BENJAMIN ENGELKE | Private Voice
Tuesdays (Pleasant Hill)
Contact | (714) 308-7937, firstname.lastname@example.org
Benjamin is very excited to be making a triumphant return to the music scene after taking a break to focus on his other passions of furniture and product design. At age eight, he joined the ranks of The All American Boys Chorus, where he performed regularly at places such as Disneyland and the Segerstrom Performing Arts Center. After studying Opera Theater in college and refined training abroad in Vienna, Austria, he changed his focus shifted to design and architecture. Benjamin has an intimate understanding of the mechanics of the voice and believes in a healthy balance of old world techniques and the benefits of bringing technology to the vocal studio. He has a strong foundation in classical voice, but loves to teach in a musical theater style. He is classified as a Lyric Tenor I.
JACQUIE DUCKWORTH | Acting, Monologue Preparation for Auditions, & Dialect Training
Contact | (925) 330-8240, email@example.com
Jacquie is a Bay Area actress who recently appeared as Annette in Town Hall Theatre’s God of Carnage and the San Francisco Bay One Acts. Favorite roles include Mrs. Boyle in Mousetrap (Altarena), Dame Van Tassel in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (SF Shakespeare Festival) and King Edward in Henry VI, Part III (Actor’s Ensemble of Berkeley). In addition to stage work, Jacquie has appeared on-camera for commercials (Blue Shield, Youthful Gold), industrials (Safeway, AAA), television (I Almost Got Away With It), and film (The Game, Who Wants to Go to Heaven). As a performer and educator, Jacquie toured schools throughout the state bringing history to life with Live Oakes Educational Theater’s Complete Condensed History of California and Coyote Tales. She has directed student productions and taught acting and improvisational performance for San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Town Hall Theatre, Girls Evolve and Adventure Theater. As a guest lecturer at City College of San Francisco she taught improvisation, creative thinking, and team collaboration. Jacquie is a graduate of UCLA and studied directing, British dialects, and audition techniques at Berkeley Rep and acting Shakespeare with Cal Shakes.
LIZ WHITNEY | Private Voice
Tuesdays (Lafayette) & Wednesdays (Pleasant Hill)
Contact | (303) 817-6564, firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz received her Masters Degree in Music with a Vocal Performance Concentration from the University of Northern Colorado in 2006 and has since owned and operated a thriving voice studio catering to elementary school aged through adult students. Liz's teaching, as well as her singing, places an emphasis on Body Mapping, which is the study of our mental representation of our body's size, structure, and function. She is deeply inspired by Body Mapping because it teaches singers to become educated about and think independently about their bodies and voices and helps singers avoid injury. Liz teaches a wide variety of genres but places an emphasis on musical theatre as she feels that it is an accessible hybrid between classical and pop that is a cornerstone in developing technique. In addition to teaching technique, Liz aids students in learning to sight read, understand music theory, refine stage presence, overcome performance anxiety, learn new repertoire, and prepare for vocal competitions/auditions. She prides herself on her ability to work with singers at differing ability levels and with differing personality types.
DANIELLE AVERSA | Private Voice
Thursdays& Saturdays (Lafayette)
Contact | (978) 729-6371, email@example.com
Danielle has been lifelong performer, singer and dancer. Originally from Boston, MA Danielle studied at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art before moving to New York to pursue a career in theatre, film and television. In New York Danielle studied voice with an apprentice of Cornelius Reid, a well-known vocal pedagogue specialist in the bel canto technique. Her theatre credits include originating the roles of Jenny in MUSE at the Manhattan Repertory Theater, Mildred in HAIRY APE at the Boston Center for the Arts, television episodes of Brain Games and On the Case with Paula Zahn and a national commercial for Verizon Fios. After moving to the Bay Area a few months ago, Danielle was thrilled to find Lamorinda Performing Academy and is looking forward to inspiring the next generation of performers. As a teacher she strives to create a fun and dynamic environment to help students develop their confidence in a supportive and nurturing space. In addition to her performing experience, Danielle also draws off her experience as a 200hr Yoga Alliance certified instructor and in January she began an Alexander Technique teacher-training program at the Alexander Educational Center in Berkeley.
TINA STRANCE | Private Voice & Piano
Mondays (Lafayette) & Wednesdays (Pleasant Hill)
Contact | (925) 381-2153, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tina holds a Master's Degree in Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She also enjoys working with local musical theatre and opera companies. Tina has been helping her private voice student's age 10 and up learn healthy vocal technique in a safe and nurturing studio environment for the last ten years. All skill levels are welcome! Come learn to sing, build confidence and have fun!
ALLISON PARAISO | Private Dance
Contact | 626-215-8701 email@example.com
A Los Angeles native, Allison has been teaching many styles of dance and musical theatre all over Los Angeles County and Orange County since 2001. She has been teaching, choreographing, and directing in the East Bay since 2014. East Bay choreography and director credits include Seussical (DTC), Spring Awakening (DTC) and Peter Pan (DTC). Some performance credits include: Oklahoma (MTW), Hairspray (MTW), Hello! My Baby - world premier! (Rubicon Theater Co.), Carousel (Reprise!), Meet Me in St Louis (MTW), Long Beach Orchestra Holiday Celebration, Kiss Me Kate (CCPA), and Smokey Joe’s Café (CCPA). She has performed for many great causes such as: Help Is On The Way (REAF), S.T.A.G.E. (AIDS benefit), Broadway In The Park (MTW), Broadway Under the Stars (Reprise!), Children’s Hospital of Orange County, and St Jude’s. She has been fortunate enough to work alongside talented artists such as Lee Martino, Florence Henderson, Patrick Cassidy, Bruce Vilanch, Valerie Pettiford, Jason Alexander, Carole Cook and George Wendt. When Allison is not teaching or performing she’s growing her own business, Images Imagined Photography, specializing in headshots, theatre and dance photography.
CHAD SOMERS | Private Voice
Tuesdays (Pleasant Hill)
Contact | (314) 807 - 2894 , firstname.lastname@example.org
Has performed with opera companies in Philadelphia, New York, and over the East Coast over the last ten years. During this time, he premiered award winning operas, collaborated with major composers, won competitions, given recitals, and have appeared as a soloist with chamber ensembles and orchestras.
Chad has been teaching private voice over the last 6 years, drawing from a perspective of body mapping. He can teach a variety of styles including classical, musical theater, and jazz to wide ranging age groups and backgrounds. He has taught high school students seeking help in preparing for musical productions, competitions, or college auditions. He seeks to inspire authentic communication and to uncover my students’ authentic voice, which leads to one-of-a-kind performances.
Chad is part of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and has a Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance and Literature with a minor in Vocal Pedagogy from the Eastman School of Music. When not singing, you can find him hiking throughout Briones Regional Park with his wife and two small kids. Follow him on Instagram @chadsingsthings.