Marisa is a sought-after voice teacher known for her grounded, deep-listening approach to helping people of any level sing with more skill, more truth, and more joy.
My perspective is grounded in the Szamosi® path (http://www.liberocanto.org). I have studied singing and singing pedagogy on this path for fifteen years and have taught lessons to hundreds of singers of all ages and levels, as well as to actors and dancers.
I work with singers across genres (opera, kirtan, rock, pop, folk, etc.), but my singular specialty – and what I am most known for – is helping Broadway and Musical Theatre singers find more freedom and artistry.
The path towards artistry must itself be creative, and so lessons are finely tuned in to your individual story and constellation. The process is one of intensive self-discovery and inner work. Through carefully crafted exercises we aim to release physical and emotional tensions, and through listening we develop your musical imagination.
The path is rigorous – we are aiming for virtuosity! You will discover more possibilities within your range and tone-color, while becoming more flexible and powerful. The path is also one in which healing can occur – developing one’s body and voice goes hand in hand with psycho-emotional-physical-spiritual health in general. Ultimately this path is meant to empower you to be your own teacher. Listen to yourself first!
Along with my private teaching in NYC, I have had the opportunity to teach workshops with the American Theater Wing, The Performing Arts Project (TPAP), Prospect Theater Company, Signature Theatre, Milikin University, the Goetheanum. And in these contexts I’ve worked with thousands of students one-on-one. I have also used this work with patients in a drug rehabilitation center to help them develop deeper self-awareness and find spiritual joy.
B.F.A from NYU (Tisch) in Musical Theatre. Competitive classical piano for 15 years. I won a grant to study Indian Hindustani singing in India for four months, I studied classical voice at Tanglewood. I am an active professional musician and a former yoga instructor. I’m in love with the Szamosi/Libero Canto path and passionate about sharing this work with others.
The use and training of the voice is at the center of my work as a composer and reaches into every corner of my artistic, intellectual, physio-emotional and spiritual life. Being in intimate relationship with singing is my life’s passion, encompassing all.