervisor. She has been the musical director for the Encore Youth Theatre at the New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts and worked as music director and accompanist at NJPAC. She is a graduate of the Crane of Music with Piano Performance concentration and has a Masters degree from NYU in theater. Some of her most recent musical directing credits include: Memphis, Carrie, Sister Act, James And The Giant Peach, The Wiz, Nania, Rent, The Frogs, Hairspray, Shrek, Little Women, Tommy, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Seussical, Honk, 13, Once Upon A Mattress, The Apple Tree, Into The Woods, The Color Purple, Pippin, Songs For A New World, Most Likely To… Senior Superlative, Once On This Island, Joseph, Guys and Dolls, Sleeping Beauty, Gypsy.
Michelle is a dedicated singer with more than twelve years of professional experience. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Musical Theatre from The New School University. She has performed in New York City for seven years as well as across the nation at special events. Theatre Credits include: Come Dance With Me (Soloist), Laundry and Bourbon (Amy Lee), 1776 (Martha Jefferson), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Philia), Fiddler on the Roof (Grandma Tzeitel/Chorus), Annie Get Your Gun (Chorus), Working (Candy Cottingham).
Delaney is a speech-language pathologist based in Buffalo, NY, with a special interest in voice. She took the 40-hour training course to enhance her understanding of vocal pedagogy, and to apply this knowledge while working with singers and other voice professionals.
She completed her bachelor and master of science degrees at SUNY Fredonia, where she initially majored in music as an oboist. She is a singer-songwriter, and has a few studio writing/publishing credits to her name. She co-wrote and performed all vocals on "If You Would" (Spinnin' Records), which reached #1 on the Beatport charts in 2011. It was later released by world renowned DJ Paul Oakenfold on his compilation disc “We Are Planet Perfecto, Vol. 2”.
In addition to the NYVC Teacher Training Course, Delaney has pursued voice certifications and continuing education over the last few years. She has completed training in Myofascial Release for voice and swallowing disorders, and is a provider of SPEAK OUT!, a program designed to preserve the voices of individuals with Parkinson's disease.
Delaney owes a debt of gratitude to Justin and his teachings. He was able to masterfully combine voice science and vocal artistry, which has helped tremendously in her own vocal journey and voice therapy practice.
Daniela Guirola is passionate about the power of music. She is a NYC based singer-songwriter, originally from Guatemala . She loves to connect with her audience with refreshing music with positive messages. Fusing several styles, from pop, reggae, latin, jazz and folk music.
In Guatemala, Daniela has been featured in several TV talk shows and her music is currently sounding in several national radios.
Since she was small, Daniela was passionate about music and singing, studying with various renowned music teachers in Guatemala, and doing her musical training in vocal performance at Nyack College in NYC. She has sing in various venues, including Lincoln Center with the Nyack Jazz Ensemble.
Daniela firmly believes in the power music has to heal and cheer people´s spirit, body and soul. She is currently working on her musical project “Manguito”, in which she wants to deliver innovative, refreshing, and good lyrics to her audience; Music that will enrich people’s lives and journeys.
Music is the universal language of the soul, and Daniela´s mission is to unite people with every/any background or story into loving each other through music. To deepen her knowledge as a teacher and as a singer, Daniela studied with Justin Stoney of New York Vocal Coaching, were she did the 40 hour teacher training & certification. A course that has created a new momentum in her music career as a teacher and as a singer; and has given her the confidence, inspiration and enthusiasm on building a high level music academy in her hometown, Guatemala.
A good music instructor goes beyond just showing a student how to use an instrument -- she also inspires a love and appreciation for music and challenges her students to believe and understand that they, too, can become great! This job is one that Jeseth Griffith does not take lightly and one that humbles her each day. A native of Guyana, South America with an upbringing in Antigua, West Indies, Jeseth's pursuit of a musical education began early in her life. At the age of seven, Jeseth asked the pianist at her church in Antigua to teach her how to play the piano. Since that day, her hunger for learning and experiencing music has never been satisfied. Her family later emigrated and moved to the United States. As she grew, she developed a natural passion for singing, taking every opportunity to exercise that gift, particularly at her church. She would later train with Karen Walker and Venus Asai and credits them both for inspiring her to teach. Her training in those formidable years paid off as she became a young adult. She began a fruitful career as a studio session singer, professional background singer and corporate band frontline performer. Throughout her 10+ year career, she has worked with various artists in the Gospel, Jazz, R&B, and Pop genres, both in recording sessions and in live performances. As a vocalist, Jeseth's professional demeanor and distinct sound breed versatility and make her a true in-demand jewel who stands out among her peers around the world. Currently, Jeseth travels regularly with wedding/corporate event bands in the Southeast and is also a passionate worship leader at Grace Church, Intl in Atlanta, GA.
Through her work in the music industry, Jeseth noticed that not every singer was privy to the type of quality vocal education that she was afforded. In 2010, after graduating with a Social Sciences degree from Kennesaw State University, she decided to put her strong foundation to work by becoming a voice trainer and vocal coach. In 2014, she completed the Vocal Teacher Training Course at New York Vocal Coaching in New York, NY under world renowned voice trainer, Justin Stoney. Employing both passion and education in her approach, Jeseth's goals with each student are to reinforce fundamental concepts and techniques and to inspire them to Confidently Develop Their Unique Singing Voice.
Lina Hager is a Voice and Music Teacher from Sweden. She’s been into music since she was a child, and she was singing in church with her dad. She started with piano lessons and helped out with the local church choir at an early age. As a teenager she was singing in different choirs and after senior high school she decided to study music. She began studying to become a Music Teacher at the Orebro University in Sweden, with singing as her main instrument. For four and a half years she studied music and pedagogy. After Lina got her degree as a Music Teacher she started teaching music at a senior high school in Jonkoping in the south of Sweden. Her subjects include Solo Vocals, Choral Singing and Ensemble. She has also continued to study Voice and has taken courses in Complete Vocal Technique.
As a singer Lina has been touring in Europe with different choirs and bands, among others Bullock Hearts, Praise Unit and Paddington. Lina is often performing with her husband Johannes, who works as a Music Producer. Together they playing in the band Bullock Hearts, which has been played frequently on the radio in Sweden and Finland. Lina has also been recording a lot of background vocals on different records and albums in Sweden.
In 2015 Lina started her own vocal studio, called You’re The Voice, where she teaches students in singing. To help people to find their own voice and expression through singing is a great passion for her, and she loves to inspire people and see them discover the joy in music and singing.
In the spring of 2016 Lina travelled to USA and in New York she met Justin Stoney at the NYVC. She really liked the philosophy, so she decided to attend the Teacher Training Course. The course has been amazing, and a great help for Lina in her profession as a Voice Teacher in Sweden.
Lauren Hall is joyfully beginning her journey into voice teaching. Though she has found her home in more than a few cities and countries throughout the years, she currently lives in Indianapolis.
Before completing the Voice Teacher Training program with Justin Stoney, Lauren attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, and graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts and Music. She then became a member of the Lit Moon Theatre Company, touring with them to Macedonia in 2015 for the Bitola Shakespeare Festival, and acting and directing her heart out before moving to Indianapolis, where she works on more modern pieces with Theatre On The Square. Lauren began taking voice lessons herself as a dreamy teenager, focusing mostly on musical theatre and pop until college, where she primarily studied classical repertoire. These days, she sings folk, rock, and pop songs with her husband, and hopes to expand herself to more soulful style.
Lauren’s vision for her vocal studio is a place where students of all backgrounds can find their own sound, and learn to sing confidently, skillfully, and joyously in a welcoming, rigorous, and lively environment.
Ruti Halvani is an internationally acclaimed singer and teacher based in Israel. She is the head of the Contemporary Music Vocal Department at the Ra'aanana Music Center, one of Israel's leading music education institutes. Before she received this position she was a singing tutor at the Goldsmith College in London University and the director of JMI's Jewish Song School at SOAS London University. The vocal coaching offered by Ruti is complimentary with her work as a life coach, in which she facilitates students' breakthroughs in their career and personal life.
After developing, for 20 years, an internationally acclaimed operatic singing career in Europe, she went on to master contemporary singing styles such as jazz, music theatre, pop, ethnic and Israeli repertoire. Her versatility and excellence as a singer combined with her long experience as a vocal teacher and wicked sense of humor make her a perfect choice for anyone who wants to take their singing to the highest level.
Ruti is the author of "How to choose your singing teacher" book http://www.amazon.com/Ruti-Halvani/e/B009DA5RRE
“Ruti, you gave me courage to sing and helped me open up; you are a wonderful teacher who was always there for me. Through working with you I had the privilege of fulfilling a life time dream - to sing. Thank you” ( A.G, Carmel Women Vocal Group)
“Ruti, thank you for three excellent years of vocal and personal growth. Your genuine interest and understanding of people, for their strengths, weakness and sensitivities are truly remarkable.” Hagit. S – Yoga instructor, Israel
Gregory Harrell has been an Associate Professor of Voice at Baldwin Wallace University since 2014. Before that time, he taught voice at Western Michigan University for eight years. Harrell has completed additional study at Manhattan School of Music’s professional musical theater program, New York University Steinhardt–Langone Voice Center, CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah Conservatory, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, New York's HB Studio, T. Schreiber Studio, and the New York School for Film and Television.
Harrell is an accomplished performer, teacher, and music/vocal director and his private New York City voice studio includes numerous Broadway artists.
As an operatic baritone, Harrell has sung at the New York City Opera, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center′s Avery Fisher Hall, the Kennedy Center, Opera Orchestra of New York, and Washington National Opera. Among his many opera credits are New York City Opera′s productions of Margaret Garner (NY Premiere), La Fanciulla del West, Antony and Cleopatra, I Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana, King Arthur, Ariane et Barbe-Bleue, and Carmina Burana. Select roles performed include Marcello and Schaunard (La Boheme), Sharpless (Madam Butterfly), Gianni Schicchi and Betto (Gianni Schicchi), Silvio (I Pagliacci), Don Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Dr. Falke and Frank (Die Fledermaus), El Dancairo (Carmen), Father (Hansel and Gretel), Dimitri Petrovsky (Chekhov Trilogy – NY Premiere). He has performed as a soloist in Mozart's Requiem, Brahms′ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, Haydn's Mass In Time Of War, Handel's Messiah, and Saint-Saëns′ Christmas Oratorio, and he has given concerts across the U.S. and in Bologna, Florence, and Rimini in Italy.
Harrell′s work also includes film, TV and radio commercials, industrials, tours and numerous musicals and plays. As a musical theater artist, he has performed Off–Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre, York Theatre, Playwright Horizons and The Beckett Theatre as well as the New York Musical Theatre Festival, Joe′s Pub, the Producer′s Club, Don′t Tell Mama, the Duplex Cabaret Theater, and 88′s.
Regionally, Harrell has performed at Seattle′s 5th Avenue Theatre, Helen Hayes Performing Arts Coliseum, Stamford Center for the Arts, Downtown Cabaret Theatre, Seattle′s Civic Light Opera, and the Palace Theater. Favorite theater roles include the Phantom (Yeston′s Phantom), Fred/Petruchio (Kiss Me Kate), Billy Bigelow (Carousel), Lancelot (Camelot), and Jesus and Caiaphas (Jesus Christ Superstar).Harrell has originated the roles of Marquis d'Evremonde (Two Cities – NY Premiere), Nanaka Noru (Hameko & Lulu – NY Premiere), Caleb Proctor (Winter In Paradise – NY Premiere), Spartico and Bruno Cecconi (Bellissima – NY Premiere), King Louis XIV (Liberty Smith – NY Premiere), D.B. Norton (Meet John Doe: The Musical), and Henry Ford and Frank Esty (Dream Mountain – NY Premiere).
Harrell has performed on stage with such remarkable artists as Placido Domingo, Marcello Giordani, Catherine Malfitano, Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann, Patricia Racette, Lauren Flanigan, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Brandon Jovanovich, and Michael Todd Simpson. He has worked with such notable conductors and stage directors as Larry Fuller, Joe Calarco, Steven Crawford, George Manahan, Mark Morris, Jiri Belohlavek, Jane Glover, Anton Coppola, Eve Queler, Leon Botstein, Giovanni Reggioli, Lillian Groag, Italo Marchini, Austin Pendleton, Imre Pallo, Steven Lawless, Charles Prince, David Alden, Andrew Gerle, and Tazewell Thompson.
Harrell′s music theater students have performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in national and international tours, at London′s West End, on network and cable TV, in Las Vegas, on cruise lines, and in regional theatres across the United States.
Harrell is a member of Actors′ Equity Association and American Guild of Musical Artists.
Vicky Hicks is a Vocal Coach located in Strawberry Hill, London.
Training commenced aged 11 with a renowned Opera Singer. Offered a Recording Contract aged 13. Over Ten Years' Training with a West End Singer.
- Trained at Trinity College Of London: Musical Theatre
- Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond Upon Thames
- De Montfort University: BA, Theatre Studies
- Roehamption University; Post Graduate Certificate: Art Therapies
- Greenwich University: PGCE
Vicky is delighted to have studied Vocal Pedagogy Teacher Training at New York Vocal Coaching with Justin Stoney.
- "An Evening At The Musicals" Concert with West End Singers
- Charity Event: Sands, London Victoria
- Faures Requiem, Westminster Cathedral
- Royal Festival Hall
Vicky teaches Pop, Classical, Jazz and Musical Theatre Vocals within schools, local recording studio & a private practice: workshops and one-on-one lessons.
Includes professional singers, who prepare for gigs/recording studio work, beginners with a variety of objectives such as examinations.
Vicky is also passionate about teaching singing within the Special Educational Needs Sector: Sensory Integration & Makaton Trained. Access to lessons are available via an Outreach program. (Funding provided through various pathways).
Also, a Member Of AOTOS (Association of Teachers Of Singing, UK)
Brendan Houdek is a New York City and Long Island-based speech-language pathologist. Brendan holds a Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Hofstra University as well as Bachelor of Arts degrees in Speech Communications and Philosophy/Religious Studies from St. Joseph’s College. A lifelong musician, Brendan’s passions for music and speech naturally led him to focus his therapeutic pursuits toward voice rehabilitation. Brendan believes that the worlds of voice teaching and speech-language pathology can both be greatly enriched by learning from one another. He seeks to close the gap that often exists between vocal science and vocal artistry.
A multi-instrumentalist, Brendan performs regularly in the Long Island area at various venues as well as local churches. He is grateful that he has the opportunity to do so in multiple genres and on a variety of instruments. His musical proficiencies include the voice, guitar, bass, drums, tuba, piano, ukulele, mandolin, and various forms of hand percussion. It brings him great pleasure to be able to use his gifts to lift the spirits of others through music.
Brendan took part in the NYVC Voice Teacher Training under the teaching of Justin Stoney to develop a better understanding of the nuances of the singing voice. In doing so, he has learned valuable information to assist him in his therapeutic endeavors for both singers and speakers alike. The Voice Teacher Training has been the highlight of his career as both a musician and a therapist. He truly cherishes all of the knowledge he has gained from this course.
It is one of Brendan’s greatest joys in life to provide healing to others and give them the gift of the voice. It is his belief that the voice is truly the most personal of instruments, which, if taken away, can be devastating. Brendan has devoted himself to doing all that he can to return this wonderful gift to those who have lost it as well as enhancing the use of the voice in those who wish to strive for vocal excellence.
Charlotte was lucky enough to gain a place at Laine Theatre Arts ,UK, where she studied Dance and Musical theatre for Three years, as well as gaining her Teaching Associates. Straight from college she toured the UK in The Gerswin Musical, Crazy For You, playing the part of Lulu and a Follie Girl. After training in Miami, her next contract was on Board P&O as an aerialist. Throughout her career Charlotte has joined many proffesional cruise companies as a dancer and later as a solo singer. Her next contract was to join The Jean Ryan Company as Vocal Captain. She was then lucky enough to Join the smash hit Musical 'The Producers', written by Mel Brooks. She played Understudy Ulla, Along Peter Kay. Charlotte has been in many adverts, music videos and hair shows. Whilst teaching Performing Arts at Southampton City College, UK, she gained teaching certificates from Royal Academy of Music, DTLLS and Estill voice training.
Charlotte is now looking forward to growing her career as a voice teacher.
Paola is a professional vocalist and singer-songwriter based in Beirut, Lebanon.
She had a big crush on music since her little age. She started exploring her passion at the age of 12 ; she studied guitar lessons at the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music, and three years later, was already the beautiful leading vocalist of a school band, and a songwriter too.
Performing in concerts and events was only the start of a music career, Paola made sure to nourish constantly through ongoing learning and practice. Singing lessons was the next challenge she decided to undertake at the age of 18, while completing her BA in advertising and marketing at Notre Dame University (NDU).
Starting her journey at Lebanon's premier live music venue and one of its trendiest nightlife spots, the Music Hall (Beirut and Dubai), she beautifully performed many music genres varying from 2009 to 2013. It was not too long before renowned venues started hosting Paola for their weddings and events.
Paola has also joined “Heartbeat” in 2013, the humanitarian association that aids children born with heart diseases, contributing in their fundraising concerts and events with her beautiful voice.
She also performed at The Formula1 Abu Dhabi in 2015 and in different others venues in Dubai.
The next step for Paola was the small screen from where she appeared to her audience as a host in famous local TV programs on MTV Lebanon, LBCI Lebanon, MBC Dubai and many others.
Today, Paola and her band captivate the audience with their dazzling show wherever they go, singing for the stars of poprock, reggae, funk and jazz, in English, French, Italian and Spanish. They mainly perform in weddings and events all over the globe.
She is also currently working on her Debut EP that will be released in 2018.
She has always been asked to teach voice lessons so she started assisting her vocal coach and this is when she realized she has a passion for teaching and decided to enroll in the New York Vocal Coaching summer voice teacher training. Justin served as an inspiration for Paola, his teaching had a big impact on her and she learned a lot from him during her stay in New York. The course has been so complete on all levels and she is now ready to start her voice teaching journey!
Sara Jane Isom is currently the Co-Producer and the Artistic Director of the Camp Humphrey’s Theatre in South Korea. Her love for performance and music has spanned most of her life, having discovered her passion for the various art forms at the age of seven.
Sara has performed in, directed, choreographed, and/or musically directed over fifty productions in several states, and three different countries. Some favorites include: Showboat (Magnolia), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), Steal Magnolias (Shelby), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), Spamalot (Lady of Lake), Lucky Stiff (Director/Choreographer), Kiss Me, Kate (Director/ Music Director), Into the Woods Jr. (Choreographer), Oliver (Director), and You Can’t Take it With You (Director).
Her passion for theatre led her to Western Wyoming College where she earned her Associates in Musical Theatre. She then attained her Bachelor’s at Troy University, minoring in both Dance and Business. After, Sara continued her studies at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, also completing the New York Vocal Coaching’s Teacher’s Program with Justin. While completing her studies, she held a position as her church’s Choir Director, and also began teaching voice, her most recent students residing in South Korea.
Sara’s love of music has led her to start her own vocal studio, SJ Vocal Studio, where she teaches a variety of musical styles to students of different levels and ages. She relishes in the opportunity to share her love for the art form, and the opportunity it provides to cultivate the individual’s own unique appreciation and passion for music. When she’s not teaching, she’s a full-time mommy to her precious daughter, Audrey, and also routinely volunteers in her church, and community. She would like to personally thank all our servicemen, and especially, her husband. Thank you for your time and service, and God Bless You!
Matthew Johnson is a singer, actor, and dancer in the Connecticut/New York area, with a focus in musical theatre, operetta, and opera. He has also been teaching private voice lessons for three years and counting.
Since being bitten by the theatre bug in sixth grade, Matthew has performed in over one hundred stage productions. He is thankful to have worked with a large number of diverse directors, cast, and crew members. Most recently, in the summer of 2016, Matthew acted as an intern with Summer Theatre of New Canaan, performing in their childrens’ production of James and the Giant Peach as Ladahlord and their mainstage production of West Side Story as Glad Hand. Through this, he became an EMC with Actors’ Equity.
After becoming hungry for more vocal knowledge, Matthew came across NYVC’s Teacher Training Program and dove in with both feet. Though he graduated with the fall semester of 2016, Matthew believes his learning will never come to an end, and strives to gain more knowledge on the voice each and every day.
As a teacher, Matthew encourages each student’s uniqueness, seeks to inspire confidence, and aims to make lessons full of vocal growth and self discovery.
Sergey is a russian singer-songwriter currently based in Saint-Petersburg.
He was captured by music at the age of fifteen and he was listening to it night and day never thinking of a joy that he might have as a performer or musician until one day a friend of his left an electric guitar at his home.
Since then Sergey became obsessed with creativity powers that musical instrument can give. He started to compose tunes and riffs and also to investigate his time in learning music theory by books. He started to record his first demos using home equipment and though they were terrible he was so excited about a possibility to make records that he picked up learning musical production as well. Later Sergey joined a local band as a guitar player.
In order to improve his musical ear that was sometimes there and sometimes not Sergey started to learn how to sing. He also mentioned that singers are much more admirable by an audience and that they don’t have to carry any heavy things to rehearsals.
Local vocal teachers were very disappointing and Sergey found out that it is more effective to practice singing alone than with person who doesn’t really want to help. He started to watch YouTube channels on singing and soon found the greatest one - New York Vocal Coaching.
After having all the episodes on this channel watched twice he started to feel that he really can make it someday and that practicing singing making him better every day changing the life around like magic. Singing now was the main passion in his life and there wasn’t a day when he wasn’t reading about it or wasn’t practicing it. He started to do yoga and meditation as he realized the role of a good breathing in our life. After having some tough cognitive dissonances that were produced by all the information he got Sergey decided to take 40-Hour Voice Teacher Training & Certification at NYVC to know the whole truth and never to be in doubt again. And now he knows it.
This was a first music related certification in his life.
Aliki Katriou is a Greek-New Zealand singing teacher based in London, UK. She specializes in teaching all types of vocal distortion (rasp, grit, death growl, screams, vocal fry, false cord etc.), with an emphasis on rock & metal genres.
Born and raised in Greece, Aliki worked extensively with voice during her eleven years in an experimental theatre lab. She started classical singing at the age of sixteen and then branched into other vocal techniques after graduating from the London Film Academy. With experience in directing, acting, audition preparation, songwriting and recording, Aliki focuses not only on voice but also on artistic presentation.
Aliki offers in person and Skype lessons through her website and via Rocky Music Studio.
She sings for the band Eight Lives Down.
Mutsuko Kawamoto is a jazz vocalist and educator based in Hiroshima, Japan. Mutsuko’s grandparents were survivors of the atomic bomb that changed so many lives. Her grandfather was a “Shigin Master”, a specialist in a traditional way of reciting Chinese poems.
When she was six years old, Mutsuko's family moved to White Plains, New York. After living in New York for three years, they returned home to Hiroshima. Mutsuko majored in foreign studies at Osaka University and earned a degree in linguistics.
During her university days, Mutsuko started singing in a club band. In 2002, during a short study-abroad stay in New York City, she visited the Village Vanguard and discovered jazz. This experience changed her life, and from that time she knew she wanted to be a jazz singer. With this new passion, she began her career of singing jazz in 2004 in Osaka.
After spending time performing, practicing and gaining experience, Mutsuko took another big step in pursuing her dream: she released her first album, “Muz Quartet.” The album's release in 2008 marked a milestone in her jazz singing career, and she knew that this would be the first of many albums to come. In 2012 she released another album, “Live at Mister Kelly's”, recorded with three legendary musicians: guitarist Kazuhiko Takeda, pianist Satoru Ajimine, and bassist Kousuke Inoue. With such a talented group, she was pleasantly surprised to be chosen “The Best Female Vocalist of 2012” [ by “Jazz Page” ].
In an effort to share her passion for jazz, Mutsuko has started “Jazz Jaken Hiroshima”, a project to promote the local jazz scene, and she holds frequent performances around her hometown. She also does voice training, teaches English pronunciation, and recently achieved a lifelong goal of opening a vocal studio in Hiroshima. Now she teaches not just jazz singers, but pop singers, children and elderly people, and does professional English-Japanese translations. Through years of practice and performance, Mutsuko has developed beautiful expression, natural pronunciation, great technique, and a sense of jazz.
Andy King is a voice teacher, actor, and music director from New York City. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with his Bachelors of Music in Voice Performance and earned his Master's of Music in Music Theatre at The Boston Conservatory.
Andy has been teaching voice for eight years, from the Midwest to the East Coast. Before moving to Boston he was on the adjunct faculty at Iowa Western Community College. In addition to being a private voice instructor at the college, he also created, implemented, and taught a music theatre techniques class. He is currently a private voice teacher in New York City.
As a music director, Andy has played for and conducted Urinetown with the Secret Theater, Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson with 5th Floor Productions and two productions of the new musical Kingdom Come.
Andy has also been active as a professional actor. He spent the last year in the cast of the Camelot National Tour. Other favorite roles include Austin (I Love You Because), Cinderella's Prince (Into The Woods), and Curly (Oklahoma!).
Andy has extensively studied vocal pedagogy with Justin Stoney and has completed certification of Voice Teacher Training at New York Vocal Coaching as well as studied voice with Kevin Wilson at The Boston Conservatory.
Danielle is a singer and voice teacher currently residing in Fayetteville,North Carolina. She first started singing and playing piano at the age of 6.
In her high school years, Danielle accompanied her choir in high school concerts and played piano for her church. She sang in a traveling choir as both a member and soloist, which gave her the opportunity to sing in many cities throughout the world. She has performed in notable venues throughout Europe (Italy, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic), and the East Coast (New Jersey, New York). Danielle has received multiple awards and honors in recognition of her talents. Among other achievements, she was one of only 11 students in New Jersey chosen in the All State Rising Stars Competition, and earned a level 5 distinction from the Royal College Board of Music.
After High School, Danielle went on with a scholarship grant to the Hartt School of Music where she received a B.M. in Vocal Performance and a minor in Italian studies. Throughout college, Danielle studied from renowned voice teachers including seasoned performers of the Metropolitan opera and New York City Opera.
At the Hartt School of Music, Danielle performed in an array of lead and supporting operatic roles which included works by Mozart, Ravel, Gilbert & Sullivan, and Engelbert Humperdink. She also performed with The Boston Longwood opera and had the opportunity to study voice in Northern Italy through the Manhatten School of Music. While in Italy, Danielle undertook an intensive course of study in Italian operatic performance where she refined her musical style, presentation, diction, and her Italian conversation skills.
After College Danielle decided to pursue her love of teaching and completed New York Vocal Coaching's 50-hour Voice Teacher Training Program under the guidance of Justin Stoney.
With the help of New York Vocal Coaching Danielle has learned and is committed to helping her students consolidate ideas about vocal technique, and break down vocal barriers in a supportive and engaging environment. Danielle is also currently a voice student of Justin.
Brian Lin has undergone extensive training with certifications in the Speech Level Singing (SLS)* and New York Vocal Coaching (NYVC)** techniques. He is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).
An avid lover of music, Brian graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.
Brian's teaching style focuses heavily on the intersection of vocal science and artistry. He is also bilingual in Chinese and English and teaches in both languages.
Rachel is a New York based voice teacher who used to only sing in her closet. The path to performing solo in Carnegie Hall was filled with self-exploration and dedicated mentors and teachers. Though singing and music are at the heart of who she is, helping others find their way is what she is most passionate about. She has worked with students who want to improve their voice for their own personal joy as well as with professionals who want to increase their range, stamina and audition abilities. Be it singing on stage, or singing in the shower, she believes having the reliability of a solid technique is what allows students to express themselves exactly how they intend.
In addition to teaching, Rachel has worked as a professional classical singer for over 20 years. During that time, she won national competitions and traveled to Europe to sing with festivals and opera companies. For 15 years she sang as a soloist and core member of The Philadelphia Singers where she worked with world renowned conductors in venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln center. Recently, she has been performing as a jazz singer. She finds that making this transition has only added to her extensive teaching abilities. As a voice teacher, Rachel studied vocal pedagogy at the Mannes College of Music. She also studied under Justin Stoney and completed the NYCC Voice Teacher Training & Certification program.
A New York City based actress, Amy Londyn began performing at the age of three. Since moving to NYC in 2010 she has performed in Manhattan and Brooklyn, produced her own shows and worked in theatre, television and film. She continues to study her craft in classes and private lessons. She is also works as a private Voice Teacher after being a certified thanks to New York Vocal Coaching and the NYVC Voice Teacher Training & Certification program.
Vivianne Aparecida Lopes was born in Canaã, Minas Gerais, Brazil. She is a singer and a teacher, having a degree in Music Education by Ouro Preto Federal University, Brazil, specialization in singing. In this same institution she postgraduated in Culture and Baroque Art. Complemented her studies in Portugal, where she concluded her bachelor degree in Theatrical Singing. Meanwhile, at Catholic University, she took a master degree in Music Teaching and also in Performance, both of them with focus in classical singing techniques. As a sequel, she took a PhD at this same institution, studying curricular differentiation within the context of singing lessons. During this time she also worked as a voice teacher at Vizela Music Academy, in Vizela, Portugal. In 2010, before moving to Portugal, idealized and founded, along with Efraim Rocha, in Mariana, Minas Gerais, Brazil, the Mestre Vicente Ângelo das Mercês Music Conservatoire, in which she still works as a general director. As a singer, she studied with Eliane Fagioli, in Minas Gerais; Susan Waters, in London; António Salgado, Fernanda Correa e Sofia Serra, in Portugal. In New York, she had the opportunity to study Belting with Justin Stoney and the wonderful teachers from the New York Vocal Coaching. She also completed the NYVC Voice Teacher Training and Certification Program, which helped her not only as a voice professional, but in her desire of changing her singing and changing other’s people life through music. Back to Brazil, she has been working as a substitute teacher at Mato Grosso Federal University.
Damaris Lopez-Canales is a NewYork native. She has been singing and performing since the age of 6 starting in her local Boys and Girls Club in the Bronx and then moved to Miami to continue her studies.
She has trained at HB Studios in NYC for Musical Theater and graduated from Fiorello LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts in New York with a vocal performance degree. Damaris also attended the University of Miami School of Music, Musical Theater program. She has been coaching voice since 2001 and is the artistic director for Miami Children's Theater in South Florida since 2004. She has directed over 50 musicals to date. Some of these credits include In the Heights, Little Shop of Horrors,Les Miserables,Aida,Anything Goes, Jekyll and Hyde,Shrek and many more. Her extensive training was based on 10 years of classical,musical theater, pop, R&B and other techniques of singing. As well as acting for the stage and dance. Damaris has performed in several regional theaters and venues throughout South Florida,Arizona,Texas and New York. Some of her performance credits include, Hunchback of Notre Dame,Little Shop Of Horrors, Funny Girl,Evita, Sound of Music and many more. She is the voice instructor and guest teacher at both South Miami Elementary and South Miami Middle School Magnet programs in South Florida for over 10 years. She continues to sing at her local church as a vocalist and choir director. She has completed her 50 hour Voice Teacher Training at New York Vocal Coaching with Justin Stoney and is thrilled to be certified for doing what she loves. Thank you!
Jessica Maroney is a singer-songwriter with her roots firmly planted in New York City. Jessica was born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, NY. Music has always been an integral part of her life. She first started singing at the age of 11 in the local Church Choir and moved on to being a vocal major in Bay Academy in Brooklyn, NY where she was exposed to a lot of soul, funk, and mo-town. After being accepted into Fiorello H. Laguardia for Vocal Performance at the age of 14, Jessica spent 2 years studying classical music in Italian, French, German, and English. She then left to delve deeper into the more therapeutic and spiritual impact of music on people as well as dive into poetry and songwriting. She continued writing until graduation and taught herself piano and guitar as well as percussion. She moved on to study Music Theory at one of the top institutions for music theory - University at Buffalo. Throughout her college years she went deeper into instruments such as guitar, piano, synth, drums and percussion, but voice has always been her main instrument of choice. She has a true passion for writing and integration of different genres and has a very broad understanding of several different styles ranging from pop, rock, soul, blues, jazz, folk, funk, electronic dance music to classical music. Teaching has always been a natural occurrence throughout her career with the people she has worked with and she has a passion for helping other artists as well. She decided to further her understanding of singing and the voice by taking it to the next level by attending New York Vocal Coaching’s Teacher Training Program under the guidance of Justin Stoney. Some students of hers have said that she leaves you with a feeling of accomplishment and breakthrough. Jessica feels her purpose in life is truly to "break through oppression with creative expression" whether it's within or on the exterior and hopes to bring that energy to her students and others alike through her own work and in working with others.
David is a New York based actor, singer, director, and music director who began his studies conducting imaginary orchestras in his family’s kitchen. In pursuit of formal music study, David traveled from his native West Tennessee to Kentucky’s Murray State University. As a Vocal and Academic Scholarship recipient, he trained with Carnegie Hall soloists Dr. Sonya Gabrielle Baker and Dr. Elizabeth Johnson Knight, Baroque and Twentieth Century music specialist Dr. Randall Black, and the Southern Division President of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Dr. Bradley Almquist to earn his BA in Vocal Performance. As a soloist, David has been heard in performing arts centers, churches and theaters across the country, as well as in many of the beautiful cathedrals of England and Ireland. Before being hired to the staff of New York Vocal Coaching, David McCall trained as a voice teacher under Justin Stoney and completed the New York Vocal Coaching 50-hour Teacher Training.
In 2007, David was hired as a resident actor at the renowned Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA. During three years of repertory theatre, David performed in more than 30 professional productions, ranging from leading roles in The Who’s TOMMY and Little Shop of Horrors to acclaimed comic turns in The Foreigner and Bat Boy. A member of Actors Equity Association, David also originated roles in more than twenty new plays, readings, and staged readings by up and coming new playwrights through the annual Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights. Through Barter’s touring branch, The Barter Players, David traveled the east coast from Maine to Florida leading workshops for all ages in voice, acting, improvisation, and movement.
David has been the music director for numerous world premiere musicals and national tours seen by audiences across the Southeast. David’s most recent projects include Catherine Gray’s new work ABE, a biographical play with music depicting Abraham Lincoln’s youth, presidency, and death, for which David lent his skills as composer and choreographer, and All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth by Catherine Bush for which David composed and arranged a "GLEE-esque" finale that received standing ovations at every performance. David’s current project is an original one-man play inspired by Oscar Wilde’s American lecture tour.
David is happiest when he is combining his music skills, love of teaching, and encouraging spirit as a private voice teacher and vocal coach. Like his colleagues at New York Vocal Coaching, David is wholeheartedly committed to helping his students unlock, discover, and free their individual voices in a safe and encouraging environment.
Treshia Mckie is a singer/songwriter and voice teacher that lives and teaches in Brooklyn, NY. From the age of 8 Treshia has embraced her singing ability in church by singing lead on the choir or singing solos and going to different churches with her pastor. As she continued to grow her passion for singing and music grew. Singing became more than a hobby but her life’s goal. Treshia is currently the Minister of Music at her church and leads the choir and Praise & Worship Team. Her goal is to utilize her passion in singing to develop other voices that have gone unforeseen. After completing the NYVC training, Treshia is currently pursuing her degree in Music Technology at City College.
“I believe that singing is a language that all can understand. When a singer connects to a song both technically and emotionally, regardless of your background you will be able to feel and understand that connection. It is my job as a voice teacher to not just train your voice but to train the total package!”
Treshia is the owner of The Levite School of Music, which is a school that specializes in Voice, Keyboard, Drums, and Guitar.
Leyla is an artist, song/writer and certified teacher originally from Switzerland. She graduated from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Musical Theater and The International Dance student program at Broadway Dance Center in New York.
Her current work includes singing, arranging music and recording an album for an independent record label in New York as well as teaching artistic German classes for children using music, theater and arts&crafts.
Leyla loves to inspire and create. She believes that we are meant to follow our heart and chase our dreams. Leyla is dedicated to facilitate a positive and safe space in order to unlock the potential of her students. Music is her passion and she trusts in the healing power of music. Therefore she extended her studies further as a Sound and Music Healing Practitioner as well as Reiki Master.
'Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.' -Plato
Joe is an Egyptian vocalist based in Cairo who has an extensive experience in the “Voice Teaching” field.
His experience increased gradually during the last ten years. It started by being responsible in conducting voice training for choirs. He attended several singing courses with various expert vocal coaches and singing teachers. When he acknowledged his passion and talent in coaching, he started sharpening his knowledge by researches and self-studies for few years. During this period, his one-on-one coaching skills increased significantly and started teaching different singing styles.
His focus mainly is the voice mechanics and his legitimate belief is that the musical scales are caught but proper voice mechanics are taught.
Maria Millet is a singer from Barcelona, Spain. She started studying music, singing and playing piano at a very young age.
After finishing her music studies in Barcelona, her love for music led her to study in New York and Rio de Janeiro, where she specialized in Brazilian popular music. She is also passionate about contemporary and R&B music.
She has performed in many Spanish and Brazilian cities.
Maria is trained by Justin as a voice teacher with the 50 hour Teacher Training Program.
Solmarie is a Preschool Classroom Teacher and Music Teacher in New York city. Her passion for music began in her early lower school years where she began singing in school choirs up until her early teen years. She was chosen to participate in the school talent shows and later. sing the 8th grade graduating class' anthem song.
Along with singing, writing is also one of her passions and talents. Solmarie has won many creative writing awards during her young school years including a creative writing achievement award which included her name being engraved on a plaque in Sacred Heart Middle School in the Bronx. This passion for writing has taken her to write her own music, soon to be released, and write music for her Preschool students concert performances.
During her adult years, Solmarie continues to develop her artistic gifts by taking private voice lessons and studying music at Nyack College. Solmarie considers it a privilege and a blessing to be the Worship Leader and Director of Music in her home church, House of the Almond Tree Church and has traveled to countries like Colombia and Nicaragua with the International Ministry Eagles of Salvation where she has ministered through song in special events and services. Solmarie's passion for worship and how it transforms and heals the soul comes from a very deep and personal journey where God has marked her life. The anointing on her life and ministry are definitely God given and her desire is to impart faithfully what she has been entrusted to the world.
Currently, Solmarie is also the director of New York Performing Arts Conservatory (CNYPAC), where she also teaches voice lessons. After completing the NYVC Teacher Training course, CNYPAC has added a Vocal Coaching Studio where she desires to impact current and future generations through the gifts of music and give students their voice so they may impact the world.
Chris is a professional singer and singing teacher based near London. He graduated from the GSA Conservatoire with a BA (Hons) Degree in Performance. His professional credits include numerous shows in London’s West End, and international tours.
Chris has a great knowledge of many vocal techniques/pedagogies including Speech Level Singing, CVT, and the work of Jo Estill. His passion for singing has lead him to working with the best singing teachers from all over the world.
He completed the Level 2 Estill Course at the Royal Academy of Music, London.
He then went to Italy to attend various masterclasses and work with Brett Manning. Once familiar with Brett’s work, Chris taught a vocal masterclass in Norway with Jason Catron, who is a Master Associate of Brett Manning.
Chris had a breakthrough when he began working with Justin Stoney. Chris found himself singing, and teaching better than ever. He was passionate about furthering his own knowledge, so he then completed the Voice Teacher Training Course.
Chris had the pleasure of writing some of the Daily Vocal Tips for New York Vocal Coaching. He is also delighted to be teaching alongside New York Vocal Coaching’s Julie Reumert, for a week vocal masterclass in Copenhagen.
Chris’s currently teaches singing to students of all levels from beginners to West End Professionals. He continues to love exploring the vocal journey with his mentor Justin Stoney!
Martin Mol is a singer, voice teacher, vocal producer and music director from Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Martin began his musical career as frontman, guitarist and songwriter in various bands. He has also been active as a solo singer/songwriter from an early age. His enthusiasm and interest in providing singing and voice training grew whilst studying to be a performing musician at the Rotterdam Conservatory. The most applied vocal techniques in Europe however appear to be mainly related to genres which unfortunately is at the expense of the authenticity of the vocalist.
After achieving his bachelor diploma at the Rotterdam Conservatory, Martin began his search for a singing technique which was not specifically genre related and one that does not get in the way of the sound and focus of the performer; where the capabilities of the voice can be credible under all circumstances. In order to develop a broader vision Martin decided to look for singing coaches outside of the Netherlands and as such ended up at New York Vocal Coaching. After a number of private lessons with Justin Stoney, Martin decided to sign up for the 50 hour teacher training program with him.
In the Netherlands Martin provides singing coaching and voice training from two locations in Amsterdam and via Skype. Martin works closely together with ENT specialists and speech therapists where there is question of voice restoration (following an operation for example) or after voice problems identified through incorrect voice use. Martin is also a sought after freelance vocal coach for auditions and coaching during singing related television programmes. Martin has been involved with various television programmes such as: The Winner Is… (Dutch and German version), The Voice of Holland, X-Factor and Holland’s’ Got Talent.
Tracie Morris is a poet and performer working in multiple media. She has performed, researched and presented work in 30 countries and has taught in higher education for 20 years. Her experimental sound poetry been presented at numerous institutions, including the Drawing Center, Dia: Chelsea, The Kitchen Performance Space, The Museum of Modern Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Silent Barn, and multiple times at The Whitney Museum (including The Whitney Biennial) Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Dartmouth, MIT, the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton among other esteemed universities and institutions. Morris is the recipient of awards, fellowships, and grants for poetry and performance, including New York Foundation for the Arts, Asian Cultural Council, Franklin Furnace and Creative Capital fellowships as well as residencies at Millay, Yaddo and MacDowell colonies. Her most recent poetry collection, handholding:5 kinds, was published by Kore Press in 2016. Her upcoming fifth poetry collection (also her first collection in French translation) is Poems Selected and New (joca seria, 2017). Tracie is co-editor of Best American Experimental Writing 2016 with Charles Bernstein, published by Wesleyan University Press. She is a former fellow of Creative Writing at the University of Pennsylvania, Cave Canem fellow and a 2018 Master Artist for the Atlantic Center for the Arts . She holds an MFA in poetry from Hunter College and a PhD in Performance Studies from New York University, has studied American acting technique at Michael Howard Studios and classical British acting techniques at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Dr. Morris has taught at many prestigious academies and is the founding Professor and Coordinator of Performance and Performance Studies at Pratt Institute, New York.
Marcelo Saldías O’Hrens is a Chilean Speech and Language Pathologist specialized in voice therapy and voice training. He is been dedicated to the Vocology field, wich has taking him to found and become in the President of the Iberoamerican Vocology Society (Sociedad Iberoamericana de Vocología, SIV).
Marcelo has being certificated on the 3 therapy programs created by Dra. Katherine Verdolini (Lessac-Madsen Resonant Voice Therapy, Casper-Stone Confidential Flow Therapy and Adventures in Voice). In Chile he works at diferent universities as a clinical teacher as well as a researcher (Universidad de Chile, Universidad Sek and Universidad UCINF), being one his personal goals to strengthen the bridge between the voice science and the arts.
Related to arts, Marcelo is a CCM singer (trained in the Alzares Cultural Company) and a singing voice trainer. He has participated in differents musical theater shows. For all of this he decided to take part in the NYVC Voice Teacher Training Program wich helped him to develop a better understanding of the singing voice production and training, clarifying myths and marveling with a new way to see the voice.
Cassie Okenka, originally from Ohio, is a actress and voice teacher currently based in New York City. She has always had music in her life, being involved in the Toledo Opera Youth Chorale and Ohio Music Education Association throughout her childhood. Having played clarinet in the past, her love for music has ascended into adulthood. She became a young actor performing in plays and musicals across Ohio and Michigan.
She has a Bachelor's of Music in Music Theatre from Baldwin Wallace University-Conservatory of Music, furthering her education with the New York Vocal CoachingTeacher training certification. She has been in the Broadway productions of Bonnie And Clyde, along with being part of the Original Cast of The School of Rock. Across the United States, she was seen in The Royal Shakespeare's Company The Wizard of Oz and The First National Tour of Wicked.
In Cassie's vocal studio, she loves giving a positive influence to encourage new and professional singers the confidence and the tools needed to succeed. She holds her student to a high standard while still letting them explore their true selves and the music.
Nicole Vanessa Ortiz is an active working performing artist here in NYC! Her most recent work includes performing as the leading lady in the Off Broadway hit show Spamilton! She is extremely grateful to New York Vocal Coaching for their continued support and for the opportunity to pass down her experience and knowledge to future students.
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Abby Payne is a Brooklyn based musician and teacher. She has been performing and teaching in New York City for more than a decade, having released four albums of her original music (and currently at work on the fifth). She has performed at venues like Rockwood Music Hall, Mercury Lounge, and Joe's Pub, and has written and performed a full length musical ("The Gunfighter Meets His Match"), which continues to grow and evolve.
Payne received a Bachelor of Music from SUNY Purchase, where she majored in Jazz Studies. She has been teaching private voice and piano lessons since then. She is also on the faculty of Church Street School for Music and Art, where she directs both the Southbridge Seniors Chorus and the Battery Park City Adult Chorus.
Emi Pellegrino is a professional vocalist and newly certified voice teacher.
Born and raised in New York, Emi has always been around the music scene. Emi has been training professionally as a vocalist since a very young age and just knew that she needed to turn her talent into something much bigger; a career.
Emi was always the music leader for all of the children in her church and one day she realized, “Hey! I’m pretty good at this teaching thing!” From then on, she set out to learn all there is to know about the voice and singing and how it all worked. She was very interested in studying all that she could and that’s how she came across NYVC.
Emi joined the NYVC Teacher Training course in the summer of 2017 and fell in love with the art and science that went into being the best kind of voice teacher.
Straight out of graduation, Emi has been hired as the lead vocal instructor at Guitar Center in Selden, NY and she couldn’t be happier with where her studies and perseverance has taken her. She is still singing and performing as a solo artist and becoming a voice teacher has helped her to even improve her own singing. Emi says that joining the NYVC Teacher Training course was the best decision she has ever made.
Justin Stoney is absolutely amazing. 2017 was an eye opener year for me, I came to the realization that I needed to develop as a Musician and a long-term Vocal Coach. While browsing the net looking for online classes to take I came across Justin Stoney's New York Vocal Coaching Course. It's one of the best decisions I've made, with no regrets. I have learnt so much, grown so much as an artistic individual. Thanks to Justin Stoney NYVC I'm now equipped with knowledge and certified.
Nate Plummer is a professional actor and voice / acting coach who specializes in musical theatre acting & singing techniques, audition coaching, and working with young children.
Originally from Wisconsin, Nate attended the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and graduated with a Comprehensive Theatre Arts Degree with emphases in Theatre for Youth / Education & Performance. He completed his Theatre Education Internship at Birder Studio of De Pere, WI. Upon graduating he joined the Missoula Children’s Theatre International Tour Project as a Tour Actor & Director where he taught hour-long musical productions to children ages 6 – 18 all over the country. In 2014, Nate joined the resident acting company of the Arkansas Art Center Children’s Theatre in Little Rock, AR where he also served as a lead teaching artist / educational programming advisor.
In 2015, Nate opened “Nate Plummer Acting & Singing Lessons”, an online voice and acting studio that focuses on helping students “open their stage door”. The studio offers lessons in voice, acting, audition preparation, character & song analysis, as well as offering workshops on various topics with nationally known actors, coaches, and music directors.
In the fall of 2016, Nate received his Vocal Coaching / Teaching Certification from the internationally known New York Vocal Coaching under the instruction of Justin Stoney in New York City.
Nate's work as an actor and performer has taken him all over the country - performing in over 25 states. Some of his selected credits include: Raoul in “Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera”, Demetrius in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, George Gibbs in “Our Town”, Green Dog in “Go, Dog. GO!”, Rumpelstiltskin in “Rumpelstiltskin (The Musical)”, The Cat in the Hat in “Seussical”, and Snail in “A Year with Frog and Toad”.
More information about Nate can be found at:
Nicky is a New York based voice teacher, performer and award winning composer. She is a graduate of New York Vocal Coaching's Voice Training and Teacher Certification (40h) under Justin Stoney. She has been privileged to have been mentored by Tony and Grammy award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, In The Heights) and to have worked with musical theatre legend Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell).
Nicky has been teaching for over 10 years both privately and in schools and camps across New York, New Jersey and Toronto, Canada. Her work as a multi faceted artist has given her the unique ability to teach not only with a solid technical foundation but with an eye and ear for telling story through song. She currently works with students of all ages and levels and offers lessons in her home studio in Hudson Heights, New York City or online via Skype.
Nicky is currently a member of the Advanced BMI musical theatre workshop where she was awarded the Jean Banks Award for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theatre. She is the recipient of a 2017 ASCAP Plus Award and her musicals have been nominated for theatre awards across Canada. She has trained in music through the Berklee School of Music, studied voice at the Royal Conservatory of Toronto and is a graduate of Ryerson University's Theatre Acting program.
Nicky’s songs have been showcased at 54 Below, Don't Tell Mama, The Laurie Beechman Theatre and The New York Theatre Barn. She was honored to have written an original song for Colm Wilkinson that was featured in Music of the Night-a tribute to Colm Wilkinson. When not teaching or writing, she is in the voice over world recording commercials, audio books and is the voice of Simply Orange Canada.
Jana Price is 25 years old and has been teaching Applied Voice and Coaching for 6 years and has been singing since she was 3 years old. Born in Inverrary (Lauderhill) Florida, USA - she grew up in Barbados (home of Rihanna).
Jana has shared the stage with Sir Tim Rice (of Lion King, Jesus Christ Superstar & Aladdin fame), at Barbados' Annual Holders Season - her biggest accomplishment to date. Jana is passionate in sharing her experience with others. She has taught many young aspiring singers to reach their goals and build their confidence.
Jana now owns her own vocal studio Mustardseed Vocal School specializing in teaching children ages 6- 16, where she provides an environment where children create and perform together regardless of their skills, talents or special needs. She welcomes children with varying interests, abilities and backgrounds and encourage them to come together and learn the importance of team-work, tolerance and respect. Jana is committed to the individual, watering their seeds of creativity and confidence. Each student is guided and directed according to his/her abilities and gifts - helping each child to become the best that they can be.
THE SINGER DANIELA PUSCEDDU…
Whether backstage or on stage when you meet her for the first time you will experience an authentic, down to earth and adorable singer, that has completely dedicated life to her one and only true obsession: MUSIC! She is a native born italian, currently based in Germany. Blessed with a huge natural talent and a big portion of ambition, she refined her vocal gift and developed as an exceptional professional singer. For more than 17 years Daniela has captivated audiences Europe wide in her own special way. The rise in her career brought her to many top stages, the biggest concert halls and arenas and the most renowned cultural events around the world, where she had the privilage to share the stage with some of the music industry´s top artists.
FROM A SINGER'S DREAM TO A SINGING CAREER…
Daniela grew up in a very musical family where even as a small child she displayed a major interest in music. Her grandfather played the guitar and her uncle played multiple instruments and was a voice teacher, professional pianist and singer all over Europe. Influenced by so much musicality she began singing at the tender age of 5 years old in the homeland of the “Belcanto” (Italy) under her uncle´s tutelage. From this moment on, all she wanted is to become a singer. Her multifacetided voice makes it possible for her to sing many different styles, but Soul, R&B, Jazz and Gospel make her heart beat faster.
ENTERS SUCCESSFULLY IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY…
As the winner of a talent contest, sponsered by one of the biggest radio stations in Germany, she performed at an open air event with an audience of 20.000 people, where she shared the stage with many of the top music artists from Europe. Daniela was recognized more and more in the public eye and in a short period of time a lot of professionals in the music industry wanted to work with her.
LIFE IN THE SPOT LIGHT…
And so the talented singer started touring in England, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Austria, Switzerland, Spain and in the USA. Along with her numourous performances as a solo singer singing; Soul, R&B, Jazz, Pop and Gospel she also toured as a background singer for several major artists. As a background singer she had the honor to appear on many premier live television shows throughout Germany and Italy. She was also a part of the “Soul of MTV-Tour” and Support-Act for the “The Tiger” Tom Jones, the US-Band City High and the soul artist Bilal. Even though she had a lot of engagements as a background singer she never forgot about her own music career. She celebrated her next success as an Opening-Act at a huge concert where many of the european top ten billboard chart leaders performed.
AS A STUDIO SINGER…
Thanks to Daniela´s diverse vocal abilities she also made her impact as a studio singer. She masterfully used her talent to record radio-jingles, corporate songs, diverse cd projects and song-productions. For example, her voice was heard during the closing credits of the popular MTV-Show “Date My Mom”.
HIGHLIGHTS WITH BANDS AND ORCHESTRAS…
As a lead vocalist of different band formations she performed at the world famous Vienna Opera Ball and a vast number of other top-quality gala and ball events Europe wide and shared the stage with showacts such as; Gloria Gaynor, Kim Wilde, Boney M., Andrea Bocelli, The Supremes, Earth, Wind & Fire Experience, The Weather Girls, Bryan Adams and many more.
Daniela achieved everything that she ever dreamed of as a little girl. She has become a professional singer and that still today, is like heaven on earth for her.
From the beginning of her professional singing career Daniela was always fascinated with the voice as an instrument and never left a chance behind to grow as a singer and consistantly polish up her own techniques in breathing, vocals and physical training. Many years of experience as a professional singer, joyfully dealing with lots of individual human beings and many requests have inspired Daniela to teach her craft to other devoted singers and share her passion for music and fascination of the voice with others around the world.
THE NEXT STAGE IN DANIELA´S LIFE…
Along with working on new recordings and show concepts for her live performances, spreading the gift of music has become one of her most important missions. So in 2017, she graduated and became a certified voice teacher from the private educational company New York Vocal Coaching, trained by the Founder and President Justin Stoney himself. That´s another milestone added in her resume and she is overjoyed to hold the NYVC Voice Teacher Training dipolma in her hands and is thankful for the oppurtunity given to her.
She is currently in the process of opening the doors to her own voice studio for singers, ranging from beginner to professional levels.
Daniel Orama is the Founder/Vocal Instructor of THE SCHOOL OF SINGING located in Nassau County Long Island, and New York City. He specializes in training voices for professional performance in Musical Theatre, Commercial Contemporary Music, Classical, Jazz, Audition Preparation, etc. Daniel has brought his students to the stage on Broadway, Off Broadway, and Regional Theatres. His students are accepted to prestigious music colleges with healthy scholarships. Daniel holds a B.A. with Empire State College and has studied at The New England Conservatory. Daniel has studied with numerous voice professionals throughout the United States, his most recent training is with Justin Stoney at New York Vocal Coaching's voice teacher training program.
Daniel is a highly sought after industry professional in voice instruction, especially in the art of breathing. He is an accomplished vocalist, performer, composer, People of Godspell Producer, produced and directed Esther the Musical. Currently, Daniel is producing his musical rendition of “A Christmas Carol” and writing another new musical debut release 2016. He is the founder of The School of Singing and Orama Theatrical Enterprises. Daniel’s first musical based upon a Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”, will have it's NYC debut December 4, 2015 at The Davenport Theatre. For more information on Daniel’s expertise visit www.theschoolofsinging.com.
Samyukta was trained in classical South Indian vocal music starting at age 8. She had begun singing in the South Indian music circuit by age 13, and a just a few years later had given invited solo concerts at a number of historic venues across the region. Since then, her experience as a classical Indian singer has been bolstered by an active performance career that included several cities in South Africa and the United States.
While she was a graduate student at Columbia, Samyukta had the chance to collaborate with and learn from some of the amazing talent the New York City has to offer. She has found herself thriving in this nexus of different musical styles, ranging from classical South Indian to out-and-out rock. In recent summers she's worked and performed with her band Electrik Buddha (www.electrikbuddha.com) here in the city. Staying true to her roots, she spends the Carnatic music season performing back in India.
Samyukta came to New York Vocal Coaching to learn how to incorporate vocal technique in to her own style of singing and to begin a career as a vocal teacher of Carnatic Music. She is excited to share what she has learned with students, in India, the United States, and thanks to modern technology, all across the world. Her belief is that modern developments in western vocal techniques as taught by New York Vocal Coaching can be effectively adapted and brought into the realm of Carnatic music. Crucial advancements in technique, she believes, will bring increased longevity, stamina, quality, and vocal awareness, to what has been an art form that has been primarily taught "by feel". She is happy to work with a range of singers, from professionals, recreational singers to young children.
Julie Reumert is a New York based teacher and singer. She specializes in opera, classical singing, musical theater and pop.
As Denmark’s biggest opera star, Julie Reumert has sustained national and international acclaim over the past five years.
Julie has received internationally and nationally recognized awards for excellence in her field and has performed a leading role in distinguished opera houses all over the world. Throughout her young career, Julie has won numerous prestigious and nationally recognized awards for her talent.
Julie’s professional work have been written about extensively and in major media around the world. She has been written about both in publications well known inside opera circles and in major national and international media with general audiences. Notably, Julie and her work have been featured in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Vogue Magazine, and in all major Danish newspapers, magazines, and online publications.
Julie has consistently been chosen by distinguished opera houses across the globe to fill leading roles in their operas. Ms. Reumert Haagensen has repeatedly had leading roles and featured solo parts in music venues that are well-known and highly regarded both in informed opera circles and the general public, such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.
Julie has been Gretel in “Hansel and Gretel” at the New York Lyric Opera, Amor in “the Coronation of Poppea” at Lincoln Center, “Kate Pinkerton” in Madame Butterfly at Carnegie Hall, Eurydice in “Orfeo and Eurydice” at the Opera of Fyen in Denmark, Venus in “the Judgment of Paris” at the Manhattan School of Music, and Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet” at La Lingua Della Lyrica in Italy.
She has also performed as the lead soprano and soloist in performances around the world—in Julliard's Bach Opera in New York, the Orchestra of Etat's Opera Concert in Denmark, Hungary and Mexico.
On account of her many leading roles Julie also performed at the TEDxEast conferences in New York City. TEDx conferences are part of TED, an important nonprofit organization devoted to “ideas worth spreading.”
Julie Reumert is trained by Justin Stoney and completed the New York Vocal Coaching 50-hour Teacher Training.
Michael is a voice teacher located in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom. He has always been interested in music and sound, with musical inspirations mainly residing in musical theatre, rock, and film; however he enjoys a wide range of genres from pop all the way to classical. Highly musical he has studied cello, music theory, piano, singing, and continues to develop his vocal capabilities and skill as a pianist.
Sounds of the voice have always inspired him. Over the years this fascination has only grown; specifically in regards to how all sounds of the voice are created and how others, including himself, can make them. As a result he has gained expertise in vocal technique across all styles through personal study, and most notably by training under his voice teacher Justin Stoney of New York Vocal Coaching with whom he continues to study and has also completed Justin's 40-hour Voice Teacher Training & Certification.
Michael’s teaching is built upon the foundation that nearly all sounds of the voice can be created by anyone and that a person can achieve much more with their voice than first imagined. Making a point to not label singers; as in, not labelling voices as low/high, powerful/soft, contemporary/operatic (etc.). He believes every voice is capable of an extremely wide spectrum of sounds.
Michael trains people to sing how they have always wanted to sing and is in love with that process.
Travis Rivera specializes in gospel, pop, contemporary and R&B. He has extensive experience in music ministry.
Travis found his calling early in life. At the tender age of 8, he began singing and playing piano, and quickly became involved with the band and choir at school and in church. He progressed to directing church choirs and leading worship by age 10.
Travis was active in high school musicals and plays, and was a member of a chamber singing group. This select group was privileged to perform at various 9-11 memorials in NYC, as well as St. Patricks’ cathedral on many occasions.
Travis attended the Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas where he studied music ministry and underwent vocal training with Dr. Lana Ness of the Dallas opera. At CFNI, he pursued studies in contemporary, gospel and pop music and had the opportunity to be involved in the live CD recording, “The Great Exchange.” During this time, Travis was a band director and worship leader at a local church. It was at this point that he felt the calling to teach, and it has since become his passion. Travis began his own vocal studio in Long Island in 2009.
After returning to New York, Travis continued his studies at Nyack College NYC, pursuing his S.M.B., Sacred Music Bachelor. There he majored in voice and also studied jazz and contemporary keyboard. He sang in chorale and chamber singers, was the worship leader for 4 years for chapel and performed at Carnegie Hall, New York Public Library and Calvary Baptist Church. Travis continues to be a valuable member of his church in Lindenhurst, New York where he serves as a member of the church’s worship group and choir director.
Travis' passion to teach voice led him to train as a voice teacher under Justin Stoney where he completed the 50 hour Teacher Training Program through New York Vocal Coaching and recently joined the staff.
“I have ministered in music all around NYC and Long Island at churches of different denominations. I have a heart and passion to teach music from all different styles and backgrounds. I am excited to be part of such a great studio and look forward to working with all my students and seeing them become all they were made to be.”
Juanita is a Canadian voice teacher and worship leader. She is passionate about all things music and experiences so much joy when she is able to sing. Juanita has been singing for years, but it wasn’t until she had an opportunity to take private lessons from a very gifted teacher that she learned that she wasn’t just stuck with the vocal range or tone that she had. Because she felt such growth and vocal freedom with the new tools she learned, she knew she wanted this for every singer. It was because of this that she pursued training to become a vocal teacher and vocal coach.
Juanita has a passion to equip singers to become the vocalists they’ve always hoped they could be.
Juanita is always excited to work with new students who would like to grow as vocalists. If you would like to work with Juanita, please feel free to visit her studio website at www.jrvocals.com
Emile Rocha is a Brazilian speech therapist and vocal coach for renowned Brazilian singers, including some vocal athletes from the carnival in Bahia. She holds a B.S. (2005) in Speech-Language Pathology from the State University of Bahia (Uneb) and a Master's (2015) in Health, Environment and Work from the Federal University of Bahia in Salvador, Brazil. She is a Voice Specialist and board certified by the Brazilian Federal Council of Speech Therapy (2006) and holds a Certificate (2008) in Vocology from the University of Iowa and The National Center for Voice and Speech in Denver, Colorado. As a clinical speech pathologist, Emile teaches numerous university courses at the Metropolitan Union for Education and Culture (Unime) in Lauro de Freitas, Bahia, and is a clinical professor at the State University of Bahia (Uneb). Out of the academia, she acts as a consultant and provides professional voice counseling services to several patients.
Jessie is a voice teacher, singer, choreographer, director, and performer with over twenty years of teaching and performing experience located in the Twin Cities, MN, US area. Jessie teaches private lessons, vocal workshops, masterclasses and performance groups out of her home studio and via Skype to students around the world.
Jessie is committed to the possibility of everyone knowing the power of their own authentic voice. Through vocal exercises tailored specifically toward each individual and expertly chosen repertoire, Jessie facilitates lessons that make a difference for all students no matter what genre they choose to study. Her teaching supports classical, choral, pop, gospel, rock, jazz, musical theatre, folk, world, singer/songwriter, and opera styles. Young singers, especially those with changing voices, not so young singers, beginners and professionals, have found strength and confidence in their voices while working with Jessie.
Jessie studied at Luther College, Cardinal Stritch University, and is a graduate of New York Vocal Coaching's Teacher Training program. As a lifelong learner, Jessie was delighted to learn of Justin Stoney’s Teacher Training Program. Justin’s educational philosophy, expert knowledge of every aspect of vocal training, and joy for his craft is a clear match for vocalists and teachers who strive to continually hone their skills in order to meet the needs of a diverse student base. Jessie extends this education to her students, sings with area choirs, facilitates and attends workshops for teachers, and continues to seek out and apply best practices tailored to each student. As a member of The Voice Foundation, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Music Teachers Association, Minnesota Music Teachers Association, and Minnesota River Valley Music Teachers Association, Jessie is able to provide recital and competition opportunities for all students. Join us at Midwest Vocal Academy and realize the power of your authentic voice.
Lacy Rose is a lyric poet, classically trained vocalist, composer, performer, and voice teacher living in New York City. In addition to frequently singing time worn music, she also performs her own compositions: modern day art songs regaling listeners with tales of magic, myth, tragic and eternal love. As an actress she has performed such roles as Mooncat in Mac Wellman's The Offending Gesture at The Connelly Theater and Pregnant Goth Girl in Pedro Reyes’ immersive theater piece Doomocracy. As a collaborator she creates and performs original works with such artists as composer and poet Alaina Ferris, dancer and choreographer Coco Karol, and classical guitarist Colin Fullerton. As a theater composer, Lacy Rose has composed for projects such as Harunalee's Memory Palace at La MaMa, and Nadja Leonard-Hooper's Vera and Valya and the Magical One Cat Circus. As a lyric poet, she recently composed a song cycle entitled Songs of Remembering and Forgetting which follows the transformational journey of Molpe, the siren of music and Ariadne, protectress of the labyrinth. She is currently working on a three movement EP entitled Mizzi which explores the inner life and personhood of Gustav Klimt's muse, Maria Zimmerman.
In addition to being an active performer and composer, Lacy Rose has been a voice teacher for many years, teaching voice, piano, and songwriting. She recently received her vocal training certification from New York Vocal Coaching and found her training with Justin Stoney to be a completely life changing and inspiring experience. She continues to study voice with Justin Stoney and is so grateful for her lessons with him as every one is a profound discovery of both artistry and technique!
Music changed my life since I was 10. My parents gave me an electric guitar and I got to channel my raw energies through it. Little did I know then that music was gonna be part of my everyday life, in the ups and downs…
After graduating Berklee College of Music and studying piano, guitar, songwriting, and music business with the most amazing musicians and friends, I worked as TV Producer in Miami and Mexico, then as member of the band Numasbala in NYC, then as founder of the music project “Manguito” in Guatemala, yet what remained constant those years was my passion to share and teach music to others, whether in a classroom, in a birthday celebration, or even in a hospital…
In struggling with developing my own voice as singer, I kept searching and searching, studying and struggling, until I found Justin Stoney and NYVC. This experience has changed my life as a person, musician, and teacher, and I am now living, sharing, and teaching in my beautiful home country: Guatemala (you are invited to come!).
And now I’m working on new music that searches deeply into Beauty, Truth, and Goodness, and to discover other people through music.
“To sing is to pray twice”
St. Augustine of Canterbury
“As long as my heart beats rhythmically and my voice sings melodically,
then my soul shall speak musically.”
Dorothy Savage is a vocalist and Equity actress currently residing in her home town of Fairhope, Al. After completing her Bachelors in Vocal Performance, Dorothy went on to continue work on her craft in New York in acting and voice with private study.
Dorothy has performed in regional theaters along the East Coast as well as in the South with some of her favorite rolls being Nellie in South Pacific, Shelby in Steel Magnolias and Mayzie in Seussical.
Dorothy has had the opportunity to work in not only the theatre medium but also has done work in independent film and TV.
Dorothy has recorded and released two contemporary Christian albums and has had the opportunity to tour and perform for audiences throughout the south, in Ohio, and also Baltimore. Dorothy's song ‘Finder of the Lost’ from her album Glorious Mess, received national radio play and recognition with the nations largest most recognized inspirational stations, K-Love.
After taking time to begin her most important accomplishment yet by having her two children Honor Blue and Ever Brave, Dorothy is finding perhaps her greatest professional satisfaction yet in bringing the techniques and approaches she has learned through years of study and most notably with Justin Stoney and the staff at New York Vocal Coaching to eager students locally.
Dorothy has found a new passion for bringing her experiences and techniques from her New York study to the local person who has the same hunger to grow and improve as a performer be it for personal reasons or professional. I have been so blessed to learn and study my craft and perform in wonderful places around the country. To be able to bring those experiences and techniques back to my home town is pure joy.
Vanessa, better known as “Nessi” is german singer-songwriter, currently based in Berlin.
She left her hometown of Hamburg at the age of 19 and headed to Berlin, where she began to write and create her music, inspired by the likes of the National, Matt Berninger, and Elliott Smith.
Nessi's earlier work was strictly solo, and she relied on the strums of an acoustic guitar alongside her engaging vocals on a self-released EP,which displayed her raw talent and songwriting ability.
It didn't take long for her to find the right musicians to work on a full length album, which she released in 2015. She's played very successful tours and over 100 shows with bands like Take That, Jessie J, James Morrisson, Babyshambles, Manic Street Preachers and others. In 2016 Nessi won the Berlin cultural award for “Best newcomer singer songwriter”. She is currently working on her second full length record while teaching privately and using the skills she's learned in the Voice Teacher Training at NYVC.
Apart from working on her own next release she is also involved in co-writings and advertising work all across Europe.
Kyleen is a singer and actress who is thrilled to begin her journey as a voice teacher. Currently a resident of Philadelphia, she is a graduate of Temple University and has studied voice since the age of 12.
From Musical Theater to Soul to Rock...you name it and she’s performed it. Her mission as a voice teacher is to not only get her students to OWN their vocal technique, but to also OWN the platform they’re performing on. As a vibrant performer, Kyleen is passionate about developing bold, confident performing artists.
As a performer, she has gained a respectable reputation as an entertainer in and around Philadelphia, and has made appearances in a number of local theater productions: the world-premiere musical Touchtones at Arden Theatre Co., Lizzie at City Theatre Co.,
Cabaret at Wilmington Drama Leauge, HAIR at 11th Hour Theatre Co. and City Theatre Co., to name a few.
In addition to theater, Kyleen has also rocked several stages around Pennsylvania: WAWA Welcome America, Warmdaddy’s, Long’s Park Amphitheater, as well as a ton of other regional venues as she performs frequently as a lead singer under the EBE Events & Entertainment group.
Shégun is a gifted musician who has been around music circles for a while. His first dose of the spotlight came while he was a lead vocalist at Winners Chapel, Kubwa, Abuja, and Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA). He is particularly known for his tonal quality and precision vocal gymnastics. He is the first African to pass through the prestigious New York Vocal Coaching course.
Shégun is also a fantastic bass guitarist, and with his tools of music he tutors and is seen as mentor to many including the National Christian Corpers’ Fellowship (NCCF) Lagos choir and Daystar Youth Fellowship choir. He currently serves at Daystar Christian Centre, Lagos and has had the opportunity to minister in different parts of Nigeria. His newest project - The Voice Planet - is a unique outfit dedicated to grooming vocalists to the professional use of talents. The Voice Planet is poised to produce some of Nigeria's best singers yet.
His single, “You are God”, continues to enjoy favourable reviews across the entertainment industry.
Jonathan L. Segal is a "Musicality teacher". As a voice teacher and coach, he specializes in jazz, broadway, and pop. He is a pianist, singer, entertainer, songwriter, author, and music educator. He’s had a diverse career. He has written music for television, including themes and songs for "Monday Night Football", "Another World", "Mighty Mouse, the New Adventures", and "One Life To Live" (for which he received an Emmy-nomination). He has starred in theatrical tours of Broadway shows ("Pump Boys & Dinettes"), music-directed on TV ("Afterdrive" starring Denis Leary, two Tom Brokaw specials), accompanied a number of music greats (Chuck Berry, Dizzy Gillespie), entertained as a singer/pianist at approximately one-thousand private events (events for Broadway’s Tony Awards, the British Consulate, Al Gore, Mayor Bloomberg, The Discovery Channel, many major corporations), concertized ("The Great American Songbook on the Jazzy Side") played jazz in Tokyo, worked in industrial theater for many more corporations, music directed off-Broadway ("Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah") and worked on Broadway (teaching the Von Trapp children their songs for “Sound Of Music” and playing in The Radio City Music Hall Pit Orchestra).
He has been a blue ribbon judge at the Emmy Awards, and appeared in Who’s Who in Entertainment and Who’s Who in Emerging American Leaders. He has acted in film ("Baby It’s You") and on radio. His novel, "The Disharmonic Misadventures of David Stein" is a funny, far-out jazz mystery. He has written the lyrics, music and book to a new musical, "Space Vacation", and has put out an album of his jazzy/funny songs and another of his country songs written with Christine Asero. Jonathan has been the middle school chorus director at Trevor Day School, the music specialist at Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan and PS6, and music director at Crane Lake Camp and for the Summer Stock musical theater camp at the JCC in Manhattan. He teaches piano privately and coaches singers. Jonathan is thrilled to have taken New York Vocal Coaching's "Voice Training and Teacher Certification" course with Justin Stoney.
Joseph M. Smith is a voice teacher, singer, songwriter and currently the Minister of Music at the Lamb’s Church of Manhattan. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Joseph has always been involved in music. He began taking piano lessons at the age of 8 and started singing at the age of 10 at his former church, The Brooklyn Tabernacle.
While singing at the Brooklyn Tabernacle, Mr. Smith has had the opportunity to sing back up for artist such as Cece Winans and Anthony Evans. He was also a member of the youth choir for many years and a worship leader for the children and youth ministry. Joseph had the privilege to sing with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir during the 2nd inauguration of President Obama.
Mr. Smith graduated from Nyack College with his Bachelors of Sacred Music, with an emphasis on vocal performance. During his time there, he was a member of the chamber singers, chorale, opera theater workshop, and the jazz ensemble. Joseph was also the worship leader for chapel services for 4 years in the Manhattan Campus. Joseph was involved in many ensemble tours including on the East coast, Mid-West and Puerto Rico.
During his collegiate years, Joseph had the opportunity to sing in Carnegie hall, Calvary Baptist Church, and as a member of the chorus for the production of “Philharmonic 360” in the Park Avenue Armory.
Desiring to become a voice teacher, Joseph was recommend to take the voice teacher certification from NYVC. After completing his 40-hour Teacher Training Program with Justin Stoney, Joseph opened his own studio and has begun teaching voice immediately in his hometown of Brooklyn and on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Mr. Smith’s motto is:
“Do you think you can sing? Let me make you a believer! Join me at J.M. Smith Vocal Studio and let US discover YOUR voice together.”
After graduating from the Melba Conservatorium of Music in 2007 with a major in classical voice, Tania has become a sought after voice teacher, performance and accent coach and choral director. Tania has trained internationally with Kristen Linklater in Scotland (2016) and at the NYVC in New York (2017) as well as postgraduate studies in actor voice training at the VCA (2013) and NIDA (2012.) Tania has studied America accents with Hollywood Speak in Sydney and has also undertaken Estill Voice Training. She was recently a delegate at the International Congress of Voice Teachers in Stockholm, Sweden and at the Australian Voice Associations ‘Science of the Singing Voice’ in Brisbane. As a performer Tania enjoys cabaret and recital work across many genres and as a Vocal Director she has worked on Sweet Charity, Cats, Les Miserable, My Fair Lady, Miss Saigon, Company, All Shook Up, Evita, Big Fish, Guys and Dolls and most recently Heathers. Tania teaches voice privately and in schools and is at the helm of several secondary school choirs and vocal ensembles, she is an active member of ANATS, NATS, VASTA and the AVA.
Carla Stickler is a New York City based actress and voice teacher. She has performed the role of Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway and theaters throughout the United States. She has toured both nationally and internationally throughout Canada and Asia with multiple shows.
Having grown up in her Grandmother's voice studio in the Fine Arts Building in Chicago, she was originally trained in a traditional bel canto style of singing and spent many of her early years studying classical music. She sang in a Children's Choir from an early age, and the spent her summers and senior year of high school studying musical theatre and opera at Interlochen Arts Camp and Academy. Carla trained for a year in Opera at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music before undergoing surgery for a cyst on her vocal chords. This traumatic event has shaped who she has become as a singer and teacher. Shifting her focus to musical theatre and regaining the confidence to sing was a long battle that has given her the strength to be the kind of singer she is today and has inspired her teaching immensely. Having successfully made the shift to musical theatre and learning how to belt, Carla loves working with opera singers who are trying to create that Broadway sound in a healthy manner. However, her voice studio is currently comprised of students from all walks of life ranging from ages 9-65. She truly believes anyone can sing and loves guiding her students through this journey of discovering their true potential.
She holds a BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and is currently working toward her Masters in Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities at NYU's Steinhardt School of Education. She works closely with the Educational Theatre Association creating and performing in concerts with high school students from around the country to raise scholarships for students in theatre. She attends the International Thespian Festival every summer to teach workshops in musical theatre and judge musical theatre competitions. She is honored to have participated in the New York Vocal Coaching 40-hour Teacher Training last spring. Justin Stoney has blown her away with his knowledge of the human voice and changed her own views on how we should train singers to sing.
Carrisa Sukboriboon is a vocal teacher, singer/songwriter and actor based in Portland, OR. Carrisa is originally from St. Louis, MO. She has traveled around the US teaching theatre to elementary school children. Carrisa is currently a teaching artist with Kaiser Permanent's Educational Theater Program in collaboration with Oregon Children's Theatre.
Cheryl Tan is a voice teacher, vocalist and professional actor currently working in Singapore and Malaysia.
At the time of writing she is playing the lead in landmark Singaporean musical Beauty World, and will be directing her first musical in Kuala Lumpur at the end of 2015. Next year she will direct a mini-musical anthology and co-write a new original musical as well as perform and teach.
Cheryl began dabbling in voice teaching at 14, forming a choir from her friends in school. She taught choirs through her university life and coached college productions of Sweeney Todd, Sunday In The Park With George and Into The Woods as well as her senior recital, The Old Maid And The Thief.
At home she has taught privately and in special workshops for private and international schools. In the two months since completing NYVC’s teacher-training she has acquired 10 new students and begun her teaching studio, Voice KL. Former and current students have starred in musicals locally.
André is a vocal coach based out of Eastern North Carolina! He has been a singer his whole life. Whether he was at church leading worship, at school singing in chamber choir or just at home doing everyday things, you could always catch him singing! André had plenty of experience with performance and using his voice but teaching voice was a space of music he had never walked into. Fortunately, he had the amazing opportunity to learn and grow as a teacher under the leadership of Justin Stoney at NYVC! It has truly pushed André to move forward with sharing the gift of music with others and now he has people seeking his help to build their vocal skills!
Artist and vocal instructor, Montez Terrell, hails from the city of Nashville where he honed his craft and artistry by undergoing artist development and vocal conditioning training from Bravo Voice Studios. It is here in Music City where Montez wrote, recorded, and performed on many of Nashville's legendary stages including the Hard Rock Cafe and the Grand Ole Opry. He specializes in contemporary R&B, Neo-Soul, and Jazz.
Helping youth, who also share the love of music, is one of his biggest passions. In pursuit of this vision, Montez has spent time teaching songwriting camps to the talented youth of Nashville.
Continuing to merge his love for teaching and passion for music, he joined the Murfreesboro Voice Lessons team in 2014 as a voice instructor. It was here that Montez spent time tailoring voice lessons for each of his passionate and thriving singers. Montez currently teaches at Cardon Studios in Washington, DC where shares his love for the art of music with those who embody a similar desire and passion.
Nitya Thomas is an Inspirational Singer, Song-writer and Voice Teacher based in New York City. Classically trained in Vocal Performance at the Mannes College of Music, she has been singing and playing piano since the age of six. She is deeply passionate about Sacred and Inspirational music and currently is the soloist at the prestigious First Church of Christ, Scientist, Lincoln Centre in Manhattan. In 2014, Nitya released a 3 song Inspirational Music EP called Awakenings, showcasing her vocal talents as a classical crossover artist with a pop edge. Produced and orchestrated by Peter Link, this album also marked Nitya’s debut as a song-writer and composer.
Nitya began teaching Voice after completing the 3-month Intensive Voice Teacher Training in 2016. Years of musical training, curiosity about vocal technique and now a solid understanding of the mechanics of the voice, enable her to work with students of all ages, across all genres and styles. Nitya is passionate about the transformative role that the Arts can play in developing character and providing life-skills, as she has experienced with her own life.
Nitya also holds a Bachelor Degree in Mathematics and Economics from the London School of Economics & Political Science, and worked for several years in the Investment Banking world before moving to New York City to pursue a career in Music.
Rachel Sarah Thomas is a teaching artist with ten years of performing and recording experience in the contemporary, pop, and radio jingle arenas. She studied in the classical voice program with Luretta Bybee at the University of Michigan and Alexander Technique with Mary Jean Allen (What Every Singer Needs To Know About The Body). After studying classically, she shifted her focus to contemporary music and original composition. In her recordings she has worked with Grammy Winners Tha Bizness, internationally renowned rapper Talib Kweli and producer Thelonius Martin. She has songs licensed by the Adult Swim programming block on Cartoon Network, the Wrigley Corporation, indie hit film Henry Gambles Birthday Party, and television series Twenty-Fiveish. She has performed as a supporting artist for Femi Kuti, Thievery Corporation, and K. Flay. She also works with Starbeat Studios in Deerfield, Il lending her voiceover and writing skills to various nationally and regionally syndicated jingles including Celebrity Scoop for WGN radio, American Weather-makers, and Tri-State Carpet and Floor.
She believes in empowering her students with impeccable technique and coaching them in the stylized and emotional realm of contemporary performance to create formidable singers. She teaches each student the WHY behind each exercise so the student gains a deeper understanding of their own voice. In addition to foundational vocal technique and performance skills, she likes to expand her students vocal vocabulary by having them explore treatments and executions they might not be used to. Riffs, Scatting, Melodic and Rhythmic Improvisation as well as Vocal Tone play are all explored, obviously catering to the style and genre preferred by the student. She is taking students of all ages, and is happy to accept vocalists who want to work on writing their own songs, helping them achieve their desired vocal sound and preparing them for the studio process. She coaches singers prepping for auditions and performances, and helps students who just want to KILL IT on karaoke night gain vocal confidence. She’s excited to teach you!
Adriana is a voice teacher from Albuquerque, New Mexico who enjoys sharing the magic of music with her students. She has lived throughout Europe, and speaks fluent Spanish.
Adriana has been studying music since she was a child, and started with piano before moving onto voice. She is a classically trained singer, although she enjoys singing other genres as well, such as jazz and R&B. She teaches all genres from contemporary to classical.
Adriana is a kind and compassionate person who is passionate about voice, and she feels that it is her purpose to share that with others.
Genevieve's rich musical life began with the piano. She is a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music in piano performance. She has qualified as a semi finalist for the National Piano & Violin Competition in Singapore twice, performed in several masterclasses as well as piano recitals at Alliance Francaise Singapore and the Singapore Esplanade Recital Studio. Genevieve has taught piano and music since 1999 and has extensive experience accumulated from her careful and dedicated education of countless students, especially youths and children, and not excluding adults. In addition to being an accomplished pianist, teacher and accompanist, Genevieve is also an enthusiastic and joyful singer. Since relocating to New York City, Genevieve has emerged as a voice teacher after having completed a comprehensive teacher training program of study with New York Vocal Coaching under the invaluable mentorship of Justin Stoney, with whom she still continues to be tutored by. She currently teaches singing and piano privately from her home in Brooklyn, New York. Genevieve truly enjoys educating and journeying with the people who are under her care and instruction.
A native of Bangkok, Thailand, Padcha began singing nearly eight years ago because she needed “voice training” for her news career. Little did she know then that singing, and now teaching voice, would become something she cannot imagine living without. Before New York, Padcha studied voice under leading teachers in Thailand and, in October 2013, journeyed to New York Vocal Coaching where she completed the Voice Teacher Training under Justin Stoney.
In January 2014, Padcha’s “Studio Voice Box” officially opened its doors for Bangkok singers to come sparkle, work on their techniques, and nurture their love for singing. She plans to welcome everyone who walks through its door with open arms and absolute certainty that they will leave with a better understanding of their voice and a heart that knows singing is theirs to keep and share with the world.
As someone who revels in the arts, Padcha holds Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing from Mills College, CA, and her books of poetry are published and read in colleges and graduate programs across the US. She also plays piano and flute.
Canan Uzerli is an enthusiastic professional singer and singing teacher located in Hamburg (Germany).
She gained her Diploma in 2008 at the Hamburg School of Music as a professional singer and singing pedagogue for Pop/Jazz.
Following this period of initial education she continued her studies at the Conservatoire for Turkish Music in Berlin specialising in Turkish Singing and also giving lessons there in the field of singing technique herself.
In the context of her further professional development she attended various courses at the ‘Bund Deutscher Gesangspädagogen’ (=/ ‘Federation of German Singing Pedagogues’) with a focus on ‘Improvement Work for Beginners’ and ‘Anti Aging for the Voice®’. In ‘Soulvoice® Workshops’ and working as an assistant in these Canan Uzerli then became familiar with new forms of vocal expressions.
Since 2008 she has been teaching at Music Schools as well as in her own vocal Studio ‘Raum für Gesang’ (=/ ‘Room for Singing’) in Hamburg, while at the same time participating in a number of music projects of different genre like, Jazz, Pop, Bossa Nova and Worldmusic.
With her own project ‘Içten Gelen Ses – The Voice from Within’ she has been giving Concerts in several German Cities and published her Mini-Album. Her new Album will come out in the autumn of this year.
Canan Uzerli has now completed the ‘Voice Teacher Training’ with Justin Stoney (New York) to extend and deepen her knowledge and teaching competences. The intention was also to be updated with the latest scientific and pedagogical standards in her field.She is very grateful and happy to have had this opportunity to learn from one of the best and most inspiring singing teachers these days and intends to introduce this new knowledge and the acquired skills into her own teaching practice.
Gema Vau is the leading singer of the Spanish Progressive Metal Band BIOSFEAR. She also participates in Rock, Soul, Jazz and Blues projects, such as Jeff Scott Soto's guitarrist last LP, Mago de Oz or the UK band “The Answer”. She collaborates with several Studios as dubbing actress and in advertising jingles & she also sings Live at private events at Hard Rock Cafe. As a writter she is an active member of several spanish blogs devoted to musicians as an Expert in Vocal Techinque, Coaching and Personal Growth.
She has been trained as actress and clown and also conducts a Gospel Choir.
Her wide curiosity and thirst of knowledge lead her to Justin Stoney. She was at NYC in Spring holidays, when they had their first meeting. Back in Madrid, she felt she had found THE TEACHER, and decided to attend to the NYVC Voice Teacher Training.
She loves teaching more than anything, and nowadays she is gaining a consistent reputation as an Specialist in Rock & Metal voices and their special needs. She studied English Philology at the University, so she can teach in Spanish and English.
Kacey Velazquez is a singer/songwriter from New York City. She has been singing since she was six, and writing and performing original music since she was thirteen. Kacey attended LaGuardia High School in Manhattan for vocal performance and continued her musical education at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she is completing her degree in music business. She has performed her original music in venues across New York City, including The Bitter End, St. George Theatre, and Fenix Studios, and has been involved in live performances at 54 Below and The Astor Room. She is also a member of the New York Songwriters Circle. Kacey currently resides in Nashville, where she is completing an internship with Big Machine Label Group and preparing to share what she has learned at the NYVC Voice Teacher Training program with Nashville’s vibrant community of singers, songwriters and performers.
Darren Williams’ first stage appearances were at the tender age of seven, winning several medals for singing at The Sydney Opera House. To date, his many accolades include AUSTRALIAN VARIETY ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR and BEST MALE VOCAL PERFORMER from the MO AWARDS, as well as BEST MALE VOCALIST from the ACE (Australian Club Entertainment) AWARDS.
Darren’s extensive performing career and extraordinary five-octave vocal range have enabled him tackle various musical genres, from pop through to opera. He travels the globe performing his “pOperatic” show for an array of corporate clients and regularly appears as a headline act for the world’s most luxurious cruise lines. Establishing himself as one of the most loved performers on the US Concert and Cabaret scene, Darren has received rave reviews from publications such as the NEW YORK POST and has performed his own shows in venues as diverse as the IRIDIUM Jazz Club and Metropolitan Room in New York City, to an array of Performing Arts Centers and Country Clubs throughout The US and Australia.
Although raised on Rock n’ Roll in a family of professional singers, Darren is equally at home singing the classics. He played the role of leading man in the Australian Production of Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Musical, A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING and also appeared in Gordon Frost’s International Production of SOUTH PACIFIC.
With his ability to sing in several different languages, Darren was chosen to sing in German as a featured artist at The Cologne Philharmonics Concert Hall, backed by the 100 piece Beijing Symphony Orchestra and an 80 piece choir.
Having completed his studies with Justin Stoney at New York Vocal Coaching, Darren is also a certified voice teacher and is passionate about sharing his knowledge of vocal technique and performance skills with newcomers and pros alike.
Darren is a dual citizen of Australia and The United States Of America, and is a member also a member of Actor’s Equity in both countries.
John Wenning is a freelance choral arranger, clinician, consultant and adjudicator for many schools, festivals and competitions. He also teaches private voice and piano at a local music store in Huntington, Indiana. John is a 1982 graduate of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana with a BS and MA in Music Education. John spent the past 33 years teaching vocal music in the public schools. He taught both high school and middle school vocal music. For twenty-eight of those years, he was the choral director at Huntington North High School in Huntington, Indiana. John was the director of the nationally acclaimed Varsity Singers show choir. While under his direction, the Varsity Singers were named Grand Champions more than 70 times and received numerous awards for their outstanding vocal production. Each year his concert choirs consistently received Division I ratings at the Indiana State School Music Association organizational competitions. In 1996, they were named Indiana State Grand Champions. John has also been musical director for over 50 different musical productions during his tenure.
John was selected as “Teacher of the Year” for the Huntington County Community Schools and “Educator of the Year” by the Huntington County Rotary Club in 1994. He was also recognized as “Teacher of the Year” in 2000 by the Fort Wayne, Indiana Radio Station WMEE. In 2006 John was recognized by Ball State University and the School of Music with the Alumni Achievement Citation award. In 2009, John received the Golden Apple Award celebrating outstanding teachers in Northeast Indiana from 21Alive, Fort Wayne, Indiana newscast center.
John took part in the NYVC Voice Teacher Training under the outstanding teaching of Justin Stoney to further develop the understandings and nuances of the singing voice. Studying with Justin has been one of John’s biggest highlights of his career. The valuable information he took away from this experience has taken him to a whole new level in both his consulting and private instruction.
One of John’s greatest joys as a music educator is to equip aspiring vocalists, pianists and fellow music educators with the tools to realize their musical potential. His mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of all those he comes in contact with.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, vocalist and music teacher Maria Zarick currently fronts her soul/blues/rock band, Maria and the Freeboys alongside her acoustic jazz/soul duo Maria and Saul. A classically trained soprano, Maria also holds a BM in voice performance from the Ohio State University.
At Ohio State, she participated in numerous choirs, musical theater and operatic productions. Highlights from her undergraduate years include appearances as Eve in Children of Eden and Peggy in Godspell. She was a soloist and member of OSU's top choir, and was both a soloist and a music director for the a capella ensemble, Dynamic Contrast. She is a proud alumna of the Music and Service Fraternity, Sigma Alpha Iota. After leaving OSU, Maria obtained certification as a Level 1 Orff Schulwerk teacher, and participated in Justin Stoney's New York Vocal Coaching Teacher Training Course. Maria has studied with a number of acclaimed teachers, including Janel Frazee, Dr. Karen Peeler, Dr. Tamara Regensberger, Dr. Keyona Willis, and David Urbon.
Maria returned to the Cincinnati area in 2013 and has spent the time since building studios in both voice and piano. Maria regularly teaches approximately 30 students and currently serves on the faculty of the Cincinnati School of Music. She also offers in-home private lessons throughout Greater Cincinnati.
More information can be found on http://mariazarick.com