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The following professional Sopranos 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.)

DR. KATHLEEN M. ALLEN, soprano

Education: D.M.A. in Vocal Performance, University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.M. in Vocal Performance, Peabody Conservatory of Music, Baltimore
B.M. in Vocal Performance, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Studio: Home in Rockville, MD

Teaching experience:  18 years in Academia including the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, New York; Auburn University Music and Theater departments, Auburn, AL; and Chair of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts and Associate Professor of Voice at Central State University, Wilberforce, OH.  Specialties:  large operatic voices and musical theater belt/mix technique; diction coach, opera workshop/musical theater direction         

Teachers: Paul Rowe, William Eddy, William McGraw, Dr. Stanley Cornett, Ilona Kombrink
Member NATS since 2003
Teaching Philosophy: I offer tools for survival onstage: Courage, Confidence, and Communication! All styles and genres. “Excellence does not require perfection.”
Former students sing professionally as full-time opera singers, actors on Broadway and equity houses, jazz, and rock musicians, and work as public and private school music teachers throughout the US.

Testimonials:

“Dr. Kathleen Allen is a phenomenal singer and voice teacher.  With a stellar ear and mastery of the “bel canto” technique, there is not better option for studying classical voice.  No matter what your voice type is, Dr. Allen is equipped to help you achieve your goals as very few others can.  She discovered my talents nearly 20 years ago, seeing my potential as a classical singer long before anyone else.  It is because of this that I have since made debuts with New York City Opera, Opera Philadelphia, San Diego Opera, and my European opera debut with Opera de Oviedo in Spain.  Acclaimed roles include the title role in Falstaff, Iago in Otello, Figaro in both Barber of Seville and Marriage of Figaro, Tonio in Pagliacci, and Marcello in La Bohème.  I fully encourage anyone looking to learn the art of classical singing to invest in voice lessons with Dr. Allen.  She changed my life.”—Robert Mellon, Internationally acclaimed Baritone.

“I can’t say enough how much your lessons completely revamped and reshaped my voice to help me be ready for the opportunities I have today!! Thank you for your kind words and for everything you’ve done for me!!♥”—Maria Dalanno, Musical Theater actor, Broadway’s Mrs. Doubtfire.

Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. * Website: drkatemarie.com * Cell: (315) 530-7056


NANCY ALMQUIST, soprano

Private Studio: Mount Rainier, MD 20712
Education: M.M., voice, Indiana University; B.M, Voice, North Park University; Certified, Levels I, II, and III, Somatic Voice Work - the LoVetri Method; continuing ed. In theatre at the Shakespeare Theatre, Theatre Lab, and Studio Theatre
Teaching: since 1985. Currently on the voice faculty of the Visual and Performing Arts Program, Northwestern High School (Hyattsville, MD). Former voice faculty at the Washington Conservatory, St. Mary’s College of Maryland and NOVA, Alexandria
Teachers/Coaches past and present: Tom Reilly, Maurice “Bud” Allison, Todd Duncan, Norman Gulbrandsen

Philosophy: I enjoy helping a singer cultivate his or her own authentic instrument in the student's chosen style. I believe in the balance of strength and relaxation in technique. I also believe that no electronic enhancement can mask or make up for a voice that is not optimally functioning. My love for good theatre and beautiful sound informs my own performance.

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Contact cell: (301)873-4683
Website: nancyalmquist.com


DIANE ATHERTON* soprano

Studio: Washington DC ( St. Columbas’s/National Presbyterian, St. Mark’s Capitol Hill), home studio in Silver Spring, MD

Voice Faculty: Former Professor of Vocal Studies at American University, St. Alban’s and National Cathedral School & The Children’s Chorus of Washington. Private Studio since 1995.
Education: GMus Huddersfield University UK, PDVT Guildhall School of Music & Drama London UK, Somatic Voice Work Levels 1 & 11 Shenandoah University The LoVetri Method.
Clinician/Masterclasses: American University, Morgan State University, VSA International young soloists competition at the Kennedy Center
Professional Affiliation: Board Member of The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)
Current/past teachers: Elizabeth Daniels, David Pollard, Laura Sarti.

Current studio: 35 students. I am equally happy to work with young professional singers or enthusiastic choral singers and children ages wanting to improve their technique. Former students have been successful in gaining places at The Conservatory of Music Cincinnati University, Indiana University, Stamford University, Brown University, Lawrence University, Oxford and Cambridge Universities, UK. Many are now working professional singers & artists performing in opera and choral music both in the USA and internationally.

Philosophy: My philosophy is that that singing should be fun and enjoyable whilst providing a solid technique using such tools as body mapping techniques, the IPA system and of course my experience as a professional singer.

Testimonial’s

Diane has transformed my voice, and what a joy! She has a seemingly bottomless toolbox of well-schooled techniques to help the struggling singer, and a deep well of compassion and good humor to boot. I love working with her, and can’t recommend her highly enough. - Christina H.

Diane is a gifted voice teacher. Teaching my young daughter, she developed a curriculum that included the right amount of theory, technique and, of course, singing practice. My daughter looked forward to going to her voice class every week, and felt buoyed and inspired when she left. Diane is particularly sensitive to each child's personality and needs and is able to adjust accordingly, making every lesson both fun and musically meaningful. Homeyra

Contact: cell: 301 520 0502
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Website: www.dianeatherton.com 


DR. KATE VETTER CAIN*, soprano

Member - National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS); American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA); The Voice Foundation; American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA)
Contact - www.katevettercain.com, 202 365 7693 (call or text for quickest response), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Teaching Mission - My passion is to help you build the healthy, expressive, deeply satisfying voice you need to sing the music that you love.  I draw upon evidence-based voice pedagogy and decades of diagnostic and teaching experience.  My goal is not just to improve your singing in my studio - I want you to become your own best teacher outside of my studio. We focus on your needs, your goals, and your story - whether you are a beginner or an experienced professional.  A word about gender - I use she/her/hers and respect how you wish to be addressed.  My work with you is based on the characteristics of your individual voice and what you want to do with it, not on preconceived gender stereotypes or categories.
 
Private Voice Studio - Founded 1997 in NYC, now in NW Washington, DC.  All fully-vaccinated students are encouraged to take lessons in person; online lessons are available as desired.
I am a voice TEACHER for opera, early music, music theater, and contemporary commercial music styles.  I work with kids, teens, and young adults to prepare for performance activities, with professional singers to hone their craft, and with older students to participate fully and foster vocal health and longevity. 
I am a COACH for professional classical singers who need help shaping their vocal production and musical style for Baroque-era and "early music" repertoire.
I am a TRAINER, in collaboration with a student's licensed SLP and/or laryngologist, for singing voice rejuvenation after voice injury, overuse, or diminished function due to aging.  Please see my website (www.katevettercain.com) for further details about how I can help if you are recovering from a vocal injury, are concerned about your ongoing vocal health, or adjusting to the vocal aging process.
 
Education - BA Yale University, MM Manhattan School of Music, DMA University of Maryland School of Music
 
Teachers and Mentors - Elizabeth Daniels, J. Reilly Lewis, Linda Mabbs, Maitland Peters, Bruce Norris, Will Crutchfield
 
Additional Training - Tanglewood Music Center; Shenandoah University Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute; Orff-Schulwerk Levels I and II; Graduate-level studies in voice science and rehabilitation at UDC Speech-Language Pathology program.

CHRISTINE CASTILLO, soprano

Studio: Columbia, MD.
Education: BA University of Maryland, Vocal Performance
Training: voice, Molly Donnelly, Linda Mabbs; piano, Lillis Kingman, Mildred Fiore, Fransisco de Araujo.
Experience: teaching voice since 2001; teaching piano since 1996.
Memberships: International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM); Music Teachers National Association (MTNA); Maryland State Music Teachers Association (MSMTA)
Call or e-mail for an interview: 410.715.4862 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


JAELY CHAMBERLAIN, soprano

Home studio in Centreville, VA
**Openings for students of all ages and experience levels**

Teaching since 2009

Voice Teachers: Carmen Balthrop, Deborah Birnbaum, Elizabeth Daniels

Training:
MM Opera Performance, Maryland Opera Studio, University of Maryland, 2015
Young Artist, Hubbard Hall Opera, 2014
Apprentice Artist, Ash Lawn Opera, 2012
BA Voice Performance, Shepherd University, 2012
BME Music Education, Shepherd University, 2012
University of Miami Frost School of Music in Salzburg, Austria, 2011

Contact:
Cell- (540) 247-0314
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Website- www.jaelysoprano.com

Testimonial:

"Studying with Jaely was wonderful! She was extremely knowledgeable. My voice grew enormously in the time that we worked together. Because of Jaely, I felt comfortable and confident in auditioning for college. She is absolutely incredible to work with!"
- Nelia M. - Music Education Major, James Madison University


HEATHER FETROW, soprano
 Education: MM Voice Performance Westminster Choir College, BM Music Education Westminster Choir College
Private Studio: Anywhere in the DC Metro Area and from home studio 318 Cedar Lane, Rockville, MD 20851
Voice Faculty, Hun School of Princeton, Westminster Conservatory of Music, The Browning School (New York, NY) , Private Voice Studio in Manhattan. 
My students have attended New England Conservatory, Juilliard High School Opera Intensive, Oberlin Summer Vocal Institute, Tulane University and Westminster Choir College and performed in local, regional and national tours of shows
My mission is to engage with students to realize their full potential as singers.  I teach classical bel canto vocal technique and coach musical theater repertoire as well.  I also specialize in audition and performance preparation and musicianship/sight reading training. I am well rounded as both a solo vocalist and choral singer, sensitive to the successful application of vocal concepts to different genres of vocal music. I enjoy having the privilege of nurturing the natural beauty in my students' unique instruments and am pleased to work with a variety of ages and levels of singing experience.
I am currently available to teach via Zoom and in person, given a large enough space that allows for social distancing/improvements in the co-vid 19 situation.  
Carnegie Hall Debut 2019, Washington National Opera, Angels Vocal Art Studio Artist, Brevard Music Center, CoOPERAtive, Operaworks, Bay Area Summer Opera Theater, HUB Opera Ensemble, Garden State Opera, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Dell'Arte Opera, Rutgers University Mallery Recital Series, Amherst Early Music Festival
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.609-658-3390

 CROSSLEY HAWN, soprano

Lessons from her cozy home studio in Hyattsville, MD

*Accepts students of all ages and experience levels*

Mission:  Crossley is not a believer in "one-method-fits-all" teaching, and will work with you as the unique and wonderful musician you are!  She is happy to meet you at whatever level you may find yourself, and through a focus on good vocal technique and musicianship, build a repertoire that's appropriate for your individual voice and musical interests. 

Education: M.M. Vocal Performance, Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, Catholic University of America, 2016
B.M. Vocal Performance, CUA, 2010

Voice Teacher: Sharon Christman  

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Website- www.crossleyhawn.com

Testimonial:  "Crossley is one of the most supportive and patient teachers you could ever have! She was always prepared for the voice lessons I had with her, and believes in her students' abilities. -Kaitlyn A. 


 SHAINA KUHN, * lyric soprano

Studio: Washington, D.C. (on Capitol Hill off of Lincoln Park)

Education: B.A. - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The David Jones Teacher Mentoring program
Private voice studio instruction in Swedish-Italian School singing from a professional soprano in Washington, D.C. Students learn to sing freely and healthily in a supportive, positive studio environment.  Students include professional musicians, college music majors, and avocational singers.  Extensive experience and success with singers suffering from vocal injuries and/or vocal health challenges.
memberships: National Association for Teachers of Singing (NATS), American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA)
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STEPHANIE LYNN MILLER,* soprano

Studio in Chevy Chase, MD (Red Line accessible)
Master of Music - Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University
Graduate Performance Diploma - Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University
Bachelor of Arts - Double Major Music and Drama - Kenyon College
Teaching since 2009 
Voice Teacher - The Park School of Baltimore
Teaches all ages and styles including classical, musical theater, jazz and pop.
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phone: 301-785-9529 

CATE FRAZIER-NEELY,* soprano

Studio: Fulltime, private voice studio in Silver Spring, Maryland
Teaching since: 1980
Faculty: Artist/Faculty, The Smithsonian Resident Associates, Wash., DC
Founder, The Washington Vocal Consortium. Member: NATS (Former President of MD/DC Chapter)
Education: Certification: Somatic Voice Work: The Lovetri Method; M.M., Vocal Performance, University of Maryland, College Park, B.M., Vocal Performance, Minor in Keyboard Accompanying, The College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio.
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MARYANN SEWELL,* soprano

Studio: Washington D. C. Upper Northwest – bus and Metro accessible. 202-726-8858 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Faculty: The Catholic University of America – 1996 to present
Private studio teaching – over 25 years.
Performance experience: recitals, oratorio, opera and operetta. NATS (10 years) President of the MD-DC NATS. ACDA member – 20 years. Emily Dickinson International Music Society – founding member
My studio includes high school students with college voice major aspirations, college students, church soloists, cantors, singers in major choral ensembles (Washington Master Chorale, Cathedral Choral Society, Choral Arts, etc), actors who wish to add singing to their audition skills, serious amateurs, and singers under contract to Washington National Opera. 


JOY MARYA STEVANS,* soprano

Studio: Rockville, MD
Faculty: Montgomery College, Rockville, MD, (2001-present) Member: NATS, AGMA; Teaching: Since 2001; Education: DMA (ABD), Vocal Pedagogy, University of Maryland M.M. Vocal Performance, Indiana University-Bloomington, B.A. Music and English, magna cum laude, The Catholic University of America. Nora Sands Memorial Scholarship to AIMS-Graz in 2009.
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LINDA FISHER TEASLEY,* soprano

DMA University of Maryland/College Park
Private vocal studio in Alexandria, VA. Teaching covers a wide range of styles including classical, jazz and pop. Voice faculty: Georgetown University.
(703) 765-2118 phone or (703) 765-2551 fax


ANGELA PETERSON WINTER,* soprano

Holistic Voice Training and Coaching to "Free Your Voice Inside & Out"
Studio: Fairfax, VA, and Skype
Member NATS
Ages 16-adult, classical, musical theatre, singer/songwriter styles
Education: Level II Certification Somatic Voiceworks TM - The LoVetri Method, M.M. Westminster Choir College of Rider University, B.M. Butler University, Life Coach Training Martha Beck, Inc.
As a holistic voice teacher and life coach, I work with each student to pinpoint - and RELEASE - the stuck places in the mind, body, spirit, and voice so he/she can sing with confidence, joy, and authenticity.
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