Julia V. offers Music Performance Lessons, Opera Voice Lessons, Piano Le...

Tutor in Portland, OR 97218

Portland, OR 97218


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Price starts at: $30.00

Subjects: Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Speaking Voice

I have a Master’s in Opera Performance from the Boston and New England Conservatories as well as graduating from Vocal Performance programs at Boston University and Western Washington University. I have sung professionally with Boston Lyric Opera, Children’s Theater Companies, churches and synagogue and have toured on the east coast as well as Athens, Greece. Premiering new music is a specialty. I can help you prepare your pieces for auditions.  My students have successful auditions for college opera and music theater programs, and as choir soloists.

Students gain a larger vocal range and an easy, natural way of singing whether it is in a rock band, choir or as a soloist. Together we find the joy of singing while building a solid technique.

I have worked with small children as a Musikgarten teacher and have toured artist residency programs which introduce children to music and theater in schools.   I was adjunct faculty at the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University and local music studios as well as maintaining my private teaching practice.

  • Lesson Details *
    I am persistent and positive! Working and performing with singers and master teachers has helped me to be a resourceful teacher who understands the process of becoming a singer. I believe that a sense of fun and play helps you to accomplish your goals quickly.  For beginners you will learn how the voice works and how to care for and develop your instrument, I recommend adults take 45" – 1 hour lessons weekly for skill building. The price of lessons DECREASES by 10% after each 5 lesson purchased for the first 15 lessons. Studio policy is located at VaaraMusic.com. We will choose music that interests you and helps to build your voice starting with basics before moving to more complex and challenging music. Understanding music theory and sight-reading will help you get the most out of your singing. After 3 – 6 months you should have a good command of breathing and an understanding of how to sing with an expressive tone.For the advanced student, I can help you work on trouble spots and give you tools to help with the changes that voices naturally go through.  I look forward to giving you my full focus and celebrating your growth and accomplishments!
  • Studio Equipment *
    Condo w/ open area with piano. Visitor’s parking lot w/ seating in studio for parents to listen. Parents with younger siblings can use play areas outside.
    Basic library of vocal music, giving the student a way to sample different kinds of songs before purchasing books or downloading songs on their own. Music stand, iPhone plug-in/Amp for accompaniments and examples you want me to hear.
  • Travel Equipment *
    I provide a basic library of vocal music at my home studio and will bring targeted books with me. Students should print out their favorite popular songs from such services as Music Notes website.
    I expect my students to provide a keyboard, music stand and notebook as well as a low distraction environment.
  • Specialties *
    As an opera and musical theater, Oratorio and church singer, I help singers of all levels improve within their genre from popular music to opera. A good singing technique will help performers in any style stay healthy and enjoy an expressive singing instrument.

Child Ages:
3 weeks - 17 years
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Date: September 15, 1988 – June 15, 1990
School: Boston University, School of Fine Arts, Opera Institute
Degree: Artist’s Certificate
Description: Pre-professional program of performers and teachers performing in full scale operas within the school as well as professionally.

Date: September 15, 1984 – June 15, 1986
School: Opera Dept. of the Boston & New England Conservatories
Degree: Master’s of Music
Description: Opera performance thru academic and studio study as well as student and community productions.

Date: September 15, 1980 – June 15, 1984
School: Western Washington University
Degree: Bachelor of Arts, Vocal Performance
Description: I studied with Marianne Weltmann and took part in robust choral and opera programs as well as choral and instrumental conducting. My undergraduate education was rounded out with the interdisciplinary program at Fairhaven college and honors courses in literature. I was the honored graduation soloist for both the college and university.

Date: July 15, 1988 – August 15, 1989
School: Tanglewood Phyllis Curtin Seminar for Singers
Degree: Voice Performance
Description: Worked with Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa.


Date: January 15, 1997
Name: American Guild of Musical Artists
Description: An American labor union that represents 8,000 current and retired opera singers, ballet and other dancers, opera directors, backstage production personnel at opera and dance companies, and figure skaters.


Date: August 15, 2000 – January 15, 2002
Organization: College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University
Title: Adjunct Voice Faculty
Description: Teach individual lessons to college students, preparing them for voice juries and auditions. Teach and facilitate a performing masterclass weekly.

Date: January 15, 1996 – January 15, 2004
Organization: Schmitt Music, Roseville, Minnesota
Title: Voice Teacher
Description: Teach a variety of music students of all ages singing and prepare quarterly recitals for parents and supporters.

Date: January 15, 2010
Organization: Vaara Music
Title: Private Studio
Description: Voice teacher including singing lessons and public speaking coaching as well as practical music theory, sight reading and piano. With one to one private lessons, all students receive a personal practice plan that works with their goals.


Date: December 15, 2012
Authority: American Red Cross
Name: Adult and Child CPR Certified
Description: Always good to know that your singing teacher is prepared, just in case. I keep my CPR certification current because I work with new families in my role as a lactation consultant and postpartum doula where singing helps to calm and support new parents and their babies.
Current thru January 2017


Date: August 15, 1988
Authority: Boston University
Name: Cook Scholarship for two years of graduate school
Description: Received full scholarship to Boston University pre-professional young artist’s program in opera.

Date: January 15, 1990
Authority: First Night, Boston
Name: Grant for performance of the mono-drama Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night
Description: This one woman show was featured with full orchestra and staging on Boston’s new year’s celebration of the arts, First Night.


Language: French, German, Italian
Proficiency: Limited Proficiency


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