Rebecca Stuhlbarg, MA, RYT, Choir Director, grew up playing violin and singing in choirs as well as musical theater productions, but it wasn’t until college that she found her passion for voice.
She also suffered from asthma as a child, which made her singing journey a difficult one. Dedication to a breath-based singing practice, as well as regular yoga practice, has healed her asthma and her voice; she now feels called to share the tools she has gained in that process.
Becca attended the University of California at Santa Cruz for both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Vocal Performance, where she studied voice with Patrice Maginnis and conducting with Nicole Paiement. She had many valuable experiences at UCSC, including teaching group voice classes as a graduate student, performing in the school’s yearly operas, and serving as assistant-conductor for the 2007 production of The Magic Flute. She also discovered her love and dedication to Hatha Yoga during these years.
Rebecca’s vocal journey has taken her from mezzo-soprano to high soprano and she looks forward to moving more into soprano repertoire, while sharing with her students her now deep understanding of breath, registers and voice types. She is also equipped to help students with musicianship as well as languages including French, German, and Italian.
Since receiving her Masters degree in 2007, Becca has been singing in the chorus with Opera San Jose, giving yearly voice recitals, studying voice with Betany Coffland and Linda Brice, and practicing and teaching Hatha yoga. Becca currently sings in the soprano section of the Choral Arts Ensemble of Portland, and she is honored to direct the Healing Voices Choir, a lively non-audition chamber choir here at Vox Academy. Becca has plenty of experience working with students of all ages and levels, including children. She is currently accepting students ages nine and up. In her free time, Becca enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her husband Joel and daughter Amelia who is now nine years old. For more info on Becca, visit her website atwww.northwestvocalyoga.com and feel free to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nevada Jones is a composer, singer (countertenor), voice teacher, and proud member of the talented faculty at VOX Academy. His vocal interests have taken him to Schubert lieder, Baroque opera, and French and English art song, but as a voice teacher he loves working with singers of all stripes (including singer-songwriters) just as much as with classical vocalists.
He began playing the piano at age three, and has been writing original music for as long as he can remember. Lately, his music has been featured in various short films and theatrical productions, and he is currently writing the music for his first full-length opera. Nevada also has a background in theater, having performed in community theater productions and short films. He studied acting with George Morrison at the New Actors’ Workshop in New York City.
Nevada believes that music should emanate more from the heart than from the mind. As a composer, he is mostly self-taught. He studied music in academia, but never found a sense of belonging in that environment. Luckily for him, some brilliant individuals have appeared in his life as mentors, teachers, collaborators and advocates for his musical dreams, and from whom he continues to learn about the mysteries of music and of life.
Nevada has studied voice for seven years with Linda Brice, founder of the Transformational Voice Institute, and is, himself, a Transformational Voice-Certified voice teacher. Using the holistic voice training methodology that helped to free his own voice, he feels privileged to witness vocal growth in his own students at VOX Academy.
Beth Kahlen, BS, Senior Faculty, mezzo-soprano, received her Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication from Portland State University.
Many further studies include acting with Scott Kellman, songwriting with Chris Williamson, and vocal improvisation with Rhiannon.
After several years in television broadcasting, Beth turned her energy toward performance. Her travels took her to Brisbane, Australia where she was a member of the World ExpoCity Performance Ensemble and studied movement with Michael Mullins of Sydney.
Beth has played numerous theater and musical theater roles in community and professional companies. She spent several years on the road with bands performing in a variety of venues and styles. She also worked throughout the Northwest with the Swizzle Chicks, a swing/original vocal jazz group.
Today, Beth enjoys a private voice studio working with speakers, singers and bands of all types. She has worked for years as a studio voice for music projects as well as commercial voice-overs. She has also enjoyed teaching with several arts education programs.
Angela Reiswig, BM has a vocal performance degree from New Mexico State University where she played lead roles with the Dona Ana Lyric Opera. Since then, she detoured into corporate America supervising and managing medical offices for 15 years.
Coming back to her music Angela studied with local master teachers Peggy Norcross and Linda Brice. She is the founder and owner of Animaté Voice Studio for Children offering classes in voice for children ages 7-17. and is on faculty with Rose City Music Academy.
Angela’s performance background is in opera, music theater, jazz, symphony choirs, church choir and worship teams. She cantors regularly at St Thomas More Church in Portland, Oregon.
She is passionate about the soul’s connection to singing, the singer’s job as storyteller, and uncovering and affirming the innate beauty of each individual voice. She very much feels like a fellow traveler with all her students, believing that at any level the honesty of the offering is paramount. She is also a grateful mother and wife and a hopeless dog lover!
Diana Bright has been working with Linda Brice and TVI from 2009 - 2014. Diana began violin at age 7, joined the Metropolitan Youth Symphony and then moved to San Francisco to go to the Music Conservatory under Dr. Ross where she joined a Polish orchestra and alternative bands.
Back in Portland, she occasionally sang with Pink Martini and managed Clark Stiles Studio during the recording of the Dandy Warhol’s second album. During this time, Diana danced, played violin and began vocal toning for Gypsy Caravan for eight years. She taught classes and co-directed Sister Caravan until she became Assistant Director of a flamenco non-profit for 5 years running international festivals. She became an aficionado and continues learning flamenco from various famous Flamencos throughout Spain.
For seven years now, Diana has been a student of InnerDialogue. She is now in her second year of training of Spacial Dynamics and has been a teacher/volunteer in the music program at Cedarwood Waldorf School for four years, where she is also a lifetime student of Anthroposophy.
Most importantly, she is a mother and wife. Diana has been referred to as ‘weaving the golden braid’ because of her lifetime of striving to learn various ways into a musical and spiritual life. She has learned great lessons from all that she has done. This struggle and experience is what imbues her teaching and compassion for her students. There is no single way into something, it is not linear nor is it ever hopeless. Vox Academy is a working laboratory of incredible faculty with an enormous toolbox to serve anyone’s needs.”
Rosalind Diamond, MA, Senior Faculty, graduated from TVI’s first apprentice program and is on the Vox Academy Faculty teaching “Embodied Inquiry and Creativity”. She is Director of Inquiry for Inner Development. Her Inquiry class is open to interested students. A teacher for over 50 years in numerous settings, she joined the Ridhwan School in 1986, became an ordained teacher in 1993, is currently on the teaching staff of Diamond Approach Seattle, and serves as a Ridhwan teacher in Portland, Oregon. www.ridhwan.org
Yvette Starkey is a freelance accompanist, organist, music director and private piano instructor based in Portland, Oregon. She regularly accompanies mass at St. John Fisher Parish and frequently accompanies the classes and recitals for Vox Academy, Animate Voice Studio and the voice studio of Dr. Sarah Maines.Yvette dedicates much of her time to working in the theatre community in the Portland area and has accompanied and/or music directed productions at Stumptown Stages, Triangle Productions, Lakewood Center for the Arts, Broadway Rose Theatre Company, Western Oregon University, Tigard High School, Rex Putnam High School, Ridgefield High School, West Sylvan Middle School and others.
Yvette currently studies piano performance with Lisa Ann Marsh at Portland State University where she is also a student of the Andover Educators’ technique of Body Mapping which assists musicians in fully understanding and efficiently utilizing physical movements in order to produce a better sound and mitigate tension.
Rebecca Stager, MM, a native of Portland, Oregon, has been playing piano since the age of six and accompanying vocalists since the age of thirteen.
While completing her bachelor’s degree in music at Oregon State University, she performed piano and voice recitals, and accompanied vocal recitals, opera scenes, and choirs. She studied piano performance with Dr. Rachelle McCabe, vocal performance with Janet Hackett, and choral conducting/music education with Steven Zielke. She has also given performances with groups such as the OSU wind ensemble, Willamette Stage Company, and Bel Canto Northwest.
Rebecca received her Master’s of Music degree in accompanying from the Manhattan School of Music in 2011. Rebecca thoroughly enjoys being part of the Vox Academy team and exploring the musical potential when in community with like-minded teachers and musicians!