Vocal training for healthy lifelong singing. All musical styles welcome! Pre-teen to Adult
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Welcome to the Maria Damore Voice Studio! I look forward to providing you with a comfortable, positive environment where you can learn and grow as an artist. I offer both in-person and online lessons.
I have been a professional singer/actor for 25+ years and am known for my ability to sing in a variety of musical styles including musical theatre, pop, rock, jazz, classical, and Greek folk music. I have performed in countless musical theatre/opera productions, sung as a soloist with orchestras, bands, and ensembles, produced my own concerts/cabaret shows, and produced my own CD, Moonglow.
As an active performer dealing with the myriad of variables and situations that can affect singing and performance, I feel well-qualified to teach, guide, and problem solve with singers in the various situations they may encounter while performing.
Your lessons will be scheduled using My Music Staff Scheduling software. You will be to able adjust your own schedule if you need to move your appointment, add appointments, or cancel appointments (as per cancellation policy). You will also receive reminder emails and texts about upcoming appointments.
45 minute lesson – $35.00
(Note: price increase to $38.00 per lesson, beginning September 1, 2023.)
Payment by cash, check, Venmo, Zelle, or credit card (credit card fee is added) is due at the first lesson of every month for students with a regular weekly time slot. For students who cannot maintain a regular weekly schedule, lessons must be purchased in blocks of 4 and scheduled during available openings.
Singing is a physical skill just like playing soccer, the violin, or dancing. In order to develop a strong, flexible, and balanced voice with greater range and freedom to express, the first half of the lesson includes:
exercises for strength and flexibility
learning how the voice works
problem solving technical difficulties
Following this, we work on music (musical theatre, pop, country, rock, classical, jazz, etc.) We may also address the speaking voice, basic music reading, and microphone technique.
If a scheduling conflict arises, please cancel by NOON, TWO DAYS before the scheduled lesson to receive credit for your payment. These guidelines ensure that your cancelled time slot is made available for other students who are looking for an open lesson slot. Cancellations without two days' notice will be charged. Two cancellations outside the cancellation policy timeframe due to sudden illness or emergency will be permitted and credited during a semester.
Register with the studio using the form above. You will receive an email with directions to create an account in My Music Staff. From there, login and schedule your first lesson. Email me with questions:
Information on Vocal Health
Maria Damore is a wonderfully talented singer and vocal teacher. She uses research based approaches to help students learn to sing the right way. She follows a very strategic progression and does not allow her students to sing songs that their voices are not ready for. She also holds recitals to allow students to practice performing in front of others and put their skills to use. Watching my daughter's progression over the years she's been working with Maria has been remarkable. We are so lucky to have found Maria for her vocal instruction. I don't think we could have asked for a better vocal teacher!
Maddie has been with Maria for about 3 years. Maria has given Maddie self-confidence and a passion for singing. Maria has patience, caring, and talent that she shares with her students. For us, Maria is a blessing.
There are things in life well worth marking, celebrating, or remembering. In August it will be one year since we started, on what was for me, a novel journey into this world of singing and vocal training. Not unexpectedly, yet always with anticipation when delving into a new area, was it quickly evident to me that like a multitude of human endeavors, “singing is a world”. But what was a bit more revelatory, was rather than being something to learn as any skill, placed into your life’s toolkit, and then pulled out for use, singing became, and is quite still becoming, a source of joyful resonance, not only physically, but spiritually. In fact, I would say that “this joy in singing” sits well among the quintessential examples of what joy means, occupying the points of intersection in the Venn Diagram of our physical and spiritual states. What's more, in the sense of this being a world, I know it is still largely unexplored for me. And for me, the adventure of learning and new experiences lay with other fundamental principles at the very heart of what I most value in life. Which brings me to the classic complement to such processes, the teacher and guide. Certainly, your knowledge, skill, and patience in presenting both the vision and the particulars of this discipline are both a fundamental necessity and catalyst to any advancement achieved. For this, I thank you. Richard Muller
Education / Training
Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method - Associate Faculty for the LoVetri Summer Pedagogy Institute for Teacher Training - earned December 2022
Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method: Levels I, II, and III – 2022, 2021, 2018 at Baldwin Wallace University LoVetri Institute, and 2011 at UMass-Dartmouth and Shenandoah University CCM Institute
Westminster Choir College Vocal Pedagogy Institute – 2019
Shenandoah University *CCM (Contemporary Commercial Music) Institute – 2016, 2017
Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method: 3-day Intensive - 2015
Teacher Support Group Sessions with Jeanette LoVetri, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 - online master classes 2019
Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method: Post Certification Courses at Shenandoah University CCM Institute – 2012, 2014
*CCM – Contemporary Commercial Music
(this includes popular music styles: rock, musical theatre, country, jazz, etc.)
Bachelor of Arts in English/Psychology from Immaculata College
Master's Degree in Administration from West Chester University.
Voice: Toni Marie Palmertree, Jeanette LoVetri, Tamara Black, John Nicholas Peters, Randi Marrazzo
Acting: classes at Arden Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, and Wilma Theatre; acting coaching with Neill Hartley