Private Study

The voice teachers listed below are aligned with Vox’s holistic approach. See below to read more about individual teachers’ experience and training. We invite you to contact each teacher individually - their email is included below their bios. Please contact Rebecca Stuhlbarg at writebecca@gmail.com if you need advice in selecting a teacher.

Rebecca Stuhlbarg, MA, RYT, 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 writebecca@gmail.com


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. Contact Nevada at: jones@nevadajones.com

 


Beth Kahlen, BS, 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. Contact Beth at:bethkahlen@gmail.com


Sarah Brooks is the lead female singer with Portland’sSweet Home Folk-Rock band. She’s also starred with The Musical Theater Company, and with Solovox at the Portland Art Museum.

Sarah has had lead roles with the well-known NYC Off-Broadway Light Opera of Manhattan, with New England Lyric Operetta, and chorus roles with CT Grand Opera and NY Tri-Cities Opera.  She was soprano soloist with MasterSingers in Connecticut and with Bard Community Choir in NY.  Her BA from Bard College is in Voice/ Dance/ Drama where she enjoyed many lead operatic roles.

Sarah has also studied with master voice teachers: Oren Brown, Arthur Burrows, Luis Garcia Renart, and David Clatworthy.

After completing Certification with the Transformational Voice Institute’s voice teacher intensive one-year training with Linda Brice, Sarah says: “Through this rigorous certification process, I am proud to call myself a Certified Transformational Voice Teacher!  I’ve discovered a big bag of marvelous tools to help awaken my students’ most true and beautiful voice! Anyone can sing!!  As we let go of our ideals of perfection and judgement, we can explore singing with curiosity and freedom!  Whether a true beginner who sings only in the shower, or a performer who’d like some helpful tips and tune-ups ... learning to free your unique, authentic voice is a wonderfully therapeutic and liberating process!”

Sarah loves teaching and offers private voice lessons for all levels, ages, and musical styles.  Her students have described her lessons as:  fun, encouraging, unique, helpful, energizing, break-through, transformative, and brilliant!

Sarah can be reached by email: sarahb@cedarsanctum.net


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.” Contact Diana at:  dianaisbright@gmail.com


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! Contact Angela at:Angela.reiswig@gmail.com


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Anita Stryker Anita received her BA in music emphasizing voice from the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC).  She went on to study with an Alexander Technique teacher in SF, Sally Munro, and later as an apprentice with Linda Brice and Transformational Voice.  She is also a teacher and practitioner of alignment-based yoga

Her teaching style, which draws from elements Transformational Voice, Alexander Technique and Yoga.  Needless to say there is an emphasis on the body-mind connection. After healing her own vocal injuries, Anita feels equipped to assist with even the most challenging vocal issues.

She also teaches “Body-Led Singing” courses and workshops where the basic techniques of singing are taught through breath connected movement meditation. Contact her at:anita@anitastryker.com