Susan has a broad classical education with a great deal of music
experience. She received her professional education in the University of Oregon's School of Music, where she specialized in Opera Performance and Languages, and General Humanities (History
, and English
). She also studied History of Performance Techniques, Acting, Italian
and French Diction
, and Music Performance Theory. She studied in the Music Conservatory of Perugia, Italy, and performed with Eugene Opera Company and the Oregon Symphony. She is a Certified Singing
Vocal Specialist. Susan also has experience as a Music Librarian, specializing in music manuscripts, recordings, indexes and scores.
Private Voice Lessons with Susan are available, one-on-one, in solid classical singing technique. This will train you to sing Opera arias, but also Broadway songs, Rock & Roll, Jazz, etc. Vocal Training is also available for College Preparation, Actors, Audition Preparation, Corporate/Public Speaking
, and ESL
practice. All ages are welcome to inquire. Susan is also qualified to tutor in English Reading
, and Composition.
Susan believes in a holistic physical approach to singing and performing. Your body is your instrument and the muscles must be built. Whole body exercise is essential to building stamina and being a singer, and Susan can direct your development. With increasing strength and deep breathing, a singer can relax, and the sound will carry. There will be no need to strain or "belt it out" with proper preparation and technique, and you will be heard in the back row! It is also ideal to understand the words and their meanings in each phrase of the music or selection. Susan can help you interpret songs or audition pieces in a variety of languages. You will learn the natural pacing of each song and explore the meaning and emotional effect you can express!
Each voice is unique. Let's work together to find music which is uniquely suited to your voice!