Vocal lessons with Elisa are always inspiring. She has worked with me to create an effective approach for my specific vocal upkeep and improvements.
I use the warm-up exercises that she gave to me to monitor how my voice is developing, and as a way to maintain, extend and create flexibility moving between vocal ranges, and to maintain a focus on healthy breath support and the mechanics of singing. I have used these tools over the past 5 years to great effect, keeping my voice in shape and ready to perform.
Her knowledge of the mechanics of the voice and how it manifests itself vibrationally in the body (as a singing vessel) has been extremely beneficial in my becoming aware of specific areas of vibrational phenomena that are unfolding when I sing, and how I can use them to my advantage tonally and musically to sing more efficiently, effortlessly and joyously.
Her fantastic vocal skills, musicianship, and sense of humanity and kindness all help to create a comfortable and inspiring context for learning. Students are drawn to her love of teaching, sharing and performing.
Working with Elisa has immeasurably enriched my life both musically and spiritually. I've taken private voice lessons for years as well as many group Joy of Singing classes that never fail to be completely engaging and uplifting. She's taught me all the techniques and exercises necessary for improving vocal strength, tonal quality, and emotional expression as well as giving me extremely helpful feedback on interpreting specific songs I'm working on. I will always be grateful for the comfort, guidance, and relief I've received from her when I've been held back by fears and self-doubt. It is largely because of her support and encouragement that I am now performing with two bands. There are people who I think of as sparkling stars that emanate warmth and shed a loving light into the darkness. For me, Elisa is one of these.
I am a graduate student and have been taking private lessons with Elisa since August last year. Singing helps me balance my stressful work and Elisa does an awesome job guiding me in this! She is incredibly sensitive in helping me dealing with my performance related insecurities and really got the best out of all of us in our recent recital.
Singing with Elisa in whatever form, private or group lessons, has been such a source of joy for me. I often come tired from my demanding work to our singing sessions and feel each time a complete shift in my energy. Elisa’s ways of teaching are so much more than just teaching. She shares her inner joy and light so generously with all of us, and this is so contagious. Plus, she models 'teaching' so well. I am grateful to have an opportunity to be part of this wonderful musical and group experience.
My experience in Elisa's Joy of Singing class has strengthened my voice and my confidence. I've been empowered both through Elisa's leadership, and the support and love of the other singers. The classes built ability, confidence, and understanding singing in stages that made it accessible to even someone without prior experience like me. I never felt put on the spot or discouraged, and at the same time I was constantly challenged and never bored. I'm very grateful for my experience with these classes - thanks to both Elisa and my singing buddies!
Elisa has never been less than incredibly supportive and inspiring. I have been taking private lessons with her for about four years now and have gained so much. Her love of music is encouraging, and Elisa and music have both helped me through a lot. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to know and work with her.
Tackling a very challenging Mozart aria for the first time at age 57 started out as an exercise in frustration. With Elisa's help and support, it became a joy. Her emotional support and encouragement was just as important as her technical expertise. Next up, Puccini!
I signed on to sing with Elisa's Joy of Group Singing because I had not sung in 35 years, after singing accapella all of my childhood into my mid 20's. I needed something in my life that was lighter than my work. I thought the journey would be simply "picking up the old toolbag", but in fact, its been much much more. I've relearned something I love, and recognized what I've lost over the years. Its a lot harder than I thought it would be, but it is always within a Joyful and supportive environment. Elisa provides the community for this to happen. Thank you!
I have been taking private voice lessons with Elisa for the last six years, and I honestly can't describe the impact that these lessons have had on my life. Elisa has done so much more for me than just helping me become a better singer. She has seen me at my best, at my worst, and at periods of transition in my life. She has seen me grow from my awkward stages as a seventh grader until now, at the end of my senior year in high school. I am not entering college for music, but having lessons with Elisa has helped me become a more confident person, and strengthened my love of singing. I don’t think I would be the same person I am today if it wasn’t for Elisa’s encouragement, support, and genuine kindness. I can't thank her enough for everything she has done for me.
- entering Pre-Med student at SUNY Binghamton