Total loan: $10,000
New York, NY, United States / Education
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A loan helped a voice teacher to create an online singing course and build a website to host and distribute it.
I have always loved to sing. Growing up, however, I did not possess a voice that others considered beautiful. Years of fruitless auditions for middle and high school musical theater productions finally led me to give up on singing. Then, shortly after graduating from college, I engaged in a course of bioenergetic analysis, a therapeutic form of bodywork that addresses chronic tensions and improves breathing. In response to this work, my voice became notably more resonant and my range easier to navigate. I took up singing again for the first time in years, and people began to tell me that they found my voice beautiful. The discovery that such a profound change could take place in my voice brought me tremendous joy, and it inspired me to become a voice teacher in order to help others find their voices too. In addition to offering voice lessons, I am a Teaching Artist for the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall. My responsibilities include assisting with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato’s annual masterclass series. I helped design the application process, and I perform the initial screening, narrowing down an international applicant field of around 250 singers to a pool of 20 for Joyce to choose from. I then compose individual feedback letters for each applicant based on their recorded auditions, offering appreciation for the things they do well and specific recommendations for improvement. The application fee is only $15, and by providing feedback we ensure all applicants receive a valuable educational experience whether or not they are invited to participate. Depending on where they live, feedback of this kind can be very hard to come by. I am grateful to be a part of this project and proud of the resources we provide for aspiring singers.