Nanette McGuinness

Award-winning soprano and voice teacher Nanette McGuinness welcomes students of all levels and styles in her studio. Lessons focus on bel canto technique, working with the breath and body to free your voice and enable you to sound like yourself ― at your very best. Member NATS and MTAC.

Nanette has performed over 25 operatic roles, as well as a soloist in concerts and recitals in Europe and North America and is the co-founder and director of the contemporary chamber music group, Ensemble for These Times ( Her repertory ranges from early Baroque to new music premieres: performances include Mimi, Micaela, Freia, Mahler's Fourth Symphony, Canteloube's Chants d'Auvergne, Mozart's Vespers, Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, Foreign Woman (Consul), Lady with the Cakebox (Argento), and the First Lady (Mozart). She has appeared as a soloist with the San Jose Symphony, Cinnabar Opera, Mission CIty Opera, Pacific Repertory Opera, Palo Alto Philharmonic, Solano Community Symphony, among others. Nanette is featured on five recordings, including two that won medals in the Global Music Awards: "The Hungarians: from Rozsa to Justus" (with E4TT, Gold Medal, 2018, Centaur CRC3660); "Surviving: Women's Words" (with E4TT, Silver Medal, 2016, Centaur 3490); "Benedetto Vinaccesi: the Solo Cantatas: (with the Vinaccesi Ensemble, 2013, CRC 3270); "Fabulous Femmes" (music by women composers, with the Athena Trio, 2000, Centaur CRC2461); and "Once/Memory/Night: Paul Celan" (with E4TT, 2020). Nanette holds a PhD in Music from U.C. Berkeley, a MM in Vocal Performance from Holy Names University, and a BA in Music from Cornell University.

37.8646149, -122.2341905

Berkeley, CA (94705)

Full Name:
Nanette McGuinness
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Music Styles:
Classical, Opera, Musical Theater
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Age Ranges:
High School
Middle School
13 and up

AB, Music, Cornell University MM, Music (Vocal Performance), Holy Names Univ.
PhD, Music (musicology), UC Berkeley
Additional studies:
Centre International de Formation Musicale in Nice, France; Opera Works
Voice teachers: Jane Randolph, Elizabeth Mannion, Julia Monroe
Languages: French, German, Italian, Latin, Spanish, Czech, Auvergnat

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Lesson Rate:
Sliding scale $55-75/ 45 minute lesson
Teaching Method:

Bel canto

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