Voice

Alexandra Olsavsky 

undefinedAlexandra Olsavsky, soprano, began her musical studies on the piano at a young age, though quickly fell in love with the art of singing and has passionately pursued a career as a vocalist ever since.  She recieved her Bachelor of Music degree from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, studying under Judith Haddon.

Since that time, Alexandra has become actively involved in the Chicago music scene, performing with a diverse array of musical ensembles including the Chicago Sinfonietta, Haymarket Opera Company, Baroque Band, Lira Ensemble, Savoyaires, Chicago Opera Playhouse, CUBE Ensemble, and with the backing ensemble of the Rolling Stones' "50 and Counting" tour.

Alexandra is also a founding member of Chicago's leading Acappella women's trio Artemisia (www.artemisiatrio.com) known for "intimacy of sound" and their "classical meets folk" style.

As a teacher, Alexandra aims to teach all students - young or older - a strong basis of fundamentals.  This includes focus on quality of sound, health of vocal production, and knowledge of basic musicianship skills.  She tailors lessons based on a student's personal goals, choosing repertoire from genres that interests and challenges each student in an individual way.

"Teaching is one of the great joys in my life.  There are few things less gratifying than to see a student undergo a personal breakthough, whether it be in technique or musical understanding. "I aim to teach my students a healthy fundamental approach to singing and a genuine appreciation for music which each will carry with them for the rest of their lives."

 

 Marlene Flood

  Marlene is an Equity Actress and Singer in     Chicago.  Her regional credits include:   Dialogues of The Carmelites at Lyric,   Passion, The Taming of The Shrew and   Sunday in The Park with George (Chicago   Shakespeare Theatre). Fosca in "Passion"   (Jeff Citation Award for Best Actress),   Porchlight Music Theater and many many   more roles.


  Marlene's has taught Musical Theatre   classes and workshops for the Metropolis   Performing Arts Center and directed The   Wizard of Oz for their Children's theatre   company.  Marlene has taught pre-school   theatre classes for the Northbrook Park   District, and teaches at Virtuoso Performing   Arts. She has Assistant Directed for   Virtuoso's Summer Musical Theatre   Products including Beauty and The Beast, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and The Lion King.

Marlene holds a Bachelor Degree in Arts: Theatre Performance, a Bachelor Degree in Music: Vocal Performance and a Masters Degree in Music: Vocal Performance. 

"I hope to inspire and encourage the joyful experience of singing vocal music and believe completely in the honest storytelling through lyrics of songs while expressing the musical message through phrasing and dynamics."

Marlene teaches the basic technique of natural breathing and the focus of vowels in lyrics to create beautiful and healthy singing.

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