It is my pleasure to write this recommendation on behalf of Theodore Rulfs, who was my daughter's classical voice mentor/ trainer for over a year.
We met Theodore through our church and could not have been more happy with his acquaintance and, furthermore, his gentle and knowledgeable guidance of our daughter in her pursuit of classical singing. Sofia was a Junior in high school when her training started with Theodore, and had already been the lead in several school musicals at that point. She now attends the Classical Voice program at Florida State University, having received a talent-based scholarship from the school to attend. We credit Theodor, in addition to Sofias hard work and dedication, with that success.
Theodore assisted Sofia not only in refining her voice, but in preparing for her Conservatory entrance exams, which she had both in the United Kingdom, as well as in the USA. He assisted with all levels of that preparation, including coaching the video and live auditions, and spending hours of time and great emotional investment in her selection of songs, poise, and presentation. I might add that he even volunteered to go along with our family to the final filming of her video audition, showing not only his professional investment in our daughters success, but his emotional investment, care and generous cultivation of seeing her dreams come to fruition.
Theodore multi-lingual technical and interpretive voice lessons to Sofia (German, French, Italian and English) spanned from initial evaluation of her skills to creating an individual plan of training based on her needs, and constantly monitoring that in both her Classical and Broadway-Musical performances. Throughout this process, Theodore kept me frequently up to date, with individual chats, emails, and even sending me as her parent, articles to read and musical links to watch, so that I might properly guide my daughter. Theodore furthermore, encouraged Sofia to ensure balance in her life between her studies, music and social time. He was a great advocate for keeping fit, and for the positive impact of creating a core strength that not only would be important for her voice, but for her emotional well-being.