|Jill Knapp: Vocal Coach
Award-winning singer Jill Knapp, a familiar face in the Wilmington music and theater scene, is selectively accepting new students (ages 15+) for her vocal studio in Wilmington, Delaware. A veteran music director, vocal coach, and public school music teacher, Jill holds a BA in Music Education and has over 65 theatrical productions to her credit. As a member of the Music Educators National Conference, she has served as an adjudicator for choral and vocal competitions across the country. She regularly tours the US and Europe with Los Angeles' 17-piece big band The Industrial Jazz Group, and she performs regionally with her acoustic dork-rock power duo Hot Breakfast!, where they have opened for The Dead Milkmen several times to sold-out audiences. Jill also serves as a studio musician for several studios in New Jersey and Delaware, she had the honor of providing backing vocals for Whitney Houston in the mid-90s, and prior to that she was the Tenor 1 section leader for the North Jersey Region Chorus (yes really; tenor), and also participated in NJ All State Chorus as well as the prestigious MENC All-Eastern Chorus of 1989. During college, she was a voice major with a concentration on Early Music, and received her Music Education degree in 1996 after taking some time off during college to record and tour professionally. Fast forward to 2013 and again in 2016, she won a Homey Award for "Best Lead Singer," and she can help you sound your best, too.
Her comfortable studio is just moments away from The Arden Gild Hall, New Candlelight Dinner Theater, and The Wilmington Drama League. Leverage Jill's experience and knowledge, and hear what a difference just a few lessons can make!
If you are looking for regular (weekly, bi-weekly) lessons, I highly, highly recommend either of these three teachers. These folks are full-time working musicians, making a living off of teaching and performing music.
Mr. Steven Weatherman is a graduate of the prestigious Westminster Choir College, and has been the Director of Music at St. David's Church for almost 20 years. Steven is also a professional chorister with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, an accomplished character actor, and music director for countless musical theater productions throughout the region. You've probably seen him playing his signature role of "King Herod" in Jesus Christ Superstar at theaters across the United States, and if you have, you've probably given him a standing ovation along with the rest of the audience. Steven is a true professional; be prepared to work hard; you will have fun and you will sound your best whether you sing choral music, opera, Broadway, R&B, Gospel, or pop. Steven teaches out of his studio in north Wilmington, and he can be reached via phone (texting is preferred so as not to interrupt lessons) at 302-528-9987 or via email at trinity223 at aol.com. Please tell him that I referred you.
Ms. Judith Kay is a world-class performer, educator, composer, recording artist, and jazz guitar virtuoso, with seven albums to her credit. She has toured the world performing her own bossa-nova-inspired style of music called "TastyJazz." Judith's voice is crystal-clear, accurate, and passionate; she will not only teach you to sing well, but she will teach you to be a good musician. She will build your musical knowledge, vocabularly and repertoire using standards from The Great American Songbook. Ella Fitzgerald, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington; these legends were legends for a reason. You want to sing today's music? You've got to know your history. Ms. Kay will not coddle you; you will work hard, and the results will be so, so worth it. You will never have more fun working so hard. She teaches out of her gorgeous studio in the North Wilmington arts community of Arden. Please refer to Judith's website for her contact information, and please let her know that I referred you. Thank you!
Another teacher is Lynne Claire Morse, and she earned her Masters in Vocal Performance from UD, and she teaches in Hockessin/Yorklyn at CCArts. She is a full-time musician and voice teacher, just like the other teachers on this list. She specializes in "classical, pop, rock, musical theater, in pre-teens, teens, and young adults." Her email address is email@example.com and her website is lynneclairemorse.com, and her number is 302-307-3321. She has the skills and training to handle all styles. (Full disclosure: I admit I have not had the opportunity to perform with Ms. Morse, but some other people I respect say she is great. I would not list her here if I did not believe she was solid.)
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Choosing a Voice Teacher
Unsure about how to choose a voice teacher? That's normal!
Choosing a voice teacher is similar to choosing a massage therapist. You have to be comfortable with each other, and willing to talk about what your body is telling you, what things feel like, etc. It's a very personal thing, and it's important for you to shop around until you find a voice teacher who can not only help you achieve your vocal goals, but also has a teaching style that works with your learning style. Some students prefer their teachers to sugar-coat their words; other students want the Simon Cowell treatment!
Your first voice lesson is actually a two-way audition. You are auditioning for me so I can decide if I can help you achieve your goals; but I am also auditioning to be your teacher as well. You should be evaluating if my teaching and communication style works for you! I'm always happy to recommend other voice teachers in the area if I think they can serve your needs better. Other teachers refer their students to me as well-- this is one of the benefits to working with a teacher who is part of a network of other music teachers. There is never any pressure obligation to stay affiliated with a voice teacher. The only obligation is that no matter who you work with, you will work hard, you will try new things, and you will practice, practice, practice.
Have a big audition coming up for theater or college? Need just a few lessons so you can sing at a special occasion?
Auditioning for a musical theater production? I can help you select a piece that best fits your vocal range, type and character. I can also help polish that song you've been using for years, giving you new interpretations and ideas to help keep your audition fresh and convincing.
Are you a high school student auditioning to be a music major in college? I can help you choose appropriate repetoire and help you with your foreign language requirement, too.
No matter what you're auditioning for, I can help you:
Long-Term (Weekly/Bi-Weekly) Voice Lessons
Want to brush up your vocal technique? Looking for a disciplined approach to singing? I offer long-term lessons, where you'll come in on a set weekly (or bi-weekly) schedule.
Do you have a special occasion coming up where you'd like to sing? Come in for an evaluation, and we'll decide how many lessons you'll need for you to reach your short-term goal.
Ensemble Work and Coaching
Belong to a vocal ensemble, and need help learning that tricky harmony?
Attention Directors and Music Directors!
Whether you need an extra set of ears or someone to bang out some obscure alto parts for your chorus rehearsals, I can be the dependable help you need during the rehearsal process. Let me:
Opening night is always hectic, and you invariably need to be in 3 places at once. On the night of the show, hire me to:
In-Studio Vocal Coach
Are you a singer in a band and working on a recording? Not quite getting the vocals to sound the way you want?
Hire me to come to the recording studio with you, and we'll work together in the vocal booth to capture your best performance. Good singers shouldn't have to rely on pitch-correcting tools like Auto-Tune, and with the help of a vocal coach in the studio with you, you'll sing with passion, power, musicality, and control-- exactly what your band needs you to be!
Coming to a Lesson: What to Expect
Your first lesson will be mostly discussion, to understand and document your musical/vocal goals, and to get a sense of what kind of instruction works best for you. A short, non-written musical test will be given to get a sense of where you are, skills-wise. We'll also test your vocal range, and we'll decide if we want to move forward. I'll ask some questions:
Subsequent lessons are divided roughly in half. The first half is spent on technique-- through discussion and exercises. The last 20 minutes of the lesson is typically spent on repertoire-- this is where we apply what we've learned to actual pieces of music we've selected.
Please Keep In Mind...
So how do we get started? Email me at
(Yes, I know my email address looks funny with the plus-sign in there. Just type it as you see it; it's fine. :) )
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Last updated May 26, 2016, 8:16pm EST.