Voice Teachers


DOROTHY BARNHOUSE (1974), sight singing, voice. BA, Linguistics, Harvard University; Voice and Vocal Pedagogy, Musikhochschule, Berlin; MEd, Education, Harvard University; MA, Music Theory, SFSU. Performed as mezzo-soprano soloist in Germany, Boston and the Bay Area. From 1988-1999, trained youth to teach music to children in barrios of Managua, Nicaragua. Resumed teaching at CMC in 1999. Also speaks Spanish.
Mission and Richmond District Branches

 

INA CHALIS (1966), voice. Diploma, Piano and Voice, Karlsruhe, Germany. Studied Italian, German, French and Russian opera and art songs. Performed extensively as a soloist on opera and concert stages, television and radio. Director, Ina Chalis Opera Ensemble. Former faculty, Fracassi Conservatory in Argentina and Montevideo Conservatory in Uruguay. Coaches repertoire from folk songs to opera for all skill levels. Also speaks German, Spanish, Italian, French and Russian.
Mission District Branch

nola_curtisNOLA CURTIS (2013), Community of Voices accompanist, voice teacher. Nola Curtis a.k.a. Cyd Qurtisse is a vocalist, musician, teacher, dancer/choreographer, and former ice skating coach with a Bachelors of Science in Business Management and a minor in music. She is also a student of world-renowned music virtuoso, producer and author Maestro Curtis, of whom she is married with five children. Her husband has worked with a legendary who’s who of musical icons. Nola has worked as a session vocalist on some 15 CD recordings, has opened for music icons like Michael Franti and has had the honor of being lead vocalist with the Internationally known Jazz Hieroglyphics. Nola has performed in some of the most famous venues in the San Francisco Bay Area including the Palace of Fine Arts, the Great American Music Hall, John Lee Hooker’s Boom Boom Room, Rassela’s Jazz Club, the Sheba Lounge, the Buriel Clay Theatre, the Juneteenth Festivals, the Fillmore Jazz Festival, and at the historic Marcus Books, which was once the home of the famed jazz venue, Bop City. Nola’s skills as a musician, singer, dancer, and performer, have been a direct result of the great teachers that have guided her career and she finds it a great privilege to take on the role of a teacher herself.

MEGHAN DIBBLE (2010), voice. Meghan Dibble, mezzo soprano, has been teaching voice for 10 years. After she received a BA from California State University, East Bay she attended the master’s program at Northwestern University where she specialized in vocal pedagogy finding her influences in the pedagogies of Richard Miller and Willam Vennard as well as the writings on voice from the Bel Canto era. Ms. Dibble is a board member of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), a member of Opera American and a member of The Etude Club of Berkeley. Ms. Dibble is also a local classical singer whose roles include Ruth (The Pirates of Penzance), Old Lady (Candide), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Mercedes (Carmen), Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte), Suzuki (Madam Butterfly), and Mrs. Page (The Merry Wives of Windsor). She sings with Lamplighters, San Luis Obispo Opera, Pocket Opera, West Bay Opera, and as a new music enthusiast, Goat Hall Production’s San Francisco Cabaret Opera. Her website is: www.meghandibble.com/vocalstudio.
Richmond District Branch

RICHARD FEY (2009), voice. Baritone, Richard Fey has performed throughout California, New York City and Germany in opera, concert and musical theater, including Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, Don Pasquale, Figaro (Rossini and Mozart) and Germont. He was in the 7th Army Soldiers’ Chorus, Heidelberg, Germany and has sung with New York City Opera Theater, Goldovsky Grand Opera Theater and Eastern Opera Theater in Baltimore and in concerts with Reno Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Chorale Society and California Bach Society and was a participant in the Merola Opera Program. He is a member of Bay Area Professional Singers’ Forum and NATS.
Mission District Branch

JESSE FOSTER (1990), voice.
Jesse Foster studied operatic voice, piano theory and percussion. In his lessons, he focuses on teaching the singer to use his or her voice as an instrument. He emphasizes the skill of singing like an ensemble player.
Jesse also currently runs a Jazz Workshop and can be heard performing locally.
Mission District Branch

 

ELLEN GLIKBARG SHEA (1992-2002, 2010), Soprano. BA in Music from Pitzer College; MM in Vocal Performance from the University of Southern California. Has performed with most of the SF regional opera companies and San Francisco Opera chorus. Manager of The Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers, the oldest and largest professional caroling organization in the country. Winner of the SF Concerto Orchestra Vocal Competition in both the Living Composers and Cabaret divisions, and the Grand Prize winner of the Art Song division. Ellen has enjoyed being on the faculty at NDNU, De Anza College and The Academy of Art College. She lives an active lifestyle with her husband and their 3 kids. To keep her sanity, she also plays soccer at least once a week! www.EllenSheaSoprano.com
Mission District Branch

Margaret_gordonMARGARET GORDON (2011), voice. Coloratura soprano. BM in Vocal Performance and BA in Anthropology from the University of Washington (2008). MA in Vocal Performance from San Jose State University (2010). Certification in Somatic Voicework™ – The Lovetri Method from Shenandoah Conservatory (2014) and Voice Science Pedagogy from New York University (2015). Margaret has trained with the Sessione Senese Per La Musica in Siena and The Italian Operatic Experience in Urbania, Italy. Although most of her training is classical, she enjoys exploring all styles of vocal expression. She performs regularly at various events and churches in the Bay Area, as well as with local companies such as SF Opera On Tap, Lamplighters Music Theater, and Verismo Opera in Berkeley. She teaches using a mixture of classical technique, voice science and medicine, and sound healing. She teaches any style that interests the student, such as musical theater, pop/rock, jazz, blues, and opera. Margaret believes that with the right instruction and determination anyone has the ability to sing. www.magsvoice.com
Mission and Richmond District Branches


NICOLE LUMETTA (2008), voice. MM, Vocal Performance, San Francisco State University. BA, Interdisciplinary Humanities, Michigan State University. Has experience with a broad range of musical styles having performed operatic, concert and choral repertoire as well as popular styles such as music theater, standards/torch songs and even ska. Notable solo performances include California Opera Association, Diablo Symphony Orchestra, and Old First Church Concert Series. Besides developing a solid vocal technique, she also addresses performance practice, diction, and expression.
Mission District Branch


CHRISTA PFEIFFER (2008), voice, teen singing. BM, Eastman School of Music. Soprano Christa Pfeiffer enjoys an active career teaching voice and performing chamber music, oratorio, recital and opera. Solo appearances include performances with San Francisco Ballet, American Bach Soloists, Marin Oratorio, American Philharmonic Sonoma County, San Francisco Choral Society, Festival Opera, Oakland Symphony Chorus and Old First Concerts. She has also performed internationally in South Africa, Japan, Brazil and the UK. She teaches all ages, levels and musical styles incorporating breath and body alignment for optimal vocal freedom. Christa also teaches expression, performance practice, diction and sight reading depending on the student’s needs. www.christapfeiffer.com
Mission District Branch

MARTHA RODRIGUEZ-SALAZAR (2000), ear training, flute, piano, recorder, sight singing, voice, Director of CMC’s Older Adult Choirs and Community of Voices Choirs, Latin Music Vocal Workshop, Camp CMC, Mission District Young Musicians Program Project Coordinator. Recognized as a “Luminary” in 2011 by the Mexican Consulate in SF and most recently as “Excelencia Latina” by LAM and Mundo Fox, singer, flutist, conductor and producer Martha Rodríguez-Salazar has been bringing Latin American folk, classical and contemporary music to the Bay Area for more than 15 years. As a core member of the Bernal Hill Players, she has been involved in the commissioning and performing vibrant, rhythmic, energetic new work by Bay Area and Mexican composers that challenge commonly-held assumptions about new music. Born in Mexico and classically-trained at Mills College as a concert flutist and opera singer, she currently works with the San Francisco Symphony as the curator for its annual Día de los Muertos celebration; and with the Community Music Center directing four older adult choirs in the Mission District, teaching flute, voice, piano, sight-reading, Latin Vocal Workshop, summer camp, coordinating the Mission District Young Musicians Program and directing and co- producing the annual Mexican musical “La Posarela”. Also speaks Spanish.
Mission District Branch

Ashten Smith (2015), voice. Ashten has enjoyed a career as a voice teacher and music director for many years. A native of southern California, Ashten received her BA in Music from California State University, Bakersfield. During her time there, she served as the resident director of music for Spotlight Theater of Bakersfield where she oversaw all main stage productions and managed the Spotlight School of the Arts geared toward youth. Directing credits include: Into the Woods, The Producers, Next to Normal and Disney’s The Little Mermaid, to name a few. A passionate music educator, Ashten has also taught as a band and choir teacher at the elementary, middle and high school levels in both the public and private school systems. As a vocalist, Ashten has been a finalist in the David W. Scott Memorial Vocal Competition as well as the Classics Alive Competition in Beverly Hills, CA. She has also been a featured soloist in the Bakersfield Master Chorale’s performance of Ceremony of Carols (Britten). Previous opera and musical theater performance credits include: Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring), Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady), Carrie Pipperidge (Carousel), Judy Haynes (White Christmas) and Madame de Tourvel (Dangerous Liaisons). Some of her next performance engagements include playing the character of Zorah (Ruddygore) at Lamplighters Music Theatre as well as portraying the role of Maria Bertram in the west coast premiere of Jonathan Dove’s new opera, Mansfield ParkRichmond District Branch


JONATHAN SMUCKER (2009), voice.  Jonathan Smucker, tenor, has sung more than 35 roles, ranging from baroque and classical to musical theater, operetta, and contemporary works. A graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a salutatorianat Interlochen Arts Academy, he holds Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Postgraduate degrees in voice. He received further training at the Aspen Music Festival, and was an apprentice artist for Ash Lawn Opera. A member of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Chorale, he has appeared as a soloist with Festival Opera, Marin Oratorio, Lamplighters Music Theatre, Pocket Opera, Opera San Luis Obispo, and San Francisco Opera’s à la Carte program. Jonathan enjoys teaching in all styles of music and welcomes students from beginner to advanced.
Mission District Branch

BETH WILMURT (2000), teen singing, Children’s Chorus Director, Teen Singers Director. BA, Musical Theater, SFSU. Also trained with the Saratoga International Theatre Institute. Has taught singing, dancing and acting for numerous youth arts programs. A working actress and singer who has been nominated for three Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Awards. Founding member and co-producer of Art Street Theatre.