Introduction: TEACHER BIOS
- LEANDRO LACAVA
Leandro Lacava is an accomplished vocal instructor and professional singer with expertise in several different styles of music, including opera, musical theater, rock, and Brazilian music. At home on both the musical theater and operatic stages, the tenor has performed roles ranging from Don Ramiro in Rossini’s Cenerentola to Schroeder in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. A native of Brazil, he is fluent in Portuguese and English, speaks Italian, and has coached many students in singing diction in English, Italian, French, German, and Portuguese.
He possesses a Masters degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Wyoming, and has worked as a vocal director/Adjunct Professor at the University Dulcina de Moraes in Brazil. His 17 years of teaching experience has included private lessons both at home and in several studios and music conservatories, as well as group lessons and master classes with students of all levels, from beginners to established professionals. Working in these varied environments was fundamental for the development of his teaching method. Each student is unique, and different approaches are needed to help different voices. It is his firm belief that anyone can learn healthy vocal technique.
Mr. Lacava’s students in Brazil have performed in numerous professional productions including Miss Saigon, Crazy for You, The Lion King, Zorro, and Godspell, among others. His own professional performance experience in Europe, Brazil, and the U.S. in a great variety of shows, from plays to musical theater to classical opera, allowed him to work with countless professionals in the fields of theater, vocal and instrumental music, and dance, where he gained invaluable knowledge and experience that he hopes to pass on to his students as well.
- MEGHAN DAWSON
Meghan Dawson is a dedicated voice teacher and professional singer with years of experience both performing and teaching vocal technique in several different styles, namely opera, broadway, pop, and rock. She is a strong believer in the potential of every voice to grow and improve with healthy technique. As a professional singer, Meghan has bridged classical and pop genres, appearing in leading roles on the international operatic stage, winning the Maria Callas award for lyric singers, and recording a studio album with Sony Music in Brazil with the group Qu4ttro. Her students have sung professionally in various musical theater productions in Brazil, among them Miss Saigon, Hello Dolly, Cinderella, Jesus Christ Superstar, and The Bird Cage. She has also helped students prepare for both college and professional auditions, and has coached several students in the recording studio. Her students have been accepted into such prestigious programs as the Curtis Conservatory Summer Music Festival and the Manhattan School of Music. A few have also been finalists on television singing competitions including The Voice Kids Brasil.
OUR STUDIO VISION
We have a passion for helping all students, from beginners to experienced professionals, to develop their voices and their musical potential, while respecting the growth process as well as a true love of music. Every student is unique, and we love helping them accomplish their goals and continually strive to reach new heights.