What is the best way to reach you?
The best way to reach me is by email. As you might imagine, answering a phone call in the middle of a vocal coaching session can be pretty disruptive, and I respond to emails and text messages very quickly. In your email, please include your phone number, who (if anyone) referred you to me, and the best time to reach you. If you’re a current client of mine, and would like to book an appointment online, please click here.
How often should I come in for appointments?
That really depends on your specific needs. Obviously, consistency is important, especially in the beginning. Once-a-week is the "norm," but some clients come in more often when important auditions come up, or they need to prepare for a callback. As you begin to prepare your audition music, it's important to realize that going to a coach is not like buying a pair of shoes - you don't necessarily walk out with a song "ready to go." Coaching is a process that involves not only choosing the right material, but also arranging, transposing the music, as well as working on the performance, both vocally and physically. How many songs you need varies with the situation; obviously you wouldn't sing the same song to audition for Show Boat as you would for Grease. So you should have several songs in different styles ready. Learning a song the night before is never a good idea, since you won't be totally comfortable with it. Auditioning involves many pressures that are not under your control. It's important not to add the additional pressure of learning a song at the last minute.
Where is your studio located?
My studio is in midtown Manhattan at 850 Seventh Avenue, Suite 804, between 54th & 55th Streets. It's a block away from Carnegie Hall, and close to Central Park.
Who are your students?
My students run the gamut from Broadway professionals to people who just like to sing. I feel it is not my job to judge your goals as much as it is to help you fulfill them. I try to help you become the best you can be, and achieve all you are capable of.
What is your cancellation policy?
A minimum of 24 hours is required for cancellations, or the time reserved must be paid for.
What should I bring to my first session?
It's a good idea to bring some sheet music you are currently singing, including songs you've done in previous auditions. I need to get an idea of where you've been to help me determine where you need to go. Your resume might also be helpful. If you don't have any previous experience, don't worry about it -- just bring yourself. I'll supply the rest!
What is your payment policy?
Payment is expected at each session. Cash or major credit cards are fine; I no longer accept checks. As stated above, a minimum of 24 hours is required for cancellations, or the time reserved must be paid for.
What time should I arrive for my sessions?
Unfortunately, I don't have a waiting room, and for privacy reasons, 8th floor tenants cannot have visitors wait in the hallway. Here is the simple way we handle it:
My sessions begin right on time, so PLEASE don't come up to the 8th floor any earlier than our scheduled appointment time.
If my office door IS open (room 804), just walk in.
If my office door is NOT open, please go into "Room B" (there's a sign on the door), which is a staircase. (Being out of sight of the neighbors is the key!) I'll come looking for you in "Room B" right on time.
Thanks so much for your understanding!
I live out of town; how can I find a good teacher or coach?
Referrals are the best way to find a reputable professional. Or you could get in touch with the music/vocal department of a nearby college or university. Someone on their faculty probably teaches privately, or could refer you to someone who does.