Felicia - Teacher #2229

Instruments:
- Voice

Languages:
- English

Teaching Philosophy

I want to equip my students with the tools to unlock their voice. You will always have me in your corner - but at the end of the day you are the one who will be alone on the stage/in the boardroom/audition room – and you need to be the one who understands your voice.

To get there, our sessions are full of student-led learning. My goal is to make you think and explore your voice! I believe that an efficient and free sound is found with lots of fun and intense exploration. You guide lessons and pick repertoire and I am here to encourage relaxation, exploration, healthy vocal and body use and a commitment to creating sound and communicating that is deeper than just “neck up.”

I offer my students a safe space to explore coupled with patience, humour, and a genuine commitment to my student’s personal voice!

Learning how to use my voice was a long – and sometimes painful – process! The ease of singing that I witnessed with my colleagues in school didn’t come naturally to me. That question and frustration – how do I find a way to use my voice that is healthy and free – started a journey that has continued to this day. I’ve gone from singing in choirs to opera, to indie music, to teaching voice, to making crazy sounds as a voice actor in video games and animation. Throughout it all I’ve spoken, yelled, screamed, cried, sang, belted, and growled my way through sessions – singing a classical score one day, being a combat soldier in a video game the next. I credit my vocal longevity, power (and ability to survive hours long vocally stressful sessions) to my singing training and curiosity of the healthful habits of the human voice.

Musical Education

My journey has been a long and varied one! I started out studying voice privately under the RCM from childhood to the end of high school. After that, I graduated from York University BFA with a degree in classical vocal performance. From there I studied as an opera singer and teacher under many, many amazing singers. I've sung as a backing singer for rock singers, I was the front woman to an indie rock band, I've sung opera with the RCM, Toronto City Opera, Summer Opera Lyric Theatre. I studied under Canadas foremost Butterfly - Maria Pellegrini - in Ottawa. After that, I travelled to Germany and Italy and studied under wonderful musicians (Nadine Secunde, Dr. Siebald). I came back to Canada and continued my studies in theatre and acting with Theatre Rusticle and am constantly taking new classes in acting, improv and voiceover. I have been very interested in figuring out the contemporary sound (it IS a different technique!) and have worked on my musical theatre and contemporary singing for the past few years. I adore learning and am constantly updating my teaching education - most recently having completed the Vocal Pedagogy "Un-Degree" with UofT's Dr. Shannon Coates. Experience-wise - I have have been teaching voice since 2008 - first in Brampton, then Toronto, then Ottawa, and finally online!

Awards and Distinctions

Best Female Voiceover (International) One Voice Awards - 2020
Orpheus Award, outstanding achievement in adjudicated vocal performance, York University 2011
Third Place ORMTA, Selected to represent Toronto in the Ontario Music Teachers Association Competition 2011
First Place, Concerto Competition, Winner and Soloist of the York University Concerto Competition 2011
Cormac Robbin Memorial Award, Newmarket Festival 2010

Special Skills and Training

I adore teaching voices! Before I had any thoughts of doing voiceover or acting, I taught. I’d love to join you in your journey and help you find your true sound! I am an actor, singer, and voice teacher. I’ve trained in voice and worked as an opera singer for over 15 years and continue to train actors how to use their voices safely and develop their authentic sound. I’ve shouted my head off in video games, sung multiple opera roles, was the front-woman of an indie band, and have lent my voice to video game soundtracks. I’ve trained with voice professionals in Canada, the States, and Europe (please see resume for details) and continually train with top professionals today to hone my skills in vocal technique and education. I’m a graduate of the York U music BFA and have run my own voice studio since 2008. Teachers: Teachers: Louisa Burgess, Nadine Secunde, Maria Pellegrini, Norma Burrowes, Catherine Robbin Directors: Guillermo Silva-Marin, Jordan de Souza, Kevin Reeves, Laurence Ewashko, Jacques Israelievitch, Sabatino Vacca, Lisette Canton, Karen Burke Coaches: Shannon Coates, Luke Housner, Doreen Simmons, Rachel Andrist, Jean Desmarais, Judith Ginsburg, Raisa Nakhmanovich, Joel Katz Masterclasses: Joan Dornemann, Mary-Lou Fallis, Lynne McMurtry, Daniel Lichti, Jason Nedecky, Bruce Ubukata Opera training: Toronto City Opera Adina Sept 2015-March 2016 Summer Opera Lyric Theatre Martha (Martha) June-August 2015 Toronto Summer Opera Workshop Le Nozze di Figaro June 2015 Theatre Rusticle Physical Theatre Gym June 2012 - July 2012 Royal Conservatory of Music Opera School Apprentice Program June 2010- August 2010 York University Bachelor of Fine Arts, Honours Music September 2006 –June 2011 Acting: Linklater Voice Workshop (2021) Animation VO workshops (2020) The Mocap Vaults I (2020) Sara Weatherwax Bryn Mcauley /Sherry Dayton Pascal Langdale The Second City Training Centre (2020) Improv for Actors The Dirt Underneath Acting Studio I, II, II, IV (2019-2020) John Gordon, Shaun James McComb Masterclass Audition Lab (2019) Lynne Cormack Voice Acting for Video Games Workshops (2017-2019) Ellen Dubin, Ivan Sherry Intro to On Camera Acting (2016) Armstrong Acting Studios Commercial Voiceover Class (2017) Caroly Larson (Kim Hurdon Studios) Intensive VO Workshops in Animation (2016-present) Kim Hurdon, Susan Hart, Joanne Boreham, Stevie Vallance Melissa Altro, Christian Potenza, Elley Ray Hennesy Opera School Apprentice Program (2010) Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto) Physical Theatre Gym (2012) Theatre Rusticle

Rates

30 Minutes: $39.00
45 Minutes: $49.00
60 Minutes: $59.00

There is a one-time registration fee of 25 $ charged with the first lessons. All Taxes are included in prices, if applicable

NOTE: Your Credit card will be charged ONLY when the first lesson is set up and confirmed with the teacher

Policies


1. Cancellation Policy

Lessons not cancelled or rescheduled with at least 24 hours notice are billable to the client and payable to the teacher. This does not of course apply to travel fees unless the notice is effectively given at the door and the teacher has travelled to the location.

2. Cessation (quitting) Policy

A client must provide a 2 lesson notice period to stop lessons. So a weekly student needs to give 2 weeks of notice, a biweekly student works out to 3 weeks notice and a twice weekly student works out to a week of notice.

3. Illness Policy

Lessons cancelled due to illness or extraordinary circumstances with less than 24 hours notice remain billable to the client and payable to the teacher.

BAH teachers are encouraged to offer a make-up lesson at a future date in the interest of client relations and general goodwill. This only makes sense as teaching a student with the flu for example, will ruin the rest of your week's employment.

No more than 2 lessons may be made up due to illness within a 60 day period.

4. Rescheduling Policy

Any lesson can be cancelled or rescheduled with at least 24 hours notice.

Summer Vacation and Extended Absence Policy

Clients may schedule longer absences for trips etc. 24 hours notice is required.

It is normal and typical for students and about 20% of our teachers to schedule a break in the summer. We do not enforce a notice period (see cessation of lessons) at the end of a long summer break.

5. Evaluation Period

There are no free trial lessons with Beethoven at Home but we do offer a 2 lesson evaluation period where it is easy to try out a teacher. There are no free lessons during the evaluation period and clients may choose to discontinue the lessons at any time by providing the required 24 hours notice. After the student's 3rd lesson the required 2 lesson notice period will apply (see cessation of lessons above).