The Vocal Studio

The Vocal Studio

5.0 (6)
14 hires on
2 employees
32 years in business

About this pro

Please check out my website.  WWW.SINGDONNA.COM

I am a professional Singer who lives and works in the Bay Area.  I teach all levels and styles of voice as I enjoy building a voice.  From breath support, placement and healthy vocal habits to repertoire, delivery, audition and competition help! The Vocal Studio produces one recital a year to give students a chance to perform. I find performance excelerates my students' progress ten-fold.  We work hard and have a great time.  Singing should feel good and you should be seeing progress if you are paying a teacher to help you.  You will definitely feel and hear your progress in The Studio.

I have students rangeing from beginner to professional.  I enjoy teaching this craft to all levels as it keeps my tools sharpened as well.  It's a gift to be able to teach people to sing as it is very personal and an expression of the heart and self.  I enjoy making healthy changes in my students' voices and I have all singers compete in the National Association of Teachers of Singing of which I am a member (when they are ready and if they desire) as it gives us a milestone to work toward and it encourages progress and confidence.  I've had many 1st place winners.  I love teaching professionals as well as beginners as I can make small changes for great rewards and students are so thankful for this at all levels.  I love what I do and I take good care of my students.

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Oakland, CA 94611
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6 Reviews


  • Colleen Crespo

    Donna has been wonderful!

  • Karen Ross

    Great fabulous voice lesson teacher. She is an opera singer!

  • Kate L

    Donna taught me throughout college at Saint Marys, and I see her still. I HIGHLY reccomend her. I love that she doesn't just focus on technique, but also artistic delivery for the classical singer. It is too often that we hear a beautiful classical voice, but don't see the story behind the piece. Donna encourages the singer to look at the entire picture (that isn't to say she's lax on technique ;). With her own performance career and educational background, that woman has a toolbox for technique thats a mile wide). It's telling that people seek her out while preparing for important auditions, graduate school, or continue under her mentorship after they become teachers themselves (as is my own personal case). She creates a huge amount of growth in the artist, and positively encourages that momentum continue.

  • Aidan M.

    Donna is a gifted vocal instructor with extensive experience training aspiring singers. She possesses the knowledge, skill, and passion necessary to help singers truly discover and explore their voices. During my short time singing with Donna, I have been able to find my voice and free it from problematic habits, something I will continue to work on and improve as time goes on. Donna has provided me with the needed inspiration and motivation to push myself and work towards my potential, and she gets to know each voice uniquely and individually. This, coupled with her technical and artistic vocal expertise, makes for incredibly effective and rewarding lessons. I look forward to many more lessons, and would highly recommend Donna as a vocal instructor!

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Interview on phone before we meet so we don't use precious lesson time up.  Get to know my student and their voice.  I warm up a student with vocal exercises then we typically work on a piece or two during the lesson.   If the student has a special audition, competition involving specific repertoire or any other specific gig to prepare for, we get right to work on it!  Otherwise I often choose the repertoire/songs for student and am open to their suggestions if it's appropriate for their voice.  I teach the student about their own voice, encourage and provide performance opportunites through formal recitals sung with a professional pianist.  Call me I will answer any questions you may have 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I've been teaching voice for over 30 years in Boston, Portland OR and CA.  I have my degee from Boston Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA.  I worked S a college vocal professor for eight years.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

$85 for 60 mins  Adults and Youth

$65 for 45 mins Adults and Youth

$45 for 30 mins for children 9 and under

How did you get started teaching?

I've sung since I was a young girl.  Singing with my 45 records and in church and choir then decided to go to college (Boston conservatory of music) for formal training after working in high-status business.  I became a professional singer many years later and have taught throughout my years of performing.  I still perform, and still love it!

What types of students have you worked with?

Opera, Jazz, Pop, Musical Theater, Rock, Spiritual Singers, I've also worked with Ministers to help them with vocal delivery of their Sermons...quite a bit of diction related work.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

NATS  National Association of Students of Singing 

East Bay Singing Festival last Saturday, I've had many winners.

Just peformed the Mezzo solos in the Verdi Requiem in Mendocino in May.

See my website for more specific pertinent successes.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Try out a couple of teachers to find the best fit for you.  There has to be a mutual trust between the teacher and student (and parent) as it's personal to work with the singing voice! It's something that takes alot of patience and respect.  Shop around until YOU feel comfortable with your teacher.  Give me a call and we can start here.  I have a great track record of keeping my students singing well as they can feel their voice changing in healthy, exciting ways.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What they want from Singing Lessons, what kind of music they are most interested in ultimately singing.  How often can they take a lesson, how much time and funds are they able to afford.  What do they want ME to know about THEM that will help them relax more in a lesson (for example 'I'm very nervous to sing solo')

Please consult both my YELP and Facebook accounts as you will find Reviews from collegues and many pictures of my students.  It's always good to read what students say about their teacher; a good reference point.  Good luck on your search and do give me a call.

Lessons offered

Singing Lessons Voice Lessons Vocal Training Lessons Music Performance Lessons Classical Voice Lessons Opera Voice Lessons Country Singing Lessons Gospel Singing Lessons Audition Prep Lessons