Philadelphia Area Voice Teachers
Ellie Perez is a voice and piano teacher based in Philadelphia, PA with a degree in contemporary writing & production from Berklee College of Music with over 6 years of experience teaching voice and piano and 4 years teaching songwriting and audio production. During her college career, she spent a summer singing and playing piano with the touring folk band "Kismet" and a year singing for the Boston-based wedding band "Whole Step Up."
Following her graduation, Ellie spent a year as a live sound technician at Philadelphia's South Jazz Parlor managing the sound system for local and international jazz acts including Grace Kelly, Kandace Springs, Gerald Veasley and Jeff Bradshaw. Her music career then brought her to NYC-based production music library The Cueniverse, followed by an additional 2 years in NYC in the creative department at Universal Music Group.
Ellie is currently teaching voice and piano in the Philadelphia area with the Main Line School of Rock as well as Henderson Academy of Music and looks forward to working with piano and vocal students of all ages!
Lia Menaker is a vocalist, piano player and songwriter with touring experience and a Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theater. She currently teaches both beginner and intermediate students. Her versatility, experience and formal training helps to make the learning experience easy, stress free and fun. She enjoys tailoring lessons to each students to meet their goals.
While obtaining her Bachelor's degree, Lia took regular voice lessons from one of the leading vocal pedagogy experts in the world: Mary Saunders Barton. She's studied various aspects of music and performance such as auditioning, music theory and songwriting. Lia has spent many years performing in professional, regional musical theater productions, currently playing gigs regularly in the Philadelphia area and writing and recording regularly. Her songs have been licensed to major TV networks (E!, MTV, PBS, Netflix and more) for use in national and international programming.
Alyson Massa is a graduate from Syracuse University with a BM in voice performance and is currently working towards her Masters in Music Education at Temple University. She has been teaching both piano and voice privately for almost eight years. She has also directed several choral and vocal ensembles including children's choirs, acappella groups and vocal jazz groups. As a proficient pianist, she has accompanied vocal recitals, choirs, and musicals in the New York and Philadelphia area and also arranges and composes for various vocal ensembles.
Alyson's goal as a teacher is to foster a fun, creative environment where students will enjoy the music making process as well as the learning process. While teaching the fundamentals of music theory, writing and reading, she also encourages her students to explore various genres and styles. She teaches age appropriate, healthy vocal and playing technique and helps to develop productive practicing habits. Most importantly, she hopes to spread her passion and love for the arts so that her students can also experience the joy of music making.
Michael is an active performer, teacher, composer and researcher in the New York and Philadelphia areas. He holds a Masters degree in Voice Performance & Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College (with both honors and distinction) and a Bachelor's in Music Composition from Moravian College. Michael offers lessons in voice, piano and composition/theory. During the course of study, students receive interdisciplinary discussions of music history, musicology and conducting; Voice students receive theatrical coaching.
Michael holds a position as a staff singer at St. Thomas' Church in Whitemarsh PA and is actively performing in the region. Recent engagements include the orchestral premiere of Eric Houghton's Pioneer Songs, a Guest Artist position at Rutgers University (portraying the 4th Bursche in Carl Orff's Der Mond), Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Caiaphas (Jesus Christ Superstar) and L'Arbre (L'Enfant et les Sortileges). He has also had several recent engagements with the New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra including Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe, Britten's War Requiem and Beethoven's 9th Symphony. As a composer, Michael has found success with vocal/orchestral work Ozymandias, a setting of Shelley's poem by the same title and currently have several commissions for new works.
Michael has enjoyed several projects in world of academic research. Most recently, he examined the acoustical properties of various performance spaces, the ambient noises found within those spaces and how overtone perception is affected given those circumstances. Another project, for the National Endowment for the Humanities, entailed the creation of a modern performing edition of J.A. Hasse's opera La Spartana Generosa overro Archidamia including critical notes, a full score and a piano/vocal reduction. In August of 2014 this performing edition was premiered at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig. It was the first public performance of the opera since its premiere in 1747. Michael's research is focused on topics that have a hands-on application for performers.