Performing Arts Academy - Private lessons in Voice, Piano, Guitar, Acting for all ages

Vocal and Voice Classes

 About the Program

Mainstage Center for the Arts is here to help you improve your skills in voice, acting, piano, guitar or ukulele whether is is gearing up for a professional direction, or just the shear joy of performing.   Our teaching artists can share their expertise as well as their experience to make this a growing and enjoyable opportunity for any age or level of experience.  Lesson schedule is determined by student and teaching artist availability.   Please call our office at 856-302- 6485 between 5:00 and 8:00 pm, Monday through Thursday or send an e-mail to: Academy@mainstage.org.

TEACHING ARTISTS

MEREDITH BECK  – Private Voice, Acting 
Meredith is a professional singer/actress in Philadelphia.  She attended  Ithaca College and  graduated magna cum laude with her BFA in voice,  acting, & a minor in dance. She has performed in NYC in the workshops of   “Thanks” & “National Pastime.” – directed by Tony nominee Hunter Foster.    She was a part of the tour of “The Irish & How They Got That Way” as the Philadelphia & Boston cast. (Cast album- principle vocals, flautist) Regional theaters include:  Kimmel Center, Bucks County Playhouse, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, 11th Hour, Hedgerow, Btop, Heritage, Brickhouse, & more! She was a part of the premiere Oscar Hammerstein Festival at the bucks county playhouse under the direction of Stafford Arima, & musical direction of Gary Adler. Meredith is a founder & member of The Galway Girls, a troupe of Celtic singers & instrumentalists.  Specialties in classical, Pop/rock & musical theater voice. www.meredithbeck.com

 


ASHLEY BITTERMAN – Private Guitar

Ashley is excited to teach guitar at Mainstage! She started playing guitar when she was 11 years old, and has found the instrument has been an extremely helpful tool for self expression through her teen and adult years. She has spent the past ten years committed to Early Childhood Education and has developed unique teaching strategies that will help your child learn! She also has developed an interactive kid music program that she does locally at different venues. She is excited to share her love for music with others and she can’t wait to help future musicians do the same! 

 

 

SARAH J. GAFGEN –  
Private Voice, Acting     
                              
Sarah couldn’t be more excited to be teaching again at Mainstage!  Sarah is  a graduate of Dickinson College where she studied voice and acting. Sarah  recently played Emma Goldman in Ragtime which received 9 Barrymore nominations including Best Musical and Best Ensemble. Sarah has appeared on stage at The Walnut Street Theatre, The Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Hedgerow Theatre, Quince Productions, The Ritz Theatre Company and others. Some of Sarah’s favorite roles include Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun, Agnes Gooch in Mame, Joanne in Vanities, and Edith in Pirates of Penzance. Sarah is the winner of the 2013 BroadwayWorld.com Best Director of a Play in Philadelphia and founder of Live on Stage Productions (www.LiveOnStageProductions.com). You can always see what Sarah’s up to at www.SarahJGafgen.com,  next Sarah will play Linoleum in The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical this holiday season!

 

VICKI L GOLLIHUE – Private Voice

   Vicki Gollihue is starting her eleventh year at Mainstage Center for the Arts as a Voice Teacher and Vocal Coach.  She studied music as a vocal performance major at Taylor University in Indiana and later earned a degree in Communications at Rowan University.  A solo artist and band vocalist for many years, Vicki has also directed choirs and  ensembles for many venues in churches and in the community, including creating and directing local productions involving casts of up to 100 singers and actors. Her guidance in coaching has earned her students positions in show choirs including Mainstage’s own Harmony and Encore, as well as the nationally-known performance organization, Young Americans. She also has successfully trained students for entrance into college music and musical theater programs. Vicki’s expertise in technique combined with her warm and friendly teaching style, make her a sought out music instructor in the South Jersey area.  She and her husband, Keith, have four grown children and reside in Erial, NJ.

 

Karen LoCantore – Private Piano

Karen LoCantore
is looking forwardto working with new students at Mainstage! She has taught piano for over 25 years- privately, in music studios, and class piano. She has been a teacher of general music, choir, and glee club for 30 years, as well as an accompanist for musicals and church. She believes music can have a positive effect on everyone.

The following quote sums up her philosophy: “Music education can help spark a child’s imagination or ignite a lifetime of passion!”

 

LEXI SCHREIBER – Private Voice                               

Lexi Schreiber recently obtained her Master of Art in Theatre from Villanova University (2017). During her time there, she had the opportunity to be an assistant music director for a brand new musical (A Wonderful Noise) written by Michael Hollinger. She also was seen onstage at Villanova Theatre in productions of Electra (chorus) and Little Women (Marmee). Lexi has her Bachelor of Music with a Minor in Musical Theatre from University of the Arts (2014). At UArts, she was a featured soloists in many vocal department concerts and shows. Her favorite credits include; Dido and Aeneas (Dido), The Last Five Years: A Concert, and The British Invasion Concert. She also had the honor of assistant directing two of the musical theatre revue shows produced by the School of Music (Broadway: On and Off, Music From the Great White Way). Lexi has been working at Mainstage Center for the Arts as the Children’s Theatre vocal music director during Summer Stage. She also assistant music directed and assistant choreographed their production of Legally Blonde: Then Musical. She has been teaching voice lessons in the greater Philadelphia area since her graduation from UArts. She is trained classically and uses that foundation of technique to work with her students on all genres on music. She also works with students to make sure the performance and presence of the song is at the forefront.

 

PRIVATE LESSON PRICING CHART

Purchased in 4 or 10 session packages. 

Session Length

4 sessions

Price / Session

30 minutes

$160

$40

50 minutes

$220

$55

Session Length

10 sessions

Price / Session

Savings

30 minutes

$300

$30

$100

50 minutes

$500

$50

$50

You can join these  lessons regardless of your  ability and help yourself take your passion to a higher level.   So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and make the most of your  abilities by enrolling in one of the best lessons near you, now!

3 Major Benefits of Taking Singing Lessons

Are you passionate about singing? Want to build a better connection with the audience? Want to feel more confident while performing? Or, perhaps your child is very inclined towards music and you’re planning to enroll him or her in singing lessons. Well, whatever be the reason, voice lessons can prove to be just perfect. Whether you are looking forward to turning your passion for singing into a career or simply a hobby, professional singing lessons can definitely help you to achieve your goals.

Learning to sing is not just about sounding good. There’s much more to it. A professional singing coach can help you take your passion to next level and reach new heights.

Mentioned below are few of the many benefits of taking professional voice lessons at Mainstage Center for the Arts:

  • Building a better connection with the audience: It’s always the overall performance that counts. It’s never just about singing on the stage. You might have an amazing voice and the right knowledge of high and low pitch, but until and unless you don’t know how to present yourself, you can’t be called a complete performer. With the help of singing lessons, you will be able to depict the uniqueness of your personality and thus, build a better connection with the audience. You can work on developing your sound along with conveying the emotion of the song through your voice. You will also learn to add-in little nuances that are uniquely you.
  • Build confidence: There is no denying the fact that even the most confident and outgoing people tend to get a little anxious before their performance on stage. A professional vocal training can help you in getting past the fear of people judging you and developing confidence at the same time. The more confident you feel, the better you deliver. This will help in enhancing your stage presence and keep the audience engaged with your performance.
  • Sing with ease and clarity: The vocal lessons help you, as a singer, to achieve a finer grasp of a musical style, apt performance techniques, focus, proper articulation, and delivery. You will learn how to use proper breath support, increase vocal range, sing with ease and clarity and learn to project your voice. You can work on enhancing the quality of your voice and also learn to express and interpret songs in a better way.

Vocal Classes

For pricing and registration information, call (856) 302-6485 for Academy Hall or  e-mail: Academy@mainstage.org. All of our vocal classes are held at our Blackwood location.

AT A GLANCE