JOIN MY STUDIO!
Currently accepting students of all levels!
I maintain an active Voice Studio in San Francisco's Noe Valley. My lessons are grounded in Classical Technique, with an emphasis on developing the voice from a natural and healthy foundation. No cookie cutter methods!! Every voice is different and every singer's vocal development is unique. I will help guide you on this path towards understanding and building your voice.
My students range from ages 10 - 70! All levels of experience are welcome! Whether you are just starting to become interested in singing more properly, preparing for auditions, or building your application for college admissions - I can help!
I am proud to say that my students include members of San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Lamplighters Music Theatre, Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, the NFL Hall of Fame, and many other schools, companies, and ensembles.
My High School students have been accepted at and/or attend many prestigious programs, including, Manhattan School of Music, Princeton, Oberlin Conservatory, Mannes School of Music, Chapman, several UC schools, and many more.
I also teach Music Theory and Musicianship, and several instruments.
EAST/SOUTH BAY TRAVEL RATE (MON-WED)
$90 - Hour
$75 - 45 min
$55 - 30 min
SAN FRANCISCO STUDIO RATES (THU/FRI)
$80 - Hour
$65 - 45 min
$45 - 30 min
"Sam has helped me tremendously in my path to becoming a professional singer and musician. What sets Sam apart from so many other teachers is that he truly is a technician, rather than just a vocal coach. On top of this, Sam is a really solid musician and actor who I have seen performing in a wide variety of music and roles, from early music to bel canto to contemporary classical and musical theatre. It has benefitted me greatly to have such a multifaceted teacher."
- Nick Main, Student (SOTA, Mannes School of Music), Composer, and Performer
"The training I get from Sam has been nothing but wonderful. I've been a performer for years now and have gone to many different voice teachers but still didn't know much about my voice or the proper techniques to use it. Sam has taught me so much. Whether I'm performing in a show or going on an audition I am much more confident not just in my voice but in myself."
- Chris Totah, Performer and Educator
"I have been a student of Sam's for about a year and a half. When I came to him I was very new to singing, and I felt I needed a teacher with both singing and performance experience.
Sam has taught me an incredible amount about singing, and I feel that I have improved markedly. He has an approach to singing in a pedagogical fashion, so clearly, it is a measured methodical way to learn. He also tailors his teaching to the strengths and weaknesses of his students.
Along the way we somehow got into music theory. For me , it is a very complex subject, and he has the ability to explain difficult concepts about music theory, teaching both by explanation and example.
I gladly give him six stars out of five!"
- Jennifer Shaw, Lamplighters Community Chorus
"After I suffered a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) or Mini-stroke, my left side was paralyzed and I couldn't speak for hours. I have had a full recovery and the battery of tests showed no damage to my brain or heart. However, the one change that occurred was that my singing voice changed. During my post-hospital recovery, I discovered that I could sing higher in the tenor range, but did not know how to sing as a tenor. I knew Sam as a tenor and he helped me understand how a tenor approaches singing. I've opened up quite a bit at the top of my range and now have a lot of versatility in my voice.
I now sing for UC Alumni Chorus, SF Bay Area Chamber Choir and with the SF Symphony Chorus. I'm also the Tenor Section Lead for the First Unitarian Universalist Church. I'm still working on finding my true voice or 'fach' as Sam taught me, but I thank Sam for helping me through my vocal transition."