Lessons at SVS

The Initial Lesson includes an assessment of your speaking voice, posture, and personal goals. You will learn a few speech and singing exercises. Students say that this first session offers a clear idea of what lessons at SVS offer. Breath management, music theory, and choosing repertoire that challenges and inspires you, are integral to our ongoing work. Commitment to weekly lessons and daily practice will help you meet your goals.

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My goals for each student:

  • Healthy and expressive speech and singing that is consistent and reliable
  • An intimate knowledge of one’s voice and vocal production
  • Confidence with music theory; fluency in reading music

“Dreams are messages sent by talent.”

Barbara Sher, author

(August 14, 1935 – May 10, 2020)

The inspiration to open your mouth and sing comes from deep within. If you find yourself in a Vocal Studio ready to take instruction, you more-than-likely belong there.


“Singing is sustained speech.”

Arden Sugarman Eliopoulos, M.A.

From the moment you wake up, “warming-up” your voice is possible. Conscious breathing, and awareness of your spoken”optimal pitch level,” means you’re off to a good start! I help you adopt a practice regimen that is realistic and easily integrated into your daily life. “Pre-vocalizing warm-ups” and all vocal exercises are recorded and available on the Student Portal.


“Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.”

Oscar Wilde, poet and playwright (October 16, 1854 – November 30, 1900)

An important part of this journey is the discovery of your unique and authentic sound. To this end, I encourage students toward an examined life- one of introspection- in whatever manner works best for you.