My pursuits in language have always gone hand in hand with my career in music. In 2011 I graduated with a B.M. double major in vocal performance-classical voice and French & linguistics at New York University. The study of opera and vocal music requires intimate knowledge of a number of foreign languages. I perform music written in a number of languages including French, German, Italian, Czech, Russian, and Portuguese. As a classical singer, I am experienced with diction and the interpretation of poetry.
My most cultivated language is French. I began my studies at the age of eleven, winning the French Book Award at my high school upon graduation. I continued with French at NYU, completing the program of French & linguistics. This program was an interdisciplinary major combining French language and culture with theoretical linguistics. My coursework included the development of Latin to French, French phonetics, international phonetic alphabet, and French-language theater technique. Time abroad was spent in Quebec and Paris studying art history, film, and theater both at NYU in Paris and at the Sorbonne.
Linguistic knowledge is central to my teaching style. I find that an understanding of phonetics increases confidence with speech while a solid foundation in language structure enforces the retention of information.
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