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Christine currently serves as an Adjunct Voice Professor at New Jersey City University and at The College of Saint Rose. She also teaches at New Windsor Music Academy. She holds an in-depth understanding of the high demands performers face and enjoys supporting students as they each embark on their own unique path to success. She encourages all students to celebrate their individualities and tell their own story through the music they create. Drawing from diverse vocal styles, acting methods, and genres, Christine is the sum of her own parts and bases all her instruction on a healthy foundation.

Photos by Stephen Alvarado - NWMA Students at Carnegie Hall

PERFORMANCE TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

Voice Lessons Are Personal

Because taking voice lessons is a deeply personal process, each student needs a specific program tailored to their unique instrument.

As singing involves great sensitivity and skill, I am continually making adjustments to find the right approach for each student to progress successfully. Furthermore, it is important to create a bond of trust as we open up and learn from one another.

Building a Strong Foundation

Whether working with an experienced vocalist or a hobbyist, each student must gain proper vocal skills and achieve the ability to deliver with confidence, taught via the four technical singing components of respiration, phonation, resonation, and articulation. My goal with students is to balance the coordination of these four elements while helping them to find freedom and agility in all parts of their voice.

I have found it is also enormously beneficial to incorporate music theory, ear training, and historical significance of a piece and its composer into lessons.

Teaching vocal performance is my passion and I feel honored and privileged to educate students on healthy technique, encourage them to create a creative atmosphere, work on keeping an open, honest line of communication, and challenge them to grow at their own pace.

Truth and Responsibility in Performance

Acting is a powerful element in performing and requires great responsibility. From page to stage, the singer is the vessel who breathes life into the written work.

It can be challenging for students to balance the harmony of their body, mind, and soul and find absolute truth in their performance without getting in their own way. Everyone has their own entanglements to break through and I work alongside students in helping them find freedom in performance.

While we take time to learn the intricate details and layers of a piece, I believe in a “less is more” approach to execution. Stillness and silence can be just as profound as a big, booming show stopper. I teach students to focus, know their objective(s), speak the text, dig into the subtext, work transitions, play with inflection, highlight operative words, utilize action verbs, increase kinesthetic awareness, explore meaningful gestures, take in their environment, and always listen intently.

Summary

This medium demands an enormous amount of discipline and I admire anyone who takes the plunge. Time and time again I’ve seen students’ hard work pay off when they can transport an audience on a journey like no other.

Vocal performance is transient in nature, and I always encourage students to stay in the moment, take risks and commit to the challenges that lie ahead. Artists are always evolving and my wish for students is to enjoy the process, embrace the mistakes, and have fun along the way!

NJCU Productions of Shrek, The Musical; You're a Good Man Charlie Brown; and Next to Normal

“The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.”

Piet Mondrian