Colorfully diverse soprano Tara Priolo is currently collaborating on and creating a variety of classical and contemporary repertoire. Tara currently performs with a variety of choirs in the Twin Cities and is a founding member and Soprano of the new trio drip project, which tours annually in the Midwest. A native of Omaha, NE, Tara holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Performance from Luther College and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from UMD. At these schools she studied with Kristin Kenning, Jonathon Struve, Jessica Paul, and Rachel Inselman; she currently studies with mezzo-soprano Victoria Vargas.
Tara welcomes students of all performance levels, from beginning to elite into her voice studio. She enjoys teaching many different genres, prepping students for auditions, and finding healthy and true ringing tones in each student. Tara lives by the phrase “Don’t sing trained, sing free.’ Each semester, we will re-evaluate our goals and repertoire to ensure we are always on the path to success. Students enjoy a freedom to pick a variety of repertoire, while also learning the nuts and bolts of reading and performing music. Each lesson will encompass the following: stretching, breathing, speech singing, vocal warm-ups, and repertoire practice. Tara also teaches voice/piano dual lessons, a split between the two for new and beginning piano students.
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.