I maintain a private voice studio in Morristown, NJ. My teaching stems from classical voice, because I believe that healthy vocal technique spans across all genres of singing, from pop, to musical theater, to opera. Many of my students have received honors such as being selected for All-State and All-National honor choirs and Command Performance in state Solo/Ensemble competitions and some of my students have received vocal scholarships and entered into music and voice performance programs at Florida State, Montclair State, University of Chicago, and BYU Idaho, among other colleges.
Before teaching in New Jersey, I taught undergraduate private voice at Florida State University for two years, while receiving my master's degree in Voice Performance. I also taught privately while in Tallahassee, as well as in my home state of Alaska. I occasionally hold "boot camps" and masterclasses for my students, in
collaboration with other performers and teachers in the area. Technical vocal training is a life-long journey: in addition to my formal education in music, I also regularly take lessons with my teacher in NYC, passing that knowledge on to my own students.
There is great value in honing a skill and fine-tuning a talent. Students learn much more than "how to sing" in voice lessons. Self-expression and memorization techniques are explored and discovered, and frequently carry over to many aspects of life. Performance is also a large part of the learning experience, and I arrange several performance opportunities for my students throughout the year. Learning to perform in a high-pressure situation is crucial for any student, athlete, businessman or woman, and indeed, musician!
What Students Say
Elena's method of 'healthy singing' is extremely effective. After only one lesson I discovered my natural vibrato, and head and chest voice. Without Elena's lessons, I never would have made it to National Honor Choir, won two Command Performances at the state Solo/Ensemble competition, or even felt confident to sing and perform at all" -Ali, Classical Voice student
Since working with Elena, my confidence has risen significantly and I've developed singing skills I know will stick with me for the rest of my life. Working with her has increased my appreciation for classical singers."
-Jamie, Musical Theater student
Elena knows what teaching style works for the individual, and tops it off with a bright and bubbly personality!"
-Josie, Classical/Musical Theatre student