VOICE TEACHERs

Sarah Gibson

Voice: Ages 7+
Specialization: Musical Theater

Sarah is a professional singer/actor with a passion for teaching. She previously worked as a teaching artist for the Disney Musicals in Schools program, and for The Rose Theater, specializing in musical theatre productions for young performers. As a teacher, Sarah engages each individual student to excel by focusing on the student’s unique attributes and identifying their points of power and points in need of strengthening. She is emphatic about creating a positive and supportive environment in lessons, as it is of utmost importance to her that students feel free to experiment and play. Step one: stay healthy! Step two: have fun! Step three: soar!

Teaching specialties include audition prep, healthy belt technique, and acting the song. Sarah holds a B.A. in Music from Smith College, an M.A. in Musical Theater from New York University and a D.M.A. in Vocal Performance from the University of Minnesota.

Performing credits include: Sunset Boulevard (Norma Desmond), New Century Theater, Minneapolis, MN The Light in the Piazza (Signora Naccarelli), Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul, MN; Carousel (Nettie Fowler) Bucks County Playhouse New Hope, PA; Matilda (Mrs. Wormwood) The Rose Theater, Omaha, NE.   Regional: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres (MN), Skylark Opera (MN), Lyric Opera of the North (MN), Mixed Blood Theatre (MN), Theatre L’Homme Dieu (MN), Pioneer Place on Fifth (MN), Paul Bunyan Playhouse (MN), Park Square Theatre (MN), The Blue Barn Theatre (NE), Fiesta Dinner Theatre (NJ), Pocono Playhouse (PA), and the historic Highfield Theatre on Cape Cod (MA). 

 

Olivia harris

Voice: Ages 4+
Specialization: Soulful/R&B, Pop Music,
Traditional Folk Music

Olivia Harris is a singer, songwriter, and voice teacher originally from Chicago, Illinois. She began her formal music education at age 11 as a member of the Chicago Children’s Choir studying under Josephine Lee. Olivia has extensive experience as a performer and recording artist having been active in multiple bands and performance groups throughout high school and college including the indie folk trio Me You & Her, the Harris Family Band (sibling trio), and the renowned collegiate a cappella group The Beltones. She graduated from Belmont University with a degree in Commercial Voice and an emphasis in songwriting. Olivia has 2+ years of experience teaching individual voice for ages 4+ as well as group voice classes for ages 3-8, and is proficient in both guitar and piano. 

As a singer, Olivia gravitates towards soulful/R&B and pop music, but also connects with the simplicity of melody and harmony in traditional folk music. She has experience teaching and performing a variety of genres such as country, jazz, classic rock, and classical. Olivia’s main focus in a lesson is to create a supportive and comfortable space for the student to grow confident in their skills. Nothing makes her happier than to see a student realize their vocal potential!

Morgan Robertson

Voice: Ages 5-8
Specialization: Early Childhood, Musical Theater

Jolie Musique Corepole Morgan Robertson

Morgan Robertson is a teaching artist from Nashville, Tennessee where she has worked with many organizations over the past six years, including Nashville Children’s Theatre, Nashville Ballet, Metro Nashville Public Schools, and Nashville School of the Arts.  She also puts her talent to use through film, stage, and voiceover work in the Nashville community. 

Morgan specializes in education that combines music, drama, and dance skills to explore social and personal concepts. The arts are a wonderful way to explore empathy, problem solving, creative thinking, self expression, collaboration, and so much more. She is thrilled to use these skills with students of all ages and to bring them to use with Jolie Musique.

Anastasia Charakidou

All levels
Specialization: Voice, Piano

Dolleesi is a renowned young singer and songwriter with a Dual Degree of Bachelor of Music, Performance, and Songwriting from Berklee College of Music, who has quickly become one of the most sought-after singers in Greece and the Mediterranean after winning first place at the New Talent Festival in 2014. She is a markedly versatile singer, honored for her performing skills in various styles, including Pop, ElectroPop, R&B, Soul, Rock, and Gospel.

With the accompaniment of her guitar and keyboard, Dolleesi became an internationally recognized songwriter, who composes original songs, with rare sounds inspired by her early life in the Greek Islands. As a professional musician and songwriter, certified in performing arts, Anastasia has a rich wealth of knowledge in music theory and composition as well as the creativity and discipline to break down barriers.

Dolleesi born in the province of Drama, Greece, grew up in the Mediterranean on the island of Rhodes. At 11 years old, her journey began in her natural talent and expression, and she would stop at nothing to fulfill her musical dreams. At 16, Dolleesi moved to London and later Athens following her musical passion. At 17, Dolleesi moved to Boston for a summer scholarship program she won from Berklee Collage of Music. Then at 19, she fully immersed herself in music studies at Berklee. Now, based in Los Angeles, Dolleesi works in the music industry as a recording artist, writer, performer, and teacher. Sacrifices and obstacles encountered at such a young age of pursuing a career in music inspired not only original songwriting skills but also, created the tools, tricks, and professional training she brings to her students today.

Always learning and open to discovery, Anastasia always brings new ideas and techniques to her teaching, adapting the many ways of learning music to her varying students. Her students get to experience and share her joy in supporting them in their musical journeys and accomplishing their goals!

Kim Acuña

Voice: All Ages
Specialization: Opera,
Musical Theater

Kim started singing at the age of five and hasn’t stopped since! In 2006, she  graduated from Simpson University with a B.A in Music (Emphasis in Voice) where she  was classically trained, studied Opera and continued on with Musical Theater. She has  since had the opportunity to utilize this degree in her private vocal instruction, directing,  musical directing, after school music instruction, and (her greatest passion) performing  on stage. Most recently, Kim performed in the role of Mrs. Darling (Peter Pan), as well  as, Mrs. Cratchit (A Christmas Carol). Other prized roles she’s played include Regina  (Rock of Ages), Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins). Glinda the Good Witch (The Wizard of  Oz), Ensemble/Beggar Woman (Les Misérables), Penny (Hairspray) Victoria/the  Mezzo-Soprano (A Grand Night For Singing), Cinderella’s Stepmother (Into the Woods),  Nun/Chorus (The Sound of Music), Rachel Brown (Inherit the Wind) and many more.  Kim has also performed in numerous selected scenes for summer theater/opera  programs over the years with varying theater companies throughout California and  attended the Broadway Teacher’s Workshop in New York for further education. 

Currently, Kim is also working in the world of “Voice Acting”, TV/Film and  continuing work as a Singer/Songwriter. Here she has been able to actively take on new  areas of creativity and enjoys sharing what she’s learning with those interested in diving  into these same fields. In addition, she’s always excited to work with anyone for an  “audition prep” lesson and/or “character development” for a casted role.  

Although Kim has performed and professionally studied voice over the past 20  years and has over 10 years of teaching music/voice, she still feels there’s always more  to learn. She has created a well rounded style that can be flexible to each student’s  individual needs. Her heart and passion will always be in Musical Theater teaching, but  there is always a place and an emphasis for all genres of music. By adding some  influences of “Speech Level Singing” techniques to the student’s study, the idea is to  give the singer (no matter what genre or experience level) the opportunity to discover  their full vocal potential and open the mind to new ideas. She thoroughly enjoys learning  from and working with all ages and experience levels, but her passion is with any age that is a beginner to intermediate level.

Daland Jones

Voice: Ages 13+
Specialization: Opera,
Musical Theater

Daland Jones

Daland has a rich, baritone voice and holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, as well as a Master’s in Opera and Vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music.

He has performed with The Mississippi Opera, at Festival South, The Palm Beach Opera, Opera Memphis, and at the world-famous Carnegie Hall. Jones also has a passion for coaching and teaching teens and adults of all skill levels, utilizing an organic, modern approach to the bel canto technique.

Daland crafts unique lessons for each student, so that lessons are geared towards producing the most productive and enjoyable experience possible. If you’re ready to learn more about how to reach the full potential of your voice, your music, your artistry, Daland is here to help!

Canda Daryl Nixon

Voice: Ages 9+
Specialization: Classic soul,
Rhythm & blues, Jazz

Canda Daryl Nixon Fisher is an Atlanta – based vocalist, arranger, songwriter, voice instructor, coach and mentor, with over 20 years developing vocal talent. Canda’s signature vocal style embodies a fusion of classic soul, rhythm & blues, and jazz, and delivers with grace velvety vocals and lyrics hypnotic to the soul, lulling listeners into a state of total relaxation.

Originally from Maryland, at the age of 2, Canda first started to sing to her grandfather while sitting atop of his upright piano. At an early age, she became influenced by her father’s jazz collection which included renowned vocalists Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, Nancy Wilson, Teena Marie, Phyliss Hyman and Sade Adu.

With a B.A. in Music at George Washington University, it was college where Canda began her vocal studies, and as a music scholarship recipient, she performed in various stage productions and was a member of the GWU Troubadours, an acapella performance troupe which performed nationally and internationally touring Rome, Milan, Venice and Tuscany. She pursued her Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance at Catholic University of America, and as a lyric soprano she performed the leading role of Puccini’s Suor Angelica while touring the Italian Amalfi Coast. Other roles included Susanna from Le Nozze di Figaro and Monica from The Medium. She also performed oratorios from works such as Faure’s Pie Jesu, Bach’s Magnificat, and Handel’s Messiah. She learned a great deal from her classical studies, as they helped develop the vocal endurance she skillfully applies today, however ultimately Canda chose to follow her love of performing soul and jazz. She went on to perform professionally and in the studio, collaborating with many musicians and songwriters, writing and sharing life’s experiences over dramatic instrumentals and groove like beats. From her musical journey she is passionate about offering crossover technique, diction, dramatic interpretation and how to successfully perform contemporary and secular music. Having taught ages 10-adult and offering group vocal workshops to students 9 and under, Canda believes every turn you take on your musical journey has purpose, and is passionate about teaching vocalists versatility, musicianship, and how to discover who they truly are through their innate ability  to Think, Create, and Perform. 

Ella Markham

Voice: All ages
Specialization: Pop,
Classical, Jazz

UK native, Ella Markham studied opera vocals as a soprano at Mannes the new school for music in New York City until 2019. After training at with a professor at Julliard, Ella moved back to the UK to continue her studies at King’s College London and graduated with a bachelors in music performance. Ella now lives in Los Angeles, teaching and performing around the city.