The first lesson is always a trial lesson.
If for any reason you are not happy we will fully refund any pending charges or help you find a new teacher. Your choice!
Singing is not reserved for the 'lucky few'. It's our privilege and our right as human beings - we breathe, we walk, we sing.
It's what we do, but somewhere along the way, between messages like "close your mouth," "men don't cry," "you can't sing," "you have an ugly voice," etcetera, we've repressed and hidden our very primal instinct to express ourselves and our spirits through our voices. I can help you reconnect with that instinct.
I can give you the tools you need to find your voice again, get rid of tension which is getting in your way, tension you don't even know you've created. I can help you use your breath and your body to create and support your sound. I can help you reconnect with your body, become more aware.
It's simpler and more straightforward than you think. You just need the right tools, direction and encouragement, in a language which you'll understand and which will resonate within you (pun intended).
Over the years I have developed an approach to teaching which is organic and natural, whether it is in the voice studio or the choir room. My approach to choral rehearsals is very similar to my private lessons, and so there is always a component of vocal technique. Most importantly, I begin and end with the making of music, incorporating ideas of articulation, phrasing, dramatizing, joking, dancing--all to the end of allowing the intention and need to express and communicate to drive the mechanism, to engage the technique naturally.
Step by step I try to demystify the art and technique of singing by analyzing, explaining, providing tools and strategies for breathing, voice production, support, focus; I often try to find similarities to other disciplines--playing a sport, dancing, martial arts, playing an instrument, painting--to make the experience more relevant, more personal and more familiar to the student.
I constantly urge my students to better themselves, and equally constantly I assure them and encourage them. I strive to challenge more advanced singers and encourage beginners, always with patience and respect, empowering them towards a higher level of musical awareness, understanding, and competence. I take a creative approach to problem-solving; I am a "troubleshooter" and like to devise exercises to address particular and specific issues--tuning, voice production, blending, balance, tension release, rhythmic and ensemble problems.
I have a strong sense of humor and I love to laugh, so humour is always an important component of my lessons. My students and I have a great time together, and the same is true for my choral rehearsals. First and foremost, I like to provide a safe place for singers to try new things, to allow themselves to be vulnerable, to feel free to experiment with their voices, to allow themselves to make mistakes, and even to not make a great sound at times, to find what is available to them in terms of colour, range, dynamic and expressive capabilities in this amazing instrument that is the human voice.
I have a boundless love for music and music-making and I have been told that my enthusiasm for music is contagious. I believe singing is a right and that all humans can, should - and must - sing. Its an absolute necessity for our well-being - emotional, spiritual, physical and intellectual.
Bachelors degree in Theory from the University of Calgary
Masters degree in Choral Conducting from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati
I was born in Argentina and have been a Canadian citizen for 35 years. My mother tongue is Spanish, and I also speak French. I can coach Italian, Portuguese and German. I have sung as soloist with the Regina Symphony Orchestra, the Berkshire Choral Festival, Symphony Nova Scotia, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, the Prince George Symphony Orchestra, the CBC Radio Orchestra, the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra, and the New Westminster Symphony Orchestra, to name a few.
I have also been singing professionally with the Vancouver Chamber Choir under the direction of Jon Washburn for over 20 years.
Lessons may be taken once a week, once every two weeks, twice a week or occasionally. I can also accommodate irregular schedules depending on my schedule and availability.
Payment: All lessons must be paid in advance. Four lessons must be purchased on or before the fourth lesson of a lesson cycle.
No-fault cancellation: If you cancel your lesson one week in advance and cannot reschedule, there will be no charge for the lesson. Due to my own performance and training schedule, I occasionally may have to reschedule a lesson. If an alternate time cannot be found, there will be no charge for the lesson.
If you must cancel the week of your lesson, I will make every effort to reschedule that lesson. If an alternate time cannot be found, full payment for that lesson will still be required.
When canceling on the day of your lesson, please call and leave a message. Please note, lessons canceled on the day of the lesson will be subject to that day's lesson fee. When you are ready to leave the Studio, two weeks prior notice is appreciated.
Lessons will be held on national holidays unless I inform you I will not be teaching that day. You are welcome to cancel your lesson as per the cancellation policy.
Please give me as much notice as you can if you plan to pause/discontinue lessons. Two weeks or more is greatly appreciated.