"As an opera singer, I have worked with many different voice teachers, and Elena is by far one of the most supportive, dedicated, nurturing teachers I've ever had. I started with her as a high school student, and I did not know how to make any sound out of my mouth when I first came to her. I told her I wanted to learn how to sing, and she did not ever make me feel like anything less. She made me feel that my goals were achievable, and then we spent the next few years making sure I achieved them. No one would have ever thought that someone as shy and soft-spoken as me would become an opera singer, but it is because of Elena that I've gotten where I am now. I think about where I started from and where she got me, and to where I am now, and she made me firmly believe that anyone can learn to sing, as long as the passion, hard-work, and dedication is there. If you are doubting yourself, I would highly suggest just taking the step of taking lessons, and with Elena, because she will be dedicated to helping you get where you need to, and in the most supportive way she can. It's been 8-9 years from when I first started my singing journey with Elena, and now I am completing my Master's degree in Opera Performance, also having performed in operas and performances in Europe the past few years. I still think about Elena and how patient and compassionate she was with me, without her, I would not be where I am now."