About Amy

About Amy

My name is Amy Cheifetz Billings, a voice teacher and performer. I have just relocated to Summerville, South Carolina after seven years in Salem, Oregon and before that, twelve years in New York City. My husband and I moved to Oregon from New York to take care of my elderly mother. While there, I had a thriving vocal studio, was a vocal director for numerous musicals at Pentacle Theatre and performed  regularly with Pentacle and other local theatres. Happily, the Salem area is rich in music and theatre and allowed me to continue to explore my love of Musical Theatre on the stage and in the studio. I taught ages 11-72, coached every age for auditions for musicals (professional and community) and with my teen-aged students, successfully prepared them for college entrance auditions, NATS festivals, and high school music and thespian competitions. Some highlights in the past seven years were playing The Witch in Into the Woods and the Woman in Marry Me A Little, successfully getting students into prestigious universities to pursue performing careers, as well as being part of a thriving, close-knit community that cared so much about the arts.

But before Oregon, I lived in New York City. I moved there in 1998 to study with the renowned voice teacher and pedagogue, Cornelius Reid. While there, I was on the voice faculty of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), maintained a successful private vocal studio, and performed extensively throughout the region. Working at AMDA rekindled my love of American Musical Theatre. I am proud and honored that my students perform on Broadway (including Waitress, The Color Purple, Hairspray, Wicked), in National and International Tours (including Wicked, Hairspray, Cinderella, Oklahoma!), and Regional houses across the United States and Canada. I have also been a Visiting Professor of Voice for Ball State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance and taught dancers at Princeton Dance and Theater Studio.

Originally from California, I have been performing in musical theatre, opera, and professional choirs since the age of 10. I have degrees in vocal performance from the University of California, Irvine (B. Music) and the University of Washington (M. Music, D.M.A. abd). As an opera singer, my diverse performances include a solo recital of German and American art songs at the Salle Cortot in Paris, France, Sophie De Palma in Terrance McNally’s Master Class and Antonia in Cirque Boom NYC’s The Hoffmann Circus.  My operatic roles also include Musetta in La Bohème, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, and Despina in Così fan tutte. I place great importance on making classical music accessible and interesting to everyone and had the joy of performing in opera and classical music outreach programs with the Metropolitan Opera Guild and Song as a Second Language. I was an apprentice artist with Utah Festival Opera and a frequent guest artist at Middlebury College in Vermont.

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