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Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University (Vocal Performance)
Hi! My name is Elizabeth, but everyone calls me Cara. I am a graduate of Peabody Conservatory and Johns Hopkins University, where I earned a B.Mus. in Vocal Performance and a B.A. in Latin American Studies simultaneously. At Peabody, I studied with Marianna Busching and coached with John Shirley-Quirk and Ernest Ligon. Today, I continue to pursue my education through private vocal study with Giovanni Reggioli and workshops including the Amalfi Coast Music Festival, the American University Opera Workshop, and the Potomac Vocal Institute.
My teaching experience includes nearly ten years of offering private voice lessons. In the fall of 2014, I became the voice instructor at Loyola Blakefield in Towson, MD, and I have recently become a full member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. My studio includes male and female students of all abilities ages ten and up: from beginners, to hobbyists, to professionals. I have trained singers in both classical and music theater styles for auditions for and performances in honors and regional choruses and paid chorales; school, community, and professional theater; and admission into college and university music programs.
My approach to teaching vocal technique is highly individualized. I am committed to the concept of “maximum natural,” and I strive to combine technical knowledge with visual imagery in a language that guides students to sing freely and efficiently in their own unique voices. Our journey as teacher and student will begin with the technical fundamentals – posture and breathing – and proceed along a personalized plan to capitalize on the student’s strengths, improve areas of weakness, and meet short- and long-term goals. I work collaboratively with students to develop practice plans to guide them through the week between lessons and to choose repertoire and performance opportunities that are appropriate for their development.
I offer lessons either in my home studio in Gaithersburg, my Bethesda studio, or in the student’s home. I ask that students receiving lessons in their homes provide a distraction-free space for our lessons. While I maintain a 24-hour cancellation policy, I am also willing to reschedule lessons cancelled for illness or other emergencies that may arise on the day of a lesson.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions. I look forward to hearing from you and hearing you sing! Hi! My name is Elizabeth, but everyone calls me Cara. I am a graduate of Peabody Conservatory and Johns Hopkins University, where I earned a B.Mus. in Vocal Performance and a B.A. in Latin American Studies simultaneously. At Peabody, I studied with Marianna Busching and coached with John
$60 for in-studio lessons $70 for in-home lessons
Our lesson was on Friday evening, when my daughter came home from a piano class, tired, and not looking forward to having a class. Elizabeth prepared a very engaging lesson, bringing materials that helped my daughter understand how to write essays, and going over them. She created a plan for the essays, and went over the ideas to cover with my daughter. My daughter enjoyed the class, and is looking forward to the next one. We were very pleased with our daughter's progress.
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As a performer, I interpret repertoire ranging from operatic to sacred, on the stage, in the sanctuary, or in an intimate recital. Acclaimed for the “rich color” of my voice and my “transporting presence,” I am a two-time winner of the Maryland/DC competition of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and a Grand Prize winner of the DC-based Sue Goetz Ross Memorial Competition. My claim to fame is my interpretation of the official Spanish-language translation of the Star Spangled Banner (El Pendon Estrellado) for the National Museum of American History, which was featured on Spanish and English news channels across the country and abroad.
I was hailed as “Statuesque and expressive, with a glorious soprano voice,” for a recent opera appearance. I have performed as the soprano soloist in Beethoven's Mass in C Major, Mostly Mozart, and Carmina Burana at the World Bank. Operatic roles include Jessie in Kurt Weill's Mahagonny Songspiel, Mrs. Noah in Mollecone's Hotel Eden, Papagena and the Second Lady in The Magic Flute, The Countess in The Mariage of Figaro, Frasquita in Carmen, and Musetta in La Bohème. A founding member of The Song Club of Washington, I provided the soprano for La Vie Anterieure, a collaborative recital of the complete songs of Duparc. At the Amalfi Cost Music Festival, I performed the roles of First Knabe in The Magic Flute and Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, and met with acclaim singing works by de Falla and Cilea in recital. Additional oratorio performances include the solo cantatas Dies Natalis by Gerald Finzi and the Bach cantatas Jauchzet Gott and Meine Herze Schwimmt im Blut with chamber orchestra. A D.C. native, I attended the Washington Opera's youth programs and made my Kennedy Center solo debut at the age of 13 as the Child from Under the Water in The Thunder of Horses.
I hold degrees in Vocal Performance from the Peabody Conservatory and Latin American Studies from Johns Hopkins University. I am a soloist and section leader at Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. I continue my vocal studies with Elizabeth Daniels and operate a private voice studio.