New York City Voice Teachers
Noah Gibbings has been surrounded by music for the past fourteen years. Growing up as a rapper and singer-songwriter, he performed and recorded in the company of Mobb Deep, Twista and Kenny Loggins. He has released three albums independently, and is working on his fourth. On top of music he has been in one feature length movie distributed by Lionsgate/Grindstone Entertainment, as well as multiple plays and musicals. While acquiring a double-bachelors in music and theater from California Institute of the Arts Gibbings discovered his love for teaching.
For the last three years Gibbings has been primarily teaching singing, songwriting and performing. As well teaching beginning guitar and piano. Noah excels in teaching by being able to get his students to personalize their material and sing in a free and healthy way. Whether the genre is pop, rock, musical theater, country, classical or hip-hop, Gibbings is able to bring not only the best vocal technique, but the best performance out of each of his students. And just as learning is an ongoing process, so is teaching, and Gibbings does so with passion and dedication.
MaKayla M. McDonald, soprano, is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, where she holds both a Bachelor and Master of Music in Voice Performance. She studies voice with Jeffrey Brich. During her time at UNI, she was an active participant in numerous opera productions, choral ensembles, and musicals. As a graduate assistant, MaKayla taught applied voice for two years. Currently, she maintains a small private studio in Manhattan.
MaKayla carries credits as performing the roles of Célie in Signor Deluso, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, and Secretary Three in A Game of Chance. Her New York credits include the Mistress in Utopia Opera's production of Sondheim's Passion and Adah (cover) and Ensemble for Light Opera of New York's The Naughty Marietta. MaKayla has a passion for new music and has premiered and studied various contemporary works. This past Fall, MaKayla work shopped and premiered 'OVERGROWN', a five movement work for soprano and chamber ensemble written by Indianapolis based composer Tori C. Ovel.
Crystal Rose Speros is a vocalist, songwriter, and music teacher with a keen ear for intricate sounds and movement in melodies. Her style reflects music from R&B, Folk, Pop, Jazz, and Brazilian music genres. She is currently in her last year of studies at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and has been performing in variety of musical settings (large cover bands, solo shows, jazz trios) for the past 9 years. She is very grateful to have been able to study with a variety of vocalists, musicians, and artists, where she has focused on aspects of vocal technique/freedom, the Alexander Technique, Pandeiro (Brazilian Percussion), guitar, and piano.
The voice is a direct connection to who the singer is and what they feel. It is Crystal’s goal to help students tell their own personal stories by developing creative and deep connections to the songs that they may sing. By focusing on developing a healthy vocal technique and constructive habits, the singer becomes free and flexible to interpret songs in the manner they wish.
Crystal enjoys singing a wide variety of music, but her specialties include Jazz, R&B/Soul, and Pop. Crystal loves to teach songwriting/guitar, and to help songwriters strengthen their own unique voice.
Taiwanese-Singaporean Soprano Evangeline Ng is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at Manhattan School of Music, where she is a scholarship recipient and a student of Joan Patenaude-Yarnell. She briefly studied music at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, received her dance training at the Singapore Dance Academy and was part of the Young Company at Singapore Repertory Theatre before moving to New York City. As a teacher, she has taught privately for 2 years, and her main goal is to help people find their voice. Her versatility and experience in both classical and musical theater repertoire allows her to cater lessons specifically to the goals of the individual students. She has taught a wide range of students, and especially enjoys working with young children as she believes that music has the power to encourage inquisitive young minds. She also believes that everyone will benefit from music and singing!
Evangeline has performed across Asia, Europe and the United States with Singapore Repertory Theater, Orchestra of the Music Makers, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, New Opera Singapore, Voco Singapore, Pangdemonium. She made her operatic debut as the Sandman (Hansel and Gretel) with Orchestra of the Music Makers. She is the 1st Prize Winner of the inaugural Singapore Lyric Opera ASEAN Vocal Competition, 2nd Prize in NAFA Vocal Competition and Gold Award at the Asia Arts Festival.
Vocalist, pianist, composer, educator and producer Vivienne Aerts has international performing experience on stage in The Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, and the US, sharing the stage with both national and international Jazz icons such as Lee Konitz, Kenny Werner, Chris Potter, John Patitucci, Joe Cohn and Florian Weber. Vivienne has been residing in New York City since April, 2015 where she gave a debut performance at the infamous Blue Note Jazz Club and is currently working on her third album.
In addition to her degree in Vocal Performance from Berklee College of Music in Boston, she also has a degree in Choir Directing and a Bachelor and Master's in Clinical Psychology from the Netherlands. Currently Vivienne works with pianist Kenny Werner and the Berklee Effortless Mastery Institute, which helps students to 'let the music play itself'. Vivienne believes in sharing her joy for music with students of all ages and she is adept in all styles of music.
James Healy, baritone, is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa where he received a Bachelors Degree in Vocal Music Education. In 2009, he formed his community's first summer voice studio for students 5 to 57 years of age which quickly grew to between 25 and 30 students. After graduating college he taught solo voice, musical theater and choir for five years in two public school districts while maintaining a private voice studio and performing with regional theaters, and as soloist for several choral/orchestral ensembles. His private students have consistently been awarded top roles at regional theaters, garnered All-State recognition in voice, drama and musical theater, selected for prestigious honor choirs and voice competitions and have been awarded voice scholarships at numerous reputable colleges and universities.
From the beginning, James has maintained the belief that everyone can sing. The success of his students coming to him at all ages and levels of ability have proven this. He considers himself a bit of a voice science nerd and this love and fascination with the human voice allows him to help students move forward in their goals through methodically sorting out vocal insecurities, inefficiencies and tensions, thereby building a solid technique for years to come.
Casey is a vocalist born and raised on Long Island. Casey attended Westminster Choir College in Princeton for two years where she pursued vocal music education before continuing her studies at Towson University. She is classically trained and loves to teach but her real passion is in musical theater. Casey has cantered for various catholic churches and performed and ran vocal jazz groups and has experience in secular music and Jazz.
Casey is a very passionate, enthusiastic teacher and person. Her main goal is to help her students find the same passion she has for music and share it with the world. She loves working with all ages and genres of music. Casey wants to teach her students proper, healthy techniques to help them grow and reach their full potential.
Recently Casey has helped students prepare for musical theater auditions, NYSSMA, choir auditions or even just helping them to learn and sing their favorite songs from the radio.
Praised as "expressive and dynamic" and "vocally splendid," American baritone Michael Kelly is sought-after for his riveting interpretations of recital, concert and operatic repertoire. Michael has performed with opera and orchestral companies including Carnegie Hall, Theatre du Châtelet, Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Opernhaus Zürich, Chicago Opera Theater, Mark Morris Dance Group and Boston Early Music Festival. Michael has collaborated in recital with celebrated pianists Kathleen Kelly, Malcolm Martineau, Spencer Myer, Jonathan Ware and Brian Zeger. He has also won prizes in several prominent competitions, including first prizes in the Poulenc Competition and Joy in Singing. Michael can be heard on recordings for Naxos and eOne of world premiers by composers Mohammed Fairouz and David Del Tredici.
For over a decade, Michael has maintained a voice studio in New York City. He teaches from a position of his years of training at some of the worlds best facilities and from his experience performing in many different styles all over the U.S. and Europe. Teaching has also brought him to American universities, colleges and programs where he has given masterclasses, lectures on entrepreneurship in the arts and private instruction to many gifted students.
Joanna is a New York based opera singer, pianist and educator. She graduated from Bucknell University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Minor in Italian Studies. Joanna has performed a variety of opera roles with local NYC opera companies, at summer festivals and at her academic institutions. She recently completed her Masters degree in Vocal Performance at Hunter College where she focused on new opera and performed in several world premieres. She serves as Music Director for Hofstra University’s Catholic Campus Ministry in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, NY and is one half of “Thaleia Duo.”
Joanna is a passionate music educator who takes an individualized approach to teaching and believes that music education is vital for all children.
Susan Bell teaches singing from beginner to advanced in New York City. She brings years of training and experience to focus on YOUR personal needs, developing a method of singing that allows you to get to the next level to sing confidently (work through stage fright and performance anxiety), achieve a wider vocal range and broaden your palette of singing styles. She loves working with children and beginners and watching them grow into artists of their own.
A graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Susan has been working since the age of four performing in choirs, bands and musical theater. She has performed at the Kennedy Center and many other stages around the country with leading roles such as Eliza in My Fair Lady to Ms. Hannigan in Annie. Other works include Cuckoos Nest, Nunsense I & II, Hello Dolly, Annie Get Your Gun, 1776, Fiddler, Gypsy, Guys and Dolls and many more.
Marina was an original aerobic instructor at Body Design by Gilda in 1980 and trained at The American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Alley, Luigi's, The Manhattan School of Music. Marina also trained in Musical Theatre with Helen Gallagher, Albert Hague & Rita Gardner. She's been married for 35 years to her husband and partner Roy Kamen where they have co owned Kamen and Entertainment Group, Inc. servicing the television, theatrical, dance, music and advertising communities.
Marina is also a Certified Fitness Expert residing in Manhattan. Marina Kamen aka MARINA has lost 100 pounds and comes with over 35 years in the Voice/Theatre/Dance/Fitness/Violin & Music Industries. She is a Certified Fitness Trainer, multi Instrumentalist, Director, Choreographer & Grammy Nominated Recording Artist. Also the 1st recipient of the first People's Choice Award for Podcasting she has been featured in publications including Prevention Magazine, Woman's World & Family Circle Magazine.
Her extensive background includes numerous Children's Television appearances along with The Discovery Health Network, PBS, Noggin', WPIX TV & with Tyra Banks. She has worked with Celebrities including Liza Minnelli, Patti Labelle and Britney Spears.
Michael Sanders is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and teacher based out of Brooklyn, NY. He has taught guitar, piano, bass, drums, voice, songwriting/composition and music theory to students of all skill levels. Michael puts an emphasis on teaching to the needs of the individual student. Whether the student is interested in rock/pop, jazz, classical, or any other style he will come up with a strategy catered to the interests of the student.
In the past Michael has been known to create original arrangements of music requested by students fit for their current skill level. If a student is not interested in learning to read music, a more "by ear" approach is used.
Michael can be seen performing around New York with his current bands King Jane and Jenna & the Janes. As a performing member of a band he has been on full U.S. tours with multiple groups. As a studio musician he has recorded on several albums, most recently this summer with his band King Jane at the world renowned Power Station recording studio in Hell's Kitchen.
As a composer, Michael's music has performed by a wide range of ensembles ranging from piano trio to orchestra. He is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he obtained his undergraduate degree in music composition from Louisiana State University, studying with Dinos Constantinides.
In 2018 he completed his masters of music in New York City at the Mannes School of Music at the New School, studying with Lowell Liebermann.
Rachel Lynn Kaufman is a classically-trained vocalist, singer/songwriter and vocal instructor. Rachel studied music at The University of Maryland, College Park and has performed throughout the DMV area and numerous NYC venues including Mercury Lounge and Webster Hall. She has also toured regionally throughout the east coast.
Rachel's EP project, To Street & Transfer, released under the name Rachel Lynn boasts "a powerful voice and top-notch writing ability" (Arena.com). The project has been praised by publications such as The Huffington Post, Pop Matters and Baeble Music, stating, "There's nothing apologetic about Rachel Lynn's voice; with booming soul and charismatic charm, she conquers space fervently and without restraint." (Baeble Music). Rachel was named one of New Music Seminar's Top 100 Artists on the Verge and was selected to officially showcase at CMJ 2014, CMJ 2015 and NACA Mid-Atlantic 2015. She has since opened for acts such as AJR (Warner Bros.), played several shows during SXSW 2017, signed multiple sync licenses (Discovery, E!, Bravo, Netflix, TLC, Oxygen) and received nationwide radio coverage.
Rachel also has extensive experience in musical education, ranging from private teaching (ages four to 63) to developing curriculum in a classroom setting. She previously worked for Soyulla Artists and Little Chopins teaching in-home private lessons throughout Manhattan and was a music teacher in Harlem RBI's REAL Kids program, creating lesson plans for kindergarten and first grade students and similarly, developed and taught choral curriculum in a workshop setting as a counselor at Opequon Quaker Arts Camp. As a music instructor and vocalist with Kidville's Rockin' Railroad program, Rachel taught music fundamentals to children in a "guardian and me" style setting using early childhood education techniques. Additionally, she toured with Pro Arts Management in their Rockstar Camp Program as a vocalist, leading interactive performances of Top 40 and Motown/rock classics.
Rachel currently teaches privately with Keys to Success Music School and Henderson Academy of Music and loves working with young people, encouraging them to strengthen their musical abilities while having fun!
Angela is an opera singer currently working at the Metropolitan Opera in NYC. She finished her Artistic Diploma in voice at the Yale School of Music and a Master of Music degree at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore. She's pursued her career as a professional opera singer and also as a voice instructor for more than 10 years.
She believes that having a great technique helps students gain freedom of expression in singing. Angela focuses on having strong technique first so students can be confident to sing and perform. Based on her great career she brings her experience and wisdom to her students. Most importantly, Angela truly thinks everyone can sing beautifully and she makes things happen.
Traditionally trained in classical guitar from the age of 8, Seán ventured out to learn jazz, blues, country and rock. He completed his AMEB Classical Guitar exams in High School and shortly after he undertook a Bachelor of Composition Degree from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music during which time he performed in and composed for the Conservatorium Chamber Choir. Seán was awarded second place in the 2006/2007 Allan Zavod Jazz/Classical Composition Award. In 2010, he was awarded the ArtStart Grant from the Australian Arts Council and in 2011 was a finalist in the APRA Professional Development Award.
After re-locating to New York City in 2012, Seán began working as an Audio/Mix Engineer, Producer and Studio Coordinator at Atlantic Sound Studios where he worked with Grammy Award winning acts such as Snarky Puppy. Seán also performs regularly around NYC at renowned venues such as Joe's Pub, Rockwood Music Hall and Cameo Gallery with several bands and artists as well as his own psychedelic-folk-rock band, eüsh. He also composes regularly for theater and film such as the award-winning premier of Stephen Jefrey's play The Libertine through Sport For Jove Theatre Company.
Seán thoroughly enjoys teaching all things related to music and is passionate about introducing students to new and exciting ways for them to develop both their personal playing techniques and styles, but also to help students build their curiosity for exploring music from all ages and styles.