Founded by Jamie Balter, the goal of Sunshine Music Studios is to foster enthusiasm for music and performance in students of all ages. We strive to create a positive envirnment where students can reach all of the goals that they set out to achieve. It is important for our students to feel a warm, welcoming atmostphere, where they can make mistakes, take risks, and ask questions. We know every student has different needs and it is crutial to cater our lessons to each individual student. The process of singing, playing piano, or learning music can at times be hard to grasp, especially for a beginning student, so it is very important to be able to connect it with something that is in a student's daily routine. For example, if a student plays a sport, we use elements from that activity, which has aspects that are simiar to what they are learning in their lessons. We look forward to learning about how we can help you achieve your musical goals at Sunshine Music Studios!
Mezzo-soprano Jamie Balter most recently received recognition by both The American Prize in Voice and New York Lyric Opera Theatre Competition for her performance of works by Strauss, Mozart, and Wagner. A native of Baltimore, Ms. Balter earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music and her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Alabama under the tutelage of Dr. Paul Houghtaling. In August 2021, Ms. Balter will sing the Sandman in Hansel and Gretel at Chicago Summer Opera. As a member of the University of Alabama Opera Theatre, Ms. Balter sang the role of The Nurse in Philip Seward's Juliet and the Quiltlover in the world premiere of Michael Ching's RSBE - Remove Shoes Before Entering in the 2019/20 season. In the 2018/19 season, Ms. Balter sang the roles of Consuelo in West Side Story and Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus. During the 2017/18 season, Ms. Balter appeared as a guest artist in "Visions of Dreams," where she performed selections by Duparc, Schubert, Mozart, and Lehár. In July 2017, she made her role debut as Donna Anna in Mozart's Don Giovanni at the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy. During the 2015/16 season, Ms. Balter returned to the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival as Marcellina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, where she also covered Countess Almaviva under the baton of Maestro James Richman. In addition, she appeared as La Chatte/L’Écureuil in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges. Previously, Ms. Balter joined the roster of Russian Opera Workshop, where she covered Zemfira in Rachmaninoff’s Aleko and the title role in an abridged version of Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet. Balter began the 2016 season as a guest artist in "From Heidelberg to Hanover," where she performed Strauss’ Four Last Songs in addition to selections from Lohengrin, Der Freischütz, and Tannhäuser with pianist James Harp. Highlights of the 2014/15 season included Second Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Alice (cover) in Verdi’s Falstaff with Harrower Opera Workshop, and "An Evening of Opera & Song" with the McDonogh Guest Artist Series.
Jamie's approachable and friendly personality is reflected in her teaching style - she is not afraid to have you try various unconventional techniques that turn out to be super effective and fun! In the 2 years I've been taking lessons with her, my breath support, technique, and vocal range have all improved significantly - so much so that a high note that I found strenuous 2 years ago is now almost within my comfort range! She is very receptive to different styles of music, and her suggestions are always challenging, fun, and geared towards developing your voice.
Jamie is a phenomenal voice teacher. I was very nervous about taking lessons, but she helped me feel relaxed and comfortable right away. She is kind and encouraging, and she does an excellent job of explaining what she's teaching. Singing felt like a mystery to me before my lessons, but Jamie helped me see that singing is a skill that can be taught, practiced, and learned. I cannot recommend her enough!
CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute Certification, Shenendoah Conservatory, Exp. 2022
- Respiration and Phonation for CCM Singers
- Resonance and Articulation for CCM Singers
- Authenticity in Performance Practice
Master of Music in Vocal Performance, University of Alabama, 2020
Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, University of Miami Frost School of Music, 2015
30 minute lesson: $35
45 minute lesson: $50
60 minute lesson: $65