The following professional Mezzo/Altos provide vocal instruction. An asterisk "*" beside the name of the teacher means that this teacher is a member of The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS.)


Studio: Washington, DC

Education: BM – Vocal Performance – University of Maryland; BA – Music and Linguistics - University of Alberta, Russian Opera Workshop

Professional experience: Alto Section Leader – Church of the Epiphany, sung with The In Series, Opera Camerata of Washington, Opera NOVA, and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Choir

DIANA CANTRELLE, dramatic mezzo-soprano

Studio: Columbia, Maryland
410-207-8687 - click on Artemis Voice Studios tab for Teaching Philosophy, Professional Policies, and Pricing Options.

Education – Masters in Voice Performance/Vocal Pedagogy from Peabody Conservatory of Music with minor Composition Studies –  2012

Professional Member of Screen Actors Guild, American Guild of Musical Artists, Music Teachers National Association

Studying voice is like a traveler embarking on a voyage with limitless horizons. One must be open to new adventures, have courage to try new things, step out of one’s comfort zone and be hungry for knowledge. My job as a performing teacher is to be your guide.  I draw upon yoga (breath support, posture, relaxation, acting techniques,  (Stanislavsky, Hagen, Meisner) and conservatory vocal pedagogy, so that no matter what style of music,  your technique will be healthy and your true voice will ring forth.

LAURA JO DAVIS, mezzo-soprano

Studio: Annapolis, MD

Voice Faculty: Ferri Music Studios, Denville, NJ 2007-2009
Director of Music: Denville Community Church (2007-2009), Severna Park United Methodist Church (2009-2013)

Education: M.M. Voice Pedagogy and Performance, Catholic University of America; B.M. Sacred Music (voice primary), Westminster Choir College, Rider University; Anamaya Yoga Teacher Training, 200 hour certification.

Memberships: Music Teachers National Association

Mission: To empower singers to reach a point of authentic expression through the vehicle of the breath. Laura combines her knowledge of the physiology of the voice with her experience as a yoga teacher to create an approach to singing that encompasses the whole person. It is her belief that when a singer is grounded in a sense of self and understanding of the physical instrument that he/she finds freedom both on and off the stage.

GRACE GORI,* mezzo-soprano

Studio: Gori Voice Studios, LLC , Kensington MD 
Faculty: Washington Conservatory of Music
Teaching since 1993
Education: BM-Voice Indiana University – Bloomington; MM Voice/Opera University of Maryland at College Park; Guest Student, 1990-91 at Munich Hochschule fuer Musik, Munich, Germany; Apprentice artist with Sarasota Opera (1994), Natchez Opera Festival (1996), Des Moines Metro Opera (1995-97). Continued private vocal study in New York City. Alexander Technique study 1996-2003.
Professional experience: Washington National Opera chorus since 1999, soloist with New Dominion Chorale, Washington Women’s Chorus, Washington Bach Consort, Maryland Handel Festival, Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, InSeries, Annapolis Opera, and more.
Student achievements: Students have sung with Washington Women’s Chorus, Cathedral Choral Society, NOVA Community Chorus, Voices XXI, Olney Theater, Act II Theater Company and BAPA.
Professional references: J. Reilly Lewis (Cathedral Choral Society), Thomas Beveridge (New Dominion Chorale), Donald Paul Richardson (Washington Women’s Chorus), Dr. Mark Whitmire (NOVA Community Chorus) Email: 

PATRICIA HUSSEY,* mezzo-soprano

SingerPatH Voice Studio
10702 Simpson Mews Lane
Fairfax City, VA 22030
(Studio & Fax) 703-356-4540
Faculty: George Mason University School of Music
Member: NATS, AGMA

DOROTHY KINGSTON, mezzo-soprano

Singer, Voice Teacher, Conductor
11120 Byrd Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030
Home/studio: 703-385-9425;

Voice lessons and Voice/Choral Workshops

Voice Faculty:
Severn School, Severna Park, MD (since 2012)
Performing & Vocal Arts Magnet Program, Anne Arundel County Schools, Annapolis MD (since 2017)

Previous teaching experience:
Classroom music and choir director for Martin's in-the-field Episcopal School, Severna Park, MD and St. Margaret’s School, London; Choral trainer for the Children’s Chorus of Washington; Teaching Assistant for ear training/sight-singing at Peabody Conservatory; chamber music coaching; beginner cello; beginner composition classes

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama:
MA in Music - Vocal Performance/Opera Pathway
Peabody Conservatory of Music:
GPD in Voice
Trinity College of Music:
PGDip, Vocal Performance passed with Distinction
The Knack at ENO Baylis:
Acting, Movement/Dance and Music performance training
Boston University, School for the Arts:
BMus, Cello Performance
The Purcell School, London:
Cello and Composition specialization

LINDA MAGUIRE, mezzo soprano

Mondays and Thursdays in Alexandria, VA

CHRISTINE S. DENNING, mezzo-soprano

Loudoun Lyric Opera
voice studio for kids age 8-11 in Hamilton, VA
Beginning Voice Training
$35 a 1/2 hour
3 children for 1 hour $150
Call for an evaluation: 703-625-6280 

DOROTHEY BODNER, mezzo-soprano

Studio: Burke, VA
B.S. in Music Education-SUNY Potsdam (Crane School of Music)
Trained with Vladimir Shustroff, Louis Lebherz in Los Angeles, soloist with the New Dominion Chorale, Cathedral Sings, Opera Encores, Opera International. Sung with Opera Orchestra of Los Angeles, Florida Grande Opera (three years,) Washington National Opera (current-fourteenth year)
References: Thomas Beveridge (New Dominion Chorale,) Brock McElheran (former professor at Potsdam)
Contact information: 703-455-1721 or


Studio: Arlington, VA
Baroque music specialty
Teaching since 1993
Voice Faculty-American University and formerly, St. Mary's College in MD
phone: 703-379-8552

LINGLING H. PENG,* mezzo-soprano

Studio: Voice Studio, Germantown Maryland ( since 2004)
GPD of Peabody Conservatory / M.M University of Nebraska School of Music
Faculty: NOVA Music and Arts Academy

LORI ŞEN, mezzo-soprano

Graduate Teaching Assistant & Doctor of Musical Arts student
Voice/Opera Division University of Maryland School of Music
Phone: (917) 704-2676 E-mail:
Memberships: Voice Foundation

D.M.A. Voice Pedagogy - University of Maryland School of Music (current)
M.M. Voice Performance and Pedagogy - Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ
B.M. Voice Performance - Dokuz Eylul University State Conservatory, Izmir, Turkey
M.Ed. Teaching Physics - Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey
B.S. Physics - Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Recent performances include Marta (Iolanta) and La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi) with Westminster Opera Theater, Pauline (Pique Dame) and Prima Donna (Ariadne auf Naxos) with Westminster Opera Workshop, as well as several choral performances as a member of Westminster Symphonic Choir at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia and Carnegie Hall in New York.  Website: