Steffi Holmes is a 2010 graduate of the University of Delaware, from which she received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. She received eight years of vocal training from the adjunct and professional staff of the University’s Music Department. While attending the University, she was a three-year member of the internationally award-winning UD Chorale, conducted by Dr. Paul Head, and a private voice student of Dr. Melanie DeMent. From these and other professors, she received extensive instruction and training in choral and solo vocal literature, vocal technique, choral conducting, and vocal pedagogy. Several years of private piano lessons and additional class piano instruction at the University have provided her a thorough background in music theory and piano technique. Steffi currently sings professionally at the Dover Air Force Base Catholic chapel every weekend and teaches students privately during the week.
Not all voice students aspire to develop into fine solo singers. However, many of them will find that as a result of this training, they will be able to exhibit much more musical self-confidence. This experience and confidence may make them influential members in school, church, and community choirs, as well as chamber ensembles, college vocal groups, or musical theater organizations. In all cases, students will have gained a much deeper appreciation for all types of vocal music, and music in general. It is likely that they will have also developed a much better speaking presence and self-confidence in front of large audiences or small interview panels.
As a private voice teacher in the greater Dover community, I feel that my responsibilities are to prepare my students for singing opportunities that arise in their schools, churches, and communities; to develop an appreciation for all styles of vocal music; to provide musical challenges, a musical education and an awareness of the vastness of musical performance opportunities; and for those students who are unsure of their future musical pursuits, to develop a solid foundation in good vocal practice for use in solo and ensemble settings that will serve them in years to come.
Children below age 10 are recommended to begin with piano lessons until their voices have developed more fully to apply their music education to solo singing. Students 10 and older, as well as adults, have found that voice lessons at any age are beneficial and have led to improvements in their personal and professional endeavors.