Student Recordings

Enjoy the performances of the following students.

In addition to coaching singers,
the studio encourages recording to CD and YouTube.

In November every year,
students may make a Christmas/holiday CD
for their friends and family.

Abby

Abby, 17,will be a senior in high school this fall. She likes math and hopes to use it as she pursues a medical field (or teaching) post high school. Abby is working on sacred, jazz and musical theatre repertoire. Enjoy her newest recording of “Someone Else’s Story” from Chess. Her other love is Disney. Abby performs “Almost There” from The Princess and the Frog.

Someone Else’s Story
Almost There

Astral

As a part of the study of classical singing, Astral, age 16, performs “When Love Is Kind.” She previously recorded “I’d Be Surprisingly Good For You” from Evita. Since she returned to in studio instruction, Astral decided to make a Pandemic Love Songs CD. Her third recording “Love You Like a Love Song” was added after she returned to the studio from pandemic lock down. Astral loves drawing, singing, writing and pixel art. She is thinking about a career in graphic design, voice acting or creative writing.

When Love Is Kind
I’d Be Surprisingly Good For You
Love You Like a Love Song

Bella

Bella, age 15 performs “I Love Play Rehearsal” from one of her favorite musicals Be More Chill. Here she demonstrates a “character voice song” with components of blocking, acting and singing. Instruction and feedback were completed through her Zoom lesson. She is intrigued by all genres of music. Playing Dungeons and Dragons serves as entertainment as well as reading books on mythology and biology. Bella’s post high school desire is to major in Biology and minor in Art. Enjoy watching “I Love Play Rehearsal.”

I Love Play Rehearsal

Celeste

Celeste is the studio’s youngest student. In March, she began studying voice via Zoom during the pandemic shut down. After three months, this nine year old has now moved back into the studio. Enjoy her recording of Before You Go by Lewis Capaldi and The Rainbow Connection. Celeste demonstrates she is skilled in both pop and musical theatre genres.

Before You Go
The Rainbow Connection

Ciara

Ciara just joined the studio before the stay-at-home order. Working with her through Zoom helped her prepared for her in studio recording of “With You” from Ghost, The Musical. Ciara is pursuing a career in the entertainment business and working with her agent in preparation for a modeling/talent show in NYC this coming summer.

With You

Gabby

Both Bella and her sister, Gabby, study with the studio. Here Gabby, age 15, performs a favorite jazz number “Blackbird.”  She also loves playing video games. Her other interest is skate boarding and eventually long board. Even though Gabby studies via Zoom, she uploads her finished video for feedback. Watch Gabby as she performs.

Blackbird

Griffin

Griffin, age 15, began studying voice just before the Covid shut down. He continued his lessons via Zoom and made great progress. He loves playing video games and reading. Last fall Griffin was cast in his high school musical production of “Once On This Island.” He plans to audition for the 2021 spring musical. This past week, Griffin added “You’ll Be Back” from Hamilton. Previous to that, he recorded “Say” by John Mayer.

You’ll Be Back from Hamilton
Say (John Mayer)

Jacquelyn

Jacquelyn, age 14, demonstrates the variety of genres offered by the studio. She decided to do a study of the pop version of “Someone Like You” and compare it with the musical version of the same title. During this Covid19 shutter-in-place, Jacqueline made great use of practice, polish, perform and video. Her other interests are theatre, piano, trumpet and swimming. She is currently swimming competitively. This past week Jacquelyn came in third in the 100 free style (state). She has aspirations of attending BYU one day and enrolling in the Young Ambassadors program.

Watch Someone Like You (Adele)
Watch Someone Like You (Jekyll & Hyde)

Lyndon

Lyndon, age 14, wants to become a delivery nurse or psychologist. She performed in her school’s musical. Lyndon loves the musical Be More Chill. Here she sings “A Guy I’d Kinda Be Into.” Lyndon also performs “It’s Quiet Uptown” from Hamilton. Recorded, with much empathy, Lyndon sings “In the Bedroom, Down the Hall” from Dear Evan Hansen, a tragic song about loss. This past January, Lyndon entered the national singing contest sponsored by Hal Leonard Publishing.

A Guy I’d Kinda Be Into
It’s Quiet Uptown
In the Bedroom, Down the Hall

Makena

Makena,16, is a diligent student of the theatre. She is well-versed in musical theatre productions, roles and ranges. This past February, she auditioned for the nationwide Hal Leonard vocal contest. Makena has performed in her high school theatre productions. Here she demonstrates an appropriate cut for a musical theatre audition. Enjoy watching her performance of “Astonishing” from Little Women. Her latest recording “Johnny One Note” from Babes in Arms demonstrates her agility in using her mix voice.

Astonishing
Johnny One Note

Mackenzie

Mackenzie,17, performed the supporting role of Cinderella in her high school musical production of  Into the Woods. Currently she is preparing for Colorado All State auditions. She loves art, singing and hopes to teach in the future. In fact, periodically she steps in for her choir teacher. Enjoy her performance of The Lass From the Low Countree.

The Lass from the Low Countree

Maria

It is a joy to welcome Maria to the studio as she is a parent of two former students. She dedicates her life to nursing and raising her children. Maria loves to sing and wishes to learn more about it, including reading music and hearing harmonies. Here she performs “Edelweiss” from the Sound of Music.

Edelweiss

Michael

Michael, 17, is the consummate musician. He studies guitar and voice and currently plays with a blues band.  Michael is also starting a trio plus he and Riana (also a voice student) use their back to back voice lesson time to collaborate on duo repertoire. In the studio, Michael has been coached on classical, jazz, blues, and musical theatre genres. When Michael is not singing or playing guitar, he plays tuba in the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony. Enjoy his performance of Gethsemane from Jesus Christ Superstar. This is quite an undertaking considering the dynamic contrasts and enlarged vocal range.

Gethsemane from Jesus Christ Superstar
Riana and Michael video

Peyton

Peyton, 14, is excited about starting her freshman year in high school. She plays clarinet in the band and the jazz band. Peyton recorded I’m Not That Girl from Wicked this past week.  Born to Entertain (from Ruthless) is a potential audition song for the future. She also loves Disney and the songs from Moana. Enjoy “How Far I’ll Go.”

I’m Not That Girl
Born to Entertain
How Far I’ll Go

Riana

Riana, 15, loves to sing and perform. This past fall, she was cast as the Witch in her high school’s production of Into the Woods. Her other interests are biology and taking piano lessons. Riana is a featured soloist in a blues band (including PPVS student Michael) and is also working in a duo capacity with Michael. Through the Covid19 online/in studio lessons, Riana spent time working on her classical voice. Enjoy “Nancy Hanks”, a song about Abraham Lincoln’s mother. Riana shows her diversity in her performance of “Midnight in Memphis” with Michael. Now back in studio, Riana performs “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again” from Phantom of the Opera. This completes her classical study until fall as she prepares this summer for online national competitions in pop music.

Watch Nancy Hanks
Watch Midnight in Memphis
Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again

Paula

Paula is married to Tom, who studied with the studio last spring! She shares his passion for making music. Paula just started with the studio and already recorded one of her favorite hymns. She has led a life full of wonderful opportunities: manual physical therapist, graduating from the Rolf Institute with her massage certification; taught math and physics in numerous locations and was a member of the Peace Corp. Currently she leads Joyful Noise choral group through Crossroads Ministry. Paula just recorded one of her favorite solos “Somewhere” from West Side Story. She also enjoys singing hymns and added one of her favorite songs, “Day by Day.”

Somewhere from Westside Story
Day by Day

Tom

Tom is one of several adult students in the studio. It’s his first time studying voice however music is not new to him. Tom served as the band director at Palmer High School for 20 years. He currently is the choir director at his church and has done so for the past four years. His interests include hiking and anything to do with nature. Tom performs “The Old Rugged Cross” in preparation for Easter.

The Old Rugged Cross

Zoe

Zoe, 16, just began her studies with the studio. She is working on the fall auditions for her high school musical and Colorado All State. Zoe will be performing for “Lawn Songs” the Peak Performance Voice Studio recital next week. Here she performs “The Mad Hatter” from Wonderland.

The Mad Hatter