As a performer, Monica enjoys concert work and has been featured at both the North Beach and Jack London Square Italian festivals as well as private fund-raisers. She has been seen at NTC as Christmas Past in an original Christmas Carol, the Countess in A Little Night Music, Amalia Balash in She Loves Me and as Gwendolyn Pigeon in The Odd Couple. She also enjoyed playing the Fairy Godmother in Stapleton Theater’s Cinderella. As a youth music director and voice coach she has done more Annie’s than she can count, notably at Del Mar, Brookside and Marin Horizon schools; Alice: Tales of a Curious Girl and a musical Mother Courage at Tam High’s CTE, Hairspray and How to Succeed in Business at White Hill, Peter Pan at Del Mar, Bye, Bye Birdie and Mary Poppins at Brookside and Beauty and the Beast at Marin Horizon. Adult productions include Avenue Q, Forum, Pirates of Penzance, Fantasticks, Sound of Music and Most Happy Fella with NTC, among many others, and Children of Eden and Big at Stapleton. She was often seen on stage at the Altarena Theater in Alameda, and has music directed shows at Masquers and Contra Costa Musical Theater.
I call myself a “therapeutic voice teacher” because I offer singers and speakers the opportunity to deeply explore all aspects of the voice, from the breath to making sound, in a way uncommon in traditional voice lessons. I weave together classic vocal techniques with body and energy-centered modalities, such as the Alexander Technique, yoga-inspired movement and Reiki. As an excellent vocal/body/energy diagnostician with deep knowledge of the vocal mechanism, I am able to quickly get to the root of a vocal problem or help someone grow vocally by addressing long-held physical and psychophysical habits that interfere with free and easy expression.
…and her students:
My students are beginners and experienced singers young and old, actors, business people and broadcasters, folks from all walks of life who want to improve the quality of their voices, resolve vocal problems or work through stage fright. I also love to work with young people, helping them through the vocal transition, and the older vocalist to help him or her maintain singing and speaking strength and flexibility. It’s not unusual for a student to start a lesson lying on a massage table observing the breath, vocalizing in a yoga asana or toning. Not only is it fun, but it also teaches us how to make sound from the totality of our beings.
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