In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument

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Marin County Vocal Coaches

Improve your vocal chops with one of Marin's accomplished vocal coaches

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Pollyanna Bush

Singer, pianist, award winning songwriter and performer, Pollyanna Bush, works in a myriad of musical genres. In addition to producing her own solo projects, Pollyanna collaborated with Raz Kennedy on the PoRazone Love Project and has performed lead and backing vocals on over 100 recording projects, including the American Idol: Karaoke Revolution video game and songwriting demos for the likes of Kevin Harris and Suzanne Noe. Pollyanna is a featured vocalist on the compilation CD entitled "Women of the Bay", produced by Joey Muller, and on Michael Stillwater's CD entitled "Arc in Time".

As a music educator, Pollyanna has significant experience nurturing artists and imparting a wealth of wisdom in the fields of voice, piano and songwriting and has been leading her own special brand of circle singing for 25 years. Presently, Pollyanna owns and operates Music Works Studio in Fairfax, serves on the faculty at Musically Minded Academy in Oakland, and teaches students all over the world through virtual digital platforms

Karma Raines

I teach all styles of singing with specific exercises tailored to you. Your voice is basically a flexible wind instrument. With focus and practice, you can learn to sing with good pitch, develop or increase your range, and sing without strain or tension.

Kayla Gold

Kayla learned a B.A. in music from the University of California with an emphasis on teaching, mentored by Dr. Albert J. McNeil, educator and conductor of the Jubilee Singers, a spirituals choir that toured internationally as envoys of the State Department. While at U.C, she had delightful experiences conducting chamber choirs and orchestras, and serving as vocal director for musical theater productions. After graduating, she continued with operatic vocal training, wrote and performed one-woman cabaret shows and was one-half of a Victor Borge-esqe musical comedy team that performed in Marin, Sonoma and New York. Kayla served as vocal director for local theater productions and was a founding member and songwriter for "TheaterNow, (Laundry Later)", Marin, which produced several original theater productions.

Deborah Winters

A lifelong resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, Deborah Winters' childhood was immersed in music and dance. Heavily influenced by her father, who pursued the drums as a young man, and by her mother, who was a professional ballet dancer for the Oakland Metropolitan Ballet Company, Deborah developed a passion for music, dance and the theatre at a very early age. Big Band sounds rang through the household where Deborah and her father listened to the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton and Woody Herman, to name a few.

Deborah Winters' perpetual search for new ways to express her highly captivating and emotionally riveting music are always front and center in her evolution as a singer, guitarist and songwriter. Her legions of fans are in for a treat as her quest continues.

Christa Pfeiffer

Having established herself as a specialist in oratorio and concert work, Christa's performances include Haydn's St Nicolai Mass at St George's Cathedral in Cape Town, South Africa, Mozart's Mass in C Minor with the CD Singers in Phoenix, AZ, and Mendelssohn's Elijah and Haydn's The Seasons with Marin Oratorio. She has also performed with the San Francisco Choral Society, Soli Deo Gloria, Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus, Pacific Chamber Symphony, Oakland Symphony Chorus, and the UC Alumni Chorus.

She performed Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and Mahler's Symphony No. 4 with the American Philharmonic Sonoma County. Other engagements include Eden/Eden by Steve Reich with the San Francisco Ballet, Gubaidulina's Symphony for Two Orchestras with the Berkeley Symphony under Kent Nagano, and Ravel's Chansons Madecasses and Sheherezade. In June of 2013 she performed the orchestrated version of Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb.

Amber Morris

Amber's appreciation of music inspired her to pursue a career in both the artistic and technical side of singing. She has been performing as a lead and background vocalist for over 35 years, and has had a well-established voice studio for the past 14 years in San Rafael, CA. She has performed on CD, TV and/or DVD releases for such luminaries as Huey Lewis & the News/Soulsville, Tommy Castro/Hard Believer, AXS TVs Concert Ronnie Montrose Tribute Band DVD with Eric Martin, Sesame Street, King of The Hill. Live show support includes Eric Martin Band (Mr. Big), Y&T, Dave Jenkins & Cory Lerios of Pablo Cruise, Sammy Hagar, Lara Johnston Band featuring Tom Johnston and members of the Doobie Bros., Shaka Ra & the World Pop Machine with Zairian superstar Shaka Ra Mutela and more. Presently Amber can be seen singing with SoulJah Family Band and Eric Martin Band, Amber is vocal coach/producer for SanRe Entertainment.

Erin Bouayad

I'm a Soprano living and teaching in Marin County, CA. I have sung in the San Franciso Opera Chorus and Symphony Chorus and as a soloist in various venues throughout the bay area. I have taught voice lessons to children and adults since 2002. I speak Spanish and French and have lived in France for three years. I taught voice lessons there as well. I received my B.A. in Vocal Performance from UC Santa Barbara, and my California teaching credential in Music from Sonoma State University. I have taught choir, band and general music in elementary and middle schools. I am currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Vocal Pedagogy from Holy Names University. I love all kinds of music and teaching singers of all ages and abilities. I look forward to singing with you!

Autumn Allee

Autumn Allee, soprano, is praised for her unique instrument as well as her thoughtful acting and commanding stage presence. She has performed leading and supporting roles in productions at both of her alma maters as well as in young artists programs such as Kentucky Opera and BASOTI. While an Apprentice Artist with Kentucky Opera she covered mainstage roles including Musetta in La Boheme and the leading soprano role of Mary in the world premiere of Paul Moravec's The King's Man. Roles performed include Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Madame Lidoine in Dialogues of the Carmelites, the title role in Suor Angelica, Esmeralda in The Bartered Bride, Edith in Pirates of Penzance, and Florinda in Into the Woods.

Rebecca Jones

Rebecca Jones is a classically trained vocalist and recognized professional entertainer. Ms. Jones' career spans 28 years as a working vocalist in theatre cabaret, opera, television, and radio. She has performed in Europe and across the USA. Ms. Jones was the director of the distinguished Marin Theatre Company School of Theatre Arts in Mill Valley, CA. and now directs the Rebecca Jones School of Vocal Arts in San Rafael, CA. She has been on the scholarship boards of the Marin Music Chest, has juried for arts granting with the Marin Arts Council and been a recipient of community arts grants. Ms. Jones holds a B.A. degree, having studied music at the Nuremburg Conservatory of Music in Germany, the California Institute of the Arts, and Dominican College. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Musicians Union, Screen Actor's Guild and Actor's Equity Association.

May Oskan

May Oskan is a lifelong singer and performer who teaches in Marin County, San Francisco, and the East Bay. She welcomes students ages 10 and up and has experience coaching all styles of contemporary singing, from musical theater to metal. Her students cover the spectrum of experience from absolute beginner to working semi-pro, and have a wide range of vocal goals.

May is also a certified massage therapist specializing in injury rehabilitation. She brings her knowledge of anatomy and physiology to voice lessons that are logical, inquisitive, and fun. She is always expanding her own vocal education and practice, and is currently studying classical voice.

Linda Noble Brown

Linda Noble Brown, coloratura soprano, has shared her remarkable vocal versatility in performances of opera, musical theatre and concert performances throughout the continental U.S. and western Europe. Her operatic roles include Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, the title role in The Ballad of Baby Doe, Olympia in Tales of Hoffman and Constance in Dialogue of the Carmelites, among others. She made her operatic debut as the Governess in Benjamin Brittan's Turn of the Screw, and her international operatic debut to a rousing ovation as Blondchen in Die Entfuhrung auf dem Serail at the Stadttheatre in Steyr, Austria. She has also appeared in numerous performances of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas, including Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, and has had great success in musical theatre as well, appearing as Amalia in She Loves Me, Julie Jordan in Carousel, Laurie in Oklahoma, Cunegonde in Candide, Anna in The King and I, and Maria in The Sound of Music, among others.

Patrick Leveque

My name is Patrick Leveque and I have returned home to Marin County after performing in the Phantom of the Opera in Las Vegas. I have been teaching voice and music lessons for 8 years and I am accepting students at my Mill Valley studio. Please contact me for the exact address.

I hold a B.A. in Theater and a B.A. in Music from Santa Clara University. I also hold a Master's Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. I have had the opportunity to perform professionally over the past 14 years and in addition to my performing career, I would now like to pass my experiences and my love of music on to my students.

April Grisman

April Grisman is a singer/songwriter with a powerful voice influenced by Jazz, Rock and R&B. Along with her mother and two older sisters, April is a professional performing and recording artist. A sought-after vocal coach, April combines her engaging personality and compassionate spirit with a thorough knowledge of breathing, voice mechanics, phrasing and Pop, Rock, and R&B styling for a unique approach that gets results. Her philosophy is to give vocalists a safe place in which they can freely explore and develop themselves. April is also a talented songwriter and has fronted and recorded with several bands, including her own, performing her original material locally in the Bay Area. Currently, April fronts the popular 80's dance cover band, The 85's and Soul Jah Family Band

Caylia Chaiken

My #1 job is to empower your creative development and self expression in music. My lessons will connect you to your innate musical talents and give you the skills to express them freely and joyfully, making music a life long companion.

Many schools and studios have hosted my classes and workshops. I was delighted to be the Choral Director and Elementary Music Teacher in the Ross Valley School District where I worked with hundreds of students from Wade Thomas, White Hill Middle School, Manor Elementary and Brookside schools. I've also taught General Music (K-5) at several schools in the Mill Valley and San Rafael districts.

Daria Jazz

Acclaimed vocalist, DARIA, an innovative singer and songwriter with a beautiful voice, unerring pitch and wide vocal range, blends Jazz, Brazilian music, Afro Cuban and world rhythms to create her own powerful and expressive style. Growing up in San Francisco, Daria was part of a uniquely creative family. Her mother spoke five languages, taught creative writing and is a published author. Her father was a first violinist with the San Francisco Symphony. Daria began to sing at age six. In her teens she fell in love with Jazz. She went on to study with Bobby McFerrin, Mark Murphy and Brazilian musician, Celia Malheiros. Daria has 2 critically acclaimed CDs, Just the Beginning, produced by Ian Dogole and Feel The Rhythm, produced by Frank Martin and seven-time Grammy Nominee, Wayne Wallace. The title track, Feel The Rhythm, a beautiful Brazilian style song, received Honorable Mention at the Billboard World Music Competition.

Rhoda Gravador

Rhoda Gravador is a music educator who loves teaching music and the "little gifts" that she receives every day as a result. These gifts include the sheer joy she receives as she witnesses her students become invested in the process, master a new note, overcome their fear of playing in front of an audience, or correct their own mistakes.

Rhoda Gravador specializes in piano and voice with an emphasis on music education and enrichment through music. It's less about the complexity of a given piece of music and more about helping her students engage in the process, and grow as a result.