For most of us, singing came as the first form of communication as a child. That was definitely the case for me. It was a natural part of my being and from a very early age I knew that I wanted to make music. As I got older and progressed down the typical path of choirs, voice lessons, theater camps and competitions, I suddenly felt out of place.
I knew that I should sing but everything about me seemed like it wasn't meant to follow the straight and narrow path that classical music tends to offer. As I moved into my college years, singing almost became a burden. I felt as though the teachers and professors I had saw the potential but didn't want to work with me to find the core of my voice. As a result I sang repertoire that brought me almost no joy and made me feel like I was literally swallowing my voice to fit into a "box". After a horrible experience in grad school with basically no performance opportunities, lots of emotional abuse and a toxic school environment I decided to take my career into my own hands. I had been teaching for years and knew that I needed to find a teacher that inspires me as much as I try to inspire my students.
I found my teacher Alexandra LoBianco through a friend and FINALLY, I had found someone who wants to work with me, for me and bring out the best in me. A good teacher always finds the potential in their student, even if the student doesn't see it themselves yet and Lexi gave that to me. I also work with her colleague Margaret Izard, who is a brilliant teacher, friend and pedagogue as well.
As a six foot tall, tattooed and short haired woman, opera always seemed like it wasn't ready for me yet and I had always felt that because I was different that I was somehow not good enough.
In reality, the institution isn't good enough, and it needs to be changed.
I created PRISM to welcome all who want to learn how to sing. To all the students that feel like they don't fit the "mold" Prism is here to help you find your own place and rejoice in the uniqueness that the human voice provides. Whether you identify as female, male, non-binary, queer or gender fluid, music is here to tell your story and I'm here to help find your voice and let it shine!
Come as you are, and make music with me!
Founder and creator of Prism Music Studio