San Diego Area Voice Teachers
Gabriel Nelson is a composer, singer, pianist, and guitarist versed in a range of styles. He studied voice under the tutelage of the great opera basso, Louis Lebherz. He also studied with soprano Karen Bryan and has workshopped with tenor Dr. John Russell. Most recently, as a recipient of the Escondido Choral Arts Foundation Scholarship, Gabe has ascertained Master lessons with baritone and director of the group, Dr Joe Stanford. He has been exposed to the Russian School of voice, as well as the Italian and Vennard methodologies. A regular soloist, Gabe sings at local Churches and served as a Cantor for a time. Also, he sings Jazz, Salsa, Bossa Nova, Rock, Funk, and the Blues.
On the piano, Gabriel began learning at age 2 with his father, who holds a Master's at UT Austin in Composition and is an accomplished pianist. Gabriel studied with Rod Contreras, who taught a wide range of styles himself, always aware of Gabe's passion for composing and want to understand the underpinnings of how music works. Afterwards, Nelson studied with John Danke, who accompanied him for the Susan B Hawke Scholarship Foundation Vocal Competition. Gabe also studied with Maestro Fargo Rasul, a remarkable player of everything from Bach and Rachmaninov to Merengue and Salsa.
As for guitar, Gabriel has taken classes with Randy Pile, a Master Classical guitarist. He also studied Jazz, Rock, Reggae and Flamenco, in addition to developing his own fusion styles in his own songs.
Gabriel tailors each lesson to the goals and learning styles of each individual student, and takes the best modalities that he has acquired from the teachers he has had.
On and off the stage, Christen leads by example. She sees herself as a student of life; she is always learning. In the past three years, she not only earned her Masters in Opera Performance (with Honors) from the University of Kansas, she learned that she genuinely loves teaching. Christen has been working tirelessly to expand what she has to offer students and while she has been teaching singing (any style) for over 5 years, she now also offers beginning piano lessons and coaches acting for singers and cosplayers.
Christen has also learned to embrace the diversity of the music she loves. While focused on opera for the past 10 years, she has an incredible passion for musical theater, movie scores, video games scores and soundtracks in general (like the music for Avatar the Last Airbender and anime shows like Full Metal Alchemist). In her newest adventure, Christen is auditioning not only for local operas and musicals, but for session work so that she can be a part of the video game and movie music that she loves so much.
Jillian LaDow is a musician at heart and an educator by choice. She is a vocal coach, piano teacher and elementary music educator dedicated to the art of teaching positive life-changing experiences through music. New to San Diego, Jillian hails from the great state of Indiana where she received her BM from Ball State University - School of Music in vocal/general music education. As a lyrical soprano, she studied voice under soprano Yoko-Shimazaki-Kilburn and piano under Dr. Lori Rohden. Jillian was the recipient of the Sigma Alpha Iota Choral Scholarship as well as the Outstanding Future Music Educator Scholarship. Jillian works with singers and pianists of all genres and experience levels. Her teaching philosophy is rooted in developing correct singing and playing techniques, applying successful healthy vocal strategies and helping students grow creatively in their own voice or instrument. Jillian specializes not only in classical singing but contemporary musical theater. She specializes in applying Bel Canto derived techniques to modern contemporary singing in order to develop a beautiful, vibrant, powerful, and balanced tone. She has been teaching private voice and piano for the past 5 years and her students have been awarded superior and gold ratings at state and regional solo and ensemble competitions throughout the state of Indiana. Jillian is a devoted teacher and works patiently and effectively to bring out each student's full musical potentional.
Ms. Steinman is originally from Oceanside, California. She received her Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from Boston Conservatory and her Masters of Music in Voice and Opera Performance from Northwestern University. During her degree programs, she taught elementary school to college age students in musical theatre, pop and opera singing. As a performer, Ms. Steinman specializes in both musical theater and opera. She has worked with Ohio Light Opera, Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre and Lyric Opera San Diego. She has played roles ranging from Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes to Mother Marie in Dialogues of the Carmelites. When she is not singing, Ms. Steinman also loves to dance jazz, ballet, tap and hip hop.
Ms. Steinman is known for her presence on stage and acting abilities and was once described as the Lucile Ball of opera. She enjoys sharing her heart and soul with all around her, on and off stage. She believes that Art is essential to life and a basic need of human existence. While medical doctors help with physical pains, artists are doctors who help revive the souls of the world.
Ms. Steinman believes that everyone has their own unique voice and she wants to help find that voice. Singing is a beautiful experience that enriches the soul. It motivates people to find their best possible selves. It is exciting, fun and brings happiness to all. Ms. Steinman wants to share this joy with everyone and hopes you will join her on this journey to find the beauty of music.