I specialize in the Swedish-Italian method of classical singing, made famous by master teacher David Jones! This technique emphasizes creating an open pharyngeal space, supporting the breath with an open ribcage, and relaxing unnecessary tension. The goal is to create resonance in an efficient, "effortless" way!
To learn more about the Swedish-Italian school, I recommend reading:
"A Modern Guide to Old World Singing: Concepts of the Swedish-Italian and Italian Singing Schools" (David Jones)
I am an opera singer with 10 years experience as a voice teacher and professional singer. My students have sung in professional musical/opera productions, have been accepted into university theater programs, and have pursued music careers.
As a performer, I have sung across the SF Bay Area with Opera Cultura, Phénix Opera, Just Opera, Teatro Mistral, Verismo Opera, West Bay Opera, and Valhalla Productions. My appearances include Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Carmela (La Llorona), Ernestina (L'Occasione Fa il Ladro), Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), First Witch (Dido and Aeneas), Anna Gomez (The Consul), Giulia (La Scala di Seta), Chiquita (Coyotes and Rabbits), Waldvogel (Siegfried), Monica (The Medium), Oscar (Un Ballo in Maschera), and Gerhilde (Die Walküre).
I received a Master of Music from Duquesne University and a Bachelor of Music with Honors from Gettysburg College.
Whether you are a total beginner or a seasoned pro, I will offer you the technique and tools to advance your singing to the next level!
Maybe you’re brand new to singing! You’re determined to…
*Develop a beautiful and unique voice
*Reach that high note
*Sing every note on pitch
*Overcome stage fright and start performing
*Turn a love of singing into a profession
Or maybe you’re an expert singer! You’re looking for a little help to...
*Book professional gigs
*Create an audition package for opera and theater companies
*Prepare for college auditions
*Expand your range
*Sing more advanced repertoire
*Find a more resonant tone
*Improve your breath support
Your lessons are customized to your needs. I will choose exercises and song repertoire to help you meet your goals.
I offer voice lessons to students ages 5 to adult, beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Study the genres you love - opera, musical theater, pop, rock, and more!
20% off set of 10 lessons
10% off set of 5 lessons
24 hour cancellation policy
Private Voice Teacher | Elizabeth Patterson Voice Studio | 2009-Present
Voice Class Instructor | Monastery of Perpetual Adoration | 2013-2015
Private French Teacher | 2012-2015
"Italian for Singers" Teaching Assistant | Duquesne University Lirica Roma Program | 2011
Calavera | Frida (cancelled- Covid) | Opera Cultura | 2020
Lauretta | Gianni Schicchi | Phénix Opera | 2020
Margarita | Zorro (Workshop Premiere) | Opera Cultura | 2019
Carmela | La Llorona | Opera Cultura | 2019, 2014, 2012
Ernestina | L’Occasione Fa il Ladro| Phénix Opera | 2018
Suor Genovieffa | Suor Angelica | Phénix Opera | 2018
First Witch | Dido and Aeneas | Phénix Opera | 2018
Anna Gomez | The Consul | Just Opera | 2017
Giulia | La Scala di Seta | Phénix Opera | 2017
Chiquita | Coyotes and Rabbits | Opera Cultura | 2017
Waldvögel | Siegfried | Valhalla Productions | 2016
Monica | The Medium | Phénix Opera | 2016
Oscar | Un Ballo in Maschera | Verismo Opera | 2015
Gerhilde | Die Walküre | Valhalla Productions & Verismo Opera | 2015, 2013
Nella | Gianni Schicchi | Opera Academy of CA | 2012
Amy | Little Women | Duquesne University | 2012
Prima Cercatrice | Suor Angelica | Duquesne University | 2011
Ciesca (Cover) | Gianni Schicchi | Duquesne University | 2011
Rosalinda | Die Fledermaus | Gettysburg College | 2009
Miss Silverpeal | The Impresario | Gettysburg College | 2009
Leonora | The Beautiful Bridegroom | Gettysburg College | 2008
CHURCH SINGING POSITIONS
Funeral Cantor | St. Elizabeth’s Church | 2015-Present
Soprano Section Leader | St. Paulus Lutheran Church | 2015-2018
Vigil Cantor | St. Elizabeth’s Church | 2015-2016
Vigil Cantor | Star of the Sea Church | 2013-2015
Complete Package Performer | San Francisco, CA | 2014
Opera Academy of California | San Francisco, CA | 2012
Duquesne University Lirica Roma | Rome, Italy | 2011
Atlantic Coast Opera Festival | Philadelphia, PA | 2009
Bel Canto Institute | Florence, Italy | 2008
American Opera Studio | Kansas City, KS | 2007
Master of Music | Voice Performance | Duquesne University | Pittsburgh, PA | 2012
Bachelor of Music with Honors | Summa Cum Laude | Voice Performance and French | Gettysburg College | Gettysburg, PA | 2010
Pi Kappa Lambda | Zeta Theta Chapter | Duquesne University | 2012
Phi Beta Kappa | Iota Chapter of Pennsylvania | Gettysburg College | 2010
French Cultural Counselor Award | Gettysburg College | 2010
Liz has been coaching me for around 7 years and I am so thankful to have found her! My voice and presence as a performer have grown so much thanks to her guidance and knowledge. Her attitude towards vocal training is very nurturing, encouraging, and supportive. She always devotes time and energy to every single student and I am astounded by everyone's growth annually. I have been extremely lucky to work with her and would recommend her to anyone seeking vocal training at every level.
I have learned music theory and practice from her. She has been instrumental in teaching me performance singing. Her music knowledge is extensive and her heart is in her work. I sing better than I ever thought that I could.
Liz is very detailed and incredibly musical; she finds something to help you with every time you sing and you feel yourself improving drastically with every lesson!
I think Liz is a trustworthy teacher because she genuinely cares about helping her students reach their truest potential. She dedicates her time to make sure each student leave her lessons better than they were when they went in, and makes sure they have much more confidence in their voices than they did when the lesson began.
I've been working with Liz for 2 years to get my voice better. I already had a near lifetime's worth of singing experience, but I knew my voice was missing something. Not only has working with Liz worked out the issues I already knew about, it also worked out the issues I didn't even realize I had. Because of her work and dedication whenever we're in a session together, I now feel like my voice is consistently performance and recording ready at all times.
I absolutely recommend anyone who wants to sing, whether as a career goal or as a hobby, to take lessons with Liz Patterson.
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