1. How old were you when you started singing?
I grew up as a little dancer, started playing piano when I was 8, clarinet when I was 12, and started singing when I was 16!
2. When did you start taking voice seriously and why did you decide to become a professional musician?
I started taking voice seriously my senior year of high school, after I met my amazing voice teacher at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania. She helped me with my audition tapes for college and prepared me for all my auditions. My teachers have all been amazing mentors along the way and if it wasn’t for their constant love and support, I would not have chosen this artistic path. Creativity and connection light up my spirit and musical expression through voice and theater have been my calling from a young age.
3. Tell us about your musical and educational background.
I studied Vocal Performance in Classical Voice at Providence College and Vocal Performance in Opera Studies at New York University for my Masters. I received my Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy at NYU and also had the opportunity to study abroad and sing opera in Vienna, Austria and Florence, Italy. I was a resident artist with Nevada Opera and also an apprentice with Barrington Stage Musical Theater Conservatory in Massachusetts. I served as Adjunct Faculty in Voice at NYU and music schools across NYC.
5. What do you love most about teaching?
I love sharing my passion with curious creators. Music and self-expression are so important to me as a human! When I get to share my passion with students and see them light up when they sing or play their song, it is such a gift. I don’t even feel like I’m working!
6. Do you have a practice tip you want to share with our students?
Singing is about getting the sound OUT! We have a tendency to keep our voices in because it feels safer. When we share our voices, it’s taking a beautiful risk of authentic expression and bravery. The best way to get our voices OUT, is by being connected to our breath. An effective tool that helps me is blowing up a balloon. When we blow up a balloon, we engage muscles needed for singing without pushing too hard. There will always be a balance between breath flow and pressure. Blowing up balloon is a great tool to feel the necessary flow of breath and pressure while singing.
7. What do you enjoy doing when you’re not teaching, practicing, or performing?
I love riding my bike and exploring the beautiful bay area with my partner, Ryan! I love being in nature, hearing the sound of the ocean, and seeing the grandeur of the trees and rolling hills. I love cooking and baking treats, getting my hands dirty with plants and mother earth, community service, talking to my little brother Jimmy, teaching yoga, dancing in the kitchen with Ryan, and reading poetry by David Whyte.
Teacher Marie is accepting voice and piano students 5 years and up. Call/email to schedule a trial lesson. 650 324 2373 | email@example.com