The Charismatic Voice is led by international opera singer, multimedia composer, vocal pedagogue, and creative director, Elizabeth Zharoff. As an educator, she is dedicated to developing technique and musicianship, with particular focus on forming productive work habits & confidence - benefitting all areas of life. She is enthusiastic and empathetic, and holds herself along with her colleagues & students to high daily standards. Ms. Zharoff holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory, the Curtis Institute of Music, and Berklee School of Music. She continues to further her understanding of voice by expanding into unexpected genres, and reading cutting-edge scientific research on vocal production. Ms. Zharoff has performed in 17 languages, throughout major venues in Europe, Asia, Canada, and the United States, including Carnegie Hall, Seattle Opera, Opera Internationale de Bordeaux, the Hollywood Bowl, Metropolitan Opera, Semperoper Dresden, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Opera Philadelphia, Los Angeles Opera, and English National Opera. She regularly works with grammy-award winning artists, and frequently lends her talents to the video game music industry. She is the director and vocal producer of "Song Cycle: The History of Video Games," an album combining classical and video game music, which was released on iTunes in November 2016, and printed sheet music in April 2019. Ms. Zharoff also works as voice over talent, most notably becoming the voice of SpeakWithMe's emotionally intelligent AI assistant. The Charismatic Voice is a practical and scientific resource for making your voice better. Ms. Zharoff teaches private lessons to further expand on the weekly educational videos she posts online. Most lessons are held online, but she does occasionally travel or accept private clients in her studio near Huntington Beach, CA. She also teaches piano lessons, which can be particularly helpful for developing pitch and accompaniment skills.
I love helping people build confidence through tools and practice, and enabling them to express their message. Taking music lessons is more than just developing a skill - it reaches into and benefits all areas of life.
I have been singing on for 16 years now for rock bands, as a solo singer. I knew I had a natural talent and great voice however what I had in talent I lacked in training. Fast forward to 2017 when I started working with Elizabeth Zharoff on my singing. She is an absolute delight to work with. From day one we established my goals, both short term and long term, genres I was interested in and assessing my current level of skill and technique. Before I took any lessons with Elizabeth I had a great voice (humble I know) however the caveat was I didn't know how to use it properly. Touring with my band I used blow my voice out every second night which was far from ideal - because I wasn't trained in the proper use of my voice. When I started working with Elizabeth the warm ups, repertoire ranging from rock to musical theater to Latin choir and hands on approach to my singing helped me go from strength to strength. The difference is night and day - I never hurt my voice anymore, my range has expanded significantly, my falsetto sounds haunting and beautiful (as opposed to like a quacking duck before) and I feel a confidence that I can tackle anything I put my mind to. Working with a Singing teacher remotely over services Skype or Google Hangout would seem like a hindrance - however Elizabeth's skill to communicate concepts transcends distance and is representative of her masterful approach to teaching and putting her student at ease. I have been working with Elizabeth for 2 years now on Skype and I think I could work with her easily for another 2 as there are always new things to learn. I cannot recommend working with her enough.
Elizabeth is an extraordinary teacher. She is more knowledgeable about the physicality, mentality, and emotional factors that go into voice than anyone I have met. I have made leaps and bounds in my progress as a vocalist thanks to Elizabeth’s attentive and supportive teaching style. I am glad to know her as a person and proud to learn from her every lesson.
Elizabeth is an amazing teacher! Due to her professional opera background, she is extremely knowledgeable and versatile in her teaching methods for singing and all things voice-related. During my first session with her, it truly felt like she was tailoring her lesson around me and my goals specifically, and she did it all without me ever feeling self-conscious. I will definitely be continuing to use her services!
Elizabeth does such a great job of challenging my son in ways that he feels successful, and she keeps him engaged with songs that appeal to his sense of playfulness. Now that I think of it...she does that for me, too! During my lesson, she pushes me where I'm comfortable, breaks things down when I'm feeling overwhelmed or confused, and let's me try things out when I'm feeling confident. The pacing of her lessons keep both my son and I improving steadily week to week... it's amazing to look back and see how much we've improved since starting lessons almost two years ago! I couldn't be happier with my decision to learn piano as an adult, and there's no one I'd rather learn from. As my son says, "Elizabeth is an epic piano teacher." I couldn't agree more.
I conduct a brief interview first, to ascertain my new customer's dedication, and also outline goals. I tailor lessons to each student, and create exercises to suit their needs. I want to make sure we have the same target in mind before embarking.
I create a shared online folder for each student, where I keep notes from our lessons. I also upload reference documents there, as well as notes from our "getting to know you" interview.
Master's Degree in Opera - Curtis Institute of Music
Bachelor's Degree in Voice - Oberlin Conservatory
General Certificate in Music Technology - Berklee School of Music
Extensive work in opera houses and concert halls around the U.S. and in Germany, Italy, France, England, and China. Extremely proficient at singing in foreign languages.
Currently working with award-winning artists in video game music, pop, hip-hop, and R&B.
Weekly lessons are 30, 45 or 60 minutes long.
My rates start at $50 per half hour. I give discounts for longer lessons, and if you pre-pay a 10-lesson package.
I got an early start in music because my mother was a piano & voice teacher. I began winning large piano competitions in middle school, and originally thought I would be a concert pianist. However, when I discovered that my voice was even more capable of moving people's hearts, I decided to single-mindedly pursue singing.
After performing for over a decade, I decided I wanted to expand my reach again, to reach even more people. I expanded to coach in multiple genres, and started passing on the tools needed for my students to communicate their message to the world.
I work with a huge range of singers! Some have never sung for another person in their life. Some have been singing opera for years.
I'm honestly very excited to work with any and all ages. I can also teach piano to help with music-reading and pitch-matching.
Genre is never a barrier: in additional to classical music, I've worked with singers in R&B, country, hip-hop, pop, musical theater, heavy metal, soul, etc.
I've also worked with special needs children, and can provide references as needed.
Make sure you find someone who understands the science behind your vocal folds. You can do irreparable vocal damage by learning the wrong techniques. You use your voice every day, and this just isn't worth risking.
Students should carefully consider their goals, and also consider how much practice time they will have available to dedicate to those goals.
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