The voice teachers listed below are aligned with Vox Academy'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 Sarah Brooks at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need advice in selecting a teacher.
Hi, I’m Becca! My full name is Rebecca Stuhlbarg; I have an MA (in voice) from UCSC, and I am a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. I grew up playing violin, singing in choirs and performing in musical theater productions, always having a passion for music, but it was not until college that I found my full passion for the voice. I have been committed to a mindful singing practice and rich vocal journey ever since.
I overcame severe asthma as a child, which made my singing journey a challenging one. Dedication to a breath-based singing practice, dietary changes, regular yoga practice, and use of essential oils has almost completely healed my asthmatic symptoms. I feel called to support others who have struggled with breath or voicing themselves – I love to educate, inspire, and empower my students and community. I have many years of experience working with students of all ages and levels, including children and raw beginners, as well as professional level singers. In addition to guiding students in vocal technique and helping them get in their bodies, I am equipped to support students in building their musicianship and performance skills, as well as diction in several languages including French, German, and Italian.
I have studied with many incredible voice and yoga teachers. In college I studied voice with Patrice Maginnis and conducting with Nicole Paiement. Since college, I have studied voice with Betany Coffland, Linda Brice, and currently Nancy Olson Chatalas; and yoga with Kofi Busia, Ki McGraw, Bob Smith, and Julie Lawrence. I honor all my teachers and strive to pass along the valuable gifts I have received through them and through my practice. In addition to performing, teaching vocal yoga and educating about essential oils, I am also a choral conductor. I am honored to direct the Healing Voices Choir at Vox Academy, as well as the choir at congregation Neveh Shalom, and now the Badass Women’s Protest Choir.
My vocal journey has taken me from mezzo-soprano to high soprano and I am enjoying my exploration of repertoire from Mozart to Schubert, Bernstein to Gilbert and Sullivan. I have sung with Opera San Jose, Ariose Singers, the Choral Arts Ensemble of Portland, and currently Light Opera of Portland. I also enjoy giving annual voice recitals, featuring French art song, German lieder, opera arias, and modern music. In my free time, I enjoy reading, hiking, and spending time with my husband and ten year-old daughter.
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: email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jena Viemeister // MM Opera Performance
Jena Viemeister, a truly versatile artist, consistently produces fiercely genuine and imaginative performances. Her critics have ranged in describing her as "fittingly gracious and poised both vocally and on stage." for her role of Lucretia in The Rape of Lucretia to "intoxicatingly funny" with a "sharp tongue" for her role of Emma Jones in Street Scene.
Favorite roles include:
Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro)
2nd Lady (Die Zauberflöte)
Lapak the Dog (The Cunning Little Vixen)
L'enfant (L'enfant et les sortilèges)
Hansel (Hansel und Gretel)
Mélisande (Pelléas et Mélisande)
Little Red Riding Hood (Into the Woods)
Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi)
Additionally, Ms. Viemeister has collaborated with the Disability Arts and Culture Project on several projects including Ralph Vaughan Williams 3 Vocalises, and a staged production of select Bolcom Cabaret Songs.
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: email@example.com
Pollyanna Moody's holistic teaching combines exercises for the body, mind and soul. She is a master vocal technician, helping her students to let their voices soar. She works with her students to find the truth in the lyric and how to authentically express the meaning of the song. Pollyanna Moody, soprano, has been a featured soloist with many groups, including members of the Oregon Symphony, Vivace Voices, the Oregon Repertory Singers, Marylhurst Choral Union and Fireside Carolers. She has performed in multiple recitals along the western United States and Canada. She is part of the Marylhurst University voice faculty and has an active studio in SE Portland. Pollyanna served as a music faculty member at Portland Community College for seven years. She received her Masters in Performance from Portland State University. She became a certified Andover Educator (Body Mapping) in 2002 under the instruction of Barbara Conable and she is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.email@example.com