I've been a musician for over 30 years. Following in my late mother's footsteps, I started my early years singing. Although I am primarily a vocalist, I've studied piano, violin, and saxophone. As a teenager, I was a music major at Curie High School and also studied at Merit School of Music and Sherwood Conservatory of Music. My teachers were violist/violinists Anita Myles and Renee Baker. During that time, one of my most musically awed moments was receiving coaching during a Master Class session from philanthropist and award-winning international violinist, Rachel Barton Pine.
As a young adult, I continued my musical studies at Sherwood and Northeastern Illinois University. Although primarily a vocalist, I've studied piano, and violin over a 30 year period. During that time, I was a violinist with the Protégé Philharmonic under Conductor Joseph Glymph. I also studied digital music technology under the instruction of Grammy-nominated and award-winning songwriter, Nelson Mandrell.
In more recent years, I've received coaching from international opera singer Anna Siwiec-Sitkowska, Violinist Amy Anderson, and Pianist Alyssa Arrigo.
I started teaching in 1997 in local, community, and city music programs. I currently coach aspiring and advanced singers in preparation for gigs, performances, and studio sessions. I also conduct violin and piano lessons, and I like to give performance opportunities to budding musicians. I became a music professional in 2013, working alongside other professional musicians.
In my personal time, I like to research learning and retention methods. I currently speak Spanish, Portuguese, and am learning Italian. I also have a background in linguistic and dialectal studies.
Zipporah R. at Orchestra Hall