Ms. Mayer holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. Here, she studied with Dr. Steven Rainbolt and Dr. Robert Muckenfuss to not only hone her craft as a singer and performer, but also to rene her skills as a teacher of voice.
In 2015, Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music and Communication Studies from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. Jennifer has participated in masterclasses and coachings with mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, composer Jake Heggie, and dramatic soprano Jeanne-Michele Charbonnet, among others. Jennifer is the proud recipient of an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
As a voice teacher, Ms. Mayer’s priority is to guide students in understanding all aspects of their musicianship – as a singer, student, and artist. Her teaching rests upon a foundation of vocal pedagogy that employs traditional bel canto technique, as well as a modern, scientic understanding of the voice.
Baritone and singing teacher, Mr. Bonfanti has the honor of being one of the last students of Luciano PAVAROTTI (for whom he sang in two operas and a concert). Mauro sang with Andrea BOCELLI in a concert with orchestra in the Vatican. In his 20-year career he has performed almost 40 opera roles all over the world.
Mauro also sang with Renato Bruson and collaborated with Josè CARRERAS and many others.
For 10 years Mr. Bonfanti has been passionately dedicated to teaching singing to adults and children; he believes that the vocal technique is unique for all musical genres, so he also likes to teach cross over, pop and traditional music. In Italy Mauro taught at the famous TV talent show "Amici", leading one of his students to the final victory. Mauro is also a President and Founder of the "Santa Gianna Beretta Molla" International Opera Competition.
Lessons with Mr. Bonfanti are anticipated in January 2023.
Storm Tucker is a guitarist and a Tacoma native. Picking up the guitar at 16, he turned his love of the instrument into something more. In 2018, he graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a bachelor's degree in guitar performance.
A classically-trained guitarist, Storm has performed with the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, the PLU Symphony Orchestra, the PLU Jazz Band, and the PLU production of Dido and Aenaes. In addition to the guitar, he also plays the ukulele and the lute.
Having been an instructor for 5 years, Storm has taught lessons for guitar, ukulele and piano for the YMCA, Music & Arts, and as an independent instructor. He teaches students of varying ages and levels of playing experience. Whether you're an intermediate who has hit a rut in your playing or have never picked up an instrument in your life, Storm is willing to teach you.
Willie Garza is a multi-instrumentalist, educator, clinician, and composer/arranger originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. He specializes in Afro-Latin percussion while exploring other sounds of Arabic, Flamenco, Brazilian and Vocal-Percussion. Willie has been an active free-lance professional musician and recording artist contributing his talents to many regional and international artists throughout his music career.
Willie holds both his BM, MM with emphasis in Jazz Studies from San Jose State University where he studied composition, arranging alongside instrumental music pedagogy. Willie is also a graduate of the School for Music Vocations founded by jazz pianist, composer, and arranger Phil Mattson. Willie has been an active composer & arranger who has had commissioned works and arrangements performed by elementary to college university programs.
Willie believes that music can uplift the human spirit, and music education can help one find their place in society and cultivate humanity in the world. His goal is to assist on the journey.
Dr. Guhr is a singer, actor, and director who has worked in operas, operettas, musicals, and film. He is also an educator, with experience in private vocal instruction, lecturing on music history, and outreach performance programs. Glenn holds MM in Music History from Kansas State University and DMA in Vocal Performance from University of Washington.
Recently, Guhr acted as Tacoma Opera’s Production Manager during the Covid shutdown and subsequent reopening, arranging dozens of short, online recitals and directing several opera films for online viewing. Currently, Guhr is on the voice faculty of Pacific Lutheran University.
Anneke is a compassionate Youtn and Adult Piano/Vocal Instructor excited to take on new professional challenges when introducing music to beginners as well as expanding the technique and musicianship for all levels. A hardworking, accomplished and responsible professional with a background in different genres, from Renaissance and classical to Pop/Rock.
Ms. Speller excelled as a Piano and voice instructor, Music Director (organ, piano and choir director), Recording artist, Composer/arranger/orchestrator/studio musician, Live performer either for original music or cover music, Accompanist, Pianist
and vocal coach for high school musicals.
Anneke holds Bachelor of Music in Applied Piano from the University of Texas at Austin and The Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Originally from Ukraine, Svitlana Smaga received her Masters degrees in Piano Performance from the Donetsk State Conservatory and Mariupol Music College, taught at the School of Arts in her hometown of Mariupol and performed as a soloist and collaborative artist.
After relocating to California in 2005, she served as a piano instructor and staff accompanist at the College of the Siskiyous. Svitlana also enjoyed a professional career as a collaborative pianist for Tacoma Opera. Svitlana is a registered Music Together® teacher and a guest pianist for the internationally acclaimed Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet.