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Hello, my name is Amy Billings and I teach Singing Lessons in and around Summerville, SC. I also offer lessons in Broadway Singing, Musical Theater, Vocal, Vocal Training and Voice.
My name is Amy Cheifetz Billings and I am a voice teacher and performer with a passion for Musical Theater. I have over twenty years of teaching experience, at both the conservatory/university level and in my private studio. I teach at my home in Summerville’s historic district, just a few blocks from Hutchinson Square.
I moved to Summerville, South Carolina in 2018 from Salem, Oregon where I lived for seven years. I moved there from New York City which was my home from 1998-2011.
After majoring in vocal performance at the University of California, Irvine, and two graduate degrees in the same at the University of Washington, I moved to New York City in 1998 to study voice with the renowned voice teacher and pedagogue, Cornelius L. Reid. He not only taught me how to sing better than I had ever dreamed I could, but also gave me an intimate, in-depth knowledge of the singing voice, mine as well as yours. While in NYC, I was fortunate to be on the voice faculty at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and maintained a successful private vocal studio.
Besides my twelve+ years teaching at AMDA and in my private studio, I was a Visiting Professor of Voice at Ball State University in Indiana and taught dancers at Princeton Dance and Theater Studio in New Jersey. I am thrilled to say that the majority of my private students work in their chosen profession of being professional performers in both Musical Theatre, Opera and even pop and R&B. I am incredibly proud to have had a number of students reach their ultimate goal of performing on Broadway (Waitress, The Color Purple, A Chorus Line, Hairspray, Wicked). Many others are on various National and Interntional Tours and work in Regional houses all over the United States. Knowing that I have contributed to their overall success means everything to me.
My goal is to foster a love and passion for singing and performing in my students, while instilling in them the importance of healthy vocal technique. With the guidance of my mentors, along with my background in and passion for the American Musical Theater canon and classical music, I have been very successful at developing all ages and types of voices and preparing students for flourishing performing careers in Musical Theatre. I want every student to know that vocal training is a lifelong pursuit and that continuous exploration of the voice is a process that can be just as exciting and rewarding as the product. Good vocal health with a strong, clear idea of technique opens up a world of possibilities of musicality, theatricality, not to mention repertoire choices and career longevity. With a healthy voice, any style of singing is available to you.
My philosophy of vocal technique, based on Mr. Reid’s work of register mechanics, is perfectly suited for addressing complicated technical vocal issues, especially the special needs of singing Musical Theater: I believe there is such a thing as a healthy belt, and that all singers should develop their head voice for complete, long-lasting vocal health. The technique of balancing the registers not only produces healthy, viable voices, but also reveals the individual singer’s unique voice. I want each student to discover what makes their voice special and distinctly their own. This in turn helps them to explore repertoire artistically and creatively. In regards to artistry, I believe singing is fundamentally theatrical (no matter the genre), and that a thorough understanding of the text, diction, context, character, musicianship, and perhaps most important of all, musicality, are integral to expressive singing. Technique alone will not produce results without particular attention to these other essential elements.
My ultimate goal is to teach voice and performing skills with an emphasis on healthy, expressive singing of all styles to aspiring performers of any level, ability or age.
As an opera singer, my experience has been diverse and always theatrical. My operatic roles tend toward the comic variety such as Musetta in La Bohème, and Despina in Così fan tutte. I place great importance on making classical music accessible and interesting to everyone and have had the joy of performing in opera and classical music outreach programs for children with the Metropolitan Opera Guild and Song as a Second Language. My international experience includes a solo recital of German and American art songs at the Salle Cortot in Paris, France. But despite my love and success in classical music, my heart will always be in the American Musical Theatre. My musical theatre roles include The Witch in Into the Woods, the Woman in Marry Me a Little, and the Good Witch of the North in The Wizard of Oz.
Please visit my website for more detailed information about my teaching, resume, and student testimonials. While there, please check out my blog where I discuss all things vocal, musical and theatrical. www.amycsings.com
Please email me or call me for information about lesson rates and scheduling.
646 320-0483 (cell)