The Ugarte Studio

The Ugarte Studio

5.0 (3)
Best of 2020
1 hire on
1 employee
24 years in business

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Pia Ugarte Eliott is the Founder and Director of The Ugarte Studio as well as the Founder and Artistic Director of the performing arts organization known as Voices and the female vocal band Zaphyra. Ms. Ugarte's music career started in Peru under the tutelage of Maestro Manuel Cuadros Barr, Founder and Artistic Director of "Camerata Vocale Orfeo" and Artistic Advisor to the President of the Republic of Peru. Encouraged by her first mentor, she moved to New York were she continued her vocal studies at The Juilliard School and NYU. She continued to coach opera under Maestro Vincent La Selva, Founder and Artistic Director of New York Grand Opera, winning an apprentice scholarship with the company and further performing in many of the company's concerts at Carnegie Hall and fully staged opera productions in Central Park. Her association with the company now covers over two decades. In 1996, Ms. Ugarte moved to Atlanta where she has continued performing and is glad to contribute to the artistic life of The Southern Crescent. In addition to her career in music, she continues to act, write, and produce. In 2010, she completed the filming of "Angel's Wings" in the role of Ms. Linda and is currently working on a combined recording and writing project titled 'Songs for Eli' composed by Lithuanian pianist, Inna Satunovsky. The Ugarte Studio was established in 1996 and has been serving the Southern Arc providing high quality of instruction in music and performance. Studio members and graduates are consistently seen performing leads and placing and winning in international, national and local competitions. In certain instances where multiple studio members have participated, 40 percent of winners and finalists have belonged to the studio. Many studio members go ahead to pursue professional careers in performing and music and are accepted to institutions of higher learning with honors and scholarships. The studio's summer program has allowed members to experience performing with organizations like New York Grand Opera in Central Park as part of their fully-staged productions under the baton of world-acclaimed Maestro Vincent La Selva. Through this program, students have had access to private master classes with the likes of Maestro La Selva and Dianna Heldman, Associate Director of Vocal Performance at NYU's Steinhart School. Additionally, studio members audition and are accepted to prime performing arts organizations as the Spivey Hall Children's Choir, New York Grand Opera, and the Atlanta Opera where 4 out of the 12 members of the children's choir belong to The Ugarte Studio. Pia Ugarte Elliott is the Performing Arts Reviewer for and has contributed to Diario "El Comercio" in Peru as Cultural Correspondent. She is a member of MTNA/GMTA, NATS, and The Recording Academy, as well as an adjudicator for the Shuler-Hensley Awards (Atlanta Chapter of the High School Musical Theater Awards.)​​

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Peachtree City, GA 30269
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3 Reviews


  • Dawnyell King

    Pia’s is very knowledgeable. I have developed some “bad habits” through the years; but she is so patient and very helpful. She challenges me to be a better singer, and in less than a year of working with her, I can see major improvements in my singing.

  • Jen Faulkner

    Pia's passion for singing and love of kids comes thru. My daughter looks forward to her lessons.

  • Scott Stillman

    Pia is an extremely gifted teacher. She really puts her undivided attention into each one of her students and *really* cares about not only her students progress but their overall well being in life. I rarely come across people like that. This studio and the many experiences I have had have boosted my technique keeps and bounds. I highly recommend Pia for any serious wanting to learn!!


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

Introducing the necessary concepts and ensuring that the student understands the what, why and hows so that he or she can truly learn and develop performing independence.

As the student solidifies their knowledge and understanding of technique, artistic concepts are introduced to help the individual develop their own artistic voice.

Afterwards, support maintenance of technique and artistic development, while mentoring and assisting on career development.

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

More than 20 years of teaching Maestro Vincent La Selva, Founder and Artistic Director of New York Grand Opera New York University The Julliard School Maestro Manuel Cuadros Barr, Minister of Culture in Peru

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

I have different plans to address the different needs of different individuals at multiple stages of development.

How did you get started teaching?

Somebody asked me to do it.

What types of students have you worked with?

4 to 75 years old; amateur to professional; beginning to advanced.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I am proud of all my students and how they learn to spread their wings as they find their own voice.

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

Listen to the students of a vocal coach. Their voices will tell you what you need to know.

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

Knowing how to sing doesn't mean somebody knows how to teach to sing.

Lessons offered

Audition Prep Lessons Broadway Singing Lessons Choir Teachers Christian Gospel Lessons Country Singing Lessons Jazz Voice Classes Music Performance Lessons Musical Theater Classes Opera Voice Lessons Singing Lessons Speaking Voice Training Vocal Training Lessons Classical Voice Lessons Voice Lessons Gospel Singing Lessons Music Recording Classes