Contact Ellen:
San Carlos, CA


Teaching & Philosophy

Musical Background
My degree is in the field of Vocal Performance, and I also have a great knowledge of Music History, Vocal Literature, Lyric Diction and Vocal Pedagogy. As a performer, I have sung with many of the premier regional opera companies in the Bay Area, performed numerous solo recitals and faculty concerts, and was a member
of the San Francisco Auxiliary Chorus for several years. I’ve found that my classical background and love for music both contribute to my expertise in the mechanics of the voice. In addition they provide me with a vast understanding of classical, musical theatre and jazz repertoire to draw from.

My instructional philosophy begins with the principle that my students need to be in a comfortable environment if they are to open up and let go musically or artistically. I am a bundle of energy with lots of ideas and creative approaches to the important basics of singing. I believe that the foundation of all singing is rooted in the breath, and although I may describe them in hundreds of different ways, the basics remain the same. A singer needs to take in the right breath, and consequently needs to learn the correct ways to use that air in vocal production.

I bring nearly 20 years of teaching experience to my studio with
enthusiasm, organization, knowledge and genuineness. Aside from
the fact that I truly love teaching, and because of my consistent
student retention, I know that my students also enjoy studying
with me.

"Under her guidance, I have created a strong repertoire of classical, musical theatre and American Standards."
––David F., Student of 9 years"