Studying with me, you discover what makes your voice uniquely wonderful. Together we uncover your voice’s full range of possibilities. I prepare you vocally, mentally, and practically for whatever musical outlet you desire. I provide an insider’s perspective on what schools and theatre companies look for in perspective students and cast members.
Hello! My name is Amy Cheifetz Billings, a voice teacher and performer now based in historic downtown Summerville, South Carolina. I have been training singers and performers of every age to find their unique voice since 1998. I specialize in Musical Theatre repertoire/styles and audition/performance preparation. I teach a vocal technique that is understandable, practical, designed for versatility of genres, and focused on optimal vocal health and longevity. My students perform on Broadway, with Regional companies across the United States and Canada, go to prestigious universities, and perform regularly in local theatre companies, high school productions, and in other diverse venues.
Originally from Oakland, California, I have been performing in Musical Theatre, opera, and professional choirs since the age of 10. I have advanced degrees in vocal performance from the University of California, Irvine and the University of Washington. In 1998, I moved to New York City to study with the renowned voice teacher and pedagogue, Cornelius Reid, who became my mentor and the reason I teach voice. During my years in NYC, I was on the voice faculty of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA NY), maintained a successful private vocal studio, and performed throughout the region. In 2011, my husband and I relocated to Salem, Oregon to take care of my elderly mother. While there, I had a thriving vocal studio, was a vocal director for numerous musicals, and performed regularly with local theatres.
My recent musical theatre roles include The Witch in Into the Woods, the Woman in Marry Me A Little, and Glinda in The Wizard of Oz. My operatic roles include Musetta in La Bohème, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, and Despina in Così fan tutte. Other classical highlights include a solo recital of German Lieder and American art songs at the Salle Cortot in Paris, France, and performing with the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s Opera Outreach program, introducing young people to opera.
That’s me in a nutshell. Want to know more? Check the blog posts linked below to discover more about my background and history of singing and teaching.
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