Carol Chatfield teaches voice lessons at CHS during some choir periods and lunches. Lesson signups are on a first-come/first-serve basis. If the in-school slots become filled, Carol also teaches in her Kettering home during the after-school hours.
Each choir class is divided into two lessons at $25 per lesson. Payment is expected at the time of each lesson. If a student needs to cancel because of illness, Carol should be texted in the morning, well before the lesson, at 937-367-3877, or the student will be charged.
Carol holds degrees in voice with honors from New England Conservatory (BM) and Boston Conservatory (MM). She has taught voice for over 30 years and has helped her students prepare for college auditions, competitions and for musical auditions. She has had students move on to professional opera careers and students who have won Broadway roles, or parts in Broadway touring companies. Currently, one of her former students is starring in “Come From Away” on Broadway.
In lessons, students work on breathing, tone placement, learning to produce pure vowel sounds that work for any language, in an effort to learn to sing in a healthy fashion that will not damage the voice. Carol believes any student who is doing a lot of singing benefits from lessons. Students then work on building a repertoire of all sorts of music and how to present that music in a professional manner. Carol also help students prepare for contest and with any in school auditions.
Carol records the exercises she uses and any music being worked on for each student, so they can practice at home. The sheet music being used should be brought to each lesson by the student. Carol accompanies all lessons on the piano.
"I look forward to meeting and working with your child, while helping him/her improve their voice, along with maintaining vocal health."
Emily McConkie and her family, consisting of her husband and two sons, recently moved to Centerville from Mesa, AZ.
She spent the last five years as a vocal coach, piano accompanist, and secretary for the Choral program at Red Mountain High School in Mesa. During that time, she also taught private voice lessons out of her home studio and accompanied on piano for vocal workshops and group voice classes at Mesa Community College.
Emily received her BA in Music Education with a Vocal emphasis from Brigham Young University in 2009. She specializes in classical, folk, and musical theatre styles and incorporates ear training, note-reading, and sight-reading into her vocal instruction.
In addition to teaching private and group voice lessons, she is employed as a piano accompanist for the Centerville Community Choir and the Theatre, Dance, and Motion Picture department at Wright State. She is also a Presto music teacher for Let's Play Music (music instruction for ages 7-11). She is passionate about music and finds great joy in sharing it!
Her studio website is www.emsmusicstudio.com.