Tara is a Luther College graduate where she received her BA, and received her Masters of Music from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. At both schools she performed in their opera scenes programs: Eurydice (Orphée aux Enfers, UMD), Latetitia (The Old Maid and the Thief, UMD), and Jenny Diver (The Beggar’s Opera, Luther College) as well as acting as assistant director and costume designer for 4 shows at UMD. Currently, Tara is preparing to audition for the Minnesota Opera Spring 2017. Her passion for voice teaching is only second to that of being on stage, she enjoys teaching young and old students and delights in the classification of voices something she hopes to pursue in her future doctoral degree. In the future, Tara hopes to continue to find more and more opportunities to perform. Tara hopes to be able to share the joy of this universal language, music, for years to come.
Jonathan Smith believes that everyone has a unique voice they can share with the world and make a difference. He believes that every song is a story, and teaches using classically-trained technique paired with acting and storytelling techniques. Mr. Smith meets his students where they’re at and what their interests are. Mr. Smith pairs contemporary work with some classical vocal works to help give a well-rounded education. Students also study healthy warmups, music theory, rhythmic training, acting techniques, and sight singing during lessons.
Mr. Smith’s Biography
BA in Music from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point (Voice and Composition, Theatre minor)
Mr. Smith has taught many private lessons at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, Pacelli School System, and at his own former business, Millennial Voice Studio in Stevens Point, WI. In addition, he has vocal directed 10 theatrical productions and directed 6 additional productions.
As a performer, Mr. Smith has performed for over twenty-five musicals and operettas, in such roles as: The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera, Joseph in Joseph and the...Dreamcoat, and Frederick in The Pirates of Penzance.