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Orla is very nice and incredibly knowledgeable about singing. I hadn't taken voice lessons before, but she made me feel comfortable. Would definitely recommend.Apr 26, 2018Verified
Singing Lessons (for adults)
I only had time for a single hour lesson with Orla because of my travel schedule, but she was wonderful and has helped me out tremendously in terms of some excellent, practical breathing and singing techniques to use and practice while I am away. I look forward to future sessions with her. Big thumbs up!Jun 16, 2017Verified
Orla is very knowledgeable in her understanding of the voice and music which I really appreciate. She is also very open in her style of teaching, as she doesn't limit to one kind of music or singing - she teaches me how to better use my voice in a way that I can apply it to whatever I would like to sing. She has helped me learn new vocal placements and techniques and we are working on helping me become more comfortable in those and having a more relaxed approach to singing.Jun 2, 2019Verified
Singing Lessons (for children or teenagers)
My teenage daughter has had several lessons with Orla and we have found her to be professional, kind and extremely knowledgeable about mechanics of the voice as instrument. She brings her enthusiasm and warmth to each lesson and my daughter very much enjoys working with her. In the few lessons that they've had so far, we have seen improvement in both voice technique and comfort of performance.Feb 16, 2017Verified
Orla is patient, attentive, and addresses individual challenges to help improve singing skills meaningfully.Jul 24, 2018
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?For my beginner students we always start with the three most important foundations for proper, healthy vocal technique: 1. Breathing 2. Posture 3. Placement During our first lesson we focus ONLY on breathing and posture since these two elements of singing are the most foundational and effect everything else the singer does! Over the next 3-4 lessons we cover the three principal vocal placements: Head Voice, Mask Voice, and Chest Voice. Learning to get comfortable placing your voice in these three areas of your body are the absolute key to being able to sing any style or genre you want. My goal is not to tell you WHAT to sing, but teach you HOW to use your voice so that you get to have the freedom of choice! Once we finish the three foundational principals of vocal technique, we apply those techniques to your favorite songs. If a student has already had a decent amount of vocal training, or has an audition coming up in the very near future, we will customize a lesson plan that fits to the students exact needs. One of my favorite parts of being a private instructor is the flexibility afforded to my students and I. Each student will have a unique journey when working with me, and they will always be encouraged to ask questions, make changes, and give suggestions to me. I have tons of experience with Audition Preparation, have developed a Stage Fright Survival Guide, and often have my students practice with microphones and blocking (movement) to make sure they are fully prepared for their performances. Whatever you’d like to learn, we can master it! Now let’s go make your dream a reality!!
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I have been taking voice lessons since age 12, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music in Boston with a Bachelor of Music. I got my start in professional musical theater at age 12 in Washington D.C.s historical Ford’s Theater in their annual production of A Christmas Carol. I continued performing in professional and local musical theater until graduating high school. At Berklee College of Music I focused on song writing, and studied Jazz, Blues, Rock, Funk, Celtic, and Electronic music. I started a Celtic Music band and we played together for 2 years. We toured through D.C. in the winter of 2014. After releasing my first EP and learning all about an electronic performance software called Ableton Live, I started performing my original electronic music live. I met some incredible musicians my senior year at Berklee and we formed my original band, PYKE. We played all through the Boston venue circuit for two years and were fortunate enough to play in NYC at Silvana and Mercury Lounge on two separate occasions. Needless to say I have a myriad of experience singing, writing, and performing in a vast array of genres and performance settings.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?I first started when I was 19 teaching my friends and neighbors for free around my neighborhood. I realized right away that the connection and deep feeling of community that come from sharing a skill and helping others grow are absolutely transformative! I can’t imagine a better way to commune with local artists, create lifelong friendships, and give back to my artistic community in a way that gives my life a deeper meaning and leaves me feeling whole heartedly fulfilled For me, any moment spent teaching, making, and experiencing music is a gift that I cherish. Every student I have ever had has become a dear friend to me. I view the time we spend together as musicians, artists, and people one of the most fulfilling experiences available within our community!