June 24, 2017

Staff

Ms. Sophie Taillefer – Vocal Coach and Stage Director

 

Sophie Taillefer is a French Canadian singer, stage director and vocal coach. After earning her bachelor degree at McGill University in Voice Interpretation, she came to the United States with an invitation to study at the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, to earn an Opera performance diploma. Since then, she has entertained audiences in many venues.

Ms. Taillefer has many roles to her Opera repertoire such as Carmen, Dalila, Maddelena, Tisbe, La Principessa  Hata, Katisha and much more. She was featured as a soloist for many American Opera Companies such as Philadelphia Opera, Ash-Lawn Opera, Opera Cleveland, Brooklyn Opera and made her debut at Carnegie Hall with Opera Pacific

As a pop singer Sophie Taillefer worked with names such as David Foster for his Grand Canadian Concert for Queen Elizabeth II. She was soloist with the Cirque Du Soleil for their Opera Circus and was back up singer soloist with the well renowned French Canadian Singer Diane Dufresne for her tour “Detournement Majeur”. Ms. Taillefer has directed and performed her solo recital called “La Belle Époque” for many French Alliances all around the U.S. including Charlottesville, Cleveland, Buffalo, New Orleans and Philadelphia.

Sophie Taillefer’s latest creative venture is as the founder and director of Rising Stars Voice Studio, where she transmits her love of music to the younger generation. Sophie has directed her Rising Stars in many shows including The Pirates of Penzance, Kiss Me Kate, Les Miserables, Beauty and The Beast, Annie, Sweeney Todd, Hairspray, Seussical, Into the Woods Jr., Legally Blonde, Oz, The Little Mermaid Jr., Aladdin Jr. and will be directing the Lion King Jr. this summer 2017.

Her students go on to sing on main stages such as the Walnut Street Theatre, McCarter and several of them have been awarded in competition such as the New York City Opera, NATS, MAMTG and much more. She judges competitions as a proud member of the National Association of Teachers. Ms. Taillefer has a passion for teaching kids and creating opportunities for them to achieve confidence and experience on Stage.

 

 

Cynthia Morizzo – Vocal Coach 

Cynthia is a music education student with a concentration in voice at Montclair State University. She will be receiving her Certificate of Eligibility Advanced Standing in Music January 2017. She has been teaching both private piano lessons and private voice lessons to children of all ages and adults. She teaches technique that is applicable to all styles of music from classical to contemporary/pop.

Throughout her high school career, Cynthia was involved in all the music experiences available including vocal jazz ensemble, select choir, chorus, music theory, and the musicals. Her favorite role was Mayzie La Bird in “Seussical”.

Throughout her college career, Cynthia was involved in the elite choir University Singers, Chorale, West African Drumming and Dancing Ensemble, and Campus Band. As part of her degree, Cynthia studied with coloratura soprano, Lorraine Ernest, and performed in several Montclair State recitals including her own senior recital. She is also a member of American Choral Directors Association.

Cynthia has a deep passion for helping students grow musically, as well as helping them to grow as individuals. She believes that students should be able to express themselves through musical creativity, and feels grateful that she can help her students experience musical self-expression.

 

 

 

 

 

 Emmanuel Acosta – Vocal Coach

Emmanuel Acosta is a lyric tenor, voice teacher, and coach based in Princeton, NJ.

Mr. Acosta received a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Westminster Choir College of Rider University.  During his undergraduate career, Mr. Acosta was featured as Alessandro in Mozart’s Il re pastore and Tebaldo in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi in the Westminster Opera Theater.  Additional productions include Tchikovsky’s Iolanta and Haydn’s Il Mondo della luna.  With the Princeton Festival, Mr. Acosta had the opportunity of performing Wagner’s Der Fliegende Hollander, Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, and Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.

Mr. Acosta has performed with world-renown orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and the Vienna Philharmonic.  Mr. Acosta has sung under the baton of acclaimed conductors such as Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Alan Gilbert, Vladimir Jurowski, Jacques Lacombe, and Daniele Gatti. Among the venues in which Mr. Acosta has performed are Carnegie Hall, the Kimmel Center, the New Jersay Performing Arts Center, and the MacCarter Theater.

At Westminster, Mr. Acosta studied with distinguished dramatic soprano Dr. Sharon Sweet, and had the pleasure to coach with Miss Laura Brooks Rice, Dr. Akiko Hosaki, Rachelle Jonck, Dr. Eric Rieger, and Debora Scurto-Davis.

In April, Mr. Acosta will perform in Bizet’s Carmen with Boheme Opera New Jersey, and will return to the Princeton festival inJune to perform in Britten’s Peter Grimes.

 

 

 

 

 

Kay Streeter – Piano Teacher

Miss Kay Streeter is a professional piano teacher who studied under world touring Armenian pianist Anna Sakoien. She then went on to study at Rider University’s Westminster College of the Arts, where she studied under Oxford graduate Steven Allen and Dr. Jerry Rife. She then began composing her own modern pieces. She believes in teaching both classical and singer/songwriter methods of piano, geared toward the specific students needs. Mrs. Kay has studied both voice (under Sophie for 5 years,) and guitar. These experiences further enrich her teaching process. She has performed in college jazz bands and has been a pianist in church groups. Miss Kay is also an artist, and does set design and painting for Sophie as well as having her own pieces shown in galleries.

 

Megan Malfi – Vocal Coach

Megan Malfi is a musical theatre student who has completed two years at Rider University’s Westminster College of the Arts. She has studied voice with Greggory Brandt and Sophie Taillefer, acting with Trent Blanton and Raymond MacAnnally, and dance with Robin Lewis and Carol Bellis. She was vocal director for Burlington County Footlighters’ Intern Company’s production of Merrily We Roll Along the summer of 2015. She is currently teaching Beginning Acting at Central New Jersey’s Ballet Theatre. Roles she has played include Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Fantine in Les Miserables, Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Luisa in The Fantasticks, and Lady Thiang in The King and I.

 

 

 

 

 

Karlee Sangiovanni – Vocal Coach