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Gori Voice Studios, LLC

Kensington, MD 20895 (map)


Lessons Offered

Singing

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

Online via Webcam


About Me

Our Mission

Our mission at GVS is to help our students discover how to use their voices with the greatest ease, freedom and joy, so that they can present themselves with polish and confidence in speech and song.

Our Philosophy

Here at GVS, we offer two different teaching styles, sharing one philosophy: We believe that for all singers, the path to mastery of the voice is through learning how the voice works and building healthy vocal technique.

We will work in collaboration withyou to help you gain a better understanding of your voice's function in both speaking and singing and to develop the skills necessary to find maximum ease and freedom when using your voice, thus allowing you to reach your full vocal potential.

 

My Musical Education Background

AURELIUS GORI, D.M.A., BARITONE is an acclaimed soloist and recitalist based in Washington, DC whose singing has been hailed as splendidly lyrical by the Washington Post. A 1990-91 Fulbright scholar, he studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich and was a 1991 semifinalist in the International Belvedere Competition in Vienna. Two years later, he was awarded a scholarship to study Lieder with Ian Partridge at the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies in England. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Maryland, College Park in 1995 where he studied with James McDonald. After completing his doctorate, he was awarded an internship with the National Association of Teachers of Singing at Penn State.

Dr. Gori’s approach to teaching singing is simple, clear and scientific, emphasizing vocal health, beauty and expressive communication. His specialties include helping young singers as their voices change and improving freedom, clarity and agility in older voices. He conditions his students to cultivate their best habits in both singing and speaking. He is a master teacher and mentor to many successful performers in choral, operatic, oratorio, contemporary commercial and musical theater venues throughout the Greater Washington DC area. His students include professional singers, NATS Regionals award winners and college scholarship award recipients.

GRACE GORI, M. M. MEZZO-SOPRANO is well-known in the Washington DC area as an acclaimed performer in both the concert and operatic repertoire. She has been praised by The Washington Post for her fine sense of style and strong dramatic impact in works that range from the Renaissance to world and American premieres. She holds the Bachelor of Music with High Distinction from the prestigious Indiana University School of Music and the Master of Music from the University of Maryland at College Park, where she was a member of the Maryland Opera Studio. Her post-graduate work includes Apprentice and/or Young Artist programs at the Sarasota, Des Moines, and Natchez Opera companies, as well as private study in New York City and Munich, Germany.  Ms. Gori's performance credits include operatic and concert appearances with organizations including the Washington National Opera and the National Symphony Orchestra.  (For more on Ms. Gori's performances, please visit her personal website at GraceGori.com.])

Ms. Gori has brought her experience and expertise to bear as a teacher for over 19 years. Her students regularly perform roles in school and community music theater productions, and are invited to sing in select choral ensembles. A dedicated teacher, Ms. Gori has continued to develop her knowledge of the voice in order to better serve her students. In addition to her college and post-graduate studies, she studied the Alexander Technique privately with Diana Bradley, has attended seminars on the Richard Miller, David Blair McClosky and Estill Voice Training methods, and has studied Iyengar yoga since April 2015. Her goal is to help each and every one of her students develop a healthy vocal technique which will allow that student to transcend vocal mechanics and instead experience the joy of pure artistic expression in whatever style he or she chooses.

 

Genres and Subjects Taught

We are committed to helping dedicated singers of all ages and levels achieve vocal health, confidence and freedom in all styles of music.   Our expert vocal instruction embraces both formal traditional Bel Canto singing principles and modern, contemporary singing techniques.

We have worked with our vocal students on a wide variety of their choice of repertoire, including classical/opera, musical theater, choral, sacred, folk, rock and even K-pop!

We also offer beginning guitar and piano instruction as add-ons for students also enrolled in singing lessons.  Ask us for further details.

 

Lesson Rates

Study Options:   

We offer in-person and online lessons both on a drop-in basis and through Semester package plans.

One-time drop-in lessons are 60 minutes long; the fee per lesson is $82.  Lessons may be booked up to but no more than two weeks in advance of the lesson date.  Payment is due at the time of the lesson.  Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance.   This plan offers the most flexibility for students with unpredictable schedules.

Semester Plan lessons are available as either 60, 45 or 30-minute weekly lessons in a reserved time slot; fee depends upon the duration of your lessons.  These plans work well for students who are committed to ongoing study, as they offer a significant discount from the individual lesson rates.
 

*  Fall & Spring Semester Plans include 16 lessons plus one Studio Class; Half-Semester plans are available for established students. 
 

*  Our Summer Semester Plan is a special prepaid plan consisting of 5 or more lessons, to be scheduled upon enrollment in whatever way fits your summer schedule.  Students may take one lesson per week during their available weeks, or multiple lessons during some weeks and no lessons in others; as long as at least 5 dates are preselected, the student qualifies for the package price.  This plan allows students the flexibility to plan lessons around summer work, vacation and camp schedules.

 

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

We accept students of all levels from age 11 through senior citizens;  younger singers are accepted on a case by case basis.

No prerequisites, although if the student has not yet learned to read music, we may recommend concurrent study of piano or music theory, either with us or outside.

My Certifications and Awards

Members, National Association of Teachers of Singing

For more credits, please check our biographies (above).


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