New York City Voice Teachers
Zoe Kanter is a New York based singer, actor, and music teacher. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Zoe began cultivating her love for music at a very young age. She attended Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University where she received her Bachelors in Voice Performance, followed by her Masters in Voice Performance from Towson University. She enjoys performing in a variety of styles from musical theater to opera, cabarets, choral music, new music, and anything else she can get her hands on!
The past four years, Zoe was a company member with Baltimore theater company, StillPointe Theatre. There she won many accolades for her performances in Grey Gardens (Big Edie), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street(Johanna), and the U.S premier of Vanishing Point (Agatha Christie).
When Zoe isn’t performing she loves teaching and sharing her love of music. She has been teaching voice lessons for eight years to children and adults of all ages. She teaches classical and musical theater generally, but has also taught rock, folk, pop, and religious music. The main importance to her as a teacher is to help the student grow their love for music and to make sure they are singing in a healthy way, no matter the style.
Deanna Melendez is a voice teacher/vocal instructor from Queens who is very passionate about singing, creating, and teaching music. She is an alumni from LaGuardia Performing Arts HS, a.k.a the “Fame” school, where she pursued classical voice. She is currently a Music Education major at Long Island University Brooklyn, where she studies jazz, classical and even musical theater. She is also the Worship Director at her church, in Ozone Park, Queens.
Her main goal is not only to help her students reach their full potential in vocal quality, but to give them all of the tools and techniques needed to go above and beyond their own expectations. She is a firm believer in teaching her students how to breathe and properly use their core, through legit singing, and has in turn witnessed a clear, strong, and sustained sound with no strain or discomfort!
She is able to teach: Broadway/Musical Theater, Classical Voice, Gospel Singing, Jazz Voice, Opera Voice, Pop Voice, and basic Vocal Training. She has been teaching since 2015.
Sam Kronenfeld holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance from Carnegie Mellon University, where she received College and University Honors, as well as the Derdeyn Award for Excellence in Performance.
Equally comfortable in musical theater and opera, she’s sung roles with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Undercroft Opera, White Plains Performing Arts Center, and the College Light Opera Company, among others. She has also performed German lieder in Graz, Austria with the American Institute of Musical Studies and studied drama with the Yale Summer Conservatory for Actors in New Haven, Connecticut. In addition to musical theater and opera,
Sam is currently teaching voice and singing in concerts around the NYC area.
Matt Mitchell is a singer and actor based out of NYC. He has studied classically for over 10 years and sings/teaches a variety of styles to a variety of students. Most recently, Matt played Burrs in Lippa's Wild Party. Other work includes leading a new piece of theatre, Your Name On My Lips, at Theatre for the New City and appeared in the original Off-Broadway company of Lili Marlene at St. Luke's Theatre. Aside from performing,
Matt writes music and has taught voice/music at Abron's Art Center and Garden Street Performing Arts in addition to his private clients.
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.