I had never really connected with a voice teacher until I met Anna. I feel, for the first time, like someone is speaking my language. I understand my voice now as my own, instead of what a teacher tells me I should sound like, or trying to fit into a sound or measure up to an idea in my head. It feels like I'm uncovering the voice that I have inside, but have never heard until now. Lessons are engaging, challenging and they are a partnership from beginning to end!
Hannah Sloat, Equity Actress/Soprano, 'War Horse' Lincoln Center, Bushwick Shakespeare Repertory, Artspower
I've been studying voice with Anna Winthrop for two years now, and she is unlike any vocal teacher I've ever worked with. Her approach is unique and individualized to my specific vocal needs, and she knows how to explain proper vocal technique in a way that is clear and totally accessible. Under her tutelage, my voice has improved dramatically, and I'm now able to take on songs that previously would have been too difficult. Anna has given me great repertoire suggestions, and has also shared endless words of wisdom in regards to the audition process and the business of acting as well. As a person, she is enthusiastic, supportive, and selfless, and her personality makes the process that much more enjoyable! Anna has taught me how to be more expressive vocally and how to belt effortlessly and with flawless technique. I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone, regardless of the musical style they specialize in, looking to improve their voice and technique!
Elizabeth Wharton, Actress/Soprano/mix/high belt, Artspower, 'Yearbook: A Highschool Musical' (off-broadway)
My experience with Anna has been so incredible. She has helped me prepare for auditions, expertly gifting me with technique, breath, tone, relaxation, ease, and sculpting a dynamic performance arc out of the material. She specifically addresses the needs of the modern musical theatre actor, and has helped me to become more agile and versatile, allowing me to sing in a myriad of styles often within the same show or even song. Anna pulls from an amazing education and life of experience onstage to help her students achieve grace amidst the pressure, tumult, and joy of modern theatre. All of this in a gorgeous studio for an insanely affordable price!!
Wade McCollum, Equity and SAG Actor/Bari-Tenor 'Jersey Boys' (Norm, San Francisco/Chicago company) 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' (Hedwig- LA Ovation Award, Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Award, Backstage West Garland Award) 'Bat Boy the Musical' (Bat Boy), 'Cabaret' (Emcee) http://www.wadesong.com/
Anna Winthrop is a phenomenal teacher. Her strength lies in her technical articulateness combined with her understanding and patience for my process as a student. I always feel comfortable with her, especially since I know that she is a working actress/singer herself. She knows how to incorporate instruction on relieving tension, acting a song, having fun....basically you name it, she knows how to do it! Anna puts me at ease even when I am cracking, yet I trust her to tell me the truth when I need it. I recommend her ten times over
Crystal Boyd, Actress, Soprano/mix/belt Featured: Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, PBS
I thought I knew how to sing before I began lessons with Anna. I had been singing my whole life, but had never been formally trained. I figured I had a lot to learn, but I didn't realize the scope and breadth of what I didn't know. Anna possesses a very comforting ability to communicate both the abstract and practical, physical yet difficult to grasp concepts involved in singing properly, and she does so with an ease and personal touch that allows to the student to completely relax and focus on the task at hand. She's completely renovated the way I produce sound, and in the process has given me a renewed confidence and determination to put into practice the techniques I've learned from her. It's a wonderful feeling to know I've found someone I can constantly return to to gently remind me to not fall back into my old bad habits.
Rick Cekovsky, SAG Actor/Baritone, Tisch, RADA, Midtown Theater Festival, Hudson Shakespeare Co., 'Fools and Lovers' (off-broadway)
Anna Winthrop is a rare find of a voice teacher. Her instruction is clear and specific, and she follows exercises with an explanation of how they effect the vocal mechanism. She is a great champion of her students, combining her technical expertise with her performance experience. I have always found her to be helpful and accomodating, happy to direct her students to good technique and great performance.
Brady Amoonclark, Actress/Mezzo-Soprano, NY Artists Unlimited, Penguin Repertory, Bare Shakespeare
After having a vascular polyp removed from my vocal cord, I started studying with Anna four years ago. With her great passion for teaching proper technique she gave me confidence and had me singing stronger than ever. Anna also has a gentle heart and makes me feel comfortable, allowing me to truly enjoy getting to the next level in my singing journey.
Keith Freer, Lyric Baritone
I find voice lessons with Anna both deeply enjoyable and thorough. She's great with technique and doesn't let you off the hook easily! At the same time, she makes sure that there is enough time to enjoy the songs you are working on, while giving you very to-the-point feedback. She is highly focused (and fun) and definitely put me on the road to viewing my voice as a professional instrument
Emma Blijdenstein, Coloratura Soprano
I can't recommend Anna highly enough. She has a solid, comprehensive technical background combined with a fun delivery. Anna has led me forward, enabling me to make consistent progress over my two years studying with her.
Matt Dundas, Tenor/Singer Songwriter
The first criterion in anyone’s mind, when looking for an instructor, is technical prowess. Yet most people neglect the fact that all the skill and knowledge in the world comes to nothing without the ability to convey it. Anna, apart from being exceptionally versed in the vocal arts, is such a flexible and adaptive communicator that she could teach tone-deaf 2 year olds to sing operatically. Emphatic testimony aside, she’s fun, lively and easy going; a grade A plus instructor!
Ilya Chernyatyev, Tenor